Monday, 15 January 2018

Introducing Mae's Makes

Friends, family, strangers, it's been so bloody long. I hope life is treating you well. As you can tell from the date stamp on my last post, I took an unintentional hiatus from my little place here on the internet. I've touched on this in a previous post, but as somebody who sets themselves such high standards, I'm often my worst nightmare when it comes to blogging. I've been itching to get back to it but I'm just constantly afraid of not being able to post content that I'm happy with and that is what's kept me away for a while. But needless to say, I'm back.

Since I last posted on here, I've embarked upon an exciting new journey. Those with a keen eye will have noticed that BethanyMaeEtc became MaesMakes. What is this I hear you say? No biggie, just my VERY OWN BUSINESS. Yup, that's right. I finally grabbed life by the balls and did it.

Maes Makes journey began a while ago (unbeknownst to me) when I was in New York with my sister and made an impulse purchase in the 5th Avenue Apple store. My very first iPad. At the time it was the best of its generation, but no sooner had I got it out of the box (that's an amazing feeling, isn't it?) the next iPad was already out and before I knew it I was generations behind.

I remember excitedly scrolling through the App Store downloading every app in sight. That's when I stumbled across an app called Paper by FiftyThree. "Paper is the immersive sketching app for capturing ideas anywhere." I sat in Panera Bread on East 23rd Street across the table from my sister with my Tomato soup in a bread bowl (to die for) killing time before our journey home began and I started to doodle. Drawing has never been my strong point, I am far too impatient... that is until I started to create drawings digitally. Game changer.

Fast forward to three years later. I try my hardest not to be too materialistic or bothered about whether I have the most up to date technology, but thanks to Apple's scheming ways, my trusty iPad had started to show signs of old age (in Apple years). After spending Christmas at my parents practically drooling over my Dad's iPad Pro paired with his Apple Pencil, I immediately added it to my Wishlist. Between university assignments, work, and maintaining a house, my love for digital drawing had been pushed to one side and forgotten about for a while.

Ever since getting together, Brad has always been my biggest supporter in everything I do but he was persistent in encouraging me to pick up my iPad and get back to drawing. He saw something in my work that I didn't and one September evening he came home with the biggest beam on his face. "I've ordered an iPad, and it arrives tomorrow". I always vowed that I would be nothing but honest on my blog, we are not blessed with an abundance of money and this was not an impulse purchase. Brad had spent a while seeking out a good deal and eventually found one with o2. The very next day, Brad and I raced out of the house early doors to get to the nearest PC World where I used the remnants of my student loan to get an Apple Pencil so that I could finally download ProCreate (like Paper by FiftyThree, BUT BETTER) and get back to work on my digital art. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how Maes Makes came to life.

I'm still finding my feet with it all so be gentle with me but I promise there is some exciting things in the pipeline, and I can't wait to see Mae's Makes grow and expand over the next year.