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10 July 2013 @ 01:37 pm
Tablet test!  
My sister the educated art student had a tablet she no longer needed, so in an odd way we're doing a trade; I get her old tablet, she gets my old sewing machine. Somehow, we'll both gain more skills in an area the other is better at. Somehow. (This also means more space under my sewing table once I give her my beloved Kenmore.) It's taken a few days for me to get around to it, but in the hour I had before work today, I searched online for a manual and a driver so I could use it, and here's the end result:

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I know, nothing impressive, but this is amazing to me! I haven't drawn in Photoshop in forever since I could never make my lines curve enough. (Flash has been a lifesaver for that.) Turns out the quality of the tablet, and no doubt skill of the artist has an impact on this, because this was much less painful to draw! I think this will make for a worthy trade... :D

And one of these days, I need to put it to use updating the banners for my Etsy shop. And then, I need to get back to drawing in a more realistic style.

And don't worry, brendala, I'll drop my old tablet in the mail tomorrow. Unlike the one I got, you'll be getting everything it came with, including the oh so snazzy box. It was great to learn on. I hope you have a lot of fun with it. :)
brendala: MLP rarity WTFbrendala on July 13th, 2013 10:40 am (UTC)
Perhaps I should give drawing with a tablet another chance as well. I got one well over a decade ago, but I couldn't get past the fact that I had to look at the monitor to see what I'm "drawing" while my hand was on the tablet

I couldn't get over that either. I took an animation class a few years back that used tablets for the assignments. But I had so much trouble drawing on them that the teacher allowed me to draw my project on papers, scan them into the animation program, and animate them via photoshop even though it took me TWICE as long to do it as the other students (I had to scan a LOT of pictures)
Isabelle Melançonsecondlina on July 14th, 2013 12:31 am (UTC)
Both working by hand and by tablet can be good. I think it's really personal when it comes to one's preference. and some stuff is easier to do digitally. I prefer to mix both, creating a supreme hybrid of all artness.
Dianeichiban_victory on July 14th, 2013 04:23 am (UTC)
For me it really depends on the task at hand. If I want to see a doodle to completion, I'm best off starting out digitally (unless I happened to sketch something in my sketchbook that I particularly liked), but when I am making drafts for patterns and such, it's pencil and paper all the way. I'd say the only real advantage to digital art is that it is a lot less mess. Sometimes I forget what it is like having pencil graphite all over my hand... (Not to mention permanent ink. Argh!)
Isabelle Melançonsecondlina on July 14th, 2013 04:30 am (UTC)
Hahaha yeah ink does get in places.
brendala: FoL Blair Jo laughbrendala on July 14th, 2013 08:22 am (UTC)
My right pinkie finger is always a mess after I draw and/or color for a long time. I've taken to placing tissues on my papers when I draw to prevent my fingers from getting dirty and smudging my work (ESPECIALLY when colored pencils are involved)
brendalabrendala on July 14th, 2013 08:20 am (UTC)
I think it has a lot to do with being willing to adjust to new methods. I have a VERY hard time adjusting when I try to use a new medium to draw. But one of my gal pals pretty much NEVER uses paper anymore because she instantly fell in love with how easy it was to just sketch on a tablet and immediately color it from there.
Isabelle Melançonsecondlina on July 14th, 2013 06:49 pm (UTC)
Tablet drawing isn't easy for everyone though. I actually hate drawing with one, but I love coloring with one. It's really all about what tolls you prefer (sorta like how some people prefer pens or brushes). So don't feel bad if you don't like it or prefer to only use it for coloring.