About the Author

My name is Will.

Every year I research different places to go and my ‘I should go here’ list gets longer. I add it and then start thinking of the best way of getting around when there, be it cycling, backpacking or vehicular.

The Exploration Journal is my way to document my travels to these places and my development as a photographer.

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Prehistoric Bird Digital Art

I recently bought the small Intuos Pen Graphics Tablet for £49, after a stupendous mess up by UPS I’ve finally got to give it a go. I was at university when UPS were supposed to deliver and didn’t find any sign of it when I got home. Not a problem I thought, it will probably arrive tomorrow. So I wait a couple of days expectantly and then decide to check the tracking. Apparently its been delivered and signed for by ‘Grant’. Now I don’t live with a chap called Grant, my neighbours aren’t called Grant and neither are the people across the road.

I resort to a house to house search and gradually work my way down the street. Many a dopey eyed student was woken up during my search for the parcel. In the end I located Grant, he lives six houses down and around the corner! All UPS needed to do was leave a note and I would have been satisfied.

After locating it, I immediately set about setting it up. People say that once you’re used to it, you will never go back to drawing in Photoshop with a mouse and after a bit of practice I definitely agree!Initially  I just used the tablet for the painting and selected brushes, colours and other options with the mouse but now I’ve nearly fully converted to using the pen for everything. Now I’m familiar with it, my interest in digital art has rocketed and I can’t wait to develop my skills further.

My first attempt after doing some doodles is this weird little hand-made model bird thing I found at my grandparents.

My first attempt was keeping a similar look to the photo, where the eyes are shell shaped but feedback from friends was that it looked like a eyeless horned monstrosity.

So my second attempt changed the ‘eyes’ to horns and added more colour to the body and head feathers.

I tend to get frustrated with working on the same thing for too long, so my final version tidies up the head feathers, adds more detail and I attempted to improve the background some more. I’d like to have another go at drawing it once I’ve had some more practice doing other paintings.

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