Sunday Confessional: learning curve

Historically, technology and I have maintained an uneasy relationship that borders on adversarial. Which is why it was quite a shock when last December, I spontaneously decided to purchase a drawing tablet which would require learning new software.

Big surprise, I became discouraged fairly quickly. Because not only was it all new to me, I was trying to learn while dealing with vision issues. Rather than push on through, I set aside the whole endeavor until this past week.

Unfortunately, the learning curve hadn’t magically disappeared. I found many YouTube tutorials on various aspects of Krita (free, open source software) and began learning things. A few things. I called upon Zippy to watch the one on removing backgrounds from images and we worked together to figure it out. It was a boost to my self-esteem to find out he also struggled to understand just what in the hell was involved in the process. Still, at the end of yesterday’s session I was exhausted and demoralized: all those hours and I still didn’t really know how to do what I wanted.

Today, I had an epiphany. Rather than view Krita as a problem to be conquered, I switched my perspective. Krita and I were allies! Krita was there to help me bring my creative visions to life! I won’t lie . . . I still felt discouraged at times today, but I also relaxed into the process. And now I’m proud to present my very first creation:

The Halcyon image is from footiechic on Pixabay and I hope that stunning bird is happy in the little setting I created. I’m grateful for it’s presence.

9 thoughts on “Sunday Confessional: learning curve

  1. To be fair, I would say I’m pretty tech-competent, but that means total zero when it comes to understanding specific equipments like drawing tablets and softwares, so I’d say that you’re not alone. Heck, I haven’t even fully learned Scrivener yet, and writing softwares are supposed to be easier to deal with, lol. Wishing you all the best with your learning journey!

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    • I appreciate the software-solidarity, Stuart! I’m someone who learns basics and is happy with that foundation, which is how I’ve used Scrivener. This software is a whole new experience. But I’m slowly finding my way.,

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