This past grey and rainy Sunday I spent some time getting acquainted with my Wacom tablet again. I stumbled upon a great little blog, “Illustration Friday“, and thought it would be fun to start participating in their weekly challenges. The challenge is merely to create an illustration using a single word as inspiration. This week the word is “stretch”. The site welcomes all ages and skill levels, promises nothing in return, and it is just plain fun to see what wonderful ideas people come up with. My first one is a little cartoon traced from a sketch. It took about 20 minutes to get the idea down, and I’m embarrassed to say how long it took me to digitally render it!
The Wacom tablet lasted about 10 minutes for me, then I promptly switched to the mouse. Having a hard time making the transition. A couple resources I ran across during the process that I’d like to share:
- Nice Illustrator sketch brush sets from jimro at DeviantArt
- A comprehensive explanation on Tablet drawing techniques by Laura Coyle
- Subscription to Wacom’s YouTube channel. When I have hundreds of hours of free time to spare, I’ll go through the tutorials!