I reloaded Gimp with all of its custom special effects and in my copious spare time at night I’ve been working on a simulated sketch of yours truly (Alvin Alexander).
A favorite gift from the last twelve years is the purple pencil sharpener shown at the top of this image. It may have only cost a dollar or two, but one of my sisters and her daughters gave it to me when I saw them right before I moved to Alaska, and it’s been with me ever since. I especially like it at times like this, when I’m editing a new book.
My red pencil is one of my favorite possessions. When I get it out it means that I’ve just edited a print version of something and now it’s time to type up the corrections. It also means that I’m getting close to releasing a final version of whatever book I’m working on, which is also a good thing.
A website named wallpaper.com has a good interview with Jonathan Ive about the new Apple Pencil and iPad Pro. For quite a while now there has been no need to upgrade an iPad, but this makes it a little more compelling, especially for people who like (or need) to draw.
It's embarrassing to say how long I've been using GIMP without knowing how to draw a straight line, but ... skipping that story ... here's a quick tutorial on how to draw a straight line with GIMP.
GIMP straight line: Step 1
Step 1 in the process is to have an image you want to draw a straight line on. I'll assume you have a practical image you're working with, but for my purposes, I'll be drawing a straight line in black, on a white canvas. Here's my white canvas: