The REAL Reason I’m Addicted to Photoshop

Whether you’ve been a reader of AbbyGabs from it’s inception, or you’re new to our hallowed pages, you’ve most likely noticed an obvious theme.

I. Am. Addicted. To. Photoshop.

It’s true. I’m not afraid to make myself look ridiculous by adding a jaunty hat, a sandwich board, or a cheerful Richard Simmons. Similarly, my husband, famous movie characters, and someone’s expensive yacht are also not immune.

I’ve even started writing comic strips, illustrating them with Photoshop.

Yes, I enjoy turning on some music, firing up my computer, and magically extracting a bow tie as much as the next gal. But there’s another, underlying reason for my addiction to Photoshop. And it’s less complicated than you think.

It is simply this: I cannot draw.

Seriously. This is a picture of a straight line I drew just now. With a ruler.

I know. It’s sad.

I’ve ALWAYS wished I could draw. Creativity is my forte. I’m completely and 100% right brained. In fact, I often wonder if the left side of my brain works at all. Not being able to draw, even the silliest of things, cramps my creative style.

Here are a few examples of things I “Doodle” well.

The ever-popular girlie flower.

Block letters–it comes from being a cheerleader eons ago.
I have no idea.

Listen, I warned you.

I’ve always wanted to write a children’s book, but since I can’t draw, I’d have to rely on an illustrator. Which, until recently, would’ve been a serious pain in the arse. (Luckily, I have my dear friend, Sam, to rely on now. He’s a brilliant artist. And I know he’d work with me and all my neuroses.)

Because I doubt very seriously that when your main character looks like this:

And the author looks like this:

…most publishing companies would laugh and say, “Aren’t you cute to try and get your 7 year-old’s school project published?”

Sigh.

7 thoughts on “The REAL Reason I’m Addicted to Photoshop

  1. Kathie

    I would buy a book that looked like a 7 year old drew it, especially since I can’t draw flies if I coat myself with honey! You go Abby!

  2. Stephanie

    If it makes you feel better…it’s actually much easier to publish a picture book if you DON’T submit illustrations. Usually authors don’t get to choose their own illustrators. So that might make things easier!

    And I know that you’re a humour blogger, so I apologize for the boring and serious comment…but here’s one of my all-time favourite kids’ author’s tips on writing picture books: http://www.memfox.com/so-you-want-to-write-a-picture-book.html

    (I want to write kids’ books toooooooo!)

  3. Jenna

    Don’t poo poo the left half of your brain entirely, Missy. I happen to love your short stories, and your not-so-short ones. The left half of your brain is alive and well, it’s just too full of language to have room for pictures. It’s like Victor Hugo’s Les Mis; can you imagine such a masterpiece with illustrations? Of course not! The same goes for your brain.

  4. Abby

    Stephanie: Don’t apologize for helpful comments—especially if they help me get published! LOL My only problem with NOT providing the illustrations myself is I’m SUPER anal, and I’d be really picky about anyone they tried to hook me up with. I’d hate to get published and then have to go to jail for murdering someone less-than-compliant with my ideas!

    @ Jenna: Thank you, my dear. One day….one day soon I will be published and I will dedicate my book to Victor Hugo. đŸ™‚

  5. KLZ

    You’ve got one up on me! I can’t draw a…um, well, anything. Or use Photoshop.

    So I guess you’ve got two up on me.

  6. Abby

    Photoshop really isn’t as complicated as it seems, especially when you’re a one-trick pony, like me.

    IE: I know how to remove someone or something from its original photo and put it on another. Tada! The end. :0)

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