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Lau
Mar 4, 2006, 06:49 PM
Ok, so I draw a lot, and tend to doodle on a lot of stuff. Tonight, after a year and a half of owning this baby, I couldn't help myself and drew a tiny little doodle on my PowerBook in pencil. It actually looked pretty good, so I rubbed it off, and drew a bigger one.

http://img484.imageshack.us/img484/3672/img28634dh.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

Now I'm tempted to draw a picture every now and again - it completely comes off, and there was something kind of pleasing about drawing on it. :o I might try coloured pencils now....

Don't do this on an iBook - it doesn't come off that well (see below)



mmmcheese
Mar 4, 2006, 07:00 PM
Ok, so I draw a lot, and tend to doodle on a lot of stuff. Tonight, after a year and a half of owning this baby, I couldn't help myself and drew a tiny little doodle on my PowerBook in pencil. It actually looked pretty good, so I rubbed it off, and drew a bigger one.

[IM-G]http://img484.imageshack.us/img484/3672/img28634dh.jpg[/IMG] (http://imageshack.us)

Now I'm tempted to draw a picture every now and again - it completely comes off, and there was something kind of pleasing about drawing on it. :o I might try coloured pencils now....

You could cover the entire machine in one big "scene," and then paint all the parts so that it is permanent and colourful...it'd be quite unique.

Lau
Mar 4, 2006, 07:19 PM
You could cover the entire machine in one big "scene," and then paint all the parts so that it is permanent and colourful...it'd be quite unique.

That would be fun. Don't tempt me!

I can also confirm that coloured pencils work well. :)

http://img218.imageshack.us/img218/9137/img28654er.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

aricher
Mar 4, 2006, 07:48 PM
That would be fun. Don't tempt me!

I can also confirm that coloured pencils work well. :)

http://img218.imageshack.us/img218/9137/img28654er.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

The character on the left looks like a chubby Moomintroll - nice sketch.

EGT
Mar 4, 2006, 07:57 PM
Those are great! I'd try it but ... I can't draw. :(

Aww, the little 12' Powerbooks are so cute.

PlaceofDis
Mar 4, 2006, 07:58 PM
i love it Lau. excellent work.

iHeartTheApple
Mar 4, 2006, 08:20 PM
Wow! That's really awesome! Very creative, indeed. Though I must admit, I couldn't bring myself to do that to my PB...plus I can't draw all that well. :o

ericssonboi
Mar 4, 2006, 08:28 PM
Pretty interesting... although i wouldn't do it myself...
As long as you enjoy it :)

rockandrule
Mar 4, 2006, 08:29 PM
I'd never be able to do that to my PowerBook. I spend half of the time on it making sure that there aren't any spots on it. I'd be afraid that not all of the pencil would come off. Definitely some cool drawings though! Two thumbs up!

mmmcheese
Mar 4, 2006, 09:03 PM
...I spend half of the time on it making sure that there aren't any spots on it...!

Well, don't spend the other half of the time doing....that....near your computer.

mmmcheese
Mar 4, 2006, 09:04 PM
That would be fun. Don't tempt me!

I can also confirm that coloured pencils work well. :)

[IM-G]http://img218.imageshack.us/img218/9137/img28654er.jpg[/IMG] (http://imageshack.us)

It reminds me of "Where the wild things are"...

Now I want a "Where the wild things are" notebook...:D

rockandrule
Mar 4, 2006, 09:12 PM
Well, don't spend the other half of the time doing....that....near your computer.

Well, damn me for leaving that one open. Good burn. Good burn.

plinkoman
Mar 4, 2006, 09:13 PM
wow, nice sketches. i never noticed before, but your return button is really weird. why they couldn't put the forwardslash button next to the endbracket button and have a normal return button like the rest of the powerbooks is beyond me. :confused:

powerbook911
Mar 5, 2006, 12:43 AM
Just to note when I try to sell my Powerbook someday on here -

I have never written on it. :)

devilot
Mar 5, 2006, 12:58 AM
Lau, you crack me up! :D I love your doodles. I think you should throw some simple sketches onto a generic t and sell those babies.

chosenwolf
Mar 5, 2006, 03:19 AM
I scrub any slight pen/pencil/whatever mark off my laptop, you draw on yours. :eek:

joshysquashy
Mar 5, 2006, 04:12 AM
Surely its not possible to keep them because your palms would smudge them?

