The Best Mobile Drawing App Is Called Paper

"Trumpet Flower" illustration by Nicole Cleary using the Paper app by FiftyThree

“Trumpet Flower” illustration by Nicole Cleary using the Paper app by FiftyThree

logoPaper by FiftyThree

The main idea for this app is simple. Get your ideas on paper. It’s the best tool to sort out the concept you have in your head and make it a visual reality. The key to its success is that it has a staggeringly simple UI/interface and an extremely accurate replication of the effects of a calligraphy pen, pencil, heavy marker, fine-tip marker, and watercolor brush on a real paper surface. The developers have even gone so far as to mimic how colors mix once applied to the page. For example, if you were to paint a spot with yellow, then paint over that same spot with blue, you would see green where those two spots overlapped. Impressed? I certainly was.
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My Favorite Fruit – Strawberry Painting

Strawberry - photoshop painting by Nicole Barker

Strawberry - photoshop painting by Nicole Barker

My favorite fruit, the strawberry.
Enjoying a simply wonderful treat… morning, noon or night
strawberry jam, strawberry tart, strawberry shortcake, strawberry sorbet
or just by itself.
I don’t have one bad memory of eating a strawberry.
Take a bite, and smile.

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Eiffel Tower – ipad sketch

Eiffel Tower iPad Sketch by Nicole Barker

Eiffel Tower iPad Sketch by Nicole Barker

While I was traveling last year I visited Paris, and the thing that influenced me the most was the Eiffel Tower. In an effort to sketch more in my life, I decided this was the perfect subject matter.
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Present Like A Pro, Use An iPad

Minimal Folio App Screenshot

Minimal Folio App Screenshot from my iPad – Art by Nicole Cleary

In this horrific economy, everyone needs to step-up their game when it comes to presentations. Whether its keeping the job you have or searching for a new one, presentations can either make you seem professional and on the ball or unprepared and nervous. Obviously the content of the presentation is important as well, but as a presenter, you are essentially trying to “sell” the idea you are presenting to your audience. You need to stick in their mind, and set yourself apart from everyone else who has presented to them. One way I’ve found to do that, is by using an iPad. The iPad, as a media, will work best for you if you’re presenting to 5 people or less.

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Seashell – ipad sketch

Seashell - iPad Sketch by Nicole Barker

Seashell - iPad Sketch by Nicole Barker

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Eye – ipad sketch

Eye - ipad sketch by Nicole Barker

Eye - ipad sketch by Nicole Barker

This is the first sketch I ever created on my iPad. I was using the sketchbook pro iPad app and my new pogo stylus. After testing out the way the iPad app registered my brush-strokes, I would highly recommend the sketchbook Pro app, but found the pogo stylus to be inaccurate and cumbersome. It never seemed to paint where I wanted it to on the tablet. Later, I started using the soft-touch stylus and found drawing and painting much easier. Unlike the pogo stylus, it provides much-needed resistance against the tablet’s surface. I would highly recommend it to anyone who is frustrated using their finger or another stylus to paint on their iPad.
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