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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

The Reluctant Dragon: Digital Sketch

This is an image from better days, when my pc was still working.... 
I really enjoy piecing my compositions together digitally. This is one of the most useful aspects of photoshop for me. I love being able to arrange and re-arrange the compositions so easily. It makes it easier to try out compositional ideas. I can try out a crazy idea, and if it flops then I can try it another way without losing hours and hours of redrawing everything.  The ease with which you can move elements around and mirror things is really helpful for me.


  1. Thank you very much for sharing methods that you use. I found your blog a few days ago as a result of the Tor interview and I'm very inspired by your artwork. It's beautiful. Thank you.

  2. Hey Justin, maybe you'll find Strongbad's method useful ;-) http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail58.html

  3. fairy tales and folk lore draw so many of us into a realistic world, thank you for being a vision and sharing your mirror.

  4. Justin, I'm curious... what kind of "digital sketch" setup have you used, or are you using? For example, a Wacom Cintiq on a PC?

    I'm a sketchbook artist only, and I am inspired by your success with your digital sketches...

  5. Currently I am using CS5 on an iMac with an Intuos 4 tablet.
    I really enjoy the cintuiq tablets, and may pick one up in the future. They are fantastic for quick conceptual work. But for now I feel like I can get along just fine with the old Intuos for digital work.