For my birthday this year, Mr Marmalade was kind enough to buy me a Wacom graphics tablet which happened to come in a bundle with Photoshop Elements, and the ArtRage painting programme.
Up until now, i've been mostly concentrating on Photoshop as there is a design element to my job and I need to practice. However, today at work, I got time to have a little fiddle with Adobe Illustrator, and that made me remember the ArtRage programme I have here at home. Obviously it's not nearly as sophisticated as Illustrator, it's very basic. But I find that often these basic softwares have a whole range of uses of their own, that the more complicated and professional programmes don't have and consequently, they are much easier to operate.
So this afternoon I have been playing with design, and these are what I came up with. I'm very pleased with these little sketches, but don't be fooled. I'm not that good at drawing. The ArtRage programme has a "tracing" facility (as does Illustrator), so I trace an outline, get rid of the original picture, and then colour in to my hearts content, and add bits and bobs here and there as I go.
Like the Adobe programmes, the ArtRage programme has a "layers" system, so you can add, subtract, and change your mind as often as you like ..