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Creative Spotlight: Todd Powelson on Adobe Touch Apps

When it comes to looking at options for portability, Todd Powelson has tried it all from dragging along his canvas, paints and brushes, then downsizing to markers. It wasn’t until Todd tried the Adobe Touch Apps that simplicity sunk in, allowing him to quickly concept anywhere and transfer creations to his desktop where he can further refine until he is satisfied.

In addition to the Cubism/Surrealism/Fauvist art he has shared with us today, Todd plans on utilizing new products, such as Edge Animate, to incorporate animation into his work.

Read the full Q&A below to find out how Todd found Adobe Touch Apps, how they and other Adobe products have benefited his creative process.

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

Todd Powelson: I began using Adobe Touch Apps right after I got my iPad in 2010. I think the first app I downloaded and installed was Adobe Ideas.

What was the very first creation you made with Touch Apps and Creative Cloud?
When I have the time, I like to create figure drawings. That is where I first started to use and become familiar with Ideas. I’ve since gone on to use Adobe Touch Apps to help create website mock-ups, event posters, artwork for limited edition “Giclee” prints, and images used in magazines and small self-published books.

Where’s your favorite location to create?
What I like the most about Adobe Touch Apps on my tablet is the portability. I’m not stuck at a desk. Just a few years ago, I’d have to drag my canvas, paints, and brushes along with me, which became a chore. For a while, I switched to markers, just because they seemed more convenient and portable. Even that seems like too much now because all I need is my tablet and Adobe Touch Apps. I can easily create a piece of art that I am proud of. No need to clean any brushes.

How has the integration from Touch Apps through to the Creative Cloud features changed your creative workflow?
I like being able to come up with quick concepts wherever I am. I can bring those concepts into the computer and refine and develop more, or I can finish my work using the Apps. I can develop in Ideas, bring the file into Illustrator, and then print it out as a poster or banner.

Which pairing of the Touch Apps and the applications within Creative Cloud (i.e., CS6), are most instrumental to your creative process and why?
Adobe Illustrator. I love the vector format. I love to see a drawing that was created on a tablet blown up to a large size and not lose image quality. Recently, I created artwork for a vinyl banner used to promote a local event. I took a digital painting started in Ideas, brought it over into Illustrator, added fields of color, additional shapes, copy and text, then printed the final piece out. Using Ideas in combination with Illustrator is easy and powerful.

How will the collective compatibility of Touch Apps, CS6 and Creative Cloud help dictate the evolution of your creative process?

I have a lot of ideas that are taking shape in my head. Ideas for using Adobe Touch Apps along with Creative Cloud programs like Edge Animate, to add interactivity and transitions into my artwork. I’ve been incorporating Proto, Muse, Dreamweaver, and Business Catalyst into the websites I build and I love the way it all works together. I’m very excited about building more books using InDesign and print or distribute as an app using the Digital Publishing Suite, Single Edition. These are all very exciting things to me, and right now it seems like the sky is the limit.

How much of a difference has direct touch input made to your creations?
I can use these incredible digital tools that have the feel of traditional media, and it has made everything so much more portable and convenient.

If you had the opportunity to travel to anywhere in the world with your Touch Apps, where would it be and why?
I think I’d go to Italy. Even though my work is very modern, I love the old masters. I’d like to sit down with Ideas in front of one of Michelangelo’s sculptures and do some drawing or wander through the streets drawing some architecture.

To keep a close eye on Todd and watch his plans unfold, check out his websites: Todd Powelson and It’s Art, Duh. Also, head over to our Twitter and Facebook channels to see how we’ve showcased his work.

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