The ability to create art on a wireless laptop appeals to my peripatetic leanings. Here’s a perfect example: Over the holidays, I visited relatives out of state in a town with Victorian details in a lot of its architecture. The house I stayed in had Victorian-inspired wallpapers, too. All this Victorian influence got under my skin, and happily my laptop was there to serve as a creative outlet. The next thing I knew I was drawing and painting my own Victorian-inspired motifs and patterns while sitting up in bed or hanging out on the couch listening to music. I usually paint with a Wacom “Bamboo” electronic pen and pad, which I attach to my laptop while I use Photoshop. But if I don’t have a flat surface to set it on, even that is not necessary — my fingers on the laptop touchpad will do in a pinch.
No Toxic Fumes
Among the things I love about digital painting are some of the things it doesn’t offer, such as toxic chemical smells, chalky or dusty residue, and a mess to clean-up.
No Studio Neccesary
Yes, I’d still love to have a studio. But I don’t have a studio. I’ve got a condo and a desk and a laptop computer, and I can still paint.
Instant jpeg File
With digital paint, I can go from painting to jpeg file with no photographing in between. This is darn handy when I want to email my work to clients or to prospective licensors, or get my work on the web.
Cat in my lap? No problem.
I won’t drip anything on her. Except maybe my lunch.
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