A few years ago, some friends from Disney (Disney Consumer Products and Publishing) gave me some art brushes to use. I just got around to taking them out for a spin. Yeah, I paint like a neanderthal. It's going to take some time getting used to digital painting; (that is, to feel comfortable painting and comfort will turn into confidence); maybe I can sneak in some exercises next year. There are a lot of things I can do with traditional paints that I can't do in digital (at least not yet), but I am enjoying the effects of some of the most unlikeliest of brushes (digitally). And you just can't beat the vibrancy of the digital palette or the ease in which you can work. If I paint traditionally, I know I have to have at least 20 to 30 minutes space of time to work, plus 5-10 mins of setting up, mixing a palette, taping off the edges, etc. I love being able to jump right into the digital painting and not worrying about all that. As it is, I've had a good amount of work from Disney and sometimes have managed to sneak in 5-10 mins on this during a lunch break or before going to bed.
Good news is that my internet has been working consistently again; altho I don't know why. But I'll take it. Merry Christmas to all of you working hard creatives, talk to you again in the New Year.