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Richard Dorran
Artist | Student | Digital Art
United Kingdom
Ha, well no less than 3 weeks after I bought my Surface Pro I sold it! Instead I bought the Ipad Air i originally intended to buy, stupid or what!
Reasons for selling? Too heavy, too hot, rubbish battery life (struggled to get 3 hrs), and desktop mode just too small on a 10 inch screen.
Trying to use Photoshop even with the amazing artdock was a frustrating experience. If you wanted to draw on your lap ideally you needed 3 arms: one to hold it, one to manage the artdock and the other to hold the pen. And of course the Photoshop interface is tiiiny on that screen. Eye strain? Yes indeed.
I now use Procreate on the Ipad which of course is made for touch. With the wacom creative stylus it feels just as good as the wacom tech for the surface pro and there are none of the compromises I had to put up with on that device.
I do miss having it, all that said. It was amazing having all the power in a device that small and portable.
Maybe next year when they release the Surface 3, when it should be lighter with better battery, then i'll reconsider.

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IceRealm Apr 12, 2014  Hobbyist
Where did you learn to draw digitally? I'de like to start using photoshop too, but I've always used pencils until now. It seems complicated...
RichardDorran Apr 15, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I was interested in photography initially, so i bought a few books, read a few tutorials to learn the basics of Photoshop. Then I thought I would learn 3D - learnt Maya; wasn't too keen but came across concept art which, coming from a fine art background, appealed to me instantly.
Some good resources i've found along the way: - lots of tutorials/brushes/interviews -  more great tutorials
Two of my favourite artists are Feng Zhu and Tyler Edlin - check out their youtube channels for free tutorials ( learnt a lot of PS shortcuts this way)… - Easy to follow introduction to Photoshop… - must have!

Like i said i come from a fine art background working mostly in oils so for me the transition to digital wasn't that hard. Pick up an Intuos 3( pretty cheap on ebay) and give it a go. Enjoy! :)
SOORAJexplorer Mar 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Your works are really inspiring sir :)  
hello I'm looking for 10 designers for a project in publishing and I'm looking for tenderers if you want to join me send me an email to appreciate it responds me up please.
duncanli Feb 19, 2014  Student Digital Artist
nice gallery
RichardDorran Feb 20, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thanks! :)
Simply amazing...
Impressive gallery!
LucidKitsune Dec 27, 2013   Traditional Artist
Simply stunning work you have here!!
RichardDorran Dec 31, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thanks for stopping by! :)
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