Playin’ Around

So I spent a day last week playing around in Photoshop doing some digital painting/sketching. Part of me feels like I should’ve just busted out some paints and played around with paint-painting, but there was something nice about the ease as to which I could just play around with something and not have to clean up a big mess or the fact that I could justcommand+n and start a new project.

It was fun and frustrating at the same time. I really liked just doodling and messing around and not worrying about having a finished product, and I think the biggest thing I got out of it was getting a little more used to drawing with the tablet.

Anyhow, here’s two of the more ‘finished’ looking items to come out of the day:

I am actually pretty excited for the learning process – to be using different tools and then to learn how to use those tools to add make the  illustrations my own. I have a lot on my place for SPX, but I’m hoping to sit for at least an hour or so everyday and play around to make some progress. I think my goal will be to try to master it and have some finished pieces by the end of the year.

It’s also really good for me because it’s forcing me to confront one of the biggest weaknesses in my my drawing – thinking of form and lighting and not relying on line so much. Even if I slip off the horse and don’t end up following through with that, I think that having to confront those things can only make my other drawing stronger, right?

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