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Added on by Jenean Morrison.

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.

Weekend Work

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I love weekends!  One might think that since I work from home the weekends aren't any different from the weekdays.  But they are!  I find I can be hard on myself during the week, telling myself to be more productive, make more designs, answer more emails, blog more, etc.  But on the weekends I can just let it all go.  And I'm often more productive on the weekends because I'm relaxing and not pushing myself to do more.

Jenean Morrison Drawing-- Acrylic and Marker on Paper, 2014

This is a series of drawings I did over the past week, with the majority of them happening over the last couple of days.  I've mentioned this before, but I love moving from design to drawing to painting to crafting and back again.  I think it keeps the work fresh, and it certainly keeps my brain artistically stimulated in a way that I love and need.

Jenean Morrison Drawing-- Acrylic and Marker on Paper, 2014
Jenean Morrison Drawing-- Acrylic and Marker on Paper, 2014

I have quite a few of these in the works so I'll be adding them to the site soon.  Some work better than others, but overall I am happy with the mix of painterly elements and the more strict graphic line work.

Jenean Morrison Drawing-- Acrylic and Marker on Paper, 2014

One of my Instagram friends said the one above reminded her of one of the old "canned ham" travel trailers.  I love that!  I love how abstract work lets the viewer contribute to the story!

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I hope your weekend was awesome and that you had lots of time for relaxing/working!

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