It’s been a long time since I’ve gone out of my way to do anything illustrat-y and decided I would make a start before my course transfer is completed and I receive my new course materials.
First things first – Tablet
I’ve always preferred digital illustration to more ‘traditional’ mediums. With this in mind, way back in May I bought myself a new Tablet Monitor. The dream would be to own a Wacom, but that’s way to expensive while I’m studying so I settled for a Ugee 1910B. It took a little fiddling, and some help from my IT guy friend, but its up and running now. I just need a DVI lead as its running through a VGA at the moment so the resolution isn’t as good as it should be.
I used to be pretty good at Photoshop, but again its been years. I used to be able to create things like this:
But I’ve since lost all my skills and shortcuts, so it’s basically back to square one. I essentially watched loads of video’s on YouTube and made loads of notes.
Here are a couple that I found really helpful:
I’m probably going to add to this list as I find more useful videos and tutorials so I have a useful list of references.
So using this new info I set out with a quick doodle:
I really wasn’t happy with the finished doodle. The perspective is off somehow? I think it’s just where I need to get used to drawing directly on to a tablet screen. I used to use an old Wacom Bamboo tablet, which had no display, so it just translated on to your monitor as you drew. This is a learning curve for me though so I’m not going to beat myself up over it. Just need more practice.