As Seen on TV

As I mentioned in a previous post, click here for details, I’ve been gearing up to teach digital (iPad) art as an “enrichment” component in select classrooms that may or may not be near you. It’s a public school setting, so obviously I can’t be peddling my own ideological biases in any way, shape, or form, but that’s only the tip of the iceberg.

I originally proposed Paper by 53 and Tayasui Sketches as the drawing/painting apps that I’d use; however, both of them scored so low in the student-privacy-protection evaluation that I had to come up with 2 substitutes. We ended up with Procreate, the full version, and the “educational” version of Autodesk SketchBook. I’m somewhat familiar with SketchBook Pro; it’s comparable to Procreate, but SketchBook for Education has fewer features. So last night I wanted to play around with those features, and this is what I managed to crank out:

Obviously, you can import and even scan in images. It has layers. You can cut, paste, move, and resize, but you can’t distort. There’s no smudge tool and only a limited number of brushes and pens. Still, there’s more than enough to work with, and I just might start with SketchBook for Education and then introduce Procreate.

hope

In two other posts I’ve pondered the same quote by Reinhold Niebuhr, wherein he has this to say: “Nothing that is worth doing can be achieved in our lifetime; therefore we must be saved by hope.” Do read the rest of the quote, click here if you’re so inclined, because he goes on so gracefully to talk about faith, love, and – wait for it – forgiveness.

hope

Tayasui Sketches, iColorama

If the linguist in Arrival spoke Pittsburghese

I never ever thought I’d hear anyone say “Sapir-Whorf hypothesis” in a movie, but I heard it in Arrival! Ok, it was a science fiction film. See trailer here. Linguistics professor Louise Banks (Amy Adams) is asked to help the United States communicate with aliens, and she’s the one who talks about the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis.

I liked the movie, but something inside me made me wonder how it would have been different if Professor Banks had been fluent in Pittsburghese. See yinz.

What do yinz want?

Tayasui Sketches, iPad Pro, Apple Pencil

Reddin’ Up for Pete’s Sake

I grew up with that gem of an expression, to red up, most likely related to the word “ready.” It means to lightly clean i.e., to make ready. Yep, I’m reddin’ up by posting these four drawings done somewhere between California’s Central Valley and Kauai so I can move on for Pete’s sake.Reddin' Up

Here they are separately:

spotlight hydrant

spotlight hydrant

tropical plant

tropical plant

sunday's sundae toppings

sunday’s sundae toppings

reflection differs

reflection differs