Creative Spotlight: Pete the Duck
Recently, we discovered an Adobe Ideas fan that incorporates the app into his creative workflow to publish an entertaining web comic series. This fan, who prefers to go by an alias of one of his creations – “pete the duck” – uses the Touch Apps throughout his comic creation process.
We caught up with him to better understand his creative process and learn how Adobe Ideas plays a role in his comic-creation development. See his responses in the full Q&A below, and check out our new Twitter background featuring his work.
Creative Layer: When were you first introduced to Adobe Touch Apps? What was your very first creation?
pete the duck: Last Fall, I was directed to Adobe Ideas after searching online reviews of the best drawing apps for the iPad. Since then, I’ve tried other drawing applications, including some that even cost more than Adobe Ideas, but none have had the quality and ease of use of Adobe Ideas. I primarily have used Adobe Ideas to create comics based around the Halo video game franchise that feature a character of my own creation, pete the duck.
How have the Adobe Touch Apps change your creative workflow?
In short, Adobe Ideas has made my creative workflow possible. I would not be creating the work that I create without this tool.
Where’s your favorite location to create? Outside? Inside? On the go?
As my work is very casual, I enjoy a casual environment to draw in. I create most of my art while relaxing on my couch.
What time of day do you find yourself creating with Adobe Touch Apps? Morning? Afternoon? Night?
I use it throughout the day. It’s easy to pick up Adobe Ideas and sketch an idea in the morning and then come back and compete it in the afternoon or evening.
How much of a difference has direct touch input made to your creations?
Although I am not a professional artist, I have always had an interest in drawing. Several years ago, I purchased an art tablet and professional graphics program for my computer. I used them for months, but I could never overcome the disconnect that occurs when you draw on a tablet while the image appears not where you are drawing, but on a monitor several inches away. I have always been better with paper and pencil, where there is no disconnect and you have a precise and tangible connection with your drawing as you create it. I resorted to drawing in pencil, scanning the image, and attempting to enhance and color the image digitally–often with poor results. Adobe Ideas has let me retain that real connection with my work that you get from paper and pencil while gaining all of the quality advantages of fully digital drawing.
Of the different Touch Apps, which is most instrumental to your creative process and why?
The only Adobe Touch App that I use is Adobe Ideas – but it is a powerful drawing App and is the only tool that I need to express my creativity!
If you had the opportunity to travel to anywhere in the world with your Touch Apps, where would it be and why?
I would love to visit Japan and use Adobe Ideas in studying their calligraphy.
What are the top three sources you look to for inspiration?
I have always had an interest in art in general and I especially enjoy natural landscapes and skies. I am a fan of science fiction, which is a great source of inspiration as well. I also have a one-year old daughter who has given me much lighthearted inspiration that I can’t resist instilling in my work.