So I now have an Android phone. I wanted it to replace my Palm, which can no longer sync with my new computer. My focus was on email, contacts, notes, and task lists (something I still having achieved because I use a local Outlook install.
What I have discovered is Zuma Blitz, various solitaires, and (of course) Angry Birds. The Palm had been a source of productivity for me as much as a distraction, and seeing as I’ve done novel notes, wrote book reviews, and even outlining using the quick office app, I can’t say my phone has not served that purpose well. I’ve yet to do a creative work, but I see that time coming soon enough.
However, I’ve discovered that “creative work” might be taking a different direction than I’d expected.
A little backstory:
I’ve been a decent sketch artist in my life. I have some that I’m quite happy with, and a lot that just aren’t up to snuff. I’ve done well in the art classes I’ve taken, both high school and college, so I’m not just tooting my own horn, but I’m rusty, SERIOUSLY rusty.
The thought of sketching again has been poking me though. It’s not an area of my life that gets prominence, but it’s one that wants attention.
Then the whole iPad phenomenon came out and I didn’t get it. It’s an inadequate eReader because it doesn’t use eInk, it lacks a real keyboard, and you have to hold it up or buy accessories. Yes, I know a bunch of people adore theirs, and that’s fine, but my requirements are different, and so I couldn’t see the value until an artist friend started posting pictures drawn on the iPad and I realized it’s what I always wanted my Wacom to be. It’s a drawing surface that stores your drawing as an editable graphic image.
So all of a sudden I wanted one…but not at that price.
Then comes news of the Android tablet that might have a lower price point. Okay, but what’s out there for Android?
That’s when I discovered SketchBook Mobile X. I’ve only got the free version now, but I’ll probably upgrade. It’s so much better for my blood pressure than Angry Birds where I can see what to do but can’t get my finger to do it. The great part is the ability to zoom in on a section to provide touches despite the small screen.
And because I’m feeling giddy, the images in this post are my first efforts. Remember the rusty and just consider that I drew these on my PHONE!