Working with a Digital Medium

December 11, 2016 by gottyj | 2 Comments

So like I’ve said in a previous post– I have been drawing consistently, almost daily, for about 6-7 months now. It’s not a ‘picture-a-day’ type thing as some designs take me two or more days to finish or other days, I just cant seem to find a solid groove. I’m not the only one who goes through this, right? I’ve literally had days where I try and try and try to draw a particular character and just, for whatever reason, I can’t. When that happens, I usually take a break– try again tomorrow and often get better results.

I’m actually pretty terrible at drawing… at least in the traditional sense. In fact, part of the reason my stuff comes out looking as decent as it does has to do a lot with the tools I’ve learned to draw with. Prior to 2016 I’ve never really drawn… I mean I’d doodle on small stuff as much as the next guy… but mostly stick figures. What changed this year, however, was me getting the iPad Pro with the Apple Pencil. Since I got them back in may I’ve tried really learning how to draw– online tutorials (thanks YouTube), critiques, trial and error etc have been my life since. But the most helpful aspect is the medium that I am working on.

A digital medium, to me, is a lot more forgiving than pencils and paper. To start with, I can draw anywhere without having to deal with clunky art pads or having to worry about my tools going dull. Additionally, as I have seen stated on a youtube video a while back, there is no mistake that cannot be fixed.¬† You don’t like¬† how a line turned out? Hit the back button and try again! Over and over again until it comes out the way you like it. Add that on top of the many extra features you get using an art app versus having to rely 100% only on your own skills– and you can really start improving. I’m not down artists who work in the digital space, lord knows that it comes with its own slew of competencies, skillsets and challenges– all I am saying is that it worked really well for me.

I just wanted to share some of my thoughts… and I also had a few questions:

  1. How old were you when you first started drawing or learning how to draw?
  2. Do you consider yourself ‘good’? and did you always feel this way or did something trigger that mindset?
  3. Have you started working in the digital medium? What sort of challenges did you face at first?
  4. Lastly, if you have an ipad and apple pencil– what are your thoughts on it in general?

Here is a couple of pieces I’ve done:



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