Muses from the artistic world of Sonia Mocnik
August 26,2019
Apple pencil

Everyday there are those bumps in the road.  This morning, got through my blog post and then suddenly the iPad died.  I was so sure I could get enough charge to finish the entry without losing it, but it didn’t happen.

it so reminds me of all the instances that I get a great idea, start getting it down on paper and then - i can’t find the paint or the pen, or the special mr. clean eraser just when I need it.  Then my frustration usually ends up on the painting.  It just necessary to be prepared and ready to go at a moments notice.

So with that in mind, I wanted to write about my experience so far with the Apple Pencil.  Yesterday, I purchased it at the downtown Apple store.  I had a hard time justifying the purchase up until yesterday.  I had a prompt from one of my students that will be in my sketching class.  She is taking an online course and hopes to use the pencil while in class.  Ok, so now I have to be ready to talk to this. I have already spoken about the pen and Procreate App, but I just seem to get way laid when I want to work on it.  I had hoped to find the pencil while away last winter in the Caribbean, but couldn’t find a duty free location that offered it.

So, I held off, there being umpteen other creative things to get involved with.  I purchased the app a few months ago, have been following Artist Paula O’briens from the Sunshine Coast on her exploration with this and then - just left it in one of those forgotten places on my reminder list.

Ok, so yesterday, I give in, i’m Downtown, it’s so close to where I am and it’s just time. I get to the store, i’m Immediately greeted by an Apple employee and with 3 minutes have the pencil in my hand.  The store is crowded, so I don’t waste anytime on checking anything else out - just pay with his portable keypad, he find’s my Apple email on file, email’s me the receipt and I am out the door.  What was I waiting for?  It even had a year’s warranty.

My fellow Hycroft artist had the pencils already more than a year ago, the. Two other students were given them for presents, but no one was really using it. In a class on sketching, I did have the students bring them and we found out they need to be charged and only work with the one device - your device.

I started paying with it last night, but found Procreate wasn’t giving me a nice dark line and I can’t figure out where to get the size of pencil I want.  Time to go to the YouTube video for Procreate.

i will be writing more on how I like this product as I am hoping to use it as a digital source for setting up composition and colour for testing out things that I want to paint. I’ll see how I like it and how it compares to drawing on paper with a real pencil.

more to read on my blog in the next while ...I hope... if I don’t get distracted with something else.

happy Painting and sketching!

Posted by Sonia Mocnik at 11:50


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