When I first began experimenting with digital artwork, all of my early finished pieces were, in majority, a method of teaching myself to use a new medium. Although I have been drawing, painting, and exercising art creation in multiple mediums my entire life, I’d never attempted such a thing digitally with the exception of some photo editing with Photoshop a decade ago.
Drawing on a tablet works well with my current lifestyle, something I can pull out and not have to worry about cleaning up after myself, mixing colors, erasing or having to restart a project if I end up unsatisfied with it… my tablet became my most important investment to this new journey.
One of my earliest digital pieces several months ago was imagined in my head as a girl “wearing a hoodie that’s an octopus,” as I described it to my boyfriend. It’s not a concept that makes a whole lot of sense, but the idea entered my brain and I was stuck on it.
I spent hours on this piece that I was satisfied with at first but upon later inspection, after learning so many new techniques and skills on the platform, I wanted to give it a second attempt.
Instead of the sketching method I use now after learning more about how to make transitioning into color more simple, I used basic line-work when I began drawing with the tablet.
This initial piece isn’t “bad,” by any means, and I’m still proud of it… but I am interested to see how much further I can take it.
These days I’m making an attempt to draw attention to my Patreon, which means I won’t be posting entire pieces of finished or progress works right away… this is to give my Patrons a chance to see if first (there’s just one for now, and so giving them full access to material that can’t be found elsewhere is of extreme importance to me to show my gratitude).
However, here’s a small sample of a portion of the progress I made last night.
So far I’m pleased with it, especially since this is only an hour or so into the process.
Thank you for taking the time to read this.