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Digital Art as a Medium

Updated: Jun 18, 2020

I feel like I'm mainly a writer, but I have also always enjoyed and created art through different mediums. I have always been harsher on myself regarding art vs. writing. I suppose it's because while I'm still critical of anything I create, my family is full of truly gifted artists. So, while I know I can apply the title of an artist to myself, it doesn't feel quite right. In my own mixed-up head, I never really measured up to the rest of my family.

I still love creating art, however. My favorite mediums would have to be watercolor, oil, charcoal, graphite, and pastels. I'm also not above using some ink. I have always been curious about the medium of digital art, especially in the past few years. Its rise in popularity and the improvements in the software and hardware make it intriguing. I've played around with Photoshop and basic tools but not really done any deep work in it.

With all the advancements in the technology and the fantastic digital art I've seen recently, I've become more and more interested in trying it out.

Well, I downloaded GIMP and got my hands on an old drawing tablet someone was getting rid of, to try my hand at it. Guys, I don't know if it's because GIMP has so many options, and I was overwhelmed or if it's because the tablet is YEARS old or both! But I just can't seem to get it. It doesn't click for me, and that honestly makes me kinda sad because I really want to try it out.

(Sorry, not sorry, I really like dogs!)

Maybe it's just something that I really need to sit down and dedicate a significant amount of time to. Just really mess around and try stuff out. But I'm not sure the tablet is pretty kinky, I mean it IS years old. I'll think I'm touching somewhere, and it's all the way across the page.

I want to try this out, but I'm not sure if another program would be better. I know another tablet would be, but I really don't want to spend a lot of money on something if I'm not going to like it, you know? I mean, art supplies are expensive any way you look at it, but those tablets and tables can get pretty high. Is it worth getting a new cheap tablet to try it out on?

What do all of you digital artists out there say? Any good advice for a newbie digital artist?

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