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October 29, 2012

Pumpkin's first encounter with her drawing tablet

Kise Ryouta from Kuroko no Basuke
Tablet: Wacom Bamboo Manga
Time: <2.5 hours

Q: Was it difficult trying to get used to drawing with a tablet?
A: It wasn't as hard as I expected, I got the hang of it after 10 minutes of messing around and configuring the tablet.

Q: How does drawing on tablet compare with pencil?
A: Well obviously the major difference is that you have to stare at the computer screen to see what you are drawing rather than looking down at your piece of paper. In this aspect, it wasn't hard to adjust at all. For colouring, it definitely feels different trying to colour with a tablet versus shading with colouring pencils. I guess the feeling from your hands is different. With shading with pencils, you have to constantly shift the angle of the tip to get the type of lines you want to draw, but with a tablet you just adjust the option bars to get the desired thickness/angle etc.

Q: Was buying a tablet worth it?
A: Definitely. It's a totally different drawing experience. My only problem is that my neck hurts from using the computer too long.

Q: What program did you use to colour?
A: I used the program that came with the tablet called OpenCanvas Lite. It has the basic functions similar to Photoshop and Gimp. It took me a while to navigate around the buttons, but again, it was just a matter of getting used to it.

Q: What's next?
A: I want to keep honing my colouring skills. More bishies fanart. And if my motivation doesn't lose out, my own manga.