The Pencil Drawing
I drew the pencil sketch using a pencil, obviously. Judging by the softness of my lines, I probably used a 2B or 4B pencil on cheap sketchbook paper. Whenever I draw, I like to have a range of pencils, a hard eraser, and a kneaded eraser. I spent about 20 minutes on this drawing. I used this as a reference for the digital drawing.
The Digital Drawing
This one took a couple hours, and could use a couple more. I used Infinite Painter on my Samsung Galaxy Tab to draw this. My other favorite android apps include: Sketchbook, AdobeDraw, ArtFlow, and Medibang. When I draw digitally, I usually use one brush, the shape tools, and the smoothing function. As the name implies, the smoothing function smooths out your free-hand lines so they don't look like you drew them while riding a bus. When it comes to layers, it just depends. For black and white drawings, I might use one or two layers.
More On Digital Art
I'm still getting used to the slippery-nature of drawing on a tablet. I might try an anti-glare screen protector to add some resistance. Be warned, though, some screen protectors will keep your stylus from working properly, get in the way of the case, and worst of all - ruin your screen. Be sure to shop around and always read the reviews before buying a screen protector. Look for compatibility with your device and stylus. For desktop apps, I use Photoshop, Inkscape, Sketchbook, and Medibang. I use a Wacom Intuos, Pro - Medium. Wacom products are the best, even the smaller, less-expensive tablets. I recommend the One by Wacom. They market it for beginners, but that definitely doesn't need to be the case. Still, I wish I could buy this for every kid in my family. Larger Wacom tablets like the Intuos Pro come with about twelve shortcut keys right on the tablet. Over time, I always tend to revert back to using keyboard shortcuts instead. These shortcut keys are the main difference between the small Wacom tablets like the One and the Intuos Pro. Sometimes I think I should have went with a smaller tablet and saved some money (and desk space).
Which Drawing Is Better?
These drawings are obviously very similar. I used the pencil drawing as a photo reference for the digital. The digital drawing seems more refined, but the pencil drawing is rich in detail and more closely resembles a stuffed popple. The tail, cheeks, hair, and texture are all more appealing (to me) on the original pencil drawing. The digital popple is smooth and slick and almost looks like rubber or plastic. But, I do like the spiky hair on the shoulders, as well as the logo.
Overall - neither is better. There are differences inherent in the media and also in how much time I dedicated to each of them.
See my story below about how my sister stole my stuffed popple and took it with her on a joy ride.
What The Heck is a Popple?
From Wikipedia: Popples is an animated television series, based on the Popples toys, that aired in the United States from 1986 to 1987 [...] Popples resemble colorful teddy bears/rabbits with long, pompom-tipped tails, and they have pouches on their backs that can be everted so they resemble fuzzy balls. All the Popples stutter when they say words with the letter "P" in them. The name "Popple" is a reference to the popping sound they make when unfolding themselves from such a ball, or pulling objects from their pouches. In the cartoon Popples commonly pull large items from their pouches that couldn't possibly fit inside [...]
A 'Kidnapped Popple' Story
I loved this cartoon. I'd tag along with my dad to the grocery store; he'd let me pick out a couple VHS tapes -The Popples, my favorite, along with Rainbow Bright. I had the little green one you see in the photos that follow. It was the basis for my original pencil sketch. But, I no longer have possession of this toy. Because, for many years now, my sister has been playing "Finders Keepers" and refuses to give it back. She has even taken it on numerous road trips, taunting me. Look ....
I hope you enjoyed this little blast from my past and digital art recommendations.
Please, feel free to leave a comment if I've sparked any thoughts, emotions, or memories.