In April 2011, I discovered how to once again draw and paint (albeit digitally) despite my physical limitations. I had no idea that I would stop work on this blog and dive into an orgy of image-making, but that is what happened. What follows is a report on how it happened and what resulted.
I had missed the ability to draw and paint for several years and spent a lot of time remembering what it used to feel like.
Having been unable to stand or sit for more than a few minutes for the past several years my drawing and painting days seemed to be over. Because I have to spend almost all my waking hours in a recliner, drawing and painting other than quick scribbles is very difficult to do. One afternoon while exploring my iPad, I discovered almost by accident that I could still in fact make images while lying on my back. I decided to adapt my main computer workstation to make it possible for me to digitally draw and paint on a larger scale.
An Adaptive Workstation
I rigged up an old Wacom graphics tablet in a stable position on a hospital over-bed table. While stretched out in my recliner, I can easily roll the table and tablet into a position near my drawing hand. My drawing arm is supported by the recliner arm while I stare up at my monitor, which is tilted down at me from an articulated wall-mount. This rig changed my life. All of a sudden I could draw again.
I no longer felt isolated now that I could draw and paint again.
Now I wanted the greater expressive freedom I knew would be possible using Corel Painter. I ordered it and a week later completely dove into digital drawing, spending almost every waking hour making images. In my next post I will present a few of the Painter images I have made in the past 9 months.
It is nice to be back playing with the blog.