I got an iPad specifically to draw on during my commute on the subway. I work in lower Manhattan and I commute from the end of the R line in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, so my travel time is about an hour in each direction. That's a lot of wasted time each day if all you do on the ride is listen to Spotify and avoid making eye contact with strangers.
I downloaded several drawing apps, but my favorite by far is Paper by fiftythree. If you've ever gone into the Apple store to play with the iPads, Paper is the drawing app that they have loaded onto all of their in-store models. Compared to other drawing apps like Sketchbook Pro by Autodesk and Procreate, which function like advanced drawing programs such as Photoshop or Illustrator, Paper is super simplified. You only have 5 tool choices (pen, pencil, thick or thin marker, paintbrush) and an eraser. That's it. It's basically just a digital sketchbook. It has done wonders for my creativity lately. Drawing makes the ride go by so quickly and I'm really proud of the work I've been creating.
Using Paper, I've created art that I honestly don't think I would have been able to make otherwise. I get frustrated when I sketch with actual pencil and paper. I erase a lot and get discouraged when a drawing isn't coming along the way I imagined. There is something so liberating about digital sketching and being able to endlessly undo mistakes. Below are some of my favorite sketches so far, and their respective inspirations. I am endless inspired by plus size models Nadia Aboulhosn, Tess Munster, and GabiFresh. I love all three of these looks and wanted to practice drawing figures using a new set of proportions (big heads, nipped waists and hips for days). I am so pleased with the results and I can't wait to do more illustrations in this series.