Draw a Box digitally?

7:32 PM, Wednesday February 19th 2020

I'm doing the draw a box lessons with the recommended fine liner and paper, but was wondering if anyone has had any expirience doing the lessons digitally, and whether it was more difficult/easy or the same. I'm quite new to digital art, and am having a bit of difficulty adjusting to the slightly slicker texture of the tablet, and was wondering if doing some DAB practices on it would help.

Of course, trying is always the best way to find out, I just figured I'd ask to see if anyone else has done this before spending time on something unnecessary.

Please know that I intend to finish the entire course using pen/paper, I was just wandering if doing it digitally as well would serve any purpose (outside of more practice, of course).

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11:55 AM, Wednesday July 22nd 2020
edited at 3:19 PM, Jul 22nd 2020


I am doing it digitally as well. Altough I see the point with the pen/paper requirement, I decided to do it the same way as if it was with pen/paper. This means that I am being absolutely strict and avoinding erasing and using any sort of assistance from the software. The only thing I am allowing myself to do is to rotate the canvas, wich is the counterpart of rotating the paper to find a more confortable angle to draw.

I am new to art in general and decided to follow the lesson in a tablet since I realised how absurdely diferrent the texture and friction on it was when compared to paper, and also because I want to focus on digital. I am using a Deco01 with the protective layer that cames with it. Since I started directly on it, the eye-hand coordination is not being a big issue, the adaptation is going quite smoothly.

Obviously, I also intend to follow the course as requested but only after I feel confortable enough drawing on the tablet, which is my priority now.

Complementing the comment of SKIDOOSH, I also saw an improvement in accuracy when drawing on paper. Perhaps it is due not only to the practice but also because the friction (in my case at least) is generally smaller than in paper, requiring far more control and concentration.

sobs trying draw vertical lines on krita

edited at 3:19 PM, Jul 22nd 2020
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10:33 PM, Wednesday February 19th 2020

I have found the line lessons/homework has really helped with my line accuracy working in digital.

I use them as a warm-up before I start drawing.

Other than that since the course requires pen/paper I haven't done the other lessons/homework in digital.

11:18 PM, Wednesday February 19th 2020

Thanks for responding! I'll think I'll give it a shot.

I've been procrastinating on using my tablet because it's still a bit intimidating to me, but I guess I can't get any better by avoiding it.

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10:38 AM, Thursday February 20th 2020
edited at 10:39 AM, Feb 20th 2020

Remember to read this article.

In my opinion, you should keep doing DAB course on paper and then you can use the other 50% to draw whatever you like digitally. Uncomfortable is a digital artist himself but DAB exercises are better done with ink on paper.

edited at 10:39 AM, Feb 20th 2020
11:28 PM, Thursday February 20th 2020
edited at 11:36 PM, Feb 20th 2020

I intend on doing the full course with fine liner and paper, I was just wondering if doing them digitally as well would help me adapt better to the texture of a drawing tablet, or if it would transfer over naturally.

I tried doing the first lines exercise and found it more difficult digitally, so I figured I'd practice a few DAB exercises on it until I become more comfortable.

I appreciate the feedback though:)

edited at 11:36 PM, Feb 20th 2020
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5:05 PM, Friday February 21st 2020
edited at 5:06 PM, Feb 21st 2020

I'm currently at this same situation, being brand new to digital art, I'm giving a try on the lesson 1 exercises digitally in parallel, since they're pretty much focused on the line confidence / quality. I felt a considerable improvement since then. But of course, considering the time I spent with this practice as part of the 50% study time.

edited at 5:06 PM, Feb 21st 2020
1:30 AM, Saturday February 22nd 2020

It's reassuring to know someone else has tried it and seen improvement.

I also include it as part of my study time as it still requires effort, even if it's in a different medium. I hope to reach the same level of ability/confidence in digital art that I do traditional.

Thanks for the input!

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10:50 AM, Tuesday May 10th 2022

Well, if you're planning to develop your skills in digital art, it's better to work with a tablet. But I think it would be better to join other online courses for that, and thanks to the internet, it's not a problem to find them.

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