“Raven” by Todd Powelson

Check it out… maybe you already know about TurningArt, but I really like their business model. It seems like a great new and modern way to discover new artists, and you’re even able to hang prints of those artists in your home with a monthly subscription. If you find that you like the print, you’re even able to buy the original from the artist.

If you’re an artist, its a good way to help find a larger audience. I’ve been a member and have posted my work for a few months now, and I’ve found everyone involved to be very supportive and helpful. They’ve gone out of their way to help get as many people looking at my work as possible, and the way they do it is very new and unique.

Take a look at what I have available in my TurningArt gallery, try it out, and hang it in your home 🙂


It’s Adobe, Duh!

Today my interview was posted and I had artwork was featured on Adobe’s Creative Layer blog, Facebook, and Twitter pages. Check it out 🙂




Pretty cool!

The Drama of Natural History

Salt Lake City is lucky to have a beautiful new Natural History Museum of Utah to call our own. This summer, the Museum is running week-long summer camps for youth.  The camps touch different subjects, but of course, since this is an art blog, the workshops that combine science and the arts are of greatest interest to me.

A few weeks ago, a summer camp invited dancers to explore nature and science and how it can inspire their art. Next week, the Museum will hold a camp that combines drama with science, called Dramatic Deserts. The workshop is conducted in partnership with the Children’s Theatre.

Dramatic Deserts campers will explore the desert through hands-on science and theater. Each morning, they will develop acting skills as they rehearse a desert drama with The Children’s Theatre. In the afternoons, participants will investigate deserts, hot and cold, throughout the museum. The camp runs  Monday, July 30 – Aug 3, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. For more information, visit the Natural History Museum of Utah’s website at http://nhmu.utah.edu/.

iPad Drawing

Figure Drawing - Made Using Adobe Ideas

Figure Drawing - Made Using Sketchbook Pro

Anna knew I was excited about tablets, and got me an iPad for Christmas. It was the very last thing I expected, but what a great gift it’s turned out to be. As a creative tool, the iPad has so very much potential, and I’m sure I’ve barely scratched the surface of what I can do. I’m sure Apple has just scratched the surface too. It’ll be interesting to watch how tablets evolve.

I do have a few projects in the works right now that I’ll write about at a later time. Projects that’ll use the iPad to create and distribute, but it’s probably too early to say too much about that. So I’m just going to write about the iPad as a drawing tablet.

Figure Drawing - Made Using Sketchbook Pro

Well, where to start? The iPad is extremely portable, and I don’t have to cart around all my pens, pencils and markers. The display is beautiful and interacting with the screen feels completely natural. The iPad doesn’t have any kind of pressure sensitivity, which might bug some people, but doesn’t bother me much.

I’ve been using my iPad to draw almost every day since I got it. The first app that I started using to draw is called Sketchbook Pro. This is a very good and powerful drawing app, and it is very cheap too, costing only $7.99. Sketchbook Pro has a very good user interface, color palate, and a lot of different bushes to use while drawing. My only complaint would be that it bogs down sometimes with some of the brushes and while blending colors. Actually, the blending brush slows the iPad down so much I’ve quit using that specific brush altogether. Also, since Sketchbook Pro is pixel based, if you try to make the image larger in Photoshop, you really only end up stretching the pixels and destroy image quality.

Sketch - Made Using Adobe Ideas

I still use Sketchbook Pro a little bit, but have found myself using Adobe Ideas for drawing these last couple of weeks. On the surface, it probably doesn’t seem to be as powerful as other apps. You don’t have as many fancy brushes for one thing. It also took me a long time to develop a technique that I liked for shading. But now that I’ve used it and feel completely comfortable, I doubt I’ll use the other drawing apps very much. Maybe one of the main reasons that I like Adobe Ideas the most is also because it is vector based, which means that I can send the file to my laptop, open it in Illustrator and enlarge the image to whatever size I want without losing any quality. Currently, Adobe Ideas is free, although you can unlock features for $5. Actually, they only have one additional feature right now, and that feature will give you additional layers to play with. Well worth it. Hopefully, they will develop more features soon. I’d be happy to buy more brushes for $5. Ideas does have a drawback though, and that is, the more complex your image gets, the slower the refresh rate. Image render time can get very s-l-o-w. As a matter of fact, I have a very complex and detailed drawing in the works that has crashed Ideas a few times. I figured out a way around this issue, but it seems like a lot of extra work. Still, for me, the vector format is worth that extra effort.

Drawing - Made Using Sketchbook Pro

There is also an app called Brushes that I hear a lot of people use. I’ve downloaded and installed it, but haven’t done enough work in it to comment. I’m afraid you’d have the same resolution problems you’d come across with Sketchbook.

Anyway, I’ve included some of my iPad drawings in this post. I’ve been doing figure drawing on my iPad once a week at the Kings Cottage Gallery all month, and that is where most of these drawings come from. I did mention that the iPad is portable. Perfect for this kind of project!

Stack This!

If there is one local technology company that I really admire for all of their community work and community building, that would be XMission. It seems like everywhere I go, the library, the parks, or the coffee shops, XMission is providing Wi-Fi service. And what is nice, in many of the public places it is for free. It’s XMission’s way of giving back. I was very impressed when I was helping build the slcfashionstroll.com website and XMission helped by sponsoring and giving us their support simply because they like to see events like the Fashion Stroll coming together in downtown Salt Lake.

Recently, I’ve been talking with a number of different artists about getting websites going for them, so it seems like a good time to write about a service that XMission is offering called Stackable. The most basic thing you’ll need when building a new website is a place to host it on the web, and Stackable is a perfect solution. It may seem like it is more powerful than what you need at first, but the nice thing about Stackable is that you can increase or decrease the bandwidth you use, upgrade or downgrade the storage you use, and turn on and off services depending on what you find you need. As a graphic designer, and because I have worked with a number of hosting companies, I can tell you that this is a very nice feature. There is nothing worse than getting nickle-and-dimed by some anonymous company, and with their business model, Stackable won’t be doing any of that.

I like technology, especially when it is easy to use.