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Creative Spotlight: Kevin Spear on Adobe Touch Apps and Creative Cloud

Summer is the perfect time to untether yourself from the wired-world and create outside with Adobe Touch Apps, and no one knows this better than digital artist, Kevin Spear (@speartoons). After stumbling on his summer creations, we reached out to see how he utilized the creative combination of Touch Apps, Creative Suite 6 and Creative Cloud to come up with some “fun in the sun” art work.k.spear_

Find out where Kevin’s summertime spot to create with Touch Apps is (hint – it’s not indoors), why the grouping of Adobe Ideas and Illustrator is a match made in heaven for him, plus much more in the full Q&A below. Also, don’t forget to see his summer-themed art on display on our new Twitter background.

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Adobe: When were you first introduced to Adobe Touch Apps?

Kevin Spear: I got an iPad in the winter of 2011. I was looking for a good drawing program when I came across Adobe Ideas. I was very excited when I discovered it was a vector-based app. I also loved how it allowed me to draw naturally in a way I hadn’t done in Adobe Illustrator.

What was the very first creation you made with Touch Apps?

I drew a profile of my wife. I was excited that I could finally draw a quick sketch with my finger on the iPad, take it into Adobe Illustrator and keep the vectors.

How has the integration from Touch Apps through to the Creative Cloud features changed your creative workflow?

It has made drawing digitally while mobile easy. Before, I’d test things out on the sketchbook, and then hope I could keep the same spontaneity when I made it back to the desktop. Now, I can draw it digitally from the very beginning.

Which pairing of the Touch Apps and the applications within Creative Cloud are most instrumental to your creative process and why?

Adobe Ideas and Illustrator is a match made for me. I have always liked the vector capabilities in Illustrator. I like knowing I could draw something and not worry about the size of the creation. I can blow up the illustration with no loss of quality and no pixilation. Now, Adobe Ideas gives me that same capability, plus I can draw more organically than before. I use the iPad or iPhone like my sketchbook and not worry if the image is too small to be good quality later.

How much of a difference has direct touch input made to your creations?

It’s made them more spontaneous and less mechanical. Before, I would rely a lot on shapes to build my images. Now, I can draw them like I’m drawing in ink.

Where’s your favorite location to create?

This summer I’ve gotten into sketching outdoors, under a tree. I love the fact I am not tethered to a laptop.

If you had the opportunity to travel to anywhere in the world with your Touch Apps, where would it be and why?

I’d like to travel to Seattle. I’ve had friends who have brought back the most amazing pictures of Puget Sound and Pike’s Fish Market. It looks like a great place to sketch.

Final Thoughts?

I hear so many illustrators rely on Photoshop because they think that is the only way to draw naturally. I say give Adobe Touch and Illustrator a try. You can do so much more with the two programs and your lines are always crisp. It’s a great match.

See more of Kevin’s creations on his website.

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