Published on December 3rd, 2012 | by Guest Author2
Do Your Remember Paint-By-Numbers?
I do – because for me, it’s family. I remember three things clearly about my late Grandfather: he had a full beard, he helped invent Paint-By-Numbers and he died far too young (57).
For those who don’t remember; paint-by-numbers kits were sold in crafts and department stores nationwide, and had a board with light gray lines indicating areas to paint, and each area had a number and a corresponding numbered paint to use. You fill in the colors and create a beautiful painting; every time. It empowered people, of all ages and backgrounds, of all levels of skill and taste, to create art; something every human on Earth has an innate desire to do.
Paint-By-Numbers was popularized in the 1950’s and became a true American success story. Over 12 million such kits were sold because even people who didn’t consider themselves artists, instinctively wanted to be creative and Paint-By-Numbers allowed anyone to acheive a creative success.
The popularity and almost universal appreciation of Paint-By-Numbers proved that when people are given the ability to create artwork themselves, they are exhilarated. They like to show off their efforts; compare and contrast with other “creators” and take pride in their accomplishments. This “child’s toy” inspired future artists and casual creators alike.
Empowering people to create art is the legacy my grandfather left and it is a mission I have dedicated myself to carry forward in this digital age. Today we have new technologies to allow more people to discover the joys of drawing and painting. I am convinced that mobile devices such as iPhone and iPad will power a new Paint-By-Numbers-like revolution. These digital-sketchbooks-to-be are the perfect form-factor and platform to teach people art while at the same time allowing them to express themselves directly on the device.
I feel I owe it to the future artists of the world to provide them with a simple and fun tool that will inspire them to create art; and to honor my grandfather’s memory. The tool I’m developing is called: The Doodler App. To learn more and express your support please visit our Kickstarter campaign: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1202082658/doodler-app-learn-to-draw-then-share-your-doodles
Article by Alec Hess
Alec Hess is an artist and entrepreneur who has enjoyed success in building and promoting a wide range of brands and individuals. In recent years, Alec has dedicated himself to building products that empower both established and emerging artists.