It would be really cool to find a permanent solution like laser engraving (but able to be done at home). You could seriously start a business like this!

kretzy
Mar 5, 2006, 04:19 AM
They're cool! I can't draw to save my life, so my PB's going to have to stay plain and boring.

MacRumorUser
Mar 5, 2006, 05:49 AM
wow, nice sketches. i never noticed before, but your return button is really weird. why they couldn't put the forwardslash button next to the endbracket button and have a normal return button like the rest of the powerbooks is beyond me. :confused:

That's hpw the return is on uk keyboards for the 12" pb & ibook :)


Love the drawings, do they not smudge when using your mac though? I'm tempted to try it on my ibook now :)

Laura i see from your portfolio you have designed a cd cover for idlewild? This is not the commercial release, was this a project or somthing?

XIII
Mar 5, 2006, 06:11 AM
Laura i see from your portfolio you have designed a cd cover for idlewild? This is not the commercial release, was this a project or somthing?

Really good album too. But thats not the cover I have on my copy of the CD, so I guess it wasn't commercial or anything. Really cool though. :)

Lau
Mar 5, 2006, 06:12 AM
Woo! I'm glad people like 'em. Emboldened by a Mr Clean Magic Eraser, I will experiment further. They probably will rub off the palmrests - but now I'm tempted to draw on the lid. Hmmm. I'll maybe experiment with some water soluble pens or something. Bit scary though! :eek:

Devilot, I do have a Paypal sellers account, so I could sell custom t-shirts through my site. Oooh......

MacRumorUser and XIII - the Idlewild cover I just did as a project. Now I've seen the actual cover to that album I kind of regret it, because the actual cover's really good. :o

XIII
Mar 5, 2006, 06:15 AM
MacRumorUser and XIII - the Idlewild cover I just did as a project. Now I've seen the actual cover to that album I kind of regret it, because the actual cover's really good. :o

Yeah, its nice. :) I take it you like the band then? This thread kinda reminded me of that album, and now I'm listening to it, for the first time in a while. :) Ho humm, I better let this thread get back on topic..

Lau
Mar 5, 2006, 06:23 AM
Yeah, its nice. :) I take it you like the band then? This thread kinda reminded me of that album, and now I'm listening to it, for the first time in a while. :) Ho humm, I better let this thread get back on topic..

Yeah, I do indeed - Idlewild are hugely pleasing. :) Actually the project I set myself for both the CD covers was kind of fun - I chose an album from iTunes that I hadn't seen the cover for, and tried to design a cover for it in the time it takes to listen to the album. :p (I finished of the type in the Idlewild one outside the 45 minutes though - that was a bit of a mission).

Anyway, as you say, back on topic. Are you allowed to go off topic in a thread you started? I don't know. :D

I'm going to have a think about something to draw on the lid now....:)

Lau
Mar 5, 2006, 07:04 AM
Well, I had some fun with the lid as well:

http://img68.imageshack.us/img68/3325/worm6oy.jpg (http://imageshack.us)
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http://img53.imageshack.us/img53/2070/apple7yy.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

Right, now I really must do some proper work. :p

heaven
Mar 5, 2006, 07:22 AM
Thats amazing! I love it! Cant wait to see some more pictures! :D

jadekitty24
Mar 5, 2006, 08:28 AM
You know, I'm sure you can configure some kind of protector for the wrist area on your keyboard, quite like that protective film you can buy for iPods and cell phones and such. Once you doodle the one you wanna keep, that is.
And by the way I LOVE the worm in the Apple...I'm stealing that idea:D

MacRumorUser
Mar 5, 2006, 08:57 AM
Amazing work Lau.

XIII & Lau : Yep another Idlewild fan here too. I listen to there albums all the time. Just wish they would break big time... For americans who have never heard of them - think REM's better material...

