July 20, 2011

Drawing on Paper vs. Electronically



I think I’m on my 7th moleskine!  There’s just something extremely predictable about those books with that watercolor paper.  I’m hooked!



It’s been suggested that I start doodling/drawing in Photoshop….you know, open up the blank page, grab my wacom tablet pen and start doodling away.  I however, do not find that relaxing one bit.  I like the feel of the pens on the paper.  Photoshop is mighty crisp and extremely detailed.  But not as convenient as my moleskine….How can you beat ”grab and go”?   No need to remember a second battery, very light-weight compared to the 16 pounds that a laptop can pack. 



However, I do think I should do some “creating” in photoshop.  It is the way of the future.  And I did hear that there is a photoshop app for ipads.  I’d be interested in that.  But please, don’t make me carry a laptop around.  Sorry, I know a lot of people love them.  But I’ll take my desktop over a laptop any day.  More bang for the buck, too.

I wonder if drawing in photoshop is a mental hurdle that I need to get over?  Do any of you draw in photoshop?  What are your thoughts on this photoshop issue?

15 comments:

Giggles said...

Beautiful!! Inspiring the old school way! I am not a fan of the complicated way of photo shop. I think I needed a faster version. (more expensive) However I love digital paint and can become quite addicted to it! I think because a mistake is so easy to rectify. I don't think it's for everyone. However if you are interested in trying some digital art. Start by scanning one of your drawings, then filling in the colors...I have a friend who does that so she can change up her patterns! I really do think digital is all about the mouse too! Do what you enjoy!! Why take the fun out of art!


Hugs Giggles

Chel said...

I got a tablet years ago and only used it once - it's just not for me. I love the feel of ink on paper, and watercolor paints on paper, and markers on paper...

Rebecca Anthony said...

This is awesome Eden, I really love the colors!! I have never drawn in photo shop so I can't help you there, sorry.

Janet said...

I agree with you. I have a tablet but haven't used in it a long time. I prefer the old-fashioned way of creating art. And I, too, love my desktop much more than my laptop.

Anonymous said...

I think digital art is flat and boring. I wish people weren't so into it--I prefer art where you can see the hand.

Eden said...

I can see we all have an opinion on the subject....which is good!

@giggles- that's a great idea! I'd have to change the way I doodle....because I outline and color in and sections and work from there. But I think I could try something different. And you gotta love that [ctrl] Z !! LOL!

@Chel, Rebecca & Janet- I think you guys are alot like me!! I'm kinetic....gotta go thru the motions!

@Anonymous- Whenever I do drawing type of art all digitally it is VERY BORING AND FLAT!! I so agree with you :D

rhomany said...

The secret to digital drawing is to learn your tools, just like any medium. Yes, it's possible to create flat, boring digital paintings, but I know people who can do that with acrylics as well. Take a look at the work of people like Anne Julie and say it's flat or boring ;)
If you're interested, Tam over at Willowing.ning has a digital drawing class on at the moment (I think she's still taking students) and you only need basic tools to get started. It's designed for those with photoshop but it also caters to the those with Photoshop elements which is cheaper. It's a great class for beginners because it gives you a feel for it and you'll know if you like it or not. But even if you don't, you get to learn some great collaging effects you could use for other things.

Terri Kahrs said...

IMHO, using a Wacom tablet to draw is like using a Kindle to read a book. Pretty much says it all for me. :) Call me old-fashioned, I'd rather read the book and put pencil to paper. Hugs, Terri xoxo

young-eclectic-encounters said...

I use both, altough I use Gimp not photoshop because of the expense. The Thanksgiving picture I did for your contest was done with both. I think they both have a place and drawing is so good for your hands. I had to have surgery on my hands after a bad fall where they had to do reconstuction surgery on my hands (pins and tendons split from other places) and my orthopedic hand surgeon told me the best therapy for my hands was drawing and painting. There is enough repetition in movement to build muscle and keep hands limber without so much repetition as to bother carpal tunnel. Working on the computer can kill your hands if you have nerve damage or arthitis. I do however like to use Gimp sometimes and of course I use it for photo-editing. Do what you enjoy; after all art is about pleasing the soul.
Johnina :^A

Eden said...

Thanks guys for your comments!! The thing is...when I use my wacom tablet to draw....it's SO SLICK, and my pen just slides around. Quite frustrating....possibly there is another type of pen I can use on the tablet instead? Anyone know?

aimee said...

photoshop can be a great helper! i don't draw in it -- i just use it to assist what i've drawn by hand. it's super for correcting color, cleaning up flaws, etc.

lori vliegen said...

i'll hang with you, gal......i don't draw in photoshop either. i don't even have one of those wacom tablets! i do have an iPad, though, and didn't know about the photoshop app......i could be in trouble......
love your doodly-doos!! xox

Terrie said...

just found you and have to say I love your colorful letters. it's a whole different way to use doodling - what do you use to color? Markers, watercolor, pencils? The color is so rich and perfect! Lovely, inspiring projects.

Eden said...

@Terrie, so glad to meet you!!

To answer your question about how I color....it's all about markers for my doodle alphabet. Love those faber-castell markers, sakura pitt pens and the ever popular Sharpie fine-point. But you've gotta have paper that can handle the bleed. I use a watercolor moleskine. The paper is much thicker and no bleed through!

gypsy said...

Eden, Great discussion here (I am months late). As Aimee noted, photoshop is a great tool. I adore PS for playing with photographs with color and texture. But for me, creating paintings and doodles is about the experience - the paint, the pen, the line, the brush, all coming together on paper. It's not about the outcome or the speed.

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