Friends, I love paper. I especially love those bright yellow, friendly rolls of trace; a blank yellow page is somehow less intimidating than a white one. The stuff also makes a really satisfying sound as it is crumpled and thrown across the room.
Today, however, I am sitting down with a Wacom tablet and stylus for the first-ish time, in the hopes that it will prove an effective and efficient sketching tool.
Tablets have intrigued me for awhile, since I have been itching to do more illustrating. The final push I needed to try working on one came this semester at graduate school, where I am delving into lighting design for the first time in almost a decade. Working with the lighting designers and learning a little bit more about their process, collaborative vocabulary, and current technology has been revelatory- and humbling, let me tell you.
I am learning just how challenging it can be to talk about lighting, particularly with directors and choreographers. The design and rendering of scenery, while not necessarily easy, is a comparatively more straightforward task.
Given my limited experience, and in the interest of keeping the programmer for my dance piece from beating me over the head with a wrench, I am attempting to render as many moments of the dance as I can in Photoshop. The going is slow, but it is going!