Why am I finding it so difficult to do digital finishes on, like, anything? Pencil Ben Grimm takes less than an hour, and I can listen to the radio and just chill and do it and like, maybe it’s not printable quality, but it’s showable on tumblr quality….
I know for me this has often been an issue. Staring at a computer screen is just really draining.
I’ve been working digitally for about 12 years ( started my senior year of high school and got more into it in college) and found a few things that really affect my personal experiences drawing digitally:
1. Program. I was forced into moving away from Photoshop due to some technical issues. That was a blessing. I found the most enjoyable programs to use have been the ones that replicate the look and expression of traditional media. For instance, ArtRage is great to use, very sensitive to pressure and has great built in texture options. GIMP and FireAlpaca have also been enjoyable programs for me. I feel less hindered when I work in them.
Bottom line, find a program that feels good to you. I don’t generally advocate blaming the tools but art programs aren’t always intuitive so shopping around with them is helpful.
2. Posture. When I draw normally I have rotten posture but I shift around a lot so I never get uncomfortable. At a desk that isn’t an option so trying to be mindful of your posture can make the time flow much more comfortably. It will also affect your mood positively which helps you feel more in tuned with your arting.
3. Breaks. Vital when working digitally because people blink less when looking at a screen. This is really draining and makes the whole process steadily harder. Take breaks and let your eyes relax.
4. The tablet. One big hurdle for a lot of people is just getting comfortable drawing on one thing while looking at another. It’s honestly just weird if you think about it.
One way to get used to a tablet is to sit in a way that the tablet is in front of you with the computer above it (so you’re looking toward both at the same time). You can then gradually shift over time (be it in one sitting or many) until you’re sitting more normally and the tablet feel more natural.
Pressure sensitivity is also important. Make sure to play with the settings to get something that let’s you do fine lines easily but doesn’t require too much effort to create thicker ones.
Anyway, hope this is of some help!