|6/7/16 inks, watercolor, colored pencil (scanned using CamScanner and Android phone)|
This sketch is none too exciting -- it's just an intersection near the Green Lake Starbucks where I sat this bright, warm morning. But I'm hoping the image and the rest of this post look as "normal" as ever. As part of my gig next month as an Urban Sketchers Symposium correspondent, I have to be able to blog daily using only my mobile devices. So far I've tried three apps that are supposed to enable this seemingly easy task, but none is as straightforward as it should be. (I'm currently using Blogaway.)
In addition, my own process is not as straightforward as I wish it were. First I have to take the image of the sketch with CamScanner on my phone, and upload it to Blogger. Then, to avoid having to type the entire post on my phone, I access the draft post from my tablet, and compose the text. (And I see now that this app has no spellchecker! Argghh.) If I wanted to carry the tablet around, I could make the scan from it instead of the phone, skipping the use of two devices. But I know the phone's camera is better, and I don't want to carry the tablet all over Manchester just to save myself that step. Tedious, I know.
I am pleased, however, about CamScanner, the app that enables my phone's camera to "scan" images almost as nicely as my desktop scanner. I've tried a lot of these so-called scanning apps too, and this one seems to be the easiest to use and creates the best-looking images.
(If you know how to do all of this in an easier way, I'm all ears! But at least I made it through this post.)
Edited: Dana's comments below made me curious about comparing the CamScanner image with my usual desktop scanner image as well as an image shot directly from my phone without an app (as in my typical "trophy" shots). I actually prefer the brighter colors of the CamScanner image above, but I think the one made with the desktop scanner (immediately below) is more accurate to the original. At the very bottom is the image taken as a regular photo without any app.
|Scanned as usual with my desktop scanner.|
|Image taken directly with my phone's camera without an app, unedited.|