Not Robert Cumberford

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A failed car designer tries to make sense of a flat design world.

Follow my Christmas card progress!

So last year I dropped the ball on my Christmas card. It was the first time in years that I didn’t produce something worthy of public consumption and it’s been buggin me ever since.

This year will be different.

I’ve started early and I’m feeling good about it. Already have the setting and the car picked out and sketching has begun in earnest. I’m going to try to keep updating this blog with snippets of my work progress until the final card is ready in early December.

As you can see from the sketches, I’ve chosen a 1955 Jaguar D-type longnose (Le Mans winner) as the car. The location will be unveiled in my next post.

Stop back often for updates!

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SketchBook Pro goes mobile

I’ve been playing with it for months on my iPhone, but now it’s gone public – Autodesk’s Sketchbook Mobile is coming to the app store. A fantastic addition to the digital designer’s workflow, this is the drawing app you’ve been waiting for if you’re a professional designer or digital artist.

Check out Carl Alviani’s article about it on Core77, and I’ll be putting up my impressions soon.

Sketching with Brushes

Inspired by Jorge Colombo’s cover of the June 1, 2009 issue of  The New Yorker, I did a quick sketch in my living room using the Brushes app on my iPhone. Although it’s far from cover-worthy, it is fun to play with and a great tool for forcing looseness into your sketching.

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Abruzzo nel cuore.

With everything that’s been happening in Abruzzo recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about Teramo. I have lots of friends I made when I lived there that I still keep in touch with through Facebook, and I spoke to my cousins after the earthquake to make sure everyone was ok (they are, even the ones who live in L’Aquila). All of the Italian community in Philly has been asking what they can do to help, and I haven’t had an answer.

I still don’t, but I saw today that Abruzzese Formula 1 driver Jarno Trulli has started a charity, supported by the F1 community, to help out the quake victims, called Abruzzo Nel Cuore (Abruzzo in our hearts). It’s written on the side of Ferrari’s cars for the race in China today and there’s a website abruzzonelcuore.org where you can donate directly to his charity. Pretty cool way to help out. And it made me think.

Abruzzo is in my heart, all the time. My year there shaped who I am today, molded my personality, and taught me about art, so I thought I’d do a little sketch of Teramo to show that we’re all thinking about them and we’re here to help however we can. I encourage other artists who have been inspired by the region to do the same thing and hopefully we can keep Abruzzo in our hearts, and in the public awareness, until the people of L’Aquila and the other towns affected by the quake have gotten back on their feet.

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More sketching…

Ok, these aren’t really coming in order, but I thought I’d post my favorite recent sketch next.

This is a morning sketch of my office after a night on the sofa. Still just getting back into the groove of sketching with a rollerball in a sketchbook. It’s been so long.

Sketch is done with a Pilot Precise rollerball in a hand•book 5.5 inch square sketchbook (from Dick Blick)

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Jumping out of my ‘skine

Ok, so all the cool kids are posting their sketchbook pages these days, so I thought I would too. I’ve been trying to sketch more regularly to get out of my keyboard and mouse mentality, and although the results have been mixed, I thought I’d start to post them when they go well. Here’s the first of several I’ve done recently and that are awaiting posting.

Done in Moleskine 5 x 8.5 inch sketchbook with Pilot Precise Rollerball.

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Sketchbook Pro 2010 announced

©2009 Andrew Meehan

©2009 Andrew Meehan

I’ve been a beta-testing Autodesk’s Sketchbook Pro for years now (since version 2), so I’m really excited to see the new version (2010) is getting released soon. Sketchbook is a lightweight, fast, digital sketching software that I use every day in my workflow. If you’ve never tried it, you owe it to yourself to download the free trial here.

There’s also a great article outlining some of the new features coming out in the 2010 release on Autodesk’s AREA. The ellipse and rulers have changed my life.

This is really a great product that not a lot of artists and designers know about, and that’s a shame. So check it out. It’s cheap, it’s great, and you’ll never go back to sketching in Photoshop.