Last year I bought myself a Christmas present. It was a Wacom tablet, and it came with Corel Painter Essentials graphics software. I tried something with it for the first time. A doodle. Here it is:

fun

It was kind of fun.

am an artist. By avocation. I play a mean jazz guitar. I sing well. I paint and draw well. I figured that I’d never be able to duplicate the precision that I can with pen or brush and my hands. I was wrong. It’s pretty close.

The tools in the Corel software are pretty sophisticated. What I’ve painted and drawn most are portraits. People’s portraits. It’s the hardest thing to do.

Anyone can draw a tree. The trick is to draw that tree. That’s the rub with drawing a face. You have to render that face. Very difficult.

I’m generally not a big abstract art kind of guy. However I liked the depth and starry, outer-spacey feel going on in the above doodle. It took a lot of layers and experimentation with tools and opacity and the like, but each new thing did reveal a new capability that hinted at the possibility of doing some very good things. Intriguing!

Now that I know I can do some pretty precise things with the Wacom and the Corel, I’m going to try to do some more realistic things.

— xPraetorius

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