Before I was a photographer or a writer, I was an artist. I drew incessantly when I was a child, and hoped to become a graphics illustrator when I grew up. It’s a long story as usual, but that didn’t happen.
Over the years, my drawing ability became dormant from disuse, but the arrival of the Surface Pro 3 got the artistic juices flowing again. For those who don’t know, I am in charge of the Surface consumer business in Singapore but I make it a point never to write about my day-to-day work on this site. I’ll make an exception here because of what I’ve been doing on the SP3 outside of working hours – rekindling my love for drawing.
Much has been written about the SP3’s ability as a drawing tablet for professional or amateur artists. And it’s all true – the combination of the 12″ touch screen, 256-levels-of-sensitivity Surface Pen and software like Fresh Paint, Adobe Photoshop and Autodesk Sketchbook Pro – makes digital artwork both affordable, convenient and easy.
I’m sharing here some of the artwork I’ve done in recent months. As you can see, I’m a fan of detailed pen and pencil drawing (sketching and cross-hatching), and I’m not so adept with painting tools like watercolor or oil pastels.
The best thing about drawing digitally is that you can create multiple layers so you don’t have to throw out the entire artwork when you make mistakes with say, the shading or coloring – just delete the offending layer, or hide it!
What’s even more incredible is that most of the time, the SP3 works equally well as my office workhorse, dealing with documents, spreadsheets and photo-editing work like a champ. Which professional drawing tablet out there allows you to play back Spotify music while you create your next great piece of art?