Digital pencil sketch of a sock.
Digital sketch from poster reference of Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor’s face.
Digital pencil and paint sketch of the pen holder for my Wacom Intuos graphics tablet.
An unfinished sketch of Deckard, Harrison Ford’s character in Blade Runner.
Nick Yu had a great webcomic called The Bad Boys of Computer Science. Right around the time that he stopped working on it, I made this fan strip.
More than anything, I think this was my way of doodling with colored pencils using my graphics tablet and Photo-Paint.
This is an early drawing I did after getting my tablet. I played with plenty of pencil scribbles but this was one of my first uses of color and paint.
The first sketch I’ve done in a long time, this one was created in Corel Photo-Paint with a Wacom tablet. For reference I borrowed my wife’s excellent book on spiders, and this may have been the coolest spider shown!
Drawing Delilah (no, not Running Delilah, though that may have been where I got the name) was fun. At this stage in my artistic development I was starting to do a few things right, like drawing from photo reference for a (meta)human figure, and drawing at a larger size (higher resolution) than the final version shown here.
As this was something like the second drawing I made with my Wacom tablet and Corel Photo-Paint, I fell into a trap that snares many new digital artists. The final presentation of the art is the same resolution as the original working copy. I drew it at 1:1 of the final size. Or put another way, I didn’t realize I could have been drawing at a very large size and then reducing it for the final presentation.
This is important for essentially the same reason that drawing instructors tell students to draw big (not that I ever spent time in art classes, to my detriment). It’s a way to let the small shakes and defects blend and get smoothed out as you resample the image down to presentation size.
The neat thing about trying out my then-new Wacom tablet in Corel Photo-Paint was that it made drawing both familiar and completely new at the same time. It wasn’t until some time after this sketch that I arrived at pencil settings I liked, yet the experimental settings used in this piece were fun.
Drawing on the tablet but looking at the results on screen took a little getting used to, but once I got over that I realized it offers one big advantage: I never had to worry about my drawing hand obscuring some part of what I was working on (let alone smudging it unintentionally).