Finding Time for Creativity

Recently I began packing up my home to move to a new downtown apartment (more on the apartment later). I find it incredibly hard to be creative during times like this, and even though moving is a good thing, I start to feel guilty, as though I'm neglecting my art and photography.

So how do you squeeze it in?

I find that iPhoneography is the easiest thing to do when I'm busy. My iPhone is right there, and even something as mundane as packing is a story. It's exciting to think about moving to a new place and as each newspaper wrapped trinket and book is placed in a box, I am excited that the next time I see them, it will be in my new home. Why not capture these moments of change, especially when it is a GOOD change?

Bare cupboards beg the question, "Who will live here next and what will they use this cabinet for?"

Later on, these photos could go into my Smashbook for me to look at later. So even though I may not be doing a lot with them now, I at least feel that I am doing something to contribute to future creativity. And as I unpack my things in my new place, build my new creative space, or add a new decoration here and there, I have no doubt that my iPhone will be nearby so that I can capture those moments as well.

My Header Image & Vintique App

Yellow Fall Leaves - November 2012

Rain = Sunny?

Yes, I know what you may be thinking. Why did I use such a sunny photo for a name that references "rain"? I just couldn't do it. I couldn't use a dreary day to reflect my personality, and besides, Rainy Day Doodle is simply a phrase I use to describe my doodle style, which is often intricate, time consuming, and perfect for a rainy day.

About the Photo

The original image, was one that I took while walking my dog at my parents home in Wake Forest, North Carolina. I live on the coast, so we don't quite have the abundance of fall colors that they have in the more inland parts of NC. I am horrible with plant and tree names, so if you know what kind of tree this is, please leave me a comment. I just know that the leaves were a beautiful color and when I caught the sunlight through them, it brightened it up further. I edited this photo in Vintique, one of my favorite photo apps at the moment.

Editing

One of my favorite things about Vintique are the unique filters. I have not used a photo app yet that created such a beautiful teal blue for the sky and brought out the yellows in just the right way so that the yellow doesn't take over the entire picture. Here is a sample of the before and after. I used the "Delight" filter in Vintique to enhance the colors.

L: Original / R: Vintique "Delight" Filter - November 2012

It just amazes me how beautiful the colors are with the addition of one filter. Although I feel that Vintique is a bit limited in terms of frames, the most important aspect of this app would be the amazing filters. Luckily, you have several options for editing the pre-made filters or you can create your own from layers of vignettes, textures, and overlays, as well as other editing options provided. You can always save it as a high res and import it to a different app if your truly feel that you want to add a border that is not offered in Vintique.

So there you have it. You've learned that Jen is bright and sunshiny, and that Vintique is a must have. I have a feeling I'll be using this one for quite some time.

Welcome

Hello and welcome to Rainy Day Doodle, my lab for and creative space for art and iPhoneography for graphic design! Some of you may have followed me over from my previous site, Color My Designs, where I had an online geometric coloring book. Not to fear. There may not be online coloring anymore, but I will from time-to-time surprise you with something to fulfill your desire to fill in space with color.

Dulcimer - 2013

What is Rainy Day Doodle?

Rainy Day Doodle is a term that I use often to describe my doodling, as it is perfect for a rainy day, due to the time and intricacies I put into each of my doodle drawings. I like to incorporate my doodles into my work, thus, Rainy Day Doodle was born.

What Am I Doing Here?

I decided that I needed a site that was much more than a large coloring book, but rather a place for me to experiment and share those experiments with you. Since receiving my iPhone before Christmas last year, I have been snapping photos like a mad woman! I have also taken a couple of iPhoneography classes from Marmalade Moon that have opened my eyes to so many possibilities.

It occurred to me, one day while I was drawing on my iPhone, that there are so many things that you can do with these devices. There are so many wonderful new design apps on the market or on their way to the market. I wonder how much design work I could actually do right on my iPhone or iPad? Would it be more efficient or more of a hassle? So this is my current assignment for myself: To explore graphic design on the iPhone and iPad. There will be failures, but without failures, the victories won't seem as victorious. So I am going to be as honest as I can, whether I am reviewing an app or sharing one of my failed attempts. It may not be pretty, but hey, someone's gotta be the guinea pig.

Okay. I'm going in! Wish me luck!