There was a Surface Pro under the Christmas tree for me this year. I included it on my list after a number of artists praised its virtue as a drawing tablet. Unlike iPads and most other tablets, the Surface Pro is pressure sensitive, which allows an artist to vary the width of a line naturally, and makes it comparable to drawing on a smaller, more portable version of the Wacom Cintiq. [Note: this is true only of the Pro and Pro 2, not the Surface RT or Surface 2]. I went with the original Surface Pro because I regard it primarily, if not solely, as a drawing device, and there was no real benefit in paying the extra money for the Pro 2.
I’ve played around with drawing on the Surface a lot in the past couple of days, and I’m happy with the results so far. I use Sketchbook Pro software, which is what I’ve generally seen recommended. I’ve never spent any real time drawing digitally, so there was a bit of a learning curve, but after a couple of days I’m starting to feel competent.
I’ve also recently fallen back in love with the 1970s animated version of The Hobbit from Rankin and Bass, and so I went with the Great Goblin as one of my first projects.
First we downed a liter of beer each at the local Biergarten. Then we broke out the pumpkins and the sharpest of knives. Liz did some dancing, and Alex shared a story about a time he pooped his pants.
It’s pretty awesome having a hand in creating something that finds a life of its own. That’s kind of the ultimate aspiration for most creative-types (well, and finding a way to earn a living from that creativity) and I feel like I’ve had more than my share this year.
I’m participating in this year’s Pitch Wars, a writing contest hosted by the fabulous and kind Brenda Drake, and last week I put together my own “Mentee Bio,” inspired by the various participating mentors. A couple other authors (specifically, Phil Stamper and Keely Hutton) did the same, and today the concept took off, with nearly 50 writers participating at last count. There’s even a Twitter hashtag: #PimpMyBio. Continue Reading
Giving Tuesday is my favorite post-Thanksgiving theme weekday! Black Friday is behind us–so too Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday–and it’s time to think about how we’re going to give back and do something good for society. Here are four charities I believe in and to which I donate. What are your favorite charities? Let me know in the comments!
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