Thursday, May 12, 2005


Well, I completely broke my record for lack of insomnia. Last night I sat in bed for FOUR HOURS. Damn! But it's okay - I got a lot done, and I'm excited about the weekend.

As I've said, I've been getting used to the new tablet. It's only about TEN TIMES BETTER than the old tablet. However, the new programs BLOW.

Well, okay, that's a bit strong. But, for the life of me, I could NOT figure out how to do anything useful. I won't even show you the putzing around I did. I don't know WHY they insist on 'realism'. I don't WANT my brush to 'run out of ink', thankyouverymuch. I don't WANT it to distort earlier lines, and I DEFINITELY don't want it to put down big blobs of PAINT instead of sharp, thin lines.

I miss Open Canvas 1.1. If anyone knows where to get a copy, please tell me!

The redeeming feature is the sketching. The virtual pencils are SO responsive. They are a JOY to work with. Here's some of the sketching I did.

Shy Girl
Shitty Dragon
Irritated Princess
Fat Man
Bizarre Beast

I'm slowly getting the hang of the sketching - it works best when I have the pressure sensitivity set to 'average'. But, unfortunately, the COLORING and INKING only works at ALL when I have the sensitivity set to 'soft'. I miss Open Canvas - it let you set the pressure curve on EVERY NIB, individually.

To show you how badly I suck at inking and coloring with these programs, here's a color piece.

When I get this far, I think to myself, "wait, do I actually suck? I can't produce anything good!" Then I look back over my papers and say, "oh, no, I don't suck. Whew. I just suck at the program."


Darius Kazemi said...

Hey, I like the stuff, but what do I know?

Craig Perko said...

If you could compare it to some of my "After College Out Of Work" pieces, you would agree these aren't very good.