I love drawing. When I starting to get into computers way back when, I kept on drawing the old fashioned way, with paper, pen, paint, and so on, so computers and art were two separate worlds for me. To do it on a computer, well, that was a dream because the software and hardware needed to perform those tasks were out of reach both in terms of costs and knowledge. In other words, out of reach of digital happiness.
Then, in early 2000, I converted over to Linux which really alienated me from the mainstream digital world, as the Desktop GUI was just being developed on propitiatory OS’s, we were “still” working from a command-line terminal. The corporate OS’s were dominating the markets, while Open Source was still in its, “half stagnated and half embryonic” stages, leaving Open Source art software scattered all over the place. Source code was challenging to get running as the Linux platform was hugely unorganized.
With the creation of Ubuntu, by its founder Mark Shuttleworth from South Africa, the Linux world leaped forward, and finally became a force to be reckoned with. In the last five years, the Open Source world has flourished, expanding, and organized itself so that computer users of all stripes could use it right out of the box. The proof is in how the makers of propitiatory systems have started noticing this new force, and stepped up their campaigns, as they see their market share shrinking.
My first drawing tablet was a PS2 connected 3 x 4 inch Wacom graphic tablet back in 2001. It took me over a month before I could use it. I practically had to write several scrips and hacks in the operating system to finally make it usable, and even then the performance was lacking. However, it did work, and used it extensively for about four years. Since then, as money became more plentiful, I graduated up to a USB 9 x 6 inch, and a USB12 x 8 inch tablet. Today, installing the tablet, and getting working now takes less than a minute to do.
Software for Linux today is also in somewhat of abundance too, as the Open Source developers have flourished, and numerous projects have sprung up proven themselves to be very exceptional to use. And, if you are not happy with the free stuff, you can buy and operate commercial software too to run on Linux.
Have a look at my BLOG as it is dotted with posts that contain my paintings and other types of art work that I have done over the years. Ninety-nine percent of all the art work here on this site has been done on a Linux box using Open Source software.