March 17th, 2009



Carolyn got me a Wacom tablet back in January for my birthday and I've been having a great deal of fun with it. Not only did it come with fun software that turns photos into fun things like other pictures only different, it also came with a fake pencil (called a "stylus") that has a tiny tip on one end (called a "tip") and a thick tip on the other and if you use it with the tiny tip it draws and if you use it with the thick tip it AUTOMATICALLY KNOWS YOU FLIPPED IT OVER and it erases instead. I DON'T KNOW HOW IT DOES THAT. BESIDES MAGNETS.

Now I used to be quite the little cartoonist Back In The Day, publishing a comic book in high school with my best friend (Mark Bode and some random Hampshire College student both thought it was swell!) but in the nearly 20 years since, I fell out of practice and my drawrirng has been in a sad state of decline. Carolyn thought it would be a neat idea to give me the opportunity to maybe practice back up again, and I think she's all the more awesome for it.

Now I really can't say that I quit altogether; I have occasionally chanced into drawing, from drunken airplane doodles in 2000 to mouse-drawn cries for help in 2003, but it's very clear that even then, the quality was low and I just didn't have the same hand I had back then. Maybe I shouldn't have switched with the devil for the talented one. I never even bought a violin.

So I have been tinkering every now and then with the tablet and doodling and CTRL-Zing and doodling and CTRL-Zing and doodling and going "why can't I erase the entire thing by CTRL-A and then DELETE?" and learning new and fun ways to cramp my hand up and finally I think I have done something worthy of sharing with the World At Large. So please, underneath the cut, enjoy the first drawing I completed with the Wacom tablet. I will let you guess what the subject is.

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