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Some time ago, I won an Amazon gift card from The Pioneer Woman, using my amazing skills of 80s movie trivia. (I knew that was going to come in handy some day. So glad I learned retained movie trivia skills all these years instead of math!) With these spoils, I purchased myself a low-end digital tablet, with the idea being that I would use it to embark on a future of glory in drawing cartoons. Like Hyperbole and a Half or Cyanide & Happiness or Dinosaur Comics.

Okay, I probably wouldn't need a tablet to do something like Dinosaur Comics, but instead of a tablet I'd have to be funnier than I actually am, so that wouldn't work either.

Anyway, last night I finally sat down with my beautiful new tablet, determined to spin comic gold, and was faced with the inevitable realization that I can't draw cartoons. I try and I try but they just aren't good. I am, however, completely enamored of my tablet. I've always had a very tight, photorealistic drawing style, which endlessly vexes me, and in addition to being completely rubbish at comics, I've been completely rubbish at anything slightly impressionistic or sketched. I just. Can't. Do it.

Luckily, I'm also rubbish with a tablet pen! And my complete lack of even basic mastery over my tools makes my drawings very scribbly indeed. Normally I'd be a bit upset about that, but actually I think it's brilliant. I've accidentally found competence at a drawing style I've been hopeless at! It's an exciting day to be me.

Anyhow, when my cartoon attempts failed dramatically, I instead produced a few 10-minute sketches from a few of my Horse Expo photos.




They could be better, and I expect with some practice I'll be doing some interesting things with the tablet (I am determined to draw that cartoon about my dog's love of Christmas lights, and hopefully by Christmas I'll be ready).

Date: 2010-08-19 07:58 pm (UTC)
cyprinella: Horse head (sunhorse)
From: [personal profile] cyprinella
I really love the second piece.

I wish I could bust out my tablet and play, but mine's so old that it has a serial port and my computer doesn't have any!

Date: 2010-08-20 12:36 am (UTC)
cyprinella: Horse head (sunhorse)
From: [personal profile] cyprinella
I haven't got the patience for painting so I stick to pastels. Or, well, I used to. Haven't touched them in a couple of years now.

Date: 2010-08-19 08:14 pm (UTC)
holyschist: Image of a medieval crocodile from Herodotus, eating a person, with the caption "om nom nom" (Default)
From: [personal profile] holyschist
Those are very evocative!

Date: 2010-08-19 08:26 pm (UTC)
foxfirefey: Look at this wee octopus! LOOK AT IT! (squee)
From: [personal profile] foxfirefey
Eee I just got a digital tablet too, a Bamboo!

I can't do anything as nice as that though.

Date: 2010-08-19 09:32 pm (UTC)
foxfirefey: Fox stealing an egg. (mischief)
From: [personal profile] foxfirefey
Yeah, I figured I can't justify getting a bigger and better one if I haven't already proven myself serious and capable with the toy. My cunning plan is to use [profile] gimpscape for resources on how to work in GIMP or Inkscape with it--I don't want to buy Adobe stuff, so. Although the Corel programmy thing it came with is pretty interesting?

Now I think I just need to make an adorable wee case for my Bamboo.

Date: 2010-08-19 11:02 pm (UTC)
abbylee: (Default)
From: [personal profile] abbylee
So awesome, wow.

(Also, cartooons can be photo-realistic! You just then add little text thingies on top of them!)

Date: 2010-08-19 11:22 pm (UTC)
foxfirefey: Fox stealing an egg. (mischief)
From: [personal profile] foxfirefey
I agree on this. One of the nice things about web comics is that they contain a wide variety of art styles!

Date: 2010-08-23 02:26 pm (UTC)
onthehill: yuri plisetsky gives a thumbs down (eye)
From: [personal profile] onthehill
These are AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Especially no.2. *gawps*

Date: 2010-08-24 04:52 pm (UTC)
adafrog: (Default)
From: [personal profile] adafrog
Those look great!

Date: 2010-09-03 06:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] multimediafunhouse.blogspot.com
GORGEOUS! The first reminds me of a drawing in my well-loved Illustrated Classics Black Beauty I'd had since I was hold enough to say, "horfy."

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