Things Facing Left
what's imber?

Imber is one of my in-progress stories, though I don’t give it nearly as much attention as Guilt. I call the story concept itself Imber, and the word doubles as the story world’s name.

I hope to one day make a comic out of Imber, but my attention span never seems to stick with comics so we’ll see.

In the meantime, I’m just pushing out concept art and designs for it!

Another Imber god that I’m too lazy to colour

his name is Pompeii

Another Imber god, Fathom. She carries a smokey blue pearl that mimics the phase of the moon

A pikachu mixed with a big cat???

It’s 6am

I love when you start a doodle and it just slowly starts getting more and more detailed

I’m a very anxious person and I have a lot of anxiety about natural disasters and big storms, but I find the aesthetic and remaining debris extremely interesting

I saw this pic of the recent mudslide in Washington and wanted to do a quick painting

Took me about 42 minutes

This is random but it’s something I wanted to share for people who have issues with their tablet’s pressure sensitivity randomly shutting off 

Most of the time I see people instantly start restarting their computer or redownloading their tablet drivers when this occurs, but this solution can often save you the hassle of doing either. 

I’m not sure how many tablets it would work for, but it has worked very well for both my Bamboo Fun and my Bamboo Capture. With both of these tablets, I’ve had issues with pressure sensitivity turning off and this solution has saved me a lot of grief to correct the situation.

What you have to do is find “Bamboo Preference File Utility” in your program files. A file titled “Bamboo” or “Pen Tablet” or something similar should contain it.

Once you open the file utility, you want to select the option I have circled above, “All User Preferences: Remove”

Now selecting this will reset any custom options you’ve assigned your buttons (I rarely if ever use my buttons so this isn’t personally an issue for me) but I figure it’s better than redownloading the tablet software. It fixes the problem, after all.

Sometimes it does give my cursor lag (my trackpad cursor, that is) and that does then require a restart to fix, but I feel a little cursor lag pales in comparison to a tablet without pressure sensitivity— and the cursor lag does not always occur. (My computer is overloaded and crap so it honestly might just be my device.)

The only other thing you need to do after this is restart your drawing program of choice. Once that is done, you should have your pressure sensitivity back! In the event that you don’t, a restart (after first removing the user preferences) should work. If it doesn’t, you might have to look more into your program settings or consider redownloading the software as a last-ditch effort.

I hope this works out for anyone else with similar issues because it’s literally the only way I managed to handle my dying Bamboo Fun when it was on its decline.

The whole 'Things facing left' you got going on.. Does that mean I'm not alone? [I suppose I too am only able to really draw things when they're facing the left. Is that like a real thing? ;u;

Mhmmmm! It’s actually pretty common for artists to draw most of their work facing in one direction— left, right, maybe even more centered and forward if they struggle with profiles.

Whichever hand is your dominant hand can really play into this. Since you don’t want to smudge your drawing, or hide it under your hand, it becomes common practice to draw the face of your subject and then move your hand away from it.

And even if you integrate into digital art, I feel like you still sort of stick to your traditional practices. Because I know that now, even though I’m not gonna smudge my drawing or whatever, I still feel more comfortable drawing things facing to the left. 

Although I also have a strong, obsessive practice of flipping and rotating my canvas constantly while I draw to get the best angle, so now I’m even less comfortable doing traditional art since it doesn’t provide the same flexibility.

Even with all that flipping, I still think that most of my drawing at least start from the left, and are done majorly facing left.

semi-odd question here: for sketch dumps, like the one you just posted, do you actually just draw the full lineart in one go or do you clean them up? just asking out of curiosity, love your work!!!

For all (or at least most of) the ones I just posted, they were just drawn all in one go without too much erasing. I don’t think I did under sketches for many of them either— maybe one or two? (between both dumps.)

Most of the time, though, my lines are made by doing rough, detailed sketches and then cleaning them up with the eraser tool. I recorded an eraser cleanup of one drawing recently here

I’m used to doing this on SAI, though. The program I’ve been doing these recent sketches on is ChibiPaint, which is more rudimentary, so I find the way I treat these lines versus SAI’s smooth lines is more straightforward and simplistic

And thank you! c: <3

Hoping I’ll sketch myself into productivity