This is a song card I’m working on presently. I’m really trying to make an effort here on a number of fronts above and beyond just sitting down & drawing – I’m trying to do this one digitally, for one thing. While I work digitally for my professional career, and am as much at home in Photoshop as, say, my own actual living room, I haven’t done much painting/drawing digitally. Unless you count doodlebug or online pictionary, and even that was years ago. Some of this is a learning curve/time issue; I have very little time to spend in front of the computer these days, and the time I do have usually has to be spent doing paying work. I have to be pretty judicious about how I parcel out my computer time – every ten-minute video artcast is ten minutes I can’t do much drawing in, or work in, and as a work-at-home mom of a toddler this is a major issue for me. But I’m making an effort to do at least a little bit more.
So this was thumbnailed and sketched out on paper, first, and I actually drew one version of it that was different that I tried pretty hard to beat into submission before concluding that it was a bad direction. I’ll post those when I get a chance. I scanned the pencil sketch that I finally did like, and then spent a bunch of time fighting with it, myself, and the software in Painter to get the sketch where I wanted it. Now I’m kind of bouncing between Photoshop and Painter trying to paint it; this is incredibly frustrating to me because Painter has brushes and brush features I like, and particularly the “pick up underlying color” feature, but seriously lacks tons of the usability and other features of Photoshop, while Photoshop-painted-stuff typically looks very …photoshoppy. I’ll get there eventually, I suppose, but in the meantime it’s not a very easy or forgiving process.
The dog-with-bone will eventually get back in there, I just hated my sketch of it and need to sit down and actually work on that part of the drawing.