I have done art on the computer ever since I got my first computer. That computer was a Mac Classic with no hard drive. To do work you had to use the floppy with the operating system on it, and then to save it you had to switch to a blank floppy. Drawing was done pixel by pixel and colour was certainly a distant dream. I drew a bunny, and was the first person to use the computer to generate homework for an art class at George Fox University (well, it was a college back then, the whole art department was one professor). Eventually I got a much more interesting computer, and got Paintshop Pro, a version that is probably the equivalent to a 1950's car in comparison to what Paintshop Pro is like today...maybe a 1970's model. Below is a very badly copied version of an image I made for a rescue group. They wanted an image for on the front of a cookbook they were selling as a fund raiser. I had to do it in 3 colours, black white and brown. The original is much better quality, but this will give you an idea of what I did long ago.
Now, I have Photoshop (though not the most recent version, I refuse to convert to their subscription model) and when I was unable to work in clay and go out to do photography one day I decided to get back to drawing in photoshop. Actually, I call it painting because my method is the same as if I was doing actual painting. I have decided to do a series of animal portraits. I will show some of the progress, and explain my methods, but in this post I will just share my most recently completed painting. I know, not everyone finds a preying mantis adorable, and they certainly aren't what I would call cuddly, but they have personality for sure. Actually, I think they are rather adorable and feel as if its face (I think of it as a he) says "pet me". I have come a long way I think from having to draw pixel by pixel, or even the flat colours I used in Paintshop Pro.