Traditional Drawing to Digital

My first initial thought after using this thing: what the F is going on?!

No worries, it’s totally user error.

A few tips for anyone potentially transitioning digitally:

– Work on a large artboard, and scale down for finalizing files

When you scale down, you’ll maintain image quality. You risk pixilation when you resize your canvas from small to large. Utilize zooming in and out to go into detail, especially if you are working on a smaller screen.

– Go monochromatic, or start with a different color background

This helps if you don’t know where to start, or have trouble with color, shading, and line development. A blank white canvas, or an endless selection of colors, can be distracting.

– Layers and a fancy undo shortcut are your friends

Working digitally, you have versatility to experiment choices with layers, or, what I’ve started doing is just painting over my mistakes, instead of using undo. That way, I’ve learned to put more deliberation and investment into my choices.

– Try different textures, or make your own

If you scan your sketches and zoom in, you can see that it’s comprised of fine textures. Play around with the individual brush setting in your software — the flow, opacity, and scattering for example — see what you like working with.

Give yourself an adjustment period with your graphics tablet and software. Learn your tablet preferences, and adapt software settings to your workflow. You have the skills, knowledge, and style, but it takes practice to translate that into a new medium.

– Scan your sketches and develop them digitally

If you are pretty good with a pencil and paper; then sketch traditionally first, scan it in, and add the coloring via the tablet afterward. Over time, I’m hoping to ease into working entirely on the computer, when I feel like it, of course 😛

Just be patient with yourself and concentrate on building your foundation.