Double drawing – digital and traditional

This past Christmas Markus gifted me with a brand new Wacom tablet. I haven’t had one for years and now I’m trying to re-learn how to do digital drawings.
It’s fun, and a bit tricky. My hand knows what to do, as does my eyes, but looking up at the screen instead of down on a piece of paper somehow makes it weird. Like the eye-hand coordination gets muddled up.

Anyway, recently I made something decent enough to show people:

Imaginary Karin - green-eyed elf digital drawing

Hey, look! A green-eyed monster! :D

Used mostly watercolour brushes since I like the textured look. Don’t ask me what happened with the background, I just splashed some colours around and hoped for the best.

Imaginary Karin - green-eyed elf sketch

I started out with a regular pencil sketch on regular paper since I’m not confident enough to make lineart directly on the computer.

What’s funny is how I always start out with a regular human being, get super bored half-way through, and then end up adding pointy ears just so I can muster enough interest to be able to finish. ^_^ Humans are boring, elves rock. Deal with it.

Since I already had the sketch done I, of course, had to bring out the coloured pencils and do a traditional version of her too:

Imaginary Karin - green-eyed elf traditional drawing

Imaginary Karin - green-eyed elf drawing

I think we can all agree which medium I’m more comfortable with. ;) Couldn’t be arsed to do a background though…

Drawing on the computer is a lot of fun so I’ll continue to practice with it, and the tablet is working perfectly. A lot of the time I’m using it instead of the mouse, it’s quite comfortable to hold a pen instead of a mouse. It was a very good gift. :)


  1. 1 May 2015

    Oooh, both looks amazing. Your colouring techniques is quite good, especially with the colour pencils!

    I do like the background in the digital version — even though you just threw colours around and hoped for the best, it came out very striking!

  2. 1 May 2015

    Yeah, I have to say the background on the tablet one is my favorite part. I like the way it sort of blends in with her hair. Very nicely done!

  3. 2 May 2015

    I love this so much. :D It’s great you got a new tablet and I hope you are feeling really comfortable with it soon and can get the hang of the difference. I only have a really old one, and I’m not that great at freehand drawing, or I need a lot more practice.

    Can’t wait to see what else you make. :D

  4. 2 May 2015

    Good work! The eyes on the traditional version are awesome!

  5. 2 May 2015

    Wow! That’s so awesome!
    I really love your tattoo too :D – nice blog!

  6. 2 May 2015

    Wow! You’re really talented :)

    As a fellow artist, I totally get that pen tablets do need some getting used to. But hey, your work turned out to still be awesome so that’s a good thing. :D

  7. 3 May 2015

    Wow, both the traditional and digital coloring look great! I love what you did with her hair in both versions. I’ve been wanting to get a new Wacom tablet to mess around with since my previous Wacoms are broken :( I look forward to seeing what else you’ll do with your tablet!

  8. 4 May 2015

    Decent enough? DECENT ENOUGH?! This is BEAUTIFUL. I love my wacom, but I’m definitely still learning. I think my biggest problem is that I don’t have very still hands, so line art is a pain for me both traditionally and digitally.

    • Karin
      7 May 2015

      Haha, thank you! <3 I know what you mean, my hands are pretty shaky so I definitely struggle with line art too...

  9. 7 May 2015

    Both look amazing! I have a tablet for drawing as well…and I’ve never ever used it. I’m a bit scared to, if I were to be honest. I can’t draw very well with pencil and paper…so I dread trying digitally. I can’t wait to see what else you draw – both digitally and non.

    • Karin
      7 May 2015

      Aw, of course you must use your tablet! It’s more difficult than drawing on paper, or at least I think so, but on the other hand it’s REALLY easy to erase your mistakes and start over. Just go for it! :D

  10. 9 May 2015

    You have immense talent and I enjoyed reading this post. The drawing/digital and traditional is great. Keep it up!

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