Adobe Max 2014

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Hi, friends-

I’ve recently returned to Memphis following a wonderful week in Los Angeles, three days of which were spent at the AdobeMAX conference. I had such a great week, and such a great time at the conference––I’m excited to tell you guys all about it!

Adobe Creative Cloud

You may have read in my recent posts that I was invited by Adobe to attend the MAX conference as one of their “Insiders.” This is the second year for the Insider program, and I am so thrilled to have been a part of it. Adobe selected 8 people from different creative backgrounds to attend the conference and share their experiences via social media. I’ve put links to the other Insiders at the bottom of this post. It was a really cool, really talented group of folks. And it was nice having some new friends with which to experience MAX.

Day One: Monday

The opening keynote, titled “Creativity on the Cutting-Edge,” was all about Adobe’s new applications and product features. From Adobe: “In our increasingly complex and real-time world, where you work, how you work and what you work on is dramatically changing. Creativity is no longer confined to the desktop – you want to work across devices and between desktop and mobile.” With this idea at the core, Adobe revealed new features for Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign, as well as new (and updated) mobile apps. As someone who has completely embraced working on the iPad, I was thrilled to learn about (and see in action) all of the new reveals. Read about all of the new releases here, and see tutorials for the new apps and features here.

 

Adobe Max 2014

While the first part of the keynote focused on the Creative Profiles, Creative Libraries and the new features and apps, the second part focused on how Adobe and Microsoft have partnered to bring the full power of Photoshop and Illustrator to the touch workspace. They gave a really cool joint presentation which shared examples of the kind of things one can do using a Microsoft tablet and the Adobe apps. And to top it off, they gave everyone in attendance (close to 6000 of us) new Microsoft Surface Pro 3s! It was really exciting, as you can imagine. I’ve been steadily playing with and learning my way around this cool new tablet.

After a great lunch in the Press Room with the other Insiders, we were given a hands-on demo of one of the newly-released apps, the Premiere Clip. This app lets you turn clips and images from your iPhone or iPad into perfectly polished videos.  Here's a quick video I put together of some of the sights and sounds from the Max Bash. I found this app really fun and easy to use.

There were hundreds of classes, labs and sessions available at Max (all of which were held at the LA Convention Center), and I primarily focused on the instructional ones. Monday afternoon I attended the class “What’s New in Adobe Illustrator CC.” This was a great overview of all the new features. You can see this class and most of the others online here.

That night I attended a fun party at the Edison, a steampunk-themed nightclub in a basement, where I met up with the other Insiders and all the cool folks from Adobe. Here I am with Rachel and Orlando, fellow Insiders.

Jenean, Orlando, Rachel at AdobeMAX 2014

And here I am with Geoff Dowd, Principle Designer at Adobe, with our Adobe Ink styluses. I “met” Geoff months ago on Instagram when he commented on one of my drawings and was happy to get to meet and connect with him here.

Geoff Dowd, Jenean Morrison, Adobe Ink

I have to say, one of the coolest parts of the conference was getting to meet and talk to the people behind the Adobe products. Everyone is so passionate and excited about the things they are working on. It was great to be a part of that energy.

Day Two: Tuesday

We started off the second day back in the Nokia Theater where we listened to four amazing creatives share their inspiring stories. This was a real treat and contrasted nicely with the technical information that was shared the day before. The theme of the talks was “Community Inspires Creativity,” and Ami Vitale, Jason Seiler, Weird Al Yankovic and Lee Hirsch all gave passionate, inspiring presentations about their work. I really loved all of these but was particularly affected by Lee Hirsch's talk where he discussed the power of film to move people and the impact of his movie, "Bully."

I attended two classes on Tuesday, starting with Creative Drawing on the iPad with Adobe Sketch. I’m totally in love with this program now, so it was great to get an inside look at all the new features. I also attended a class on Making Your EPUBs pop. This was a really cool look at the new interactivity features that can be integrated with your digital books via InDesign.

Tuesday was the longest day of the conference, with classes ending at 5:30 and Max Sneaks starting at 6:30. Max Sneaks was a preview of the ideas and technology that is in the works at Adobe, and it was one of the most fun events of the conference. More than a dozen projects were shared, and you can see them all here. My favorites were Shape Shade, a unique touch and tablet program for vector drawing, and Project Para.

At Max Sneaks with fellow insiders Sarah and Rachel, and our Adobe contacts Christine and Darrian.

At Max Sneaks with fellow insiders Sarah and Rachel, and our Adobe contacts Christine and Darrian.

