|Dagon, 2.5" x 3.5" by Elaine Cheung|
Sooo... I gave it a go. I don't like technology after all. Confirmed. Fini. Done. It was great for awhile. I did a portrait of my friend's dog.... so, it's not da Vinci. Then I did a few sketches while out and about and I have to say, I don't like the feel of it. There isn't the friction of the pencil on paper, there's no tactile sensation. I can't get my lines fine enough. The picture that comes out is way too colorful and because of the back lighting from the screen, everything glows. It's just all wrong. I give up on technology. Technology is great for word processing. It's great for watching netflix and looking things up on wikipedia, but for art, it is lost on me.
I think technology and I were doomed from the start. Even when I was in school, taking notes for run of the mill classes, I would only write with a fountain pen. No modern ball point pens for me! It had to be ink. And I preferred the non-cartridge type pen, the ones with the ink bladder. I would have used a quill and ink at the time, but I couldn't find a source for tail feathers and it would have been burdensome to be sharpening quills in the middle of class anyway. Still, I have to say, it was very, very enjoyable to write with a fountain pen, a pleasure.
So, these last few weeks, I've completely gone back to just pen and paper. It's simple, portable, infinitely more pleasurable than tapping a stylus on a glass screen. And, there up above, to my utter relief, the simplest of pleasures, is my latest work... Dagon.