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First Sketch

What better test for narcissists first foray into digital art than a self portrait?

This was literally my first experience drawing anything non-trivial with a tablet and stylus***. And while I'm satisfied with the outcome; I spent way too much time doing it. In my defense; the Android version of Autodesk Sketchbook is not very intuitive and for whatever reason when I searched for answers online the screenshots in the solutions never looked like what I had. Maybe they are from an older version? I dunno; but finding answers was a pain.

But... I think I have it mostly figured out and I'm hoping my next piece will go much faster.

Speaking of speed; one of the worst things about digital art is how easy it is to undo mistakes. I know that sounds counter intuitive, but think about it. When you are drawing in real life you can only erase so much before your paper is ruined. You either bite the bullet and start over or you just let it go. (and that imperfection will be the first thing you see every time you look at it) When you are drawing on a digital canvas there is no limit to how many times you can erase and start over. If you're prone to obsess over the small things then you'll never finish. If I'm going to continue creating in this medium I'm going to have to learn the discipline of knowing when to just 'stop and move on'. Ha! Good luck future me!

*** Google Pixelbook w/ Pixelbook Pen.

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