It has been pretty fun drawing these past few months, and I would like to keep getting better at it. To this end, I have made my new years resolution to draw for an hour every day which I have been able to keep up for the past month. I even went so far as to get a drawing tablet for my computer to practice in a medium other than charcoal or graphite.
So, to this end, I made another comic:
Some initial thoughts:
- I feel like a kindergartener trying to draw on this thing. I can’t make a straight line near as easily as I can on paper.
- Having to look at the computer monitor and not the stylus is a very different feel to drawing. It feels like the difference between touch typing vs. hunt-and-peck.
- Color baffles me. I don’t know how it works, and I don’t know how to learn.
From the “Paper doesn’t spontaneously combust” land:
Drawing on paper vs. on a computer is really quite different, as I found out on my first attempt to try it out. I meticulously spent 90 minutes making the comic you see above, and went to save it. Photoshop helpfully offered to open it in Image Ready, which I was curious to see. Opening it in ImageReady looked kind of cool, but I was more interested in actually saving the file, so I closed ImageReady. Big Mistake. Photoshop silently closed its copy when it opened up in IR, which meant my hour and a half was completely wasted. I chalked it up to be a learning experience (Thank goodness it happened on the very first one!). Coming from a world of paper and pencil, it just isn’t something I thought about until it happened.