Getting back into drawing

I used to be quite good at drawing, but I haven’t done any serious artwork in over a decade. I’ve been threatening to get back into it for quite a while now — since we moved, in fact — but somehow I never got around to it. I tried a few times but ended up only wasting paper, and I lost patience rather quickly. It was so frustrating to look at the stuff that I used to do 15 years ago and then realizing I can’t do it anymore because I’m totally out of practice.

Then I discovered MyPaint, a digital drawing software to be used with a graphic tablet. I only started to work with it, but I can tell already that it’s pretty amazing. First of all, it’s really simple. You select a color and a brush and you’re ready to go. No complicated software to learn first, unlike with Gimp, Inkscape or Blender (all really great programs, don’t get me wrong, but it takes a lot more time to learn how to use them.) You can work with layers, which is great and definitely something you can’t do on paper. And you can select a background. Other than that, there isn’t that much to it — and that’s one aspect I really like about it. I appreciate a piece of software that does one thing and does it well.

The other thing that’s great about it is the selection of brushes that come pre-installed or can be downloaded from the official website. It allows you to cover pretty much every style available outside of the computer. If you’re into drawing at all, I definitely recommend to check it out. It’s FOSS (Free and Open Source) and available for Linux, Windows and Mac.

Also, be sure to check out the Gallery at deviantART. Not only does it show the capabilities of MyPaint, it’s also a showcase for art from some highly talented people. All I can say is, I hope one day I’ll be among them 🙂

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