Experimented with something old and something new.
So I did a digital drawing job this week. It was a redesign and arrangement of a family crest. Most of the really creative work was done already (either in the original crest or with the work I was taking over from the person who had the job prior to me) but I still had to redraw the whole thing at a high enough resolution for printing, and color it and put it together. While it wasn't especially creative work, it did utilize skills that I'm practiced at, and tools that I'm familiar with.
What it also meant was that I was re-familiarized with my wacom tablet, which I barely use anymore. The job took me maybe seven or eight hours total, but it was pretty much entirely drawing with the wacom.
Now, you may remember that a while ago I was drawing with my phone, because it had a wacom type pressure sensitive stylus. I was doing a lot of fun stuff with that, but the format and tools didn't really allow for any serious work.
My plan has been to get a Microsoft Surface Pro when money gets to a place to accommodate that kind of thing, because it's a full sized tablet with a pressure sensitive stylus, and I think I'd get a lot of use out of it. Plus I need a tablet and it also functions as a laptop.
I've just been biding my time until I could afford that Surface Pro. Meanwhile, for the last year or so, I've done very little art wise.
So when this crest job came along, it forced me to get used to using my wacom at a desk and drawing that way, and it reminded me of how versatile and easy it is.
I decided to give it another shot. One thing I wanted to do differently was to use textured brushes. On my phone and when I've used my wacom in the past, I've always just used variations of photoshop's standard airbrush brushes. Harder and softer, light and denser opacities, but otherwise round and smooth.
I went to Deviantart.com and found an oil pastel brush set that looked like it might be good and went to work. It was tricky and I tinkered away at it for a few hours, trying to figure out what i was doing, playing with the settings and stuff, but I think I'm starting to get the hang of it.
This is what I did in those few hours. It's certainly not great, but it's a start, and I think it's not bad for a first run at digital painting with textured brushes. Especially considering that I haven't done much of anything like that in quite a few years, aside from the cell phone stuff. It's not finished either, and probably won't ever be. It's more of just a "proof-of-concept" piece, to prove to myself that I could do it, and I think I can.