Narcis Princess and A Word About Using Traditional Techniques, Digitally


Narcis Princess - created using Affinity Designer on a SurfaceBook 2 and ArtFlow on a Google Nexus 7.

This image started as a portrait for a member of a BDSM community some years ago. It was created using ArtFlow for Android on a Google Nexus 7 (2013 version). A cross hatching and facet drawing technique was used in its creation with a Wacom Bamboo stylus. The design elements were created using Affinity Designer on a SurfaceBook 2 during a test of the latest version and the installation of new fonts on my system. The original portrait was cropped and a mask was created. The various colored outline versions you see were created from the mask.


Another reason I really like the Narcis Princess piece is because it's a strong example of using traditional techniques in a digital environment. I can't stress this enough, traditional skills should always be the foundation because good digital work isn't always possible without them. The problem we have today is that too many people want great results so badly that they take shortcuts, using filters, auto tracing algorithms and other cheat tools to get favorable results without knowing how to create them manually. It wouldn't even be so bad if they admitted using cheats, but to many of these people want the accolades of creating great works, without having the actual skill to create them combined with a unwillingness to learn. Unfortunately, some people use a very broad brush to label all digital artists the same and this is such a disservice to those of us that paid our dues and have actual talent.


Untitled - This is a traditionally created portrait (4H - B pencils on paper) I created for someone I met some time ago. It was created using the same cross hatching and facet drawing technique used in the Narcis Princess project.

A former classmate asked me once "How do you draw on a tablet screen?" My answer was "The same as how you draw on paper." She didn't understand. 😑


The irony of all of this is to achieve great digital results in an honest way isn't as hard as many people make it out to be. If an aspiring artist takes the time to learn and perfect a good traditional process, then achieving those results digitally becomes trivial.


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