Sunday, July 8, 2007

Illustration Friday: Geeky

When I was little I LOVED to read all the time! My dad used to call me "bookworm" because I had to read everywhere! I guess I was a little geeky for being such a bookworm, but I loved reading and still do. :)
I'm not really happy with this piece, but thought I'd go on and post it anyway. I redid it using colored pencils then touching up digitally but still didn't like it. Out of the two choices, I preferred the all digital one most! One question I didn't think to ask anyone last week after posting my piggies doing the twist was: "What program do you prefer using and why?" I'm using a basic program that came with my Wacom, and I'm reluctant to blow a bunch of money on something that I'm not sure I'll like. (I am a teacher! i.e. VERY LITTLE MONEY!) Any insights would be greatly appreciated AGAIN :)

20 comments:

demosthenes said...

just looked over your recent entries. very impressive stuff and a fun style! it really doesn't matter which program you use as long as you're happy with the results. wacoms rock! mine's fairly old but still works great.

Ces said...

I think that anyone who reads a lor is a fabulous person. People should read more, I should read more.

I love the curly pigtails! Very cute.

md said...

cute illo and i lov to read too as to ur ? Adobe photoshop and corel painter are the most popular programs the ppl use in dwg with a wacom.

giggles said...

Tracy, Thanks for the comment I laughed out loud when I read it! My daughter encouraged me to post mine, said it looked like Napoleon Dynamite from the movie. Everyone seems to get a chance to shine in life, we can't always pick when that time will be. The geeky are often the brightest lights in the end!! Your illustration is very cute and for sure no one can take offence with it!!

I use the paint program that comes with windows. However I got photo shop last Christmas, but I need to delve a little deeper into how to do the layers properly. The program you're using seems good! Just have fun!

kdhamel said...

Great illo Tracy! Too funny that you wrote almost exactly what I did! Ha! My illo is different - but great minds think alike!!!

Tina Vaziri said...

Your illustration is so cute! Photoshop is the most common and best program for digital art. If you don't want to spend a lot of money you can purchase an older version like 7 or 8, which were pretty good. Right now they are on 10. Corel Painter is really fun but not as versatile as Photoshop.

Jana Bouc said...

Your work looks professional to me. I really like this and was trying to figure out how you got the cool pattern in the floor. All of the digital programs are expensive. As a teacher you'd have access to Adobe's educational discount which is MUCH cheaper. There's a lot to learn with any of the programs. I have a book called The Photoshop and Painter Artist Tablet Book that shows how to do similar artwork using both programs. If you could find a copy of the book you could compare how they're used to do what you're interested in doing and see which looks more appealing to you. One thing Painter has that I really like is the ability to instantly turn the page as much or as little as you want, for drawing more easily, and then turn it back with a click. It also has a "tracing paper" feature that lets you dim a lower layer and trace on a new layer.

merlinprincesse said...

Hello! Very nice illo in fact! :) I use photoshop (elements, yes) to modify my drawings and when I do something entirely digital, I draw with the mouse.... Hheheheh..... :) I'm old school.... Kinda...

Emila Yusof said...

Hi Tracy! This is so adorable!

bookbabie said...

adorable, you are very good and should save up for photoshop and then painter:)

Tracy said...

Thank you everyone for your tips and comments! This helps me a lot! (I'm going on vacation tomorrow so everyone have a great week! ... no laptop to take with me!)

david morris said...

I probably shouldn't say this but she looks just like my daughter- although she's not a geek! Not that there's anything wrong with geeks.I love the linework and colour!

Roger said...

The colour works really well, pastel shades all co-ordinated.

enigma said...

i realized now that 'geek' is not a bad word at all, we are all experienced being a geek at some level once in a lifetime, aren't we?
nice illo!

Michelle Lana said...

So cute, great work tracy!

trudette said...

So cosy with all her 'friends' around her. Very sweet illo

Random York said...

Very, very sweet! It gives me good feelings.

Tony LaRocca said...

At least you have a captive audience!

Paola said...

Wonderful as usual! Great fun they are having!
Enjoy your holidays!!!

imwithsully said...

This is really cute as it is! Being an art director, I've used Photoshop and Illustrator since 1991 or 92... it's been so long I can't even remember anymore. If you like vector line art, Illustrator is the way to go. Otherwise, Photoshop is the all encompassing software of choice. Once you learn all the tools, all you really need is a good pencil (or pen), a scanner, and Photoshop. I felt like I was cheating when I used the Wacom tablet, so I never used it again. The basic Photoshop is horrible. If you spend the money, the full version is the way to go to get allthe necessary tools. You can find a cheaper version on ebay a few versions back.