I’m excited to start today by saying that I got a response yesterday. That’s exactly what I’m looking for. Thank you for those who are eager to participate, you will soon be rewarded.
Yesterday I had discussed my relationship with the tablet and some of the learning conditions that accompany it. If you read along, you’ve probably surmised that I am completely unwilling to work with it at this point. That is not the case. Although it bears struggles, I am practically desperate to learn it. From that desperation I have been exploring ways to grow with it.
Typically I spend my time struggling with Photoshop, a program with which I excel when editing but come up short handed with when creating. It, to me, seems far more appropriate to use when going after the purpose of its origin: photo editing. From time to time I dabble with other programs. I have spent time with Artrage and find it useful but not exactly what I was looking for. Perhaps my trouble was that it seemed very similar to InkArt which was a program I used on my Gateway to draw Masquerade. I had practically quit looking for art programs when I had come across SketchBook Pro.
I had discovered Sketchbook Pro through my good friends at the Paper Wings Podcast. It seemed like a different setup from what I was accustomed. Because of the intrigue I decided to download the trial and play with it a while. Setting my tablet gripes aside, I dove into it eager to see what mysteries I could unfold.
Now, I must admit, it has only been two weeks and I am still playing with it. There is a lot to learn and a lot to cover. I cannot say undeniably if it is the perfect program, but it is interesting. I am finding that the simulation of each tool seems to be pretty spot on. My pencils seem more like pencil and the sensitivity response is fantastic. Currently I am undecided on exactly which tool I would use to simulate ink, but there are plenty to choose from at least.
Though I seem a bit wishy-washy, there is a feature that I simply adore. This feature, I feel, sets it apart from the other programs. The feature I am excited about are the various rulers. If you read Little Alice you may notice that, on paper, I use rulers very scarcely In the digital universe they are far more necessary. One of my issues with the tablet is that I cannot draw well in certain directions. Furthermore, I struggle to find a pace that will give me the outcome I desire. With the impressive supply of rulers in Sketchbook Pro, I find that it is easy to make crisp dark lines that rival some of the best traditional inkings.
What rulers are there that could excite me so? There are three that get me going in a good way. First, we have the standard straight edge. Okay, it’s not that exciting, but it’s effective. Second is the more exotic round ruler. This has become one of my favorite tools. It works as a free-scaling circle. It can be squashed and stretched and rotated. When used, the pencil, or whatever tool you have chosen, will follow its contour. It is exceptionally handy. I couldn’t believe how terrific it was. Third, there is a shape ruler that creates odd organic shapes, all of which can be adjusted and tweaked. It’s neat, and a great concept, I just haven’t found a purpose for it yet.
I should say that I have not been through the absolute array of drawing programs, but I have not found any other program to work like Sketchbook Pro does. The layout is excellent and compliments the tools very well. With learning, and time, I could see this quickly becoming one of my favorite assets. Hopefully, if I achieve success with the tablet, I will be able to contemplate drawing with this program.
Yesterday’s blog generated a great comment this morning, and I am feeling compelled to respond to it here. The poster was named Nellis. Nellis had a great comment, and it drove home. What he had stated was that it seems like I may feel that I owe something to traditional art and it may be holding me back from making advancements in the digital medium. I think you’re right, in part. I have worked traditionally for so long that it does feel like something I owe myself to. Now I am not all that old, but it seems like this dog is struggling to learn new tricks. What I am trying to do now is hold my breath and jump into this digital thing all together. I hope I can get over the truth that I have to learn a few things to make the transition. It’s helpful to hear that you made it through a transition that began rocky. Thanks for your input, Nellis.
So to conclude today’s segment, I will say that I am far from done with Sketchbook Pro. I am happy with it, though still wading through the shallow end. When I have a better grasp I may revisit the topic with a more fleshed out experience. As I leave, here’s my question: What’s your favorite drawing medium, digital or otherwise, and why?