There always seems to be a misnomer that digital painters don't really paint. People often think the computer does the painting. It is merely a different medium, like using a word processor vs. pencil and paper for writing. When someone says watercolor or colored pencil most of us have an immediate image of what using those tools looks like. In the video above, my hand still controls the brush selection, colors and brush strokes.
A number of years ago I was diagnosed with pretty debilitating anxiety. OCD is a wonderful by-product. Until I purchased my computer and tablet most of my drawings only lived on as sketches. I was paralyzed by the mess paints made; I couldn’t stand the clean-up involved and hated waiting for paint to dry. In college I worked with inks, markers and colored pencils but that was no longer my stylistic vision. My work is heavily influenced by the Mid Century Modernists – Mary Blair, Mel Crawford, the Provensens, JP Miller, Fiep Westendorp, Charlie Harper, and Aurelius Battaglia. They were all about graphic shapes, movement and flat color. They were the illustrators I loved as a child; thus they reminded me of childhood.
Next week, Jenn wraps up this series of posts by sharing how she found her agent and gives advice to writers, illustrators, and other "authorstrators".