I love your work Lau, gonna have to see what I can do on my ibook...

kretzy
Mar 5, 2006, 09:03 AM
I'd like to see people with iBooks giving this a try. :p :D

Applespider
Mar 5, 2006, 09:13 AM
Very fun Lau and very you!

My little cousin has 'customised' her iBook with drawings - abstract doodles rather than anything specific - on the case and a screen that is covered with stickies with interesting quotes on them

Spanky Deluxe
Mar 5, 2006, 09:18 AM
Those sketches are so cute!! I love them!!

XIII
Mar 5, 2006, 09:21 AM
XIII & Lau : Yep another Idlewild fan here too. I listen to there albums all the time. Just wish they would break big time... For americans who have never heard of them - think REM's better material...

I quite like being a minority. I hate it when bands I like, like the AM's, get really big, and suddenly everyone is talking about them. Another example is James Blunt.. I remember downloading "High" as a free download of the week from the iTMS in 2004. ;)

Lau
Mar 5, 2006, 09:23 AM
Thanks, everyone.

My little cousin has 'customised' her iBook with drawings - abstract doodles rather than anything specific - on the case and a screen that is covered with stickies with interesting quotes on them

Heh - nice that my mental age is presumably something similar to your cousin's! :p

I was always doing that as a kid - completely unable to stop myself drawing on stuff then regretting it later because I liked it better plain. I think I just like drawing on strange surfaces - used to come home from school with biro drawings up to the elbow. My mum would go ballistic. :D

Lucky I didn't have an iBook or anything like that back then, I'd have probably painted it all over. :eek: :p

Applespider
Mar 5, 2006, 09:35 AM
Heh - nice that my mental age is presumably something similar to your cousin's! :p

She's coming up for 16, rather than 12, if that makes you feel any better ;)

Lau
Mar 5, 2006, 09:46 AM
She's coming up for 16, rather than 12, if that makes you feel any better ;)

Slightly! :p

MacRumorUser
Mar 6, 2006, 06:23 AM
I'd like to see people with iBooks giving this a try. :p :D

Unfortuently it doesn't clean off the ibook as well, I tried a tiny amount just to check and then decided not to bother..

macnvrbck
Mar 6, 2006, 02:01 PM
Cool drawerings!

Lau
Mar 6, 2006, 04:48 PM
Unfortuently it doesn't clean off the ibook as well, I tried a tiny amount just to check and then decided not to bother..

Glad you checked first! :eek: I've edited my first post to say this.

XIII
Mar 6, 2006, 04:50 PM
Unfortuently it doesn't clean off the ibook as well, I tried a tiny amount just to check and then decided not to bother..

Didn't think it would. I have had to try for ages to get pencil marks off my iBook (when I had an iBook ;)).

brikeh
Mar 7, 2006, 03:50 AM
Very nicely done, original!

pdpfilms
Mar 7, 2006, 04:00 AM
These are really original. If you were to sell T's, i would buy several. If you were to actually figure out a way to viably customize PB's in a permanent fashion, I'd have it done. You possess serious artistic skill, and I want to display it!

devilot
Mar 7, 2006, 08:49 AM
These are really original. If you were to sell T's, i would buy several.That's what I'm saying! Lau! Do it!!! :D Then become some HUUUUUUUGE hot shot designer that all the celebrities wear you chic t shirts w/ your sketches on them (and purses?) and and and... You'll still have to hook me up w/ your pre-hot-shot prices since I encouraged and gave you the idea first. :p :D

wPod
Mar 7, 2006, 10:05 AM
ha, that reminds me, its time to CLEAN my PB!!!! Looks cool though. If I had as much artistic ability as i would like, then im sure i would think of a cool design and make it permanent! I very much enjoy mods! check out my sight www.leaveapenny.net/macmods (http://www.leaveapenny.net/macmods.html) and check out what I've done to my 12" iBook (sold it) 12" PB (sold it) and now my 15" PB. just moded my 15" after this weekend. I met a couple of MR guys at the opening of the new Apple store in dallas and they were sad to see my PB wasn't modded like my old 12" so i had to mod it right after that! lol.

