Wednesday, August 31, 2005

There was a time, a couple of years ago, when anything that had remotely to do with manipulating art with a computer seemed as distant as a trophy wife and a trip to the moon to me. That was until I got a scanner, which opened the gate for my curiosity: what else could I do? Computer Coloring! Which was incredibly hard at first, up until I found some inspiration. I found the artwork of a girl by the name Aysha Shehim, who had an art style that blew my mind. I'm not sure what it was, but I think it was that it seemed unbelievable that someone who was that young (she was about 17 at the time, I think) and wasn't a pro could come up with art like that. I found it absolutely inspiring and depressing, but it was her artwork that gave me the final push and made me learn how to do it.
Of course, I never could quite become an artist of that magnitude, choosing instead to balance my artistic shortcomings with my writing skills, by creating a graphically simple comic strip about counting sheep. (Which turned out to be a smart move, considering I was in the New York Times, remember? :>) Anyway, the point of this is that I lost track of Aysha, whom I never met, until today, when I found her deviantart gallery! So, hopefully she won't mind if I dedicate today's strip to her, the girl with the talent (and with the non-chalant attitude towards it) that scared me so much I had to try to do something with what little I had.
Now go to bed,

The first comic Today's comic

Count Your Sheep is Adrian Ramos.