Saturday’s drawing of a cartoon figure on a photo looked like I had some kind of palsy. Wobbly lines can be artsy, but only if they’re on purpose. I blame my tools, of course. Fast forward: I changed out my Wacom Graphire for a Wacom Intuos 4 drawing tablet. Same size, but OMG, what a difference.* Now I have nothing to blame but myself.
I’m pushing myself to be able to draw directly on the computer (instead of pencil sketching & scanning). It’s my lust for efficiency (aka laziness).
Above is a scan of silver-repaired amber beads, with direct drawing into Photoshop. Practice.
Below is playing around with the pencil tool in Illustrator. For the moment, I’ll spare you an explanation.
*Ability to map working area to your screen and keep proportions; changeable nibs to match the “feel” you want from the pen; a “toothier” drawing surface so that your line isn’t jittering all over the place; programmable hot-keys, which I don’t care about that much. The Graphire is wireless, which I love, but I’m willing to sacrifice that for better drawing technology.