Of course you can! Seriously it’s just a matter of perseverance and patience. If you enjoy doing it then that’s what ultimately matters, so just have fun and with time you’ll improve, even if you might not notice it. n_n
Oh I’m glad I helped! And of course you’re not bothering me! n_n
That’s actually Photoshop Elements 7.0. When I didn’t have CS5 installed on this computer I had Elements because it came free with my tablet, so I got into the habit of using it, and since I only ever do line art I find it suffices just fine.
Oh my gosh thank you! Reading this just made me so happy, really, thank you! * A *
Well to answer your first question (haha I don’t really know how to answer though), I’m going to go with the (very correct) cliche, which is practice! Know what you’re capable of producing and try to push ahead little bits at a time from there; try not to see amazing illustrations and then strive for that immediately and then get disappointed.
I do have a tablet and I do use it, however I seldom actually finish anything that I hope to complete digitally and I pretty much never start anything digitally either. I basically can’t get a drawing right unless I draw it physically by hand with a pencil (or pen, or whatever) on paper. So when I do hope to draw with my tablet, I often scan a rough hand drawing and then trace it. E.g.:
As you can see though, I hardly
start finish anything I draw with a tablet.
I wouldn’t be able to give you much advice on painting/drawing properly in Photoshop, since my hand isn’t particularly adept in doing so. Most of my completed drawings are drawn on paper and rendered using Copic Sketch markers and miscellaneous coloured ballpoint/felt tip pens hahaha. You should definitely look into the markers, they’re great for applying solid even colour without marker streaks (and there’s a brush tip!), however they’re kinda pricey and go for around $9AUD each.
If you’re thinking about buying a tablet I think you should just try and find a cheap basic one so that you can try your hand at digital drawing yourself and getting a feel for it to see if it’s your cup of tea. That’s what I did, I bought a Wacom Bamboo Craft for around $300 and kinda winged it after that.
I feel like I’ve babbled on a bit, but if you have any more questions you’re more than welcome to ask. n_n