I have only had around 4 hours sleep, so please allow me this dribble of words as I sit with my morning cup of tea as the cat tries to find that gap between my Macbook and dressing gown.
I stayed up too late completing some work I had agreed to do for my wife. She needed some illustrations doing for a uni project. However, the deadline for having them completed came along quicker than I expected and I have been feverishly drawing, scanning and colouring using photoshop over the last few days.
These are only simple cartoons but still, take time to get right. I can draw, not amazingly well anymore though. I was at art college and was planning to go to do a Fine Arts degree at Uni at one point, so I must have been an ok artist.
These days, with computers being used all the time instead of pens and pencils, my ability to crank out some cartoons is quite laughable. However, after a few days, I could see some improvements and some of the images would not look out of place in a Roald Dahl book, illustrated by Quentin Blake (if you squint at the pages as the book is thrown across the room at high speed ;) ). But some others look like the scrawlings of a drunken 10-year-old.
To say my style and ability has been inconsistent over the last few days would be kind. But there is an improvement from image to image. I almost want to go back and redo the first ones in the sequence - they are very bad in comparison to the last.
Like writing on 200wad, practice makes perfect.
I have been using an old Wacom graphics tablet and Photoshop to do the colouring and inking, working on the scanned drawings. I started looking at using an old iPad mini I have tucked in a drawer, but the iOS version won't go high enough to use any good packages. The one I used to draw with on the iPad (Brushes) still opens and functions, but you can't save anything as it crashes.
So, if someone has a load of cash laying around, please send me an iPad Pro with an Apple Pencil and a copy of Procreate to play with. I would love to have one. even just to doodle on.