Getting back to it :)

In December 2015 I started a blog here at WordPress. I posted one post on December 7th and thought I’d do weekly blog posts with art updated. Then on December 12th, 2015 my dad passed away from a sudden heart attack. My life was forever changed and I forgot all about the blog.

I gave up drawing for much of 2016 while sorting out personal issues. In October, I got back into drawing via Jake Parker’s Inktober drawing challenge. I started a new Instagram account dedicated to just my art. I am proud to say that I successfully completed the Inktober challenge and drew something in ink everyday for 31 days (woo-hoo)!

Two weeks ago, I picked up a Surface Pro 4 on sale at the Microsoft Store. I got the core M3 low-end model and so far it’s been a mixed bag for art use, but overall I like it. The low-end M3 model has plenty of power for drawing. I never experience freezing or stuttering no matter how large of a brush I choose or what effects I’m applying. I’ve been beyond impressed with this machine so far.

The problems I’ve experienced have been app related. My preferred program of choice is Autodesk Sketchbook Pro. Sketchbook Pro is my favorite drawing application for PC and Mac and I love the Android version on the Samsung Galaxy Note 12.2 as well as when I had a Galaxy Note 4 phone (I currently use an iPhone 6s Plus and greatly miss my Note 4.) As much as I love Sketchbook Pro’s desktop apps on Mac and PC and their Android app, their Windows 10 app is pretty watered down and weak.

Sketchbook Pro on Windows 10 is not only missing the cool whiz-bang features like time-lapse video recording, photo scanning, and the full Copic Color Swatch Library, but it’s missing basic things you really need like a lasso tool and a magic wand. However, it does offer unlimited layers and you can size the canvas as large as you want – something you can’t do on the Android app.

At the end of the day, I have had to abandon the Windows 10 app and I just use the desktop app on my Surface Pro 4, which is a little dodgy sometimes. Pinching and zooming with your fingers doesn’t work very well. I often get stray lines when pinching to zoom. A small price to pay for such an awesome and affordable drawing program though. I do, however, wish that Autodesk would add the lasso, magic wand, time-lapse, scanning and Copic library to the Windows 10 app.

Either way, I have to say that I have really enjoyed using the Surface Pro 4 for creating art. In the two weeks I have been using it, I have been more productive than ever. Today I was able to link my WordPress account to Microsoft word so that I can publish straight from Word. I love that feature so I’ll be trying to publish more regularly on the blog from now on. My goal is at least once a week.

So here’s my first blog post of 2016. I’ve attached some fan art I did of Erik Larsen’s Savage Dragon. I penciled it with red Pentel lead on 110lb Hammermill Cardstock. Then I inked it with Copic Multiliners and scanned it in to color it in Sketchbook Pro. I hope you like it and thanks for reading.

-JMV

Savage Dragon is © Erik Larsen

 

 

 

 

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