More responses to the stuff in my ask box. Words and pictures keep going after the break. They just never stop.
Q. How many years did you spend seriously drawing before starting Lackadaisy?
A. Not as many as I spent sarcastically drawing.
Honestly, I don’t know. I’ve been drawing since I can remember and never really stopped…20+ years-ish. I’m not sure at what point it got serious. I was never properly diagnosed.
Q. artwhim asked you:
I read that you use a tablet for drawing. What kind? I’m looking into buying one and should do some research, but I’d like an opinion from someone who uses one regularly.
A. I use a tablet for everything but drawing, actually. I much prefer drawing in pencil. I use both a Wacom Intuos and a Cintiq (the small 12wx type) for things like toning, painting and lighting, though.
The disconnect between where your drawing hand is and where your eyes are focused takes a little getting used to where the Intuos and similar tablets are concerned, but I’ve never known any artists to struggle with that for more than a day or two upon adopting a tablet. The Cintiq eliminates this issue altogether (you interact directly with its display) and is generally pretty fabulous in my opinion. The only drawbacks are (and I consider them fairly minor) that the display is slightly darker than most other LCDs these days, even the small one is not very portable because of all the wires, and it gets a little toasty. This is not an issue if you’ve got it propped up on a table, or if it’s winter and warm appliances are welcome, but if you’re resting it on your bare knees in summertime, it can make you warmer than you’d like to be.
On the somewhat less expensive end of the art hardware spectrum, I’ve heard almost nothing but good things about Graphire and Bamboo tablets as well. In fact, they probably stand up pretty well against an Intuos tablet. I recommend just finding something that’s responsive enough not to lag behind your gestures, and equipped with decent pressure sensitivity.
Photos I took last week at the Missouri Botanical Garden. It was just after a storm, and there was a lovely, strange quality about the light.
(Urgh…also I hope the layout of this doesn’t screw with anyone’s dash).