Traditional drawing with a digital pen?
Above is my tablet set up – those of you familiar with the intuos may wonder why it looks a little odd – the reason is that it currently has acetate and carbon taped to it (…changed daily) to execute Activity (Year 2). This makes no difference to using the tablet – and in fact gives it a bit of ‘tooth’ – more of a ‘real paper’ feel when drawing.
I set up the canvas as 101.6 x 137.2 cm or 40 x 54 inches (above) the same size as my traditional drawings on paper and aluminium panels. The image below is my screen proportions and the relative size of the drawing when the entire drawing is visible.
I zoom out to see the drawing as above regularly – but I do the actual drawing at 100% i.e. life sized. (below is the screen with the section of the drawing at 100%.) A few people have asked me whether looking at the screen (as opposed to the surface the pen is actually drawing on) is disconcerting – but I find it completely natural and haven’t had any problems with it. It may be because I used a pen/ tablet as a mouse alternative long before I started drawing digitally.