Drawing and Painting Apps

Drawing Pad is a simple productivity app I frequently use to work up my initial ideas on a doll. I often start will an actual pencil or pen drawing, photograph it with my phone or iPad, and then pull it up on the app to manipulate it. Saving every layer helps if I need to go back and set up parallel directions for the doll…different clothing, hair, etc. for the collector commissioning the doll.
I am not expert with the program yet, but I learn something new about the functionality every day. It helps clarify direction for both of us.
This is not a detail step but a brainstorming step once I have some idea who this doll is going to be for or of.

Example Drawing Pad sketch

Example Drawing Pad sketch

About jodynash

I am a textile artist with a background in printmaking and photography. I received my BFA from UC Davis in 1996. Found objects hold a fascination for me partly because of their random nature, but also because it feels right to re-purpose and reuse instead of discard. I suppose my desire to see things gain new life results from my long experience as a Registered Nurse. There is no easy explanation for why I make dolls. As most artists will tell you, we are simply compelled in one way or another. In that, I have been all over the map, to be sure: painting in oils and acrylic, printmaking, silk painting, writing poetry, singing, and dancing. Making these dolls, for now, just feels right and good. That all the wire-twisting, stitches, beading, modeling, and painting are hand-work means a return to the investment of energy into each piece in a way we rarely see in our tech-driven, factory processed products. In addition they are locally produced, and often customized specifically to a customer's design. My skill and approach are always evolving. I am always a student, though often a teacher. I am fortunate to live in beautiful Napa, California, a source for my inspiration and peace, with my equally talented and ever so witty husband.
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