I've finally gained enough confidence using inkpad on the iPad to share my findings. This vector based illustration tool is still new and wonderful to me because it forces me. It treats lines and shapes differently and forces the artist to think in terms of shapes instead of line. It comes with endless forgiveness and revisions that never pixelate when you enlarge. It's perfect for creating a logo that you need to be blown up to 30 feet or shrunk down to 30 pixels.
Here are some of the images I've created using Inkpad so far:
The best way for me to learn new software, apps, or new tech tools is to dive in and try to make things with them. I'm motivated by my desire to create. As I become absorbed in my creative flow, I troubleshoot, problem-solve, explore the possibilities, make connections to my previous knowledge, and imagine future uses for my new discoveries.
This is what I've been doing this week while shut indoors with the heat wave baking the Chicagoland area. But, this is also what I hope my students do everyday they are in my classroom. The desire to create makes learning fun and meaningful.
I played with these apps: popsicolor, procreate, picture show, instagram, photo shake to digitally paint on the ipad. Learn about my discoveries below.
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I also tried using the Doink Express app for this quick animation. We have the full version of Doink at school and made some amazing things with 3rd graders (see this post: The Aliens have Landed). This app is less money but still very powerful (and fun since you can add your voice).