Room For Improvement

August 24, 2015

Recently I’ve become enamored with the idea of mastering our (sort of) newly purchased Wacom tablet. I’ve used Wacom products in the past, but never with much success. I never truly overcame the awkward uncertainty when attempting to reconcile the feeling of looking at the screen while drawing on the tablet. In hopes of conquering that awkwardness, I set about the task this past weekend and generated a pair of images, both wrought with plenty of trial and error, but hopefully moving in the right direction.

After building a series of childlike scribbles and hurling more than one or two under-the-breath-dad-level curses at my computer, I finally gained a little comfort with the new tools at my disposal. I picked something easy to start with and, as the onset of fall always makes me think of Halloween, I produced this:

The first attempt...following the scribbles.

The first attempt…following the scribbles.

Following that, I tried generating an original piece. I wanted to make use of a more complete color palette (to move beyond the easy accessibility of grayscale) and incorporate a more dramatic composition. With those two primary goals in mind, I developed an homage to our friendly neighborhood baristas:

An ode to the baristas of our freshly minted neighborhood Spyhouse Coffee, and my first earnest attempt at mastering the Wacom.

An ode to the baristas of our freshly minted neighborhood Spyhouse Coffee, and my first earnest attempt at mastering the Wacom.

So far, I’m still a little awkward with the tablet as a whole, but with the addition of some new brushes — and plenty of long hours ahead — I think this is beginning of a beautiful friendship!