There are only about five spreads left to fill in my Sketchbook Project
book. No rush to finish this year.
I've been doing a little less drawing these days as I spend more time familiarizing myself with my new Adobe Creative Suite 5.5. I had an old version of the design software (Photoshop, Illustrator, and Pagemaker, purchased in 1999) that I barely touched. But a lot of brilliant work has been generated in the newer versions lately, and it's made me want to master the medium. It's going to take a lot of practice. Starting with Photoshop, I'm orienting myself with Classroom in a Book. I'm amazed at all the tools available. I don't imagine I'll come anywhere near to using them all. To begin with I'll probably just use Photoshop to tweak scanned illustrations. But once there's room in the budget for a tablet with a pressure sensitive stylus, I may see what it's like to generate images like the one above in digital form.
Of course, I will always have inky fingertips. I love the tactile experience of generating art on the page too much to ever go strictly digital.
What about you? Do you use digital tools when you create your art?