Can you use photoshop?

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I often get a lot of questions about whether or not I "make" my illustrations in Adobe Photoshop. Although I totally understand the question, since a lot of my work is now digitally finished, I think it misses the mark a little bit. There's a better way to ask the same thing in a more productive manner for both parties.  On the left [above] is the original hand-drawn illustration of mine and on the right is the finished result. I used a sharpie to draw every line, and then scanned the image to my computer.  As you can see by the line work, everything is exactly the same bar the colours of course. The effort is in the line work done by hand, not the digitally finished version. So here, I didn't make anything in illustrator, I simply added colours to the already striking artwork (yes I just complimented my own work, roll with me). Long before I used illustrator to finish off my work, I was handy with some markers , stitching (seen here), ball point pens, and watercolour. Programs can certainly be the sole objective for some artists, but a lot of the time, the end artwork is a result of more than just what program the artist used. I'm often left stumped when someone thinks that knowing a program is the end all be all of creativity. Two people can hold a paintbrush, with one knowing how to hold the brush in the best way to yield beautiful concept-driven results, whilst the other struggles with what to paint entirely. It's about the person, not the tool. Because all these programs are just that, tools. Tools that need a mind, and a body to work it. It's the same thing as only asking a pretty good photographer what camera they use. It dismisses the work process they've undergone, when they've probably had to think about composition, lenses, lighting, study years for it etc. So maybe instead of asking what program someone uses next time — ask them what their processes are, how they came to that concept, what other tools they like to use, how this tool engages with their talents specifically. These might be tedious questions, but I'm sure that you and the enquired will get a whole lot more from it.