Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Tuesday 21st January 2013 - A new tool!

I was fortunate enough to get a new iPad mini for Christmas (this one: http://www.apple.com/uk/ipad-mini/). I've wanted a tablet for some time, as I found myself drawing from life traditionally, and work digitally, I thought the crossover wasn't too explicit, and when I need to learn about lighting and colour harmony, life drawing in pencil doesn't help.

So I thought hey, a tablet may help with that, not that I'd ever have the spare income to splash out on one.

So I ended up with this shiny new tablet. Time to hit the app store and which.com for some reviews and programmes!

However, the new tool I got isn't the ipad, so I'll leave that there, this also isn't a review, as I have no basis of comparison for anything.

As well as drawing from life, I thought the ipad might make a good digital sketchbook - knock out the sketches digitally, upload them to my main PC, get them in photoshop, clean them up and paint them. This should increase the speed, refine my workflow and stop me from noodling away endlessly on a pencil drawing which isn't even seen when the painting is finished.

So this is the stylus I bought! There wasn't much choice for me, I wanted a Wacom one, as they're the figureheads in tablet technology, so simply, in my eyes, are the best.

Apparently this came out a year later than other "pressure sensitive" styluses? I don't really care, it's nice. It's the same shape feel and weight as my intuos tablet's stylus, and was released by a company who I'd recommend and trust.

ooo! A shiny box.

The layout is really nice. And yes. It's blue!

And this is after trying to get to grips with it for a day or so - I use it with Autodesk Sketchbook, which doesn't have Palm rejection, but does have an amazing brush engine, so it's not as brainlessly easy as a pen and paper, but does have its own set of advantages (no 'fluff', there's no pens, pencils, white-out, rubbers, sketchbook, paper... It's just Ipad, and Stylus.)

These sketches by the way? They're for the guys over at Strolen's Citadel, so, if any of you are here from there... Sneak peek!

I have yet to finish my first painting which I started on my iPad, so am eagerly anticipating that, but this was just a small update with things that are going on my end.

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