In high school I always dreamed of owning one of those fancy drawing tablets. When I graduated and started my years at UNCW, I finally got one. It was a Wacom, and connected via. serial port. It actually had a funny little power jack coming right off the serial port. Very interesting. That was 1995.
Fast-forward to last Christmas. My wife got me (or should I say, let me purchase) a fancy new Wacom Intuos Pro Wireless. It’s great. Aside from a few bizarre issues with the wireless and interference (which seem to have been resolved), it’s a marvelous device. I can work on my Windows machine in my office, or on the couch with my Macbook Pro.
This is my first real attempt at some digital art with the new device. I spent a lot of time exploring Photoshop’s brushes, as well as being inspired by Aaron Blaise. I started this thing before Christmas, as a funny gift for our secret-Santa gift exchange. I eventually called it “done” a week ago and gave her a framed 13×19″ print. She loved it. Score!
It’s funny how working digitally really tests the ability to master the tools. As non-intuitive as it is, switching brushes, tweaking parameters, and being constantly distracted with things like how pixel opacity affects white (infuriating), I see the potential. I’m not quite there yet, but I still see the day when the tools won’t limit my imagination.
I actually want to give Krita a spin. But, for now, here’s “Mexican Amy”.