MCBA Visual Journal Collective March 18, 2013 Meeting Reminder

March 13, 2013

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Left: iPhone sketch while riding on the bus, ©2013 James Nutt.

Join us from 7 to 9 p.m. at the March 18, 2013 MCBA Visual Journal Collective Meeting for an evening with artist and architect James Nuttto unlock your digital artist. Nutt will share with us why he believes the iPad is an incredible tool for the simple sketch to gallery grade art.

Nutt is excited about the new drawing programs for the iPad because, "there comes a time when powerful and complex technology evolves enough to lose the complexity and become user friendly. Think 3d modeling previous to Google Sketchup.  Digital art was in the hands of highly trained Illustrator and Corel  programs costing +$1,000 but recently evolved into a quick learning curve $4 dollar program and your finger."

"It also doesn't hurt that you have every tool in a professional artist studio at your fingertips with no cleanup, no scanning—and you can finally paint in the dark while everyone else watches TV!"

The evening is free and open to all adult sketchers of all skill levels. Nutt will have examples of his digital sketching on hand and he will demonstrate how he uses his iPad for sketching.   

Nutt teaches a digital class in sketching for the iPad at White Bear Center for the Arts. This is a wonderful opportunity to get a taste of his enthusiasm for the medium and to learn about his upcoming classes.

James Nutt, AIA, is a local architect/artist and constant sketcher practicing at NewStudio Architecture in White Bear Lake, Minnesota. James is very active in the urban sketchers community and an invited blogger on and James has designed many award-winning buildings and was most recently a finalist in Ralph Rapson Traveling Study Fellowship. He believes "an artist should draw to create, record, ask questions, or tell a story and never to create a beautiful drawing. Honesty and craft are the true generators of great work and most people are blocked before they start with the worry of worthiness."

Come and join us for a great evening of peeking into digital sketching. Be sure to bring your journals as well. We'll share current work at the end of the session.

I look forward to seeing you all there. (Go to the MCBA website for a map and directions.)

ANOTHER REMINDER: People participating in the Not-So-Blank-Page Collaborative Journal Project need to bring their 2 pages of artwork to this meeting. The cost will be determined based on the number of participants and you will need to write a check or pay cash (no change will be available so try to bring an assortment of bills).

For details about how to prepare your artwork please see complete instructions at this link.

    • Marsha Micek
    • March 14, 2013

    Went to Kinko’s (or whatever it’s called these days) to get a color print of my first page for the NSBP project. Am really looking forward to this.

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