Stay Classy.


Regarding the title, I realize I’m probably going to take the pun-usage a little too far on this project. 

When I uploaded my previous Blake Lively illustration, I was quite embarrassed of its turnout. I was so excited, yes! Illustrating on my tablet was going to be such a breeze! I was going to effortlessly upload new sketches and ideas with a flick of my finger! My blog was going to be doable!

Side note: modern artists are constantly baffling over whether to start online projects or not, whether it would be worth their time, the hesitation of risking criticism (and feeling vulnerable) etc. Myself, I’ve started probably 5-6 blogs previously, all that have fallen through for a number of reasons. Mainly, I’ve learned I need to be consistent and tirelessly passionate about an idea (which, in turn, helps the consistency). 

So when I completed the first illustration, I was…confused by the results. Illustrating digitally always requires a different approach and has a different dimension than ones drawn on paper. True, there are many benefits in terms of editing and being able to easily translate what’s already on an electronic device online; in this case, however, so much detail work was lost due to the limitations of my tools. When I draw on paper, I can physically control contours and lines and only have to worry about human error. On a tablet, you can only do as much as you know how to use the programs to your advantage (plus, I don’t have access to Photoshop on mine). Still, I’m excited to continue learning and experimenting.

In the meantime, I felt like I had to redeem myself and created something a combination of the two. I drew on paper the dress, depicting the full-range of details normally appropriate of my illustrative style, scanned it in, and coloured it on my tablet- a few more steps than what I originally hoped, but well-worth the effort, I think. 

What do you guys think about digital versus tangible pieces of art?