I've had lots of ideas recently that involve drawing and sketching various items, but I couldn't work out how to translate these drawings onto my computer screen. I have always used a scanner to develop my artwork, but I want more clarity and the ability to adjust them more on screen than scanning would give me. So after a chat with some IT 'bods' I researched and bought a very simple Graphics Tablet last week, and although I've only touched the surface of what it can do, I'm really pleased with what I can do with it already.
I want to produce some flyers and brochures and thought it would work with the What Katie did next... brand to have personalised drawings that relate to what I produce, as the brand is all about creating personalised gifts and art work. So I set about drawing some of the items I use...
I know they don't look finished, but I've literally just spent an hour or so playing with it, so I know they'll get more polished as I spend more time on them. It's a bit strange getting used to the pen tool at first, it's extremely sensitive! I found it frustrating that I couldn't be as precise as I would when I draw with a pen, however, I quite like the illustrative feel it gives. I need to develop the ability to change the width of line and the various marks to create more depth.
I took the Graphics Tablet to school today and showed some students how it can be used, they were so impressed they said they were going to go home and ask their parents to buy them one (Amazon, if the sales go up this week you have me to thank - of course other retailers are available!).
If I know my students, they'll be teaching me how to use it properly within weeks, they seem to embrace new technology so much quicker! I'm really looking forward to seeing the results.
Have a great day!