Digital Art Muse

Summer Drawing Challenge Day 5

“Oh no!” I said, “my studio’s a wreck because I’m installing shelves — how am I going to do my drawing today?”

Iris adjusted her Art Muse sash and said, “No problem, boss! We’ll draw on the computer!”

“Nooooooo!” I wailed. “I want to use my nice comfy paper and pens, and maybe some markers” (can you tell I’m getting addicted to those things?) “And I don’t know how, yet — don’t forget we’re posting these! In public!

Iris dragged me to the computer, put the drawing tablet and stylus into my hands. I made some scribbles. I made some more scribbles. I changed the colour a few times. I changed from the pencil tool to the brush tool. I started a dragon. I started a horse. I started a cat.

“I don’t know what to draw,” I said, turning giant woebegone eyes upon my muse. “Let me go — I’ll just do a quick pencil sketch at the kitchen table…”

“Silly artist! Draw ME!

So I did.

Here's Iris; I stuck to blue-greys both to mimic the style of the other Iris drawings, but also because I thought for my first time doing a drawing entirely in Photoshop, I didn't want the distraction of colours.  I did start out with a light blue sketch layer, which I discarded after I did the "inking" layer in black. The tones were also done on the black layer; it was really pretty much like doing it on paper, with the exception of the ability to select areas and swipe tones over them very quickly, without worrying about going outside the lines! And Iris was right — it WAS fun!

Here’s Iris; I stuck to blue-greys both to mimic the style of the other Iris drawings, but also because I thought for my first time doing a drawing entirely in Photoshop (I mostly just use it for clean-up and colouring), I didn’t want the distraction of the infinitude of colours. I did start out with a light blue sketch layer, which I discarded after I did the “inking” layer in black. The tones were also done on the black layer; it really felt pretty much like doing it on very smooth paper with markers, with the exception of the ability to select areas and swipe tones over them very quickly, without worrying about going outside the lines! And Iris was right — it was fun! I know it’s not a masterpiece, but I didn’t expect one on my first try. I’ll definitely have to do more of this!

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2 responses to “Digital Art Muse

    • I’m not being critical, at least not in a bad way —I’m actually pretty pleased with it, but I can see that I could do so much more, and that takes practice! And time — this took me about twice as long as it would have to have just drawn the thing on paper.

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