New Toy

I’ve been wanting a digital drawing tablet for a while, but held off until now to get one. Mainly because I’m cheap and hesitant to spend money on something I haven’t tried.

I’m so happy that I finally forced myself to hit the buy button that made me the proud new owner of a Parblo A610 Graphic Drawing Tablet.

It hooks up directly to my laptop via USB cords which makes it portable. Once it get’s nice outside I’ll attempt to do some outdoor drawings.

So, this is my first attempt at drawing something on the new tablet. It took some trial and error to figure out how to work everything, but it doesn’t seem too difficult.

1stdrawing

The part that is going to be hard is relearning how to draw. I have always used pencil and paper to draw. I have a unique style that isn’t reproducible digitally. Mainly because the pen doesn’t make lines on the surface, they make them on the screen. There is no black getting all over my hands when shading. And there is no eraser dust to blow away.

I will have to spend a great deal of time working with it inorder to make it a useful tool for cover creation. It would be nice to be able create custom artwork for clients that isn’t created using photomanipulation. But, that might be a bit down the road.

lazer cow

Bucket filling was pretty much the extent of how I added color, because using the brushes in GIMP was pointless when I was using a mouse or touch pad. It just didn’t work.

So, I’ve been playing with the brushes and seeing what effects I can create. Here are a few of my attempts. They aren’t great, but they’re just practice.

blending     dragon cat    iloveyou

As I get better skilled with this new toy, I’ll post my art here.

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