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Cape May Common Birds Drawn with Paper by 53 for iPad

Carolina Wren

Marsh Wren

Carolina Chickadee

Carolina Chickadee

I’m still using Paper by 53, trying out different drawing styles.

There’s a LOT to like about this app:

  • one-click posting of drawings to Facebook or Tumblr! No more scanning or photographing and then uploading!
  • easy to add COLOR to the drawings. It doesn’t take much time at all. Unlike when I was using colored pencil or watercolor.
  • Plus, so far there are only 9 colors. So that alone eliminates a lot of time spent deciding on what color to use!
  • You can look at how other folks have used the same exact tools by doing a search for #MadeWithPaper on Tumblr. It’s inspiring!

And, these four drawings finish up my Cape May – Common – Spring birds!

Next I’ll be doing Cape May Fairly Common Spring, Prospect Park Abundant Spring, and Prospect Park Fairly Common Spring.

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A Review of the Paper by Fifty Three iPad Drawing App

So, I really like buying iPad apps. And I get excited about them when they’re new. But lemme tell you, THIS one is something!

Paper by Fifty Three

It’s another drawing app, but it’s really different. Instead of giving you a ton of features, it keeps everything very simple. And for some reason this works really well for me. This is somehow related to another app, Draw Something. Draw Something is a drawing game. It’s like playing Pictionary. You choose a word to draw for your partner, draw it, then submit. Your partner guesses the word, you both get points. Then it’s your partner’s turn. The game screen has a pen, eraser, and colors. That’s it. And it’s a big, big hit. So big that the owner of the company is now a multi-millionaire after selling his company to Zynga.

So why was I, along will millions of other people, spending so much time drawing on Draw Something? Those simple tools on Draw Something are fun and easy to use. Paper by Fifty Three works along that concept of keeping things simple so you can just create. No overwhelming numbers of tools that you need to figure out before you can even start. You barely have a choice even. No color wheel, just nine colors! One (and only one!) size of pen. One size of eraser. Come to think of it, Draw Something had more choices!

Instead of all those features, you get a gorgeous looking app with tools that have a great feel and work well together.  It’s a great app to grab and just quickly sketch out things.

Here’s a screen shot of the app:

screen shot

I was so excited/intrigued/inspired by the app, that even if I already did my six drawings for my “drawings a day”, I drew three more birds!

I was wondering, can I draw a bird on this? There are only nine colors and the tools are not re-sizable. The first bird on my list to draw was a Snow Goose, so that was easy. That worked!

Snow Goose

It was a hard to fit in all the text. I ended up with more space and less text than I wanted.

My next birds were a Clapper Rail and a Greater Yellowlegs. These birds have more detail and color than the Snow Goose. I’m happy with how my sketches came out! I think that I was able to focus on the important features of the birds. I also like how my sketches look more alive and artsy!

Clapper Rail

Greater Yellowlegs

The question for me is: Will this drawing exercise help me to remember and recognize the actual bird if and when I see it in the US?
Answer: Maybe! It looks a bit cartoony, but I’m having fun and I’m drawing even faster! And, maybe I’ll improve and/or learn how to use the tools better. (Or the devs could upgrade and give us resizable tools!) So, I’m going to keep at this. And maybe I’ll try some of the other drawing apps I have just to compare.

Note: The app is  free to try, but to get all the tools costs $8. The only free tools included are the eraser and fountain pen.