Thursday, November 03, 2011

Marbles and technology

When in doubt, paint marbles.

I've fiddled around in the studio, between paintings, and picked up a brush and the remains of some oils and tried out a marble.  Spheres are one of those things that look deceptively simple but become quite complex.  I refused to add more paint to the left overs on my palette so made do with colours already there.

Spheres are a great loosening up exercise, especially when I don't consider them any more than simple shapes and values.  There's something about the brain that likes to add just too much detail if allowed to steer my brush.

I've tinkered with technology again.  I was updating the book that I created, The Gyotaku Project,  and realized that it can now be created into an e-book for iPod, iPhone and iPad.  As I'd just upgraded my iPod to a 4g it seemed like a good idea to give it a test run.  Having my book on my iPod provides an instant reference piece for anyone I want to show it to.  The images are very crisp and clear as is the text.  The best part is the price.  Just $3.99 to buy it and download the book onto your device.  The only other thing required is iBooks - free from iTunes - to view the book.  It is likely compatible with other e-book readers, but I haven't tried any others at this time.

You can click on The Gyotaku Project in the link on the right side of this blog to preview 15 pages of the book or to purchase it.


Brenda Rowe Art said...

I've got a new-to-you bag of marbles for you to play with.....

Jeanette Jobson said...

Oooh fabulous! One can never have too many marbles as I keep losing mine. :)

Gordon Pritchard said...

Did you make the ebook version yourself or was it done by a service provider. The reason I ask is because I'd like to do the same thing (a book of cartoons) but don't know where to start.

Jeanette Jobson said...

Gordon, it was done through Blurb where I did the original book.

Another self publishing company called CreateSpace I've heard good things about and you may want to check them out.