Wacom eStore - official Onlinestore Wacom InfoChannel http://eu.shop.wacom.eu/wacom-infochannel?p=4 2017-09-22T04:48:21Z Tutorials | ZBrushCore Tutorial with Steve James - Part 2, Eyes http://eu.shop.wacom.eu/detail/index/sArticle/1072/sCategory/2213303 Professional 3D artist Steve James, from Pixologic, will take you through the steps of sculpting a head using ZBrushCore in this video tutorial series.

ZBrushCore Video Tutorial Series with Steve James

Professional 3D artist Steve James, from Pixologic, recorded these amazing video tutorials to show you how to sculpt a head using ZBrushCore. He will go through the benefits of integrating 3D into his workflow and breaks down the steps he will be showing you in this series.

This series has 6 parts and in this second part, you will create the eyes. While sculpting, Steve uses a tool which makes ZBrush special, called DynaMesh. Keep this in mind, because you will be using it a lot ;).

Part 2, Eyes

We will first show you the video for context. The steps are written out below the video. 

 

Let´s start detailing the base Mesh, by sculpting the eyes. To give a guide while sculpting the eyelids, insert the eyeball first.

Eyelids

1. Select the Insert Mesh brush.

2. Select M on the keyboard and make sure the sphere is selected.

3. Where the eye would go, drag down and pull down until it is about the size of an eyeball.
ZBrush will automatically mask the base Mesh.

4. Select W on the keyboard, to select the move tool.
Starting with the eye, draw out the move tool. With the center circle on the line, pull the eyeball back.

5. Rotate the head to the front view. Draw out the line again from the center of the eye. Use the center circle to move the eye into position.

6. Hold on Ctrl + Shift and click on the sphere. This will hide the base Mesh.

7. In the tools menu, open the sub-tool pallet. In the split sub-menu, push the "Split Hidden" button. This will seperate the eyeball from the base Mesh.
Then in the list of sub-tools, click on the base Mesh and continue working on that.

8. Use the solo button or the keyboard shortcut "Alt + X" to hide the eyes.

Eye sockets

9. Hold down Ctrl and draw a mask where the eyes will go. Tapping in the middle, will soften the mask.

10. Select the Inflate brush and create a buldge where the eyes go. Then hold down shift to smooth it out.

11. Hold down Ctrl and draw a mask to roughly define where the eyelids go.
Ctrl tap on the canvas to invert the mask.

12. Select the Inflate brush. Hold down Alt and push the Mesh in to define the eye socket.

13. To the side of the model, hold down Ctrl and drag a rectangle. Once to clear the mask and again to DynaMesh the model.

Defining eyelids

14. Select the Damnien standard or Dam Standard bush.
Then sculpt the upper and lower eyelids and a slight indentation above the eye.

15. Hold down Shift to smooth this area. Do this a few times to build up the form. Sculpt a little, smooth a little.

16. Use the Move brush to help shape the eye. Pull in the corner and also on the edge.
From the side, the eye will look like a wedge shape. From the front, move the Mesh around into an eye shape.

17. To clean things up, open the geometry pallet and push the Clay Polish button.

19. Increase the resolution of the DynaMesh slightly. Open the DynaMesh sub-menu and move the slider to about 150.

20. Ctrl drag to DynaMesh the model again. And select the Dam standard brush to sculpt the eyelids more.

21. You can polish the Mesh each time you DynaMesh, by pushing the Polish button in the DynaMesh sub-menu.

22. Check above and below the model to make sure that the lids follow the eyelid´s shape. If needed, use the Move brush to pull them back into position.

Eye creases

23. Use the Dam standard brush to make a slight crease above the eye.

24. Using the same brush, define the shape of the brow. Carefully sculpt the brow ridge and also the crease below.

25. Use DynaMesh with polish on, to clean up those edges.

26. Finally use the Move brush to make any tweaks.

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Wacom Artist Spotlight | Caricature Artist Malcolm Rebello http://eu.shop.wacom.eu/wacom-infochannel/wacom-artist-spotlight-caricature-artist-malcolm-rebello/1071?c=2213303 We at Wacom value our community and the artists who use our products. So it seems only natural that we would feature you guys to thank you for all your love and support! This month Wacom features Malcolm Rebello, a Goa based very talented Caricature artist.

Wacom Artist Spotlight - Caricature Artist Malcolm Rebello

We at Wacom value our community and the artists who use our products. So it seems only natural that we would feature you guys to thank you for all your love and support!

This month Wacom features Malcolm Rebello, a Goa based very talented illustrator and  a caricature artist.

Malcolm writes:

“Born and brought up in India’s smallest state, Goa. I've graduated from Goa College of Art, specializing in Illustration, holder of ‘Historian Vinayak Narayan Dhume memorial award’ and a merit gold medal for illustration in 2013. I was a part of a team of caricature artists to make caricatures of Goan ‘Tiatr’ actors & singers for International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in 2012. Won state level poster competition in 2008. Got featured in POOL magazine (2016), The Goan Newspaper (2015), The Goan weekly (2013). I was a part of a team of designers for Taxi Fabric, Mumbai (2016). I was a part of 3 professional group exhibitions. Co-founded an online Design store for Goa called icescrewd.com in 2015, where t-shirts, badges, lamp shades, vinyl and framed caricatures are up for sale.

I have been freelancing for people, organizations, design labels, event companies for more than 10 years and currently working for Cognizant Technology Solutions, Pune. I have been experimenting in both Digital and Traditional hand drawn media. To name a few of my ongoing self funded projects are:'Book of spells' Its a series of hand painted surreal artworks. 'Spiral Diary of Faces' is a series of pencil caricatures done of the people around me. I'm mostly known for my Digital caricatures, and my works are bought by many known faces, including Sanjay Dutt (Bollywood Celebrity).

Other than art, I keep my self preoccupied playing for an Indie-pop band in Pune.My Father bought me a Wacom Bamboo tablet in 2011 and since then I have been experimenting digitally, doing caricatures, posters, doodles, animations etc. It gave me extreme freedom to get the traditional drawing feel on a digital platform and I use it till date.  I use Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, After effects, Premier, Flash.

I have tried Wacom Intuos and Cintiq 27" and its amazing to see the endless possibilities in digital art. My honest observation is that the only thing that makes professionals go for a different brand is because Wacom Tablet price ranges are on the costlier side than their competitors, but as far as quality and trust is concerned Wacom is right on top, and is used by almost every art professional.” 

If you’d like to see more of his work you can visit his online pages below:
Behance
MyArtFolio
Instagram
Facebook

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Tue, 08 Nov 2016 21:24:57 +100
Product Launch | Create Directly on Screen With Our Most Natural Pen Experien... http://eu.shop.wacom.eu/wacom-infochannel/product-launch-create-directly-on-screen-with-our-most-natural-pen-experience-ever/1070?c=2213303 For professional artists and designers who want to add a world-class pen-on-screen creative experience to their Mac or PC, Wacom Cintiq Pro offers Wacom’s most powerful array of capabilities in a creative pen display.

Create directly on screen with our most natural pen experience ever

For professional artists and designers who want to add a world-class pen-on-screen creative experience to their Mac or PC, Wacom Cintiq Pro offers Wacom’s most powerful array of capabilities in a creative pen display. Featuring the Wacom Pro Pen 2 with 4x increased pen accuracy and pