Whoever said digital painting is easier!

Whoever said digital painting is easier than traditional painting in my opinion is WRONG 😮

I received my new tablet on Tuesday morning , I was so excited, I couldn’t wait to get going 🏃🏻‍♀️🏃🏻‍♀️🏃🏻‍♀️ at last a screen I could paint onto 💃🏼💃🏼

It wasn’t  easy to set it all up, I’m definitely not a techie 👩‍💻 My pixels were playing up I painted a few things and they looked okay until I exported them. They had sparkles all around them and not in a good way.

I did the most amazing angel and she wouldn’t export properly!

So yesterday found me up at the crack of dawn trying to fix the problem. I even was having an online chat with some happy American person trying to fix my issues!

They told me what to do but  yet again I couldn’t fix it. 😤

By this time I was in meltdown, John had just got up when I informed him that I had enough it was going back in it’s box.

I removed all the wires and put it neatly back in it’s box. Out of mind out of sight!


A few hours later John called me into our spare room to tell me he had fixed the problem and it was ready to use. The thought of giving it another go was not happening. Every time I walked past the room I looked at it and snarled.


This morning I woke up feeling all refreshed and feeling good with the world. Yes I’m still eating bread 🙄🤷🏼‍♀️

img_3322I decided to try again thinking I would try something simple, something I had hand painted last year.   I decided to use the Art rage programme (aptly named) because I’m getting used to it and find it easier than photoshop.


This was my traditional hand painted one in acrylics.

moon fairy reduced

This is the digital version below.


Getting there, slow and steady wins the race !


  1. Well done! I’ve never tried any kind of digital painting, but I’m intrigued… the trouble is, knowing me I’d probably try it once, fail miserably, have a complete strop and after ranting and raving for a while, give up! I’m not generally known for my patience… 🙂

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    1. It was you that got me onto this medium lol, when you were changing your photographs I loved the effect and thought I would buy a cheap Wacom tablet to see if I liked it. I did apart from having to look at the computer screen all the time. This is brilliant and although it’s frustrating it’s also very rewarding 😃

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      1. Yeah but I cheat and apply a whole filter effect created by someone else to a photographic image taken by me – not quite the same thing! 🙂

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  2. Great post Elaine. All my work is digital and done on a simple Kindle Fire HD. I discovered drawing on the Kindle accidentally when I downloaded a painting app. Wow, fun, fun. I bought the Kindle for my wife but was using it so much I bought another one for her. I have five apps but mostly use three and so some of my work is often done with two apps. I’ve considered a true drawing tablet like yours but I like simple, easy to use and the experience of working directly on the tablet not the computer screen. Your setting up issues were not uncommon, there’s a variety of potential issues. Tablet and computer drivers, painting app compatibility and operating systems.
    When it comes to exporting to WordPress and Instantagram it couldn’t be easier. I do have some painting limitations that I wouldn’t have with an Ipad or drawing tablet but I simply adjust my style and technique to accommodate them
    Your post will be very helpful for those considering digital art, because no it isn’t easy. I’m delighted you’re off and running now and enjoying the tablet, we look forward to seeing what you do.

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    1. This new one I’ve bought draws directly onto the tablet and I can also see it on a monitor 🙂 Having said that I do like the simplicity of your work, it stands out because it’s different 😊

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  3. Great advice from m above. I think it’s brighter and adds brighter elements. If you enjoy it, why not? I think you should try it longer before you decide.👍🏻☺️

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  4. You had a dummy spit! Love it 🙂 I can’t believe you put it back NEATLY into the box though?!!! HOW could you do that when it wasn’t behaving itself for you ? Every great artist has such moments, I am sure. Perhaps not with digital art, given it wasn’t around in the days of Michelangelo or even Picasso, but, just sayin’ …….. you’re in good company 🙂

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  5. In my opinion as I have tried both. It is never easy both traditional and digital painting. There are some things in traditional painting that only our free hands could do likewise with digital painting. For us artists its just a matter of preference on where we are comfortable. 😁 Have fun on your new tablet! I wish my tablet is like yours that way i wont be looking at my monitor while drawing. I still feel like I am drawing on a paper and being transferred to the screen lol! 😁

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