Hmm. Magnificent Minimalist behind the scenes.
I didn’t think that it was possible to draw using a mouse. I mean, I draw *stick figures* using a mouse, but stick figures allow for a lot of improvisation when it comes to accuracy. In a fit of curiosity, I opened up GIMP (beloved GIMP!) and drew a little something.
Like every other reasonably adept and uninspired woman with an urge to doodle, I drew a bookish girl with sad eyes.
Only I drew her with a mouse. (CURSE YOU BUCKET FILL! You make the wrong colors go in the wrong places at the most unexpected times. I *was* going to make her background a sort of burnished, copper-penny orange, but BUCKET FILL had other ideas, and I kinda liked the way the black turned out.)
The mouse leapfrogs somewhat and glitches and horks and generally goes in the wrong direction occasionally, and it’s hard to find the right thickness of paintbrush–but a little bit of patience and practice might yield acceptable results.
This was an experiment. If I can draw actual people with GIMP, maybe I’ll start drawing ACTUAL people in the Magnificent Minimalist panels. Survey says: not yet, Wendy. Learn to draw better first. The truth is, while I have *some* rudimentary sense of perspective and proportion, I can’t execute them for rich, foamy, flatulent beans.
And, furthermore, I believe our World Wide Intartubes have too many pictures of bookish girls with sad eyes ANYWAY.
So I bought a book and a sketch pad and my darling Juanster gave me a variety pack of artist’s pencils, so I’m going to study MOAR drawing. No, wait. Not going to. Have been. I’ve been studying drawing and I’ve been having a great deal of fun with it.
I’ll keep experimenting with GIMP. If I can bring you images that aren’t static, images the flow and have line and drama and interest and pizzazz and some amount of beauty to them, I shall.
Until then, there will be stick figures, and I love me my stick figures. The POINT is; maybe drawing a little something using a mouse isn’t impossible–just cumbersome.
I’m totally saving up to buy a touch-screen drawing tablet. Totally.