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Reading Kindle Books on iPhone

Being an avid reader, I guess it was only a matter of time until I jumped into Kindle. I did not actually get a Kindle though, I have been using the Kindle for iPhone App. My first thought was that the iPhone screen was too small, but it really has been just fine. The text is easy to read, there is just not a lot of text on each page.

You can browse for books online at your computer and sync the books to the iPhone, or just download books right to the iPhone. I have ordered most of my book selections so far with iPhone, it is quick and painless. Now for the best part – there is a nice selection of free books. The free selections are mostly classics, but they are still very fun to read!

Well, you will have to excuse me, I am halfway through a Sherlock Holmes adventure…

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Fantasy Art Workshop

Lately I have been reading a book by artist, John Howe, entitled “Fantasy Art Workshop”. It was the beautiful artwork on display that prompted me to get the book, but his insights and excellent writing style have kept me reading from cover to cover. One of the pearls of wisdom is advice on holding your pencil. Basically hold your pencil any way but the way you hold it to write. (There are some photo examples in the book.)

Trying this with a pencil and sketch paper, and then later in Painter with my Wacom tablet’s stylus, I have found that it really can make a difference. It adds a different touch to your brush strokes. Even though my hand cramps a little after a while, I am going to stay with it. Check out the book.

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