Max Sneaks was followed by the Max Bash, a huge outdoor party filled with tons of food, drinks, incredible artwork and design, a DJ and a performance by Kings of Leon. It was a beautiful party and a great way to end the day.

Day Three: Wednesday

Although the Max Bash was the culminating event of the conference, there was still a full day of classes on the third day.  I attended five classes that day, where I learned more about the new apps and working with Illustrator on the Surface Pro 3 touch screen. I also attended a great class on social media and building a personal brand.


While lots of the classes are instructional, there are plenty that focus on inspiration and creativity.  Sarah, my fellow Insider, raved about both of these:

How to Tap into Your Creative Voice and Make Work That Matters

Think Like a Hacker: How Creative Overachievers Smash the Norm

New Releases

That sums up my day-by-day play-by-play, but I wanted to share more details about the new apps. I was so excited by these that I was tempted to sneak away during the conference and play with them, but there was so much going on that I didn’t want to miss anything. I did find a few minutes to try them out, quickly sketching these between classes.

Now that I’m back and have had some time to play, I can tell you that you are absolutely going to fall in love with these apps if you haven’t already.

I’ve been using Illustrator Draw (formerly Ideas) quite a bit, and it is one of my faves. In addition being easy to use, it allows you to send your sketches straight to Illustrator and edit them as vectors. I love being able to draw on the iPad and refine and turn the artwork into repeat patterns on the desktop.

I’ve also grown really fond of Brush and Sketch lately. Brush allows you to create unique brushes out of photos and illustrations, then use those brushes in Photoshop, Illustrator or Sketch. Below are a few sketches where I’ve incorporated the brush app. I started by creating an element in Draw, turning that element into a brush in Brush, then using those brushes in Sketch.

I’m trying out all of the new apps, including Photoshop Mix over on Instagram, so check in with me if you want to see how I’m using these in my work.

I was sad to leave L.A. but happy to see my husband and my sweet cat back at home here in Memphis! A big thank you to Adobe for this wonderful opportunity! I really loved this conference, and I plan to make it an annual event. It was the perfect mix of technology and creative inspiration!

Be sure to check out the work of my fellow Insiders: Josh Cleland, Rachel Binx, Tony Zhou, Joel Grimes, Orlando Arocena, Andrew Shen and Sarah Croughwell.

Featured: Adobe Creative Cloud Blog

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I'm on my way to AdobeMAX in a couple of days, but before I leave for Los Angeles I wanted to share this really cool feature posted on the Creative Cloud Blog! I've been enjoying the Adobe drawing apps immensely, and this article details a bit of my journey!

Here are a few of my most recent sketches using Adobe Line, Adobe Ink and the iPad Air::

Jenean Morrison iPad Sketch, 2014.
Climbing Vines. Jenean Morrison, iPad, Adobe Line, Adobe Ink, 2014.

Climbing Vines. Jenean Morrison, iPad, Adobe Line, Adobe Ink, 2014.

Jenean Morrison, iPad Air, Adobe Line and Adobe Ink, 2014.

Jenean Morrison, iPad Air, Adobe Line and Adobe Ink, 2014.

Mondrian-inspired background with messy flowers on top. Jenean Morrison, iPad, Adobe Line, Adobe Ink, 2014.

Mondrian-inspired background with messy flowers on top. Jenean Morrison, iPad, Adobe Line, Adobe Ink, 2014.

Floral bouquets. Jenean Morrison, iPad, Adobe Line, Adobe Ink, 2014.

Floral bouquets. Jenean Morrison, iPad, Adobe Line, Adobe Ink, 2014.

Happy garden series. Jenean Morrison, iPad, Adobe Line, Adobe Ink, 2014.

Happy garden series. Jenean Morrison, iPad, Adobe Line, Adobe Ink, 2014.

I had some new business cards made for the conference, each using one of my favorite new designs.

Jenean Morrison Business Cards

Don't forget to follow me on Twitter and Instagram as I share my experience as an Adobe Max Insider starting Monday! I can't wait for the conference, and I can't wait to tell you guys all about it!!

Adobe Max Insider 2014

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Hi friends––

I'm excited to announce that next month I'll be heading to the AdobeMAX creativity conference as an "Adobe Max Insider!" Adobe contacted me a few weeks ago to ask if I'd like to participate, and of course I said YES! Adobe is sponsoring my attendance at the conference, and I'll be reporting my experiences to you. In a few weeks I'll be on my way to Los Angeles to meet up with seven other creatives from different fields also selected to be Insiders.

