• Ar. Stephanie L.P. Chan

Paperless sketch

Sketch done on Samsung Tab A

Pondering and general musings. Back in the day before the advent of touchscreens & tablets.

Every single design idea has to find its way from the immaterial constructs of the mind to paper.

I remember spending a small fortune on derwent colour pencils and sketch pencils HB, 1B, 2B all the way up to 6B. I wonder if the young generation now even knows what these are!

You'd be so over the moon if you could afford these!! Ah, those were the days. Back then, we knew what paper was. There was all sorts, trace paper, with different thicknesses. Paper you could scratch off with mini super sharp blades.

Then there was yellow trace

This was a special paper, pretty much like normal tracing paper only it was yellow. I don't really know what the big deal was with it being yellow, only it was THE trace to use if you were a design student.

Oh good old Bond was the other one. Not James bond, Bond paper. And when we get to printing, there was laser paper, high resolution paper, dpi etc etc, gsm and all that technical paper - nerd info we all knew at our fingertips.

That brings me to now.

All my devices are now touch screen with a trusty stylus in tow from the mobile to the tablet and laptop. I couldn't live without them!

With my tab on hand, instant sketches saves to cloud, ready for transfer to the design team and upload ready in an instant. It's definitely one of the perks of technology.

Once in a while, though, it's still nice to reminisce the days past and whip out the good ol sketch pad. Somehow there's something very old school about the hand sketch that warms the design soul.

Thank you for reading!

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