THE DIGITAL DREAM WEEK FOUR
Whereas week one was all about GETTING TO GRIPS WITH EVERYTHING, week two realising how SIMILAR TO TRADITIONAL DRAWING WORKING DIGITALLY IS, and week three learning some of the KEY CONCEPTS BEHIND WORKING DIGITALLY, this week was all about one thing, EYE STRAIN.
More on that in a moment, but first –
I’M SIMPLIFYING THE BLOG POST
This weeks blog post will be slightly different. Last week I converted the daily videos into a weekly one, and now the blogpost is going to morph into more of a quick diary recap, which is what I originally planned for it. I’ll be using the daily posts from my Facebook Art Page Digital Dream Album, so lets jump in and see what happened this week :)
Time disappears when you’re making Art
Was supposed to have an early night tonight … nope lol
Tried something different with this one; made her hair a separate layer.
Makes me think. You could draw loads of different hair styles, than place them on top of different characters
Kind of like a virtual wigshop lol
Cat Girl Reference by Artist Xithyll
Where’s the Undo button?
I pick up my computer glasses tomorrow, hopefully they help, because today I had to rest my eyes.
I did my daily gesture drawings in Photoshop, but ended up spending the rest of the time with traditional pencils
I’m not making this up … but I was sketching and drew a line, I didn’t like it, so thought, I’ll just undo it lol
If I have to abandon working digitally, I’m going to miss that undo button!
Computer glasses seem to work … and they’re sexy
They convert the bright white light into a more warmer shade; easier on the eye, and makes everything look quite nice actually
Thought I’d try to turn one of my photos into a painting today
I did start to add colour, just ran out of time.
Reference Photo from
• My Photos
Captains log, Digital Dream Day 024 … eyes seem ok for another day
I have got to start sketching lilSOPHIE this week, as the days are passing so quickly.
She isn’t going to ultimately look like this though; this isn’t chibi, and she’s a chibi … so I need to squish her a bit lol
Got to work out how to turn a photo into a chibi character? No idea what I’m doing
“I NEED NEW EYES“
I never realised how much I was going to suffer with this. It started around week two, but I didn’t really realise. I just thought I was a bit tired. I wasn’t tired though, my eyes were just aching.
At first it was just a bit unpleasant, but it got to the point last week, where on day 22 I had to put the computer to one side and work traditionally instead, just to rest my eyes. I’m a firm believing in leaving no stone unturned, so instead of just calling it quits I’m trying everything I can to reach a point where I can work digitally and feel comfortable.
If I have to stop working digitally I’m ok with that though. The whole point of this experiment was to find out if I enjoy the process, and while I adore the actual act of digitally drawing, I don’t like the eye strain. I’ve done a number of things to try and help so far, including:
- Installing f.lux
- switching to my bigger 1080p monitor that was connected to the PS4
- activating the Windows 10 night mode and
- purchasing a pair of computer glasses from Amazon
So far they’ve helped, but I do still feel a slight achy feeling. No where near as bad as it was though, so I’m going to give it a few more weeks and see how it goes.
“Leave no stone unturned.“
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I’ll be playing along with Inktober for the first time this year, an Art Challenge of inking 31 drawings over the 31 days of October. In this lil post, I talk about how some of the tings I’ve learnt in past art challenges helped me come up with the idea of inking 31 Traditional Drawings of my character lilSOPHIE cosplaying various Videogame Characters :)
“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”