I Have an Apple Pencil for My iPad Pro!

I have made a sketch, copied and pasted it into a “Notes” doc, then come here to add text. I “Shared” the sketch to my “Photos” by downloading it. From there I can import it into the WordPress Gallery, then insert it into a blog post. Leaps and bounds in the direction of sharing unfortunate sketches are being made in this picayune reduct of artistic malfeasance, rumors of rumors, and effete misspokenness called Ethical Dative.

The tactile feedback of the digitizing “pencil” on the iPad Pro screen is dominated by an overwhelming sense of SLICKNESS. The point glides over the surface willy-nilly and higgledy-piggledy with no resistance, registering inexorably and unmercifully every pulsation, fidget, vacillation, and herky-jerky linear travesty of the hand.

This has been a test, and only a test, but a testy test from the rigors of isolation. Should it have been a reality rather than a test — a “real” sketch, God help us — that would have been made manifest from the outset. It’s only pixels. Pixels to pixels, ether to ether, dust to dust.

(c) 2020 JMN

About JMN

I live in Texas and devote much of my time to easel painting on an amateur basis. I stream a lot of music, mostly jazz, throughout the day, and watch Netflix and Prime Video for entertainment. I like to read and memorize poetry.
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5 Responses to I Have an Apple Pencil for My iPad Pro!

  1. Eric Wayne says:

    For people who really want a traditional drawing experience, graphics tablets can have a coating with some grit to it. Noe that your text is also only pixels.

    • JMN says:

      I’m inclined to adjust to the feel. The iPad-pencil duo has a lot going for it. I probably exaggerated the slickiness aspect. Text is also pixels — quite so. It’s all pixels. Ten years of Java programming clued me in — much of it string-handling, but some graphics in the latter stages. I get high on my own whimsy sometimes and spout semi-sequiturs in the blog. Trying to manage that.

      • Eric Wayne says:

        It’s just that when people want to attack any and all digital art, they call it “pixels”. One person said I don’t make digital paintings, I make “digital pixelings” and argued, “it’s not a painting if it doesn’t have paint in it.” He wasn’t able to field my counter that “painting” was also a verb (OK, a gerund, I think), and his argument was as convincing as saying, “it’s not a drawing if it doesn’t have draw in it”.

        Your post inadvertently feeds into anti-digital painting rhetoric: slickness, soullessness, mere pixels, not real…

        Anyone who really knows how to use the medium would as soon argue that as that using Word to type a novel is inferior to using a fountain pen.

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