You’ve got to build bypasses!

I am in the throes of a learning curve struggle. Historically, I work on paper when designing. But I WANT to live in the future. I want to be able to scale and color and tweak my designs in the easy way that computers offer.


Having drawn, scanned, stitched together, and tried to edit a design, spending / wasting several hours on that, I feel like I really need to learn how to design directly in software. Maybe I just don’t have the right hardware? I am due for some new gear, and something that would be suited for everything from sketching to finalized custom textile designs would be sweet. Like candy.

If you know what that device is, please tell me. Because guessing what tools I need is a frustrating and expensive habit.

The Covets: Pencil for Paper by FiftyThree

As detailed by Wired … I want this thing. Paper is by far my most enjoyed scribbling app, and being able to scribble like this seems Just So.

Thing is, I *want* to live in the future! but I don’t want to surrender the movements of writing, to get there. I have tried many styli, and never found one mo’ better than just pressing my thumb and finger together as if holding a thing. That way, I can make the same motions actually writing,with the outside edge of my thumb contacting the touch screen. But that feels weird, and also veers dangerously close to mime.

… But this Pencil stylus, I can believe in a simpatico scribbling experience, right up to the part where I can smear it around with my finger.

Openly Admired: Kelly McKernan

Openly Admired: Kelly McKernan Go and look through Kelly’s portfolio, and then come back here and tell me it doesn’t do much for you. I dare you.

Desinence by Kelly McKernan. All rights reserved for Kelly McKernan. So, no sneaky running off with it.

I don’t quite recall where I heard about Kelly, or first saw her work, but I find it to be pretty freakin’ amazing. A few years ago on FB, maybe? In any case, hot diggity! Never having been a big fan of pictures of people, it surprised me a little to find how much I dig these. They have the compelling contrasts of a cameo piece, the intensity of solid illustration, and the momentum of good watercolor. What’s not to like??