i made this

Happy little brush strokes

I persisted with the digital drawing for the last week but it’s been so frustrating without me being able to pinpoint exactly why.

I don’t always get what I want as a result from real life painting so it can’t be the unsatisfactory results. In fact, I can sometimes get some nice things from my digital efforts.

It’s more convenient because you just need the tablet and then when you’re done it’s there, no scanning or processing needed.

The actual process of drawing *should* be easier on the tablet because I can undo and erase any time. But it just isn’t. it’s clumsy and uncomfortable. Maybe this is what it was like to learn to draw with a pencil in the first place and I just can’t remember. drawing digitally feels like a chore and I realised that the only reason I draw at all is because the act itself brings me joy.

I feel like one of those people who refuse to read ebooks and have to lug around a lump of paper for their principles. This is really odd for me and the only situation where I can think I prefer the old fashioned way of doing things but I’m going to have to stick to pencils and brushes because that’s the only way making art makes me happy.

After having said I sometimes get good results from digital drawing today that was not happening! see below my first attempt at this scene drawn digitally and the coloured pencil and watercolour version I resorted to in frustration side by side.