Day 8 – 30 Days

28 06 2011

Today I tried something different. I tried to paint with my new tablet. I’ve had a tablet for awhile and I’ve used it for photo editing and drawing expressive lines, but never digital painting. I tried it once awhile back and gave up when it came out crappy and not at all up to par with my other artwork. So I put it out of my mind. No. Digital painting was not something that I could do. But I was determined today. I can use most media to create a pretty realistic portait: pencil, charcoal, pastel, colored pencil, pen and ink, watercolor… I can handle pretty much any traditional medium. But digital painting always eluded me. So today was the day… It’s just another medium right?

Here is the photo I used for reference: (This is Sophia my niece, isn’t she adorable?)

And here is what I came up with after about an hour of painting:

I could have gone for another hour… This was a lot easier than I remember! (I’m sure the new Wacom tablet helped as well) I just kept working at it in photoshop and pushing and pulling the lights and darks. It’s not the best drawing, but it’s a quick study and now I know a little more about digital painting. When I have more time, I’ll go back into this and finish it.

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