Friday, March 26, 2010

Digi Doodles

About a month ago, my boyfriend bought me this fabulous wacom BAMBOO pen tablet. He thought it would help with my doodles, and maybe save the time in the 3 step process of sketching on paper, scanning, then digitizing.

I have to admit, I mostly used the pen tablet this month to digitally sign the PDF contracts of my freelance jobs (though that use alone has made this an invaluable little gadget!)

Recently, I fired up my Adobe Illustrator program and gave the pen a whirl. I used to have an older, much cheaper version of the pen tablet, and it was pretty much useless. Drawing with this is a much more pleasant experience, though I haven't quite mastered it yet.


There are a lot of ways you can customize the sensitivity, smoothness, shape and size of the brushes you're working with in Illustrator, and I'm sure it's only a matter of time before I find the perfect settings that work for me. Who knows if I'll ever trade in sketching with a pencil for a fully digitized work flow, but it's definitely fun to make these little digi-doodles for no particular reason.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Coming Soon!

It's been over two months since this new chapter in my life has started. Sorry for the long absence, but I must say that time has been flying by.

As I mentioned in my last entry, I lost my job working as a graphics manager at a music company, only to take on a role as a freelance designer for that same record company. As a freelancer, I'm now my own boss, which has given me a lot of new freedom and autonomy. It seems like all the extra time I've saved not commuting to work has been eaten up with learning the ropes of being self-employed. I now have to be my own accountant and keep track of invoices and billings per job instead of collecting a handy salary check every two weeks. I've been stalling on getting my professional website running and there never seems to be enough time in the day to get it all done.

As you can guess, I've taken a bit of a breather from churning out DoodleFactory® sets as my focus has been elsewhere. However, I'm happy to announce that there will be a new release at www.starvingartistamps.com on April 1, and I'm not foolin'.

Here's a sneak peek of some of the new characters joining the DoodleFactory family: