My friend Vicki (hi Vicki) asked me the other day how I liked the Bamboo Pen Tool. And I said that I liked it quite a bit. But when she asked how it compared to actually drawing, texturewise… well, I had to admit it wasn’t quite as satisfying. But at the same time, it pretty well displayed what I was trying to do (there are many many differences between them obviously, and I know my fine tuning is nowhere near correct).
So I decided to give a try to one of the things that I doodle frequently when I’m bored in a meeting: a tornado. Now, true, this tornado is just a series of overlapping ovals. But when I draw them on paper I think the look rather convincing and they display a certain amount of motion.
Parts of this twister work for me, but it doesn’t contain the visceralness that my pen and paper ones do. I will say that I am very pleased that the pen followed every single line precisely as I drew it (no lag time at all), but the finesse is missing. Maybe its the brush I chose? I’m less satisfied with the small brushes than the larger ones. But the more I think about it, I am able to get more light and dark differences with a pen. I had to add some extra dark lines to this one to convey what I wanted.
Of course, as I told Vicki, it’s a tool. And I think that it works well for what I might need it.
The grass is pretty cool though.