Hey people. The inhabitants of Suelandia are patiently waiting for winter to be over. Yes, it's a bit like a cat spa-resort here for them, but they'd still rather be running around outside. They just aren't as determined as me to do it in all kinds of weather. I suppose, they only have the one layer...
Wow. I have to admit, I did not expect it to be so different from regular drawing. So far the thing I understand best is the *pencil tool* (you click these different icons to turn your cursor stylus into different art tools). It behaves the most like an ordinary pen or pencil-- you draw on the pad (which is like a huge trackpad), and your image appears on screen. (Yes, I'm aware these suck.)
Another weirdness is that if you pick up the stylus, to start a new line, and you touch any of your previous lines (which is a pretty normal way to draw), your previous line disappears. I know lots of this is because of my lack of understanding of the program so far, but, ~hard~.
Then there is the pen tool, most commonly used by graphics artists, from what I gather online, and so far completely counter-intuitive for me.
My poor little misshapen heart is how it is not because I was being all *artsy*, sadly, that was the best I could do!
A friend asked me last night if I was having second thoughts, if I'd gotten in over my head and maybe thought this wasn't going to be for me. "No way," I told her, "I've gone and dived into the deep end now. There is no going back."
This is true, but doesn't mean I'm not crapping my pants a little.
It reminds me a LOT, of my intro to metal working. I came up with a plan to design metal furniture. My idea was to make prototypes, and have them manufactured, so I saved and saved, and came up with lots of designs, and planned a ton, and when I had everything I needed-- I quit my good job.
I remember my very first day walking out to my brand new shop with all the equipment I'd saved up for for about a year, and thinking, "Okay, I'll start making a table." I went over to my bench grinder and turned it on. It was kind of loud, and I knew from how heavy it was it must be pretty powerful. I tentatively held a piece of metal up to it. It was knocked from my hand and shot across the room like a missile. I'd never even seen one operated before and had no idea you MUST hold your work at the correct angle etc or it's pretty dang dangerous.
Everything was like that, very loud, very intimidating, things were flying all over, I felt like at any second something terrible was about to happen. What had I done?
But I learned. Now, ironically, today I want nothing more than to spend all day in my shop doing things I am familiar with and actually know how to do. I need to feel semi-competent again, and have clients waiting for stuff too.
I've found a series of video tutorials made by the company that puts-out this program, so I'll begin going through those. If I still feel confused, I'll purchase an online course. If I still don't get it, I'll find a tutor or something; but I WILL learn about this.
It's just going to be a while before I'll be able to turn the stuff in my head into digital art, but that's okay-- heck, people go to COLLEGE for this. I just have to be persistent and go though the learning curve.