I can’t draw. I’ve never been able to. But I can trace and I can color. Not just can I, but I actually LIKE tracing and coloring. Enter my new toy: The Wacom Bamboo Fun Pen Tablet.
I originally got it to help me draw diagrams for my patterns, but I think it’s going to be able to do a lot more. There’s a lot for me to learn, but here’s what I’ve done so far:
Picture 2: My sketch using the pen tablet in Photoshop. I think this could be done using a mouse, but it’s much easier with a pen. I created a transparent layer over the original and started tracing on the transparent layer. Then, I deleted the layer with the original photo and here’s what I was left with.
Picture 3: Coloring in using the mouse in Photoshop. I used the paintbrush tool and reduced the opacity so the colors wouldn’t color over my black sketched lines.
I can already hear some of you Photoshop and graphic design people out there thinking, “Poor girl, I can’t believe she’s posting this sorry stuff.” :o) But for me this is big! I’m no artist, but maybe with some time I could pass as slightly better than a 7 year old.