The artworks of Emily Pannell, budding artist (specifically illustrator) currently attending University of the Arts. She's bad about uploading her art, so remind her to do so in the ask box. Or just bother her with questions, that too.
I do in fact use a drawing tablet. I usually sketch on paper and line my work digitally, but sometimes I’ll do every step digitally. For a tablet I use a Wacom Bamboo Create that has a drawing space of 6x8 inches that I got a year ago, and it’s a good basic starting off tablet. It is, however, $200 so it is a bit pricy. I also got a wireless attachment because the usb cord is pretty short on this tablet. In terms of Wacom, they do come in various sizes and models that serve different purposes. What is most important is touch sensitivity, and how accurate you want the pen quality to be when you draw on the computer.
A few years ago Wacom essentially ruled the drawing tablet market, but nowadays there are some decent alternatives. With some research you’ll probably find something that fits your needs and your budget. I’ve always used a Wacom myself (My previous Wacom Bamboo lasted 7 years before I replaced it last year so they do last), so my best piece of advice is if you want a beginner tablet, go with a Wacom Bamboo, but there is probably a cheaper alternative out there.
As for programs that I use, I use Photoshop CS6 100%. Now this is mostly because I have a Mac. But like with tablets there are other alternatives to Photoshop. If you have a PC you could download Painter Tool Sai for free, which is a good drawing program. There is also Manga Studio, which you might have a negative impression hearing the name, but I do have a friend who swears by it. These programs are more streamlined than Photoshop (which to be honest has a lot of features that can be useless to an illustrator and can be a little daunting to comprehend at first). So my best piece of advice in this regard is to experiment. Sai is a free program and the paid ones usually have 1 month trials where you can dip in and try out. I strongly suggest doing this before investing a lot of money into a program.
You know, I’ll go a step further and say - there are no “men who want to compliment random women on the street [who] are genuinely good guys who just don’t understand why their comments might be unwelcome.” There are guys who pretend that they don’t understand why their comments are unwelcome. But the man who whistles out his car window at me while I’m waiting for a light, the guy who stares at me while I ride past on my bike, the guy who says “Hey beautiful!” at me and my friend as we’re talking at an outdoor cafe - none of those guys want to make me feel good.
Not a single one.
I keep hearing about this guy! The good guy who catcalls and doesn’t get how it’s wrong, the nice guy who just wants to tell you you have beautiful eyes. And every time I’m told about that guy, it’s so that I don’t react, don’t glare, don’t respond negatively. Because who knows! Maybe he really super meant it in his heart and was just trying to pay you a compliment.
Because here’s the thing - here’s how I know that the nice guy ain’t real; because I always do react, always glare, always respond negatively. I always say, “No, that wasn’t okay. Don’t do that to me again.” And a nice guy? Would come back with, “Oh, man, I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to make you feel bad. You’re right. I won’t do that again.” A nice guy who didn’t get it would say, “Wow, I didn’t think about it that way. Is this something that you think a lot of women feel?”
And that never happens - what happens is I get called names, or have coffee thrown at my face, or get shoved up against a wall, or get followed for fifteen blocks, or get shouted out from six inches away by a man who’s six inches taller and fifty pounds bigger than I am. What happens is that I’m shown, again and again and again, that these “compliments” are prologues to a story this guy’s just desperate to tell, the story of him scaring me, hurting me, making sure I know my place. And he can tell the story as loud as he wants, because he can always fall back on, “I’m a good guy! She’s the one who started it! I was just trying to pay the bitch a compliment.”
So stop telling me that there are good guys out there who just don’t understand, because there aren’t. What there are, are guys who will pretend to be good guys, right up until you don’t smile at them. And then they show who they really are.
I don’t normally reblog things non-art related, but this happens to me so often that I can’t not reblog. I completely agree with the above response, every single time I either ignore or glare at the men and they simply continue to yell at me as if they’re entitled to a positive response. And even if there is one good intended man out there, I wouldn’t be able to appreciate it because of all the other times this has happened.
You know, when you’re trying to get your work done, and you’re sick, and you don’t want to pull an all-nighter, and you’re liking what you’re drawing so far, but no matter what you do you can’t get ONE HAND drawn right, and it’s right out in the open so you can’t cover it up, and it’s ruining your life…
So I figured out today that my surge of activity is thanks to my work being reblogged at Fuckyeahstrangemythology . Seems like a pretty appropriate place for my thesis to end up :) Perhaps in the next couple of days the tortoise and dragon will end up there as well.
So thanks for the reblogs and new watchers, and go check out the blog if you haven’t. They reblog some pretty awesome images.
Why is it so hard to suddenly put what I want into a picture when they ask me to for an assignment?
So we are creating posters that could possibly used for my college’s future open house, and they told us to think of something that we liked during high school. And I liked a lot of things in high school, but I can’t figure out how to compose the image where it’ll draw kids of that age in :< So I end of trying to generalize because it’s supposed to attract dancers and musicians and such as well as visual artists, but I end up with crap ideas…
*sigh* The cons of being an illustrator, trying to invest yourself in an image while trying to appeal to your target audience at the same time.