Monday, October 26, 2015

Trying Out Digital


Painting digitally is not my favorite way to illustrate. With my current skills, it takes me 3-5 times longer to create something to my satisfaction, BUT I can stop easily and quickly. Now, that I have a toddler and a 3 month old, I really-really don't have time to set up and clean up traditional painting. 

This Mermaid is a warm up of sorts. There is another piece I'm working on, but I was struggling with it's complexity(also my anatomy has never been a strong suite) and fighting this digital medium. So I thought I'd work on this old sketch, which is simpler to work on shape, color and style. I have learned I have to have a strong sketch to start with and that I can't just wing it once it's in the computer. I still have a lot left to do on this, but I wanted to share it because I'm excited to create again. 

I have a few short stories with graphic novel formats that I've been too chicken to work on traditionally... also babies. So, I'm thinking maybe I can attempt to do them digitally over the course of the next year or two, fifteen minutes at time in between diaper changes. Crazy? Probably.

2 comments:

Eman Paelmo said...

I've visited your blog from time to time. But this particular post made me look back at how I am loathe to using graphic tablets or coloring thru digital means (I'm not too convinced about my coloring skills, so It's more of a cop-out, ha ha!) Anyway, fancy reading up on some of my own apprehension through your eyes. Don't overthink it, by the way, What you do, what you create, you own. You are a very talented artist.

Cassie said...

@ Eman Paelmo. Thank you! I recommend "stealing" other successful color palettes. I'm still muddling along myself. I see other artists with fabulously unexpected color combos, but they pull it off. I want to get there someday. Thank you for the encouragement.

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