Monday, February 08, 2010
Old dog new tricks
Here it is. My first all digital piece done with the Wacom. I know, I know, its pretty simple. But its a big deal for me. I've been resisting (why?) going digital for way too long now.
You remember in the last post I had a sketch - a traditional pencil on tracing paper kind of drawing. I scanned that, and traced over it with the Wacom pen to get what you see here. Then I dragged the 'traced' digital layer over onto a new file and flattened it (I could also have just deleted the background sketch layer in the original).
It took me way more tries than I care to admit to figure out what kind of 'line' to use. At first I was trying to get a really clean, "Illustrator" line, which wasn't possible. It was taking sooooo long. The whole idea here is to speed things up a bit. Then I did a fatter, even width line. Etc. In the end I decided to just 'draw', the way I draw when I draw. Kind of sketchy. And I like it.
What's great about this is when you make a goof, you can just erase it and its gone! You can completely change your mind, do a new layer, try something and decide it doesn't work, etc. - and not ruin your paper.
I look forward to getting more proficient with this and doing some color as well. Right now I'm thrilled to be able to do this.