I posted the Fabmobil-project to the Work section.
I still wanted to write a little about the background of the project. From the beginning, the parameters were pretty open. It was not clear what kind of drawings I would produce. In the weeks and months leading up to the project, I was learning to use more traditional tools, pen and ink, pencils, watercolors and Posca markers. I filled a complete sketchbook with drawings done very quickly and on location as a preparation for the Fabmobil trip. My roadtrip drawings, were part of this exercise.
I took all the materials, iPad and traditional media, to Germany. In a first discussion with Sebastian and Christian (makers of the Fabmobil) we decided to go for more finished drawings, which meant digital. The nature of the digital drawing also fits the subject more - after all, it is a bus about modern, creative, digital technologies. This approach suited me fine. On one occasion I was even surrounded by a group of kids, who all wanted to try out the iPad and Apple Pencil. I wonder if there wouldn't be more potential there to also teach kids drawing or art by sneaking it in with the help of iPads and Wacom tablets – and to show them then in a roundabout way, that the tools are really not so important.
I am still interested in using traditional tools, maybe for another project. Making these more finished, digitial drawings meant, that I could create about two to three drawings per day. I believe using pencils or ink, it would be possible to work faster and really follow the action, as it unfolds, rather than creating bigger scenes, as I have done in a lot of these drawings. Then again having the drawings digital allowed us to post them straight away to Instagram and Twitter. I exported timelapse videos of the drawing process, added audio recorded on location and posted it straight after completion to the Fabmobil instagram account. This would be harder with tradtional drawings.
Besides the tools, I was happy to see, that I am able to produce drawings live, outside, on location, even in driving vehicles, heat or crowded spaces. This is something I'd like to explore further in the future.