On a lazy Saturday, my distracted self kept coming back to photoshop to play around and perfect the new tools I’ve discovered. I once knew how to do a lot with this program and others like it, but now I’m trying to re-teach myself how to create my mind’s ideas digitally.
It’s interesting how similar I work on a computer to how I work with a blank sheet of paper. My mind still wanders as I play around with my pen or mouse to make lines and shapes and connect them into whatever image happens. I rarely begin with a definite end product in mind–I just follow what feels right at the time. While it’s much easier to play with layers and test different ways to put my creations together on screen, the amount of time I spend is about the same. However, I find myself scratching more digital drafts than physical ones. On screen, I just delete a layer or stroke I don’t like and start over whereas, when I draw, I usually force myself to deal with mistakes and incorporate them into a new, unpredictable image. Ink is my favourite thing to use, and digitally, it’s hard to recreate the precise stroke of a perfectly fine point pen, but I’ve realized that I can now experiment more with colour, which is much easier with digital art.
This image is titled “Fever Surge”.