QUESTION: Good morning Cheyenne, thank you to accept this interview and talk about
your work. Generally, what are the most interesting subjects to work on ? And particuliarly
for mobile painting ?
ANSWER: I've always been fascinated by nature, both the peaceful beauty and the fury of
a storm. Doing a good cloud or sunset was a challenge in mobile painting until your app,
with the zoom and move feature.
QUESTION: According to your experience, what are the main aspects to a successful
ANSWER: Patience, go slowly and block out your colors first. Save often so you can start
at a point you were satisfied with if something does not work.
QUESTION: In what ways do you combine Magic Doodle and what aspects or functions
do you find most useful when you’re painting?
ANSWER: Often I will do a quick study sketch on Magic Doodle, as a reference for a
physical drawing later. I find the zoom and move feature to be very useful, along with the
ability to change opacity of the colors.
QUESTION: What impact do you think the range of brushes add to the comfort of digital
painting ? Do you think a single, simple brush can carry a work ?
ANSWER: In mobile painting a range of brushes is extremely important, a single brush
cannot provide the special effects needed for a painting that small. Even when I paint or
draw with physical media I use a range of tools.
QUESTION: And finally which artists or subject matter has had the most impact on your
ANSWER: Van Gogh's intense feelings have impacted my art and storms define a lot of
QUESTION: Can you define your style?
ANSWER: Impressions and feelings.
QUESTION: Do you think your work is close to classical painting?
ANSWER: Not yet, but I'm working on it!
QUESTION: Do you think the tools/programs help you to achieve some results you could
ANSWER: I was showing my daughter, who is also an art student, one of my grey-scale
digital drawings. She assumed it was a photo of a charcoal work until I showed her the
program. So yes, I think you can achieve results which mimic physical media.
QUESTION: Can you tell us about your influences?
ANSWER: My art teachers have influenced my drawings, they forced me to constantly
evaluate my work and my use of light and shadow.
QUESTION: What is your ordinary creative process ?
ANSWER: A mood or a scene often inspires me to try and duplicate it. I will block out the
general colors or do a quick line sketch, save it and work on in it a little at a time over
QUESTION: Who are the artists or professionals you would like to work with ?
ANSWER: I would have loved to meet any of the old masters like Rembrandt, Van Gogh,
Monet, their mastery of oils and light always fascinated me.
QUESTION: Can you tell me about your work that you’re the most proud of ?
ANSWER: I did a charcoal drawing of a storm with a tornado once that was amazing. It
was a class assignment titled destruction/creation. After the class finished their destruction
image the teacher announced we would erase it now and "create" a new image over its
shadow. I was devastated, but have been able to duplicate that initial drawing with Magic
QUESTION: If you were to give advice to someone who would like to start an activity as a
digital artist what would it be?
ANSWER: Practice drawing shapes first, then experiment with the different brushes. Start
a drawing by blocking in your idea and adding gradually.
QUESTION: Where do all your ideas come from? What is the process your ideas go
ANSWER: Most of my ideas come from the sights around me. I try to compose the sketch
mentally, like a photo.
QUESTION: Once you have worked out the idea and decided to start on it, what is your
process working ? Which tools do you use ?
ANSWER: After I have my idea "framed" I do a quick line sketch, then save it. Next I block
in some colors and save again. Now comes the patient part as I zoom in and add details.
QUESTION: Are there any projects which, as an artist, you would like to be particularly
ANSWER: I did a school sidewalk art festival once, I would love to participate in one that is
a larger scale festival. Art should be part of our daily experiences.
QUESTION: What led you paint on a device like a mobile phone or mobile tablet ?
ANSWER: I saw a demo of an iPhone app online and wanted to see if I could come close
QUESTION: Can you tell us about your feeling when you started mobile painting ?
ANSWER: When I first started I was so frustrated, so tiny! But I persisted and now I can
sketch or paint wherever I happen to be. Those little sketches are often inspiration for a
physical art piece.
QUESTION: What is your first experience in digital painting ?
ANSWER: When I bought my G1 about 2 years ago I purchased a program but found it
rather disappointing. About a year later I found a slightly better program and started
learning. I stumbled upon your program when I bought my enTourage eDGe tablet/reader
and found I can create art that looks like "real" paintings now. Now I'm addicted and try a
new sketch whenever I have a free moment.
QUESTION: Digital art and mostly mobile art is a true art ?
ANSWER: I definitely believe digital and mobile art is "true art", it requires a whole new
level of patience and learning.
QUESTION: Does fingerpainting has a future ? What will change with the coming tablets ?
ANSWER: Fingerpainting on phones has a future, more people interested in art will
discover it as a way to explore art without the mess or expense of physical media and
tablets expand that group of users. With the expanded screen size you can draw with
more comfort and a little more precisely.
Cheyenne can be contacted directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Or her personal website : http://home.comcast.net/~cheyennedonna/site/. She will surely
answer to all your questions.
Join Cheyenne on the artist community: http://www.flickr.com/groups/androidart/
Have more infos about Android art on: http://androidart.net/
About Magic Doodle: http://www.magic-doodle.com/