Experiment No. 1

Task:    Draw the drapery in digital, maximally preserve the technique of academic drawing.

I continue experimenting with the digital drawing and painting. I decided to draw a drapery, preserving the traditional technique of academic drawing as much as possible. I wanted to check how easy it is to switch from tradition to digit. It turned out that he created a digital-traditional work (according to Erokhin S. V.), although this is just one of the classic training tasks.

Of the technical means, I used the simplest wacom blind tablet (without a screen) — a hand with a pen on the tablet, eyes looking at the laptop screen. There is a pressure sensitivity, but there is no support for the pen tilt angle.

For now, I will focus only on one main problem — scale.

With the traditional approach, the thickness of the pencil lead can be changed by the degree of sharpening and the angle of inclination, and the scale of the drawing can be perceived both near and at a distance, for a generalized understanding of the result. By analogy, in digital, it is changing the size of the brush/pencil and scaling the canvas. But this analogy only works in theory.

In practice, the brain perceives manipulations with digital tools and canvas in a completely different way than with the traditional approach. It is not enough for some short period of time to get used to the "new scale" — experience is needed, and, apparently, it will take a long time to form. Most likely, the main training tasks will have to be completed both in short-term sketches and in their full-fledged analytical studies. At the same time, it is incorrect to replace tradition with digital, because "new scale" is about a completely different aesthetic that complements the traditional one.

I will continue experimenting to identify the main problematic aspects of teaching digital drawing and painting.