I bought a graphics tablet! Whee! It’s something I’ve wanted for a long time, actually, not having the patience or the room for a scanner, but the price has always been a little prohibitive. However, Andrew Reid pointed out that you can get reasonably inexpensive ones now, and they’re dead handy for storyboarding and whathaveyou.
Okay, so I haven’t done any actual storyboarding yet but I am enjoying being able to draw directly into an art programme. It took a bit of getting used to – I believe at one point I said to Marty, scowling and indignant, “This is the worst thing I’ve ever bought!” – but I think I’m starting to get my head round it. I won’t be using it for anything serious, just the occasional sketch and web comic, but there is something infinitely soothing about coming home from a slightly hectic day and spending an hour or so making marks on paper – even if it is electronic paper.
Writing and drawing have been the two big driving forces of my life; both creative activities, obviously, but for me they have always satisfied quite different parts of my personality. Writing feeds my need to control – what could be more satisfying to a control freak than creating whole worlds and controlling their destinies?* It’s a fierce, frantic creation, an act of mental juggling that requires you hold multiple fictional balls (ooer) in your head at once. Drawing, on the other hand, has always been more of a blankness for me. There is only the page and the line, and little thinking involved. Mind you, that might explain my slightly erratic career at art college.
So expect this blog to be peppered with the occasional sketch, just to liven things up a bit!
Oh, the picture is of Wydrin, by the way. Looking smug.
*I’m aware this makes me sound as loopy as a box of frogs. I would point out that half the time I also listen to the characters and let them decide, but that hardly lessens the crazy.