Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Digital Age and Sausage

Wow... 2014 already!  The last of 2013 went by pretty quickly, but I don't know that I have a super lot to show for it.

Well, that's not entirely true.  I've been pretty busy with the new site.  I've been having so much fun cooking and I think my photography skills are definitely improving when it comes to that part of the blogging.  I have been doing some creative things as well, though, especially over the last couple of weeks.  I received some money for the holidays and decided to invest in myself by getting a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (the original, not the new model) for the sole purpose of drawing.  I know, I know, it's completely wasting the bells and whistles of the technology, but I did some research and decided it was the best yet economical choice for what I want to do.  And, so far, I am not disappointed.

I upgraded my S Pen and it really feels like I am drawing "the old fashioned way."  Even when I sketch out my design first, it looks and feels like I am really using a pencil.  My whole process of drawing is basically the same but with some digital conveniences, like "undo" instead of erase. :)  With my old process, I would sketch out the design and once I was happy with it, I'd use tracing paper to transfer it to the canvas/good paper.  I'd fill in the color with paint (usually) then outline with ink afterward and add in the details.  Then I'd have to scan it and adjust the scan to look as close to the original as possible.  With the new process, I sketch out the design, add a layer and doing my outlining before adding in the color.  And no scanning needed!  Not that different but definitely easier and more portable!

Here are a couple of things I have drawn in the past couple of weeks:

The Gang - My hubby, me, my boyfriend and 2 of our best friends

"Sashi Pretends She's On A Cooking Show"

I have really, really enjoyed drawing like this and find myself drawing A LOT more than I did.  It's so much easier than lugging all of my art supplies with me and I can more easily share what I do.  I *LOVE* it!  I may even reopen my Etsy shop. :)

I also went the handmade route this year for a lot of my Christmas gifts... but with a food twist: Homemade Sausage Mix!


I just mixed up all the seasonings and put directions on the back on how to mix the sausage.  I also made a little booklet with the recipes for the seasoning mixes as well and one idea for using the sausage.  Unless people are lying to me, they seemed to really like this.

Other than that, there really hasn't been that much news-worthy going on around here.  But that's not really a bad thing.  :)