I'll highfive to that! I love seeing each new piece you color with your tablet, you have a very distinctive style that stands out. I'm constantly awed at how you bring a marker vibe to digital coloring. It's very painterly. And it's even more awesome to know that you use the GIMP, because I've seen other artists getting similar effects but they have to use something like Paint Tool Sai, or Photoshop--what you do shows without a doubt that the GIMP is right up there with commercial products. (Of course, I recall you made absolute masterpieces using MS Paint and the mouse alone. So it just goes to show that a talented artist can make ANY art program turn out quality pieces if they've got the skills.)
Thanks! Yeah, it's funny, I have had people ask me what program I use (one person kept on asking how I got that '3D' effect, and I told him I just use GIMP and color it like I'd color traditionally. I think he got frustrated with me thinking I was keeping something from him ). But yeah, no layers, no fancy programs, just GIMP and the paintbrushes (and the multiply tool comes in handy too). Like I think we discussed before, I don't know what half the stuff on GIMP even does, or what it's for.
Basically I do try to make my digital drawing look somewhat traditional. I'm glad it's working!
And I guess it ain't what ya use, it's how ya use it?
Aye, and you use it very well! That's another thing that's pretty inspirational about your work--the fact that you DON'T have to use a bunch of different filters and digital effects to get a drawing to come out awesome. You've brought traditional values to a digital medium and make it seem so effortless. I think it says something about starting off with traditional mediums before moving on to straight digital stuff alone. A person can get a more thorough understanding of how to make great art by being able to learn a process that doesn't leave a lot of room for "undo". Something I've felt about drawing with a pencil instead of my tablet is that I'm more wiling to COMMIT to a line when I don't have the undo option. Sure, I still have to erase, but it all becomes one big process to get to a finished piece. I'm afraid working digital has increased my fears for committing to a line, since undo is such an easy option. I tend to dislike erasing when I work digital and I'm a lot more cautious about applying color or shading. I'm trying to get over it, but I think I'm just gonna have to go back to pencil work for a little bit to try and get my confidence back.