Well what can I say? It’s a new year and I really have to get back into my art. 2018 was a stressful year, culminating in the passing of my much loved father at the beginning of 2019. It was not expected, but there was always the possibility that things could take a turn for the worse – and they did. I miss him so much – he was the reason we returned to New Zealand.
My Dad had a couple of my paintings at his house before he had to move into a rest home, and by then his eyesight was pretty poorly so he could no longer appreciate them. Without turning this into an epic saga – let’s just say that I am going to now use the time I spent with him doing something else I love – and that is getting back into my painting.
While I have been buying some paints over the last year in anticipation of actually finishing a painting – I still love digital art. Sadly though my Wacom Tablet that survived a cat attack (chewed through the wires) and also transport from Canada to New Zealand has finally said “Enough!!” – well it has been almost a decade since i bought it, so I can’t complain. I was thinking about getting the basic tablet but here they are quite expensive, so I found a sale on a Wacom Intuos Pro Tablet Paper Edition. (My old one is also an Intuos).
The nifty thing with this one is that it is not only a tablet/pen, but you can actually draw on paper on top of the tablet, and then transfer that drawing to your software. (I use Painter 2018). Can’t wait to try it out! I will of course have to make sure I make time this year to get back into the swing of things. No excuses – just have to rearrange my day a bit compared to a few years ago!
The other thing I do like about this one is that although it isn’t much bigger than the one I currently have, the ‘usable’ surface IS a lot bigger. While I never had a problem using a smaller tablet, it will be nice to feel less cramped.
I think the thing I will enjoy the most is doing the drawing/composition first on paper – then going over the outline to use as a painting guide later. I’m guessing that’s how it works – we shall see!
Anyway, I do hope to be back here posting something far more interesting than a black and white picture of a tablet very soon.
I remember a friend of my late Mother telling me how proud she was of my art. Dad wasn’t so gushing but he always encouraged me. I plan on proving them right after such a long time away from the brushes!