Sunday, October 26, 2008

Mousing about

Drawn today for the Cornish folklore book project and drawn completely by ... mouse. The pen on my cheap graphics tablet (feel free to gloat Mr Murphy!) lost its button functions just after I'd traced my original drawing onto the computer so I ended up drawing 99.9% of it using just a mouse. Of course, the sparklers, fireworks and cloth textures were grabbed on the internet and then cut and pasted in. But, on the whole, I'm quite peased with the finished result. I may tweak it a little over the next few weeks (her hands need some work - one is conspicuously bigger than the other) but I'll maybe wait until I've got a new tablet, eh?

Talk about wrist-ache.

Image copyright (c) 2008 Stevyn Colgan - Click on it to see a larger version

11 comments:

chris hale said...

Excellent piccy Stevyn, but do tell...

Is this some Cornish aphorism, viz 'It isn't over until the fat lady turns herself into a human firework display'? Or is the truth altogether stranger?

Stevyn Colgan said...

Chris - Ah ... you need to read A Hairy Story for all to be revealed (plus you'll see the original pictures I drew some 10 years ago).

willow said...

No! I don't believe you!! Seriously?!

Debby said...

"One hand is conspicuously bigger..." I did not see that. I put on my reading glasses. Still did not see it. Impressive picture. 99.9% drawn with a mouse. Why do you 99.9% of the artistic talent leaving people like me with .1%?

*sigh*

Stevyn Colgan said...

Willow - Completely true! If you look closely, it's all straight lines. It's a combination of using cropping tools and colour fills but all done with a mouse. It's a damned sight easier with a graphics tablet and pen though, trust me.

Debby - Talent takes many forms. What I have in arty-fartiness is more than offset by my inability to do anything practical and my sporting achievements that number precisely Zero. I can't run, dive, jump or swing with any degree of skill or accuracy and I dance like a one-legged duck on a hot-plate. Swings and roundabouts, dear. Swings and roundabouts.

Protege said...

I am very impressed and intrigued.
I have never managed to draw anything well with a mouse. Although I remember one picture of a horse I did about 10 years ago that turned out really well, I wonder if I still have anywhere.;)

Stevyn Colgan said...

Protege - Look for it! I love finding old artwork. If only to see if I've got any better!

Me said...

Hope the wrist gets better soon - this is superb considering it was mousework - you being a big mighty mouse fan!

Stevyn Colgan said...

Me - Thanks! I've resisted the urge to wisecrack about wrist action etc. I must be growing up (at last). As for the mouse reference, as you know I respect the animator's skill but have severe reservations about the organisation!

Donna said...

I'm amazed you've drawn this with a mouse! What a great piece of work.

I can feel your wrist-ache pain!

Thanks for visiting me ~ nice to meet you!

Stevyn Colgan said...

Donna - It's actually not as hard as it sounds. The secret is not to treat the mouse as a pen. Don't draw with it. Instead, create coloured shapes and then hack at the shapes, like finding the sculpture in a block of stone. Once you have a shape, start masking areas and adding shading etc. I'd post a tutorial but i don't intend making a habit of it!