Published 4th January, 2022
My full name is Simon Sterling Rollins. Most people call me Simon. I was born in July 2005 in the state of Georgia. I’m autistic. I’m still in high school, but during my free time I draw artworks to share with the world.
Right now, I am trying to improve my work. In 2019 I was gifted a Wacom tablet for Christmas, and I’ve gotten better with every sketch. So, I’m not exactly a pro, yet, but it never hurts to try every time.
I draw family-friendly animal-like pictures, with lore behind every picture. I like to tell stories about my characters, and that’s what makes “Duncan: The Culture” so interesting. The story is so rich.
As a kid, I was inspired by two very popular artists named Lincoln Peirce and Dav Pilkey.
Lincoln Peirce created the Big Nate series, a comic book I loved to read because of the story. It taught me about being friends to one another and learning through the harsh parts of being a student in school.
Dav Pilkey created the Dog Man series. It told the story of a police dog who was given a gift of human characteristics after losing his partner in an accident. It taught me how to be brave and to support people even if I didn’t know them.
I wanted to merge those two stories into one, so that’s what I did. It may not be the same, but it can teach us more than just being brave or a friend to strangers.
I started my life as an artist on paper. Though it was hard doing that since I would get sweaty palms, scratch marks, and some unknown mechanical pencil lead stuck in the skin of my fingers.
So, when I got my computer a few years ago, the first thing I did was draw using Microsoft Paint. I didn’t know about Krita at this time since I was very young and not good at complicated programming.
I don’t have to face the consequences of drawing. I don’t have to buy a lot of paper packs and pencils, I don’t have to leave special drawings lying around for them to be stepped on and crumpled up by accident, and I don’t have to move everything around in a full space to store my drawings.
But with digital painting, you can save the drawing for later and store it with just a click. It was that easy!
When I got bored with Microsoft Paint and other third-party programs that ran through Adobe Flash (RIP) or HTML 5, I wanted to do something different. So, I went to my search provider and typed up the best drawing programs that you can find.
The list showed mostly pay-to-use programs such as Photoshop and Procreate. But then I found this one free program on the list called Krita. It was reviewed as easy to use, easy to navigate, and had a wonderful community. So, I chose Krita after reading the review, and I never said the choice was a mistake. It was a gift.
At first, it wasn’t easy. But since it let me customize everything to my will, I got used to it very quickly.
It has vibrant colors to choose from and has a wonderful compatibility with third-party brushes and tools. The program even recognized my new Wacom tablet that I plugged in!
At the moment, the program runs perfectly. But there are a few crashes and bugs here and there. That’s what bothers me. But with every release, the developers fix it in a jam. So delightful!
I’m not sure. I guess I would just say it’s better than Microsoft Paint.
I think my best bet would be “Duncan Loves Laina”.
It shows how much Duncan loves his best friend Laina, even if she’s an adult and much taller than him.
I sketched the picture first, then outlined it with ink brushes. Then I drew a layer underneath the outline and colored it in. Once that was done, I enabled “Preserve Opacity” and colored the outline to fit the layer beneath and shaded the layer beneath with a soft brush.
I’m glad you asked. You can check my portfolio at Krita Artists, or go to my website at https://
I would just want to thank everyone in the Krita community for making my dream a reality. You are all so gracious!
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