When we asked painter/illustrator/textile designer Jenean Morrison to join us at Adobe MAX this year as a MAX Insider, we knew that she’d been using our mobile drawing apps to supplement her drawing/doodling/sketching habit. We had no idea, however, how often she used them nor how prolific she is.
It’s a love affair that began this year, in late spring, when Jenean, a long-time Adobe Illustrator CC user, picked up an iPad Air, a stylus, and started using Adobe Ideas to sketch wherever and whenever the mood struck. She was hooked. The artist, as she’s mentioned on her blog, likes to start her mornings making art: “If I’m in the middle of a painting, I like to jump right into it first thing with a cup or two of coffee. If I’m not working on a painting, then I usually sketch or make some patterns—or both.”
From Ideas to Illustrator CC:
By July, Jenean was “head over heels” about her newly adopted creative process and had added Adobe Line and Adobe Ink & Slide to her creative toolkit. She began experimenting more and more with the potential of the apps and has become particularly fond of Line. Although designed for precise drawing and drafting, Jenean appreciates “the organic results from loosely playing with shapes and color.”
Sketching on her iPad has become a daily occurrence that she attributes to being enamored with her new drawing tools. In a July 24 blog post she wrote, “It’s so interesting how sometimes new tools—be they apps, devices, or something as simple as a new paintbrush or pen—can inspire you to do new things with your art.”
Using Adobe Line along with Ink & Slide:
Jenean continues to use Line’s in-app tools to experiment with drawing techniques—erasing work she’s already done or putting a lighter color on top of a darker one—that she “could never do on paper.”
And, appreciating the freedom that comes with designing on a mobile device, she’s begun creating versions of images that before now she’d created using Illustrator CC. Experimenting with various combinations of freehand drawing, Ink & Slide, and the drafting templates in Line, she gets a pleasant mix of freeform lines and digital details.
Jenean’s new way of working gives her patterns, designs, and geometric prints new dimension and a new look:
Jenean wasn’t an early adopter of drawing digital on mobile; now it sounds as if she wishes she hadn’t waited so long… “I resisted buying an iPad for the longest time. I just didn’t see the need for it in my life. When I finally got one several months ago, I realized I’d been missing out on a whole new wonderful way of creating art! I had no idea how much I would enjoy this.”
See so much more of Jenean’s work on her Instagram along with occasional insights into her inspiration and her process:
This article was compiled from a series of posts on Jenean Morrison’s website and Instagram.
“When Geoff Dowd and David Macy visited School of Visual Arts earlier this year to share Ink & Slide with my graduate illustration students the delight on the students’ faces, when experimenting with Adobe Line, reminded me of how the designers and illustrators of my generation felt about Photoshop.”—Matthew Richmond, The Chopping Block
In response to the creative industry’s enthusiastic reception of Adobe’s new digital drawing tools, on July 29 the Adobe XD Team lovingly packaged Adobe Ink & Slide and sent them into the world for the first in a series of month-long tours.
The road trip, conceived to introduce the hardware in-person to the design community, began in Brooklyn, New York, in the hands of Matthew Richmond, at The Chopping Block (the same studio that designed the official Ink & Slide Tour sticker).
Over the past four weeks, Ink & Slide also made it to XO Group, Studiomates, and Shutterstock, where they remained for a week at each stop and their steward decided who to share them with and where they would go next.
Ink & Slide will continue to make their way around the country (eventually ending up back on the West Coast at Adobe MAX) throughout the Fall. Keep up with Ink & Slide’s travels on Adobe Drawing’s Facebook and Twitter by following #inkandslidetour.
Here’s how a handful of designers and illustrators, who got their hands on Ink & Slide, responded when we asked them to sum up their Ink & Slide experience with a drawing and a sentence:
“I think I mastered the art of holding my right hand out and drawing it with my left with no smudges to show for it! (Lefties drag their hands over paper vs. pulling like righty artists do.)” —Jordan Roland, designer/illustrator/letterer
“Ink & Slide is the beginning of something that designers/illustrators have been waiting for. A magical little pen, and a portable connected sketchbook with all the markers, brushes, and colors required to go outside and draw.” —Matthew Richmond, designer/illustrator
“Ink & Slide made me reconnect with my inner drawing little mini-me. I am thrilled.“ —Tina Roth Eisenberg, designer
“It was a lot of fun to play around with Ink & Slide and I can see myself using this as a digital sketchbook as well as a tool to help me do a quick sketches of how my work would fit in a space.” —Daniel Fishel, illustrator/letterer
“I’ve used my fair share of digital drawing tools and Ink & Slide are easily the best translation of real-world drawing tools. Not only that, they are attractive and people cannot help but ask about them when they see you at work.” —Thomas Romer, designer/illustrator (who drew Voyager’s historic 1981 flyby of Saturn and it’s giant moon Titan)
“Great for sketching on the train!” —Chi Birmingham, illustrator
“If I close my eyes I envision myself sitting alone in a bar somewhere in Europe, documenting my observations with Ink & Slide and then it is a year later and I’m flipping through old images and I feel nostalgic, motivated to take another trip and sketch more and I am happy because my sketches aren’t lost somewhere in between other unfinished sketchbooks sitting on my discontinued Ikea bookshelf—they are here at my fingertips, wherever I am, urging me to start a blog of my new observation, or an Instagram account, or a clever book, or to, at least, keep drawing.” —Deanna Paquette, digital designer
“Adobe really went out of its way to make a system that is both intuitive but also inventive. Ink & Slide makes you wish for a GIANT iPad.” —Clay Rodery, illustrator
“I remember the day I first tried crayons and it totally reminded me of those feelings of excitement and fun. Def enjoyed it!” —Hyesu Lee, illustrator
“A sketchbook with an ‘undo?’ Yes please!” —Lori Richmond, illustrator/writer
“Ink & Slide are fun tools for traditional artists who want to translate their craft to the digital world.” —Chris Becker, illustrator
“I like doing really fine line work and building up through a lot of layers, which is usually challenging on a tablet. I started with the same problems using Ink; I never knew precisely where the line was going to begin relative to where I put the stylus. Once I discovered the zoom functionality, though, everything changed (for the better!).” —Erin McCue, designer