mDAC Summit 2014

If you're in the Bay Area, you have to check out the Mobile Digital Art Creativity Summit, August 1-3rd in Palo Alto, CA. The free reception on Friday night features selected artwork from all over the world- everything made with a mobile device.

The Summit continues after the reception with two days of classes on August 2nd and 3rd. Select whichever track you like best, or mix and match:

Mobile Digital Art: focus on creation of artwork using different 2D art apps 

Mobile Creativity: creative apps which enable you to do digital sculpting (with 3D printing) to caricaturing, photo manipulation, animation and creating comic strip characters.


WhatThe Mobile Digital Art and Creativity Summit  

WhereThe Pacific Art League, 668 Ramona Street, Palo Alto (across from City Hall).  

WhenAugust 1st 5:30pm - 8pm  

           Aug 2nd and Aug 3rd  8:30am - 5pm    


 I'll be at the reception on Friday night! I hope to see you there.


SketchBook Pro at San Diego Comic Con

Going to SDCC? We are too.

Here's where you can find the SketchBook Pro team:

    Kyle Runciman

  • Domain Expert Kyle Runciman will be demoing the new SketchBook features in the Wacom booth #5336. Check out all the new features in his talk "Concept Development in SketchBook Pro 7".
  • Community Manager Renée Busse will be drawing with the deviantART crew in artist alley. Look for her and a Cintiq Companion with SketchBook 7! 

Renée Busse




SketchBook Photo Collage Tutorial


Even though SketchBook Pro is specially designed for drawing and painting, you can also composite photos and integrate them into your art like a traditional collage. In this short tutorial, educator Susan Murtaugh demonstrates how she uses photos with SketchBook Pro on her iPad.

You'll learn how to import images from your camera roll, use blending modes, and edit brushes to create stamp effects.  

Check out the full tutorial here.

See more of Susan's work on her Flickr.


Open Toe Illustration

I'm Silvana Mariani, a Digital Designer and Creative Consultant based in Milan, Italy. I'm the creative behind Open Toe Illustration. All Open Toe illustrations are sketched with SketchBook Pro on an iPad mini with Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus. At the moment I'm working in team on the new digital identity of EXPO Milano2015. My inspiration for illustration comes from the allure of fashion design. It's part visual attraction, part fashion factor, part costume and culture.


The most important thing about fashion illustration is the feeling, first of all. It's less about composition or rendering than other kinds of illustration, and more about communication and reporting. It's about capturing trends, events, and people.

I have a crush for many different designers, usually for their genius or just the concept of their last collection. Sometimes because I simply like how they dress and style their models! A few of my favorite brands are Chanel, Lanvin, Margiela, Gucci, Etro, Alberta Ferretti, Tabitha Simmons, ...


Every moment is a good moment for my kind of illustration, but I used to work in the evening when everything calm down. With an americano or tea at my side: it helps me give rhythm to my work.



2014 Pogo Art Contest


Our friends at Ten One Design are running their yearly art contest, open to all mobile digital artists. Check it out!