Abbreviating “30 Day Drawing Challenge” to “30DDC” now, it’s just too damn long! Originally, the idea to start this came from a girl I went to college with on Facebook. It sounded great, she rallied the troops, and a bunch of us began this about a week ago. But then everyone stopped…because someone got the idea to put this stuff on tumblr instead. So that is where the hiatus came from, and today is the first official day of the drawing challenge (yet again).
I first tried to draw a proper self portrait based off of a photo of myself…probably the only photo of myself on Facebook that I actually like, seen here:
This first attempt was done on the Yiynova MSP19U that I bought recently, and I was NOT happy with it at all. I’ve been having a hard time drawing with this thing. Let’s not even compare it to the Cintiq at this point. Let’s compare it to…intuitiveness. Pen and Paper. Ease of use. At the moment I give it zeroes on all of that, but my boyfriend still thinks it may have been installed improperly – Wacom drivers interfere with it, and I been having one HELL of a time trying to track down all the system and registry files for Wacom. They’re littered EVERYWHERE! It’s quite obnoxious for them to do that. Uninstall should be a complete uninstall. This is where I really appreciate how Mac OS X keeps everything contained within it’s app folder; so you hit delete on that and it’s all gone. Why am I tracking down terms like “wacom” “tablet” and “pentablet” .mui’s, .sys, and .dll’s from all over the place on Windows? It’s annoying.
So I scrapped that because I was so unhappy, went to cry on my bed for 5 minutes because I was so unhappy (and on my period), then installed my Intuos5 tablet to my laptop. Ahhh….Snow Leopard. How I missed thee. I have only Photoshop CS5 here, so I couldn’t take the tool and brush sets I been using, nor could I use that beloved 2B pencil. But even with basic brushes, this was so much faster and easier for me. It really shows there is something very wrong with the Yiynova. I’ll figure it out this weekend.
Long winded, I know. But that there’s my new self-portrait. Face covered again, because. …I don’t know…I don’t like looking at and drawing my face. There’s something weird about that. But this is how I actually do look most of the time in the winter. New York has some sub-freezing temperatures at the moment.
I won’t be redoing every thing I’ve already done; the self portrait was just something I was not happy with.
P.S. The tumblr theme being used has little + signs that fall off the cursor like snow flakes. So here’s my self portrait with falling snow XD