I finally got myself a "smartphone," after many years of using the most
basic and inexpensive phone I could find. Funny thing is, the
pay-as-you-go plan for the new phone is actually cheaper than it was for
the old phone. (It's sneaky tricks like this that they use to get you
hooked, I think.) Anyway, I figured I would try to join the rest of the
sketchers I encounter at symposiums and other events and drag myself
into the 21st Century - if only so I can streamline the process of
photographing and sharing sketches in something like real time. So the
drawing and sharing this morning from Bucer's here in Moscow was for the
express purpose of testing this workflow. I realize that this is old
hat to most of you, dear readers, and that there's really nothing
complicated or extraordinary about taking a photo and immediately
sharing it. But for me, it was a bit of a leap.
one thing I will continue to do is actually photograph my drawings
later on, when I have access to a real camera and some decent lighting,
because I think it makes a big difference to anyone who might want to
look more closely at the work. While it's nice to get a glimpse of the
drawing "in situ," with some indication of what was being sketched, I
always like to see the drawing itself, reproduced at least reasonably
well. I'll keep trying to make this happen with the new phone, but so
far my experiments haven't been very successful. Please let me know if
you have strategies for using your phone to get good reproductions of
your sketches in the comments below. Thanks!
I teach architecture at the University of Idaho - design studios, architectural graphics courses, and a professional practice course. One of my passions outside of teaching ... and music, and plants, and mycology, and ... is observing and understanding the world through sketching with various media, such as pencil, pen, charcoal and watercolor. Passing along the same skill and interest to students is a goal I've pursued through my teaching here in Moscow, Idaho, and through an 8-week study-abroad program in Rome each summer.