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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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GeorgeLovesyArt Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Dude still love your work ay you have some amazing palettes
Gembear106 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Student General Artist
Looking through your work and really the only words that can come to mind is absolutely phenomenal!! Awesome work! If you don't mind me asking, do you do all your work in photoshop? I've been looking to combine my fine and digital art techniques and was looking into what programs to practice in?
RichardDorran Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Yep, I do everything in Photoshop - does everything i need it to.
Moneyfunny Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Hobbyist
hi=) your drawings r really amazing... do u mind if i put some of ur drawings to other non- commercial website for making AVG games? its a Chinese website. Most of the users r Taiwanese female students. it will be very nice if we can have your pictures >o<!!!!!if it is ok,i will write down the link to your deviantart profile. Thank you!
RichardDorran Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Sure. Can you send me a link? Thanks.
Moneyfunny Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Hobbyist
Is it ok for me to put your name on…
after it is published?
As the making game website is non- commercial ,(and im only a student XD)
it is not so it still ok for you? @@ 
RichardDorran Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Yep, fine with me :)
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IceRealm Featured By Owner 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 Featured By Owner 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! :)
nazlioluz Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Professional
Thank you for all this info, and I enjoyed looking at your gallery, double thumbs up. :)

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