This are drawings I made during an evening on which Dienke Boertien gave information about WRAP. WRAP means Wellness Recovery Action Plan and is a wellness tool developed by Mary Ellen Copeland. You can use WRAP for dealing with any kind of mental health problem, medical problems and life issues. I love all the values of WRAP, here is my choice of favorite values of WRAP:
* Insisting that you be treated as an equal, with dignity, compassion, mutual respect, and unconditional high regard; as a unique, special individual, including acceptance of diversity with relation to culture, ethnicity, language, religion, race, gender, age, disability, sexual identity, and “readiness” issues, and treat others the same way.
* Avoiding the use of clinical, medical, and diagnostic language.
* Emphasizing strategies that are simple and safe.
* Understanding that difficult feelings and behaviors are normal responses to traumatic circumstances, and that what is happening in your life need not be considered symptoms or a diagnosis.
* People get well, stay well for long periods of time, and do the things they want to do with their lives.
I drew these sketches from life with my iPad and the Paper53 app.
Drawn from life with Sketches app of Tayasui.
After four months using Paper by 53, I switched to Sketches by Tayasui. It is rather similar to the Paper app, the biggest difference is the fill-in feature. You can create patterns on the page by drawing a shape to be filled in, as you can see in this drawing of my daughter. She is playing with her iPhone, while I drew her on the ipad.
Last saturday I was together with my daughter at a meetup of Julia Kay’s Portrait Party in Oxford. We drew, ate and socialized from 11 in a community centre. Julia Kay’s Portrait Party is a virtual Portrait Party in which artists draw each other from photos posted on Flickr for that purpose. All members of the group are therefore both subjects of portraits and creators of portraits. Members of JKPP sometimes organise meetups IRL (in real life). Martin Beek, Jane Sherwood and Margarita Perez Garcia organised a third (or fourth?) IRL meetup in Oxford. It was again great to meet the JKPP members I already met in Oxford and Brussels in 2011.
We visited London last Easter weekend. Besides buying books at Judd Books, visiting the marvelous Wellcome Collection and drinking coffee, I drew. Mainly people. If I look at my drawings I see medium shots of people in cafés, at home, on the train or bus. I almost never sit down to draw something. It is the other way around: I find myself sitting somewhere (train, bus, café, a home) and I think: what can I draw from this place.
(These drawings were made on the iPad with the Paper app by Fiftythree)
I found on Flickr the funny drawings of Ellis Nadler the Paper53 drawing app. This app doesn’t have endless possibilities like the apps Brushes, Procreate and Inspire Pro. Though Paper53 does have limited possibilites (no layers, no image import, fiveand pencils, it does give very beautiful results.
I did use layers, but didn’t understand it really and couldn’t control them. I found this YouTube video with a good explanation, which helped me a lot. I used layers extensively in this drawing with the Brushes app.
If I go to the app-store I can find a lot of drawing apps. Which ones are interesting enough to explore? Julia Kay is my first source to go to. She leaves wonderful iPad information on the net. On YouTube there is a 2010 video in which she explains together with Valerie Beeby 20 apps in 50 minutes. On Julia’s Flickr account she wrote also about her favorite apps.
This drawing is made for Julia Kay’s Portrait Party (JKPP), my first drawing made with the use of layers.