Image design by Maria Gronlund.

Image design by Maria Gronlund.

I've never been to AdobeMAX before, so this experience will be completely new. There are over 5000 attendees, with hundreds of sessions and workshops being offered. As a designer, I use Adobe products every day. Illustrator is my go-to program when I am on my desktop; Adobe Line and Adobe Ideas are my favorites for iPad.

I'm working to fill out my session schedule now. I'll primarily be following the Graphic Design and Illustration track, attending classes like "Adobe Illustrator CC: Working Happy, Not Hard" and "What's New in Adobe Ideas." I'm also excited to attend "Scratching Many Surfaces," a presentation on surface design led by Julia Rothman and Santtu Mustonen. (I'm crazy about both of these artists!) While I'm immersed in surface design just about every day, I know there is still a lot to learn.

iPad sketch using Adobe Line and Ink & Slide.

iPad sketch using Adobe Line and Ink & Slide.

Have any of you ever been to this conference? Let me know if you plan on attending this year, or if you have past AdobeMax experiences to share. If you are thinking about attending, the Early Bird registration has been extended through September 12th! I hope to see you there!

 

Geometric Designs

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Just a quick post to share some of the geometric designs I created last week using the iPad, Adobe Line and the Ink & Slide.  As I've mentioned in previous posts, I love these tools and this new way of working! 

Jenean Morrison Pattern, iPad, Adobe Line, Adobe Ink & Slide, 2014.

These first two designs were primarily hand-drawn using the stylus.  I used the ruler to map out the blocks, then drew and colored the designs freehand.  I really like the organic look of these lines.

Jenean Morrison Pattern, iPad, Adobe Line, Adobe Ink & Slide, 2014.

These bottom two relied heavily on the drafting tools-- rulers and shape templates.  I've just started exploring these precision tools, and they are definitely a lot of fun.  It looks similar to designs that I might create in Illustrator, but I was able to do it right there on my iPad.

Jenean Morrison Pattern, iPad, Adobe Line, Adobe Ink & Slide, 2014.
Jenean Morrison Pattern, iPad, Adobe Line, Adobe Ink & Slide, 2014.

Having only worked on a desktop for the last few years, I appreciate the freedom that comes designing on a mobile device.  I've mainly been using it while on the sofa or the front porch, but I'm taking a quick trip to Texas to see family this week and am happy to be taking my iPad along!  I'll be back next week with a look at my next fabric collection, Star Landing.  Follow me on Instagram or Facebook for sneak peeks!

New Tools = New Inspiration

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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. I'm still loving the Adobe drawing apps and their Ink & Slide––so much so that I can't seem to stop using them!  Seriously, I have sketched on the iPad every day since I got these new tools.  These apps really encourage creativity and spontaneity while sketching.  There is an amazing freedom in being able to erase and/or color over anything you've already done.  Plus, I can do things on the iPad that I could never do on paper.  For example, in the design below I used the marker tool to color in the green background.  I then drew on top of the background with a lighter color.

The past couple of weeks I've created some Mid-Century-inspired designs as well as some patterns.

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I've made several of these designs available on iPhone cases and prints in my Nuvango shop! I'll be posting more of these here soon and on my Instagram because I can't stop drawing!!

All artwork created on the iPad Air using Adobe Line and Adobe Ink.

Sketching with Adobe and the Ipad Air

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I'm completely head-over-heels in love with my Ipad Air, my new Adobe drawing apps and my Adobe Ink & Slide!  For a while now I've been drawing with Adobe Ideas and the Wacom Creative Intuos Stylus.  This has been a really great combo, and I've loved the results (see my Instagram feed).  But now, with the addition of these two new apps, I'm able to do more and thus I can experiment more.

Ipad, Adobe Line, Adobe Ink and Slide, 2014 by Jenean Morrison.

I've really been opening myself up to this new way of working.   Adobe Line is actually a great tool for precision, but I've been enjoying the organic results I get from loosely playing with shapes and color. 

Ipad, Adobe Line, Adobe Ink and Slide, 2014 by Jenean Morrison.
Ipad, Adobe Line, Adobe Ink and Slide, 2014 by Jenean Morrison.

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, and I love the effect it has had on my work!

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Ipad, Adobe Line, Adobe Ink and Slide, 2014 by Jenean Morrison.

If you try any of these apps or products, you must let me know what you think!  I think you are going to fall in love, too, if you haven't already!  You can see more of my drawings here in my Ipad Sketches gallery.