heaven
Mar 7, 2006, 02:38 PM
Click for full size

http://www.pixelfreak.at/uploads/pict17832pz.jpg (http://www.pixelfreak.at/uploads/PICT1783.jpg)

XIII
Mar 7, 2006, 02:42 PM
That's what I'm saying! Lau! Do it!!! :D Then become some HUUUUUUUGE hot shot designer that all the celebrities wear you chic t shirts w/ your sketches on them (and purses?) and and and... You'll still have to hook me up w/ your pre-hot-shot prices since I encouraged and gave you the idea first. :p :D

I wouldn't mind a tee. I love the design of your site, BTW.

Lau
Mar 7, 2006, 03:05 PM
Click for full size

Nice one! Looks as if he's flying towards the apple. :) Good drawing as well.





Well, I have been thinking of selling t shirts or something similar for a while, but I'm not sure how to go about it, so have just been musing over it. I'm not sure having ordering of different sizes is the way forward, if only from a stock and money point of view. But I may think about doing custom ones, as that would be a bit more fun. I'll look into it....:D

realityisterror
Mar 7, 2006, 03:53 PM
I did a little something (not even worthy of being called a doodle), and the PowerBook surface seems to accept the pencil really nicely. Maybe accept isn't the right word, but it has a nice texture or something.

Maybe that makes sense...

heaven
Mar 7, 2006, 05:06 PM
Instead of doing some work, i ended up drawing the whole evening.
I'm going to bed now, maybe i ll add something tomorrow. This is what i ended up with.

Click for full size

http://img52.imageshack.us/img52/5664/pict17892tm.jpg (http://www.pixelfreak.at/uploads/PICT1789.jpg)

heaven
Mar 7, 2006, 05:51 PM
I tried to draw Steve and added Popeye...

Any suggestions what to add next?

Click for full size

http://img343.imageshack.us/img343/254/pict17904my.jpg (http://www.pixelfreak.at/uploads/PICT1790.jpg)

Lau
Mar 7, 2006, 06:02 PM
Looking good Heaven, what about Calvin and Hobbes (my favourite :D )?

heaven
Mar 7, 2006, 06:11 PM
Looking good Heaven, what about Calvin and Hobbes (my favourite :D )?

Thats a great idea! How could i forget! I ll add them, but tomorrow. Otherwise i ll be sleepy all morning again! :rolleyes:

Thank you!

Btw, i love your portfolio! Do you have a pdf version of your self promotional book? I would like to see more of it..

gthompson1245
Mar 7, 2006, 06:17 PM
So yur saying this (won't):confused: work on an iBook?
Darn...I like drawing
Ha-ha:D

MacRumorUser
Mar 7, 2006, 06:47 PM
So yur saying this (won't):confused: work on an iBook?
Darn...I like drawing
Ha-ha:D

Well it works, but you'll have difficulty getting it off :D

LAURA your a creative genius! :)

See how many people you've inspired... If only I can inspire someone to buy me one of those 21" Wacom Monitor/Tablets that would be cool ;)

thegreatluke
Mar 7, 2006, 08:19 PM
DON'T DO THIS TO ANY OF YOUR KEYS ON THE KEYBOARD.

I wrote something on my spacebar, and after scrubbing really hard I can still see it faintly. The markings on the other parts of the computer came off perfectly, but I'm still worried about scratches, etc.

I wouldn't even go near the trackpad.

ITASOR
Mar 7, 2006, 08:23 PM
Haha, you guys are crazy.

*takes out sharpie and draws on iBook*

jrk07
Mar 8, 2006, 01:41 AM
DON'T DO THIS TO ANY OF YOUR KEYS ON THE KEYBOARD.

I wrote something on my spacebar, and after scrubbing really hard I can still see it faintly. The markings on the other parts of the computer came off perfectly, but I'm still worried about scratches, etc.

I wouldn't even go near the trackpad.


Worried about scratches after you "wrote something on your spacebar." :rolleyes: haha :p