After taking in the tutorial, I dived right into a program that has baffled me for years: Adobe Illustrator. While listening to the Jazz trounce the Nicks, I came to realize that Illustrator really is meant for devices like my new tablet. I also realized that it really isn't all that different from many other Adobe programs I've used: you just need to find what works for you and ignore everything else.
Being that my drawing skills are suspect, at best, I decided to start with some word art:
If you don't recognize it, this is a haiku by Basho--and a rather nice one at that. I've never been a fan of my handwriting, but I actually wasn't bothered by this rendition.
Still--with a program like Illustrator, I felt compelled to do some more:
Basically this is the same file, with a fatter brush stroke. It looks like I wrote it with a Sharpie[TM].
I realize that this is not very exciting to you, but I was very pleased with the difference and how my handwriting took on a more artistic bent. I was even more pleased when I tweaked the file with this charcoal brush:
Now that's more like it.
With that, I decided to sort of emulate something Hightouch has been doing for awhile...adding text to photos. While I was doing it, however, I couldn't quite stomach just throwing text up there on a photo, so I attempted to blend the text in, as if it were in the photo originally:
I don't know Illustrator well enough yet to get it to blend the text properly, but it does give the impression that someone has vandalized the wood--sort of. I need to figure out how to blend the layers better (who knew Illustrator had layers!)
We'll see how this works out. I think blending the text in was a mistake. I should just do the layer over layer over layer thing.