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Digital Sketching in a Café with a Tablet in My Hand

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, June 2, 2014

I went to a café Sunday afternoon and spent my time doing something I have not been able to do in months–sat down and sketched. The last time I felt like drawing in a public space involved my oversized sketchbook, a few reference magazines, drafting mechanical pencils, and rubber erasers. This time, I opted to go with just my tablet which was much lighter than carrying a bag full of art gear.

A few months back, I discussed with Banes and ozoneocean various drawing apps for digital drawing on-the-go in Quackcast 142. At the time I was still teeter tottering between traditional pencil and paper and digital for the preliminary sketches. In fact, if you told me then that I would eventually end up drawing digitally from start to finish, I might have thought you were insane. However, overtime I have been getting a lot more comfortable with the “finger painting” technique of a touchscreen monitor through daily practice.

One of the benefits of learning the fundamentals of sketching with a traditional medium like pencil, pen ink, and paper, is that it establishes a unique drawing method. It teaches the basics of using varying degrees of pen pressure sensitivity and how to trace the optimal outline when inking.

Drawing apps are getting so versatile that it is possible to recreate the look and feel of a brush that matches the same line width and texture as a graphite pencil. It also emulates the effects of an inking pen without having to worry about the cost or running out of ink.

My favorite part of working completely in digital from the start is that it skips the scanning process when I do not have a scanner available. Many factors can effect the sharpness of the line quality of a scanned image such as image resolution and adjusting the brightness and contrast levels too much.

It is just amazing that I am able to create original digital art without needing my clunky desktop. My ideal digital drawing style would share the qualities of my hand drawn sketches. I have been working with traditional drawing tools for such a long time, but I am having a fun time adapting to new technology.


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KimLuster at 7:36AM, June 3, 2014

Yeah, I really wish I could make myself get better at digital art. I've got a nice digital pad, but I just use it to modify scanned art a bit (usually just deepening shadows and enhancing saturation). As Banes said, the years you spend with pencil, brush, and pen just makes it harder to part ways with them (plus I think it also takes a loooong to really master digital art)

kawaiidaigakusei at 11:15PM, June 2, 2014

<3 Heart of Gold by Neil Young. How would this title translate to a song in his style? "I need a straw. I need to draw...Keep on searching for an open table. And I hope its stable."

Ozoneocean at 10:33PM, June 2, 2014

Do a recording for the Quackcast!

Banes at 6:39PM, June 2, 2014

By the way, for some reason I keep singing the title of this post as Neil Young. It sounds like such a Neil Young lyric.

Banes at 7:47AM, June 2, 2014

As the technology gets better and better, it becomes more a matter of practice, I s'pose. Logging the many hours (and years) drawing with pencils and pens makes that the preferred method for many. But if one puts the time in, there are huge advantages to the digital process, as you say! Another interesting post. And, oh! A monster magazine, eh? Gotta check that out!

Ozoneocean at 12:32AM, June 2, 2014

Well done on the digital drawing!

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