Gemma O'Brien & Kyle T. Webster - Make It on Mobile

Artists Gemma O'Brien and Kyle T. Webster collaborated at Make It on Mobile NYC to create two different but very hand-styled pieces. Gemma shared her love of hand lettering while Kyle shared his love of illustration and doodling. Photo credits: Gabriel Campbell, Brooke Francesi, Kristi Highum, Bryan O'Neil Hughes, Pollyanna Macchiano, Matthew Richmond, Sam Wick

Adobe invited artists Gemma O'Brien and Kyle T. Webster (in addition to 14 other artists) to work together and finish two poster designs based on principles they felt expressed an aspect of their creative process. They were tasked to use iPad Pro, Apple Pencil, and Creative Cloud mobile apps. Over the course of two days, this is what they accomplished.
Gemma O'Brien and Kyle T. Webster
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"The world is now your studio"
By Gemma O'Brien
Gemma used Photoshop Mix, Photoshop Fix, Photoshop Sketch and Photoshop CC to complete her piece, in addition to bringing in her own brush pens and paper to create the handlettering.
 
Gemma: "For me personally, ‘The world is your studio’ is very relevant because I travel a lot from Australia and I’m always working on the go."
 
"To start, Kyle and I brainstormed based on our existing styles and strengths. Initially my original approach was more of an illustrative, dimensional type based on floral elements. But then I shifted over to this, using analog brushes and combining it with digital elements. I drew the original version with brushpen on vellum which is what I usually work in. I photographed it and brought it into Photoshop to invert it and brought it back into Photoshop Mix to layer it on my iPad with the photo I took in Central Park across the street."
Gemma: "Kyle added a little Easter Egg. Hidden in the tree, there is a small creature. I love this because you have to really look for it to see it."
 
Kyle: "I drew it in Photoshop Sketch. It’s a little cat person using an iPad and drawing!"
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"The app is a tool, not an end in itself"
By Kyle T. Webster
Kyle used Photoshop Sketch and Lightroom to complete his piece.
 
Kyle: "It relates to what I do in creating digital tools for artists. I try to have them understand that the tool is not the thing that will magically make great work, but that it’s a means for them to make great work."
 
“I have spent most of my career so far being an editorial illustrator. I used the metaphor of coming out the other side after having used the device (or tool) and having something colorful happen. Gemma was very kind to provide some nice hand lettering which was done using Photoshop Sketch and the pencil tool.”
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