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Lessons from my Tablet


This is a monster that eats the abstract art in front of office buildings.

I’m trying out some 100% digital works.  So far, I’ve learned:

1. Digital is not always faster.

2. Digital is much easier to change and correct immediately.


This is kind of me. But I never look this excited about anything. Except when I saw a preview for that movie, Bounce, and that turned out to be a big disappointment. So since then, never.

3. I like to draw with my face really close to my hand so I can see the little details that I’m adding.  With a tablet, I have to lean into the monitor and not look at my hand.  This will take some getting used to.

4. In general, it will take me a little time to get used to drawing on a tablet, but I think I will like it by the end.

I used a Bamboo Create tablet and a trial version of Sketchbook to draw the two images above.  On the self-portraitish one, at some point in the near the end of the sketch, I accidentally selected a square that went from the elbow up to the top of the image.  Then I deselected it and a tiny line remained at the elbow of my image.  But I thought that was just a computer glitch and it would not show up in any other program…but there it sits.  Now I know for next time.


2 comments on “Lessons from my Tablet

  1. palacioillustration
    December 6, 2012

    It’s a really good start;) It took me about a full year to really get use to the tablet screen disconnect but now it’s like second nature. If you’re interested here is link to one of the best free open source painting programs around. It’s a really nice program and $0.00 cost makes it a great option for starting artists. In fact if some of these free programs would have been around when I was learning how to paint digital I may have never spent the money on the other big name programs.

    http://mypaint.intilinux.com/ This program is similar to Corel Painter

    Just copy and past the link. Also google Gimp if you want a free program similar to Photoshop

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