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Fall (in Love)

JasonC —  October 29, 2013 — Leave a comment

As an experiment into using my iPad 4 as a “true” digital sketchbook, I decided to try creating a typography project using just the iPad and the pressure-sensitive Intuos Creative Stylus (ICS) and Sketchbook Pro.

Since Fall (Autumn) is my favorite season (by far!) it got to be the object of this exercise.

Here’s the result:



What do you think?

I may try to further develop this using my desktop tools and see what comes of it.

There are a ton of products out there to help with the creativity process. Everything from pencil and paper to a high-end pressure-sensitive display with various creative apps exist. And they ALL work. It’s just a matter of finding what works best for you, but then also keeping that with you so you can get busy when the creative streak hits you.

Many people have iPads, and they’re great for a lot of things. Browsing and email work great. It’s even getting a little easier to do some creative writing on the iPad (especially if you have a keyboard for it). But there’s no denying that trying to create any graphics on the iPad ends up feeling like you’re literally finger-painting. Do it enough and you can even do OK with “finger-painting.” But it can be frustrating and maybe not everyone is meant to be an iPad VanGogh.

Now you have another option: The Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus (ICS)

Wacom creates awesome products that are geared towards bridging the gap between traditional media and digital media. Intuos tablets have been around for years, letting you “draw” with pressure sensitivity, though you’re drawing on a tablet and looking at your computer’s screen. Then there is the Wacom Cintiq line which basically puts a pressure sensitive tablet on a screen, so you can literally draw where you’re looking with a high degree of precision. But they’re expensive. Last year they released the Wacom Inkling, which is a special pen and sensor that you can clip to your notepad and draw like you would with a pen, then hook it to the computer and download a digital version to your computer, which you can then manipulate with your favorite applications. (I’d love to get my hands on one of these for detailed review…)


Intuos Creative Stylus 1

Sitting atop my Leuchtturm 1917 5×7″ notebook you’ll find (L->R, Top->Bottom in the middle) iPhone 5, Case for the ICS, Intuos Creative Stylus, Cintiq Stylus, Amazon Basics stylus, Uni Kurutoga .3mm mechanical pencil, Palomino Blackwing 602, and finally the box for the ICS.


The Intuos Creative Stylus is a $99 stylus that you can use with your iPad to create art or manipulate images. It aims to turn your iPad into something approaching a Cintiq. Here’s my review.

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Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition
Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition by T. Colin Campbell
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This book, by the author of the China study, starts off with an interesting premise: that a diet comprised of whole vegetables provides the most optimal health benefits to individuals while potentially reversing many ill effects of environmental contact and carcinogens that are consumed.

With all of the interest in anti-oxidant rich food and a general obsession with health topics in our modern culture, this is a timely discussion of a very interesting topic. And from an author who has decades of experience in the field of nutrition and research in that field.

That said, there are two things about this book that disappointed me:

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Direct sales is like most other businesses in more ways than not. One of the biggest differences is to what degree the direct sales consultant is in control of the outcome of their business. Generally speaking, the harder you work, the better your results and the better your income.

But it’s not always that way.

There are ups and downs like any other business. Sometimes it seems achieving the same results is twice as hard, or next to impossible.

And here’s the thing: You can’t let the downs “get you down.” It’s just as dangerous to allow yourself to “slow down” when things are going (and growing!) great. Either of these situations can be personally devastating because as a direct sales business owner it is all so personal! 

So… what do you watch out for for the Ups & Downs of the direct sales business? And how do you break out of it if you get “down”?

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