So, my tablet broke…
Halfway through my last contract, with two commissions pending, my wacom tablet broke. This left me without the ability to work digitally larger than 1024 px on my iPad. I maintain that this has been great for my sketching, and my Tumblr has been filling up with cool doodles, but not being able to make something print-worthy compelled me to cut my commissions short.
I should say: It’s not a terrible wacom tablet, it’s a very very old wacom tablet, and it lived a grand long life full of art and adventure.
After my mourning period was over, I got bored. So I got a bunch of canvas and black paint and went to town.
Really, really went to town.
I find line work and cross hatching nearly inescapable in any medium, and I have discovered that I cannot let the black paint be after I put it down with the brush. It may be the iPad’s influence, but I keep unconsciously getting into the paint with my fingers. The texture of the canvas tickles the tips, and then I rub my fingers together to ball up the acrylic paint, which covers my hands. I look constantly as though I was attacked by a squid.