I’m trying to learn a little about digital painting; right now it’s something that I can’t do at all. And I’d like to be able to! Right now, drawing with shapes gives me a lot of control, but I feel like I’m working with a pretty limited kit of tools.
So I’m slowwwwly trying to force myself to branch out a little and stop using Sketch for everything I make. Tonight, I decided to do a quick drawing based on one of my favorite children’s books, Elementarz. It’s a Polish reading primer for little kids, so it’s relevant to my life — on a good day, I read Polish at about a first grade level. The illustration style is dreamy — the colors are bright (though not so much in the scan at the link I included), and all the people have big dark eyes that manage to be very expressive even though they were created with just a few brushstrokes.
Here is my first try:
I can already see a few things I’d like to do differently — namely, I need to spend a little more time with the brushes — but it feels like a start. This was the first time I’ve done something like this where I haven’t felt completely overwhelmed. It’s hard to imagine switching entirely from the vector art I do, but I’m looking forward to finding out what I can do with a slightly larger toolbox.