However, before going on to the IPad, it’s worth considering using a notebook to sketch out a design. The huge advantage of a paper notebook is the feel and texture of a pen against paper. That natural friction is something that no graphic tablet or stylus can recreate fully. So why not just start Sketching on Paper?
That’s exactly what I did. I started to jot down some dumb, lose sketches and then refined them a bit more.
Here;s where the advantages of an iPad start to kick in. After getting my sketches down, I used Adobe capture to save the image into my Adobe shapes. This gives me access to the ideas in Adobe illustrate draw. Not full illustrator but still a powerful app.I also tried a couple of other designing apps for the iPad to try and edit some images including.
I got a few rough ideas for a design but none of them really stuck with me. However, I did come up with a little slogan or tag that I felt really suited the idea of creatives using the iPad to make something. iCreate.
Yes Apple is moving away from the whole starting with i thing, yes it is narcissistic, yes many groups have also used it but none of that stops it from still being a cool tag line and slightly inspirational. A great reminder to get out and create something everyday Plus it is a declaration to the universe that I create things.
Stealing an icon
I’ll be honest, my drawing skills aren’t so hot and although I practice almost daily, I’m no where near a professional standard. So I decided to cheat a little here. As I was looking for some inspiration for the site logo, I came across a great icon on the noun project (a great site with Creative Commons license icon designs.) I tried mimicking it, but in the end I decided it was worth splashing $2 to buy the rights to use it and avoid any potential legal issues. Now I had a tag line and an good quality icon.
Putting it together on….
Finally I had all the essential elements to make a tshirt. Tagline, check. Icon, check, website that allows me to assemble a tshirt design…er. Well more on that next time.