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26 August 2008 @ 11:51 pm
New toy syndrome - artsy fartsy edition  
The toy in question is a Wacom Intuos3 6"x8" graphics tablet. I'd had a Graphire years ago and buried it somewhere after switching to Linux and not wishing to bother with getting it up and running. I've been doing enough regular hobby work that a mouse isn't great for, like cutting character pictures out of their background, to justify the purchase. I also thought the tablet would help me get back into drawing practice.

Oh, did it ever.

I set up the buttons as fox-orian's awesome guide suggests. As a refresher, I finished extracting a picture that I'd been slaving over with the silly mouse. Then I got to sketching. Of course, Cao Ren has to have the squarest head on the planet and facial proportions different from the rules of thumb on tutorial websites, and he's always wearing a helmet. It took me at least two hours just to make the basic guidelines for his face. I went through the initial phases without using guides so I could get practice eyeballing. After dropping test guides that verified that my lines were straight and correctly marked, I figured I had enough practice and I'd earned Git-R-Done(tm) privilege. It was like getting to a new platform in the pirate ship in Gex and having the game put up a ladder for you so you don't have to start all over from the beginning if you die.

Sketching face structure on the computer is more encouraging than practicing in a sketchbook because it's easy to make an actual project out of the structure you worked so hard to get right. There's something to be said for quick repeated studies of shape and shadow and whatnot, and I've done some of those on pencil and paper as well. BUT I WANNA HAS PERTY PITCHERS

First I must has break and food. I've been staring at Photoshop all evening.
Current Mood: hungryhungry
Current Music: Tori Amos - Cloud on My Tongue
The Heavy Metal Matador: Whizzerrydain on August 28th, 2008 06:03 am (UTC)
New chapter is up. I'm so glad you're enjoying the story because it has zero reviews and not much readership. I mainly write for myself, and I understand there's not going to be much general interest in a rare pairing based on characters who aren't favorites among the ff.net crowd. (Lu Meng gets mentioned more often than Cao Ren does, but he's not commonly featured.) Still, it is discouraging to put time and effort into something and not hear one peep at all, especially when dull blather thrown together with minimal editing gets at least one "I liek ur story keep riting".

Your interest gave me the push to start this fic, and your praise encourages me to keep going. Thank you.