HI! I am an aspiring illustrator, and i was just wondering. do you do all your drawings by hand, and scan them in to the pc or do you do them straight on the pc? i really LOVE your work and was looking for some advice. Thanks!
My hands have never been steady enough to draw in the computer, despite my massive tablet (a b-day gift from a fan/friend). I scrawl on a page, or several pages, and then use the PC to edit. Using openCanvas, PhotoShop, or some combination of the two, I attempt to make it lovely. This is a process of some many days.
Recently I was diagnosed with a neuromuscular disorder; after three years of not being able to use my hands at all, (if you look thru my gallery, you’d notice a nosedive in productivity, as well as the slow climb back) not saying that this didn’t depress me, as it has. This has urged me to try new mediums, experiment with supplies I’d never used before, things that were easier to navigate, more expensive, but are able to yield results. Rising to the challenge of making these new things, now I’m eager to find out what comes next.
Meanwhile; there is nothing better than being an aspiring artist, there is no way to go but up! As long as you’re always willing to try new things, at least the once, eventually you’ll find the genius that’ll work for you.
Okay, maybe that is a bit more cheesy than inspirational. Instead I’ll share what works for me, something my Mentor used to say; “Judge your work against zero, which is the nothing it replaces.”
Thank you so much for the advice!
I too have been diagnosed with a debilitating condition, though not as severe as yours. Working where I do had given me carpel tunnel to the max in my wrists, and my left wrist is especially bad, being as I am left handed. So I understand about not having a steady hand.
The main reason I wanted to ask is bc recently I had a professor tell me I would not make it anywhere in life as an artist if I didn’t use strictly digital mediums.
Hah-Hah! Well, you know what they say, those who can’t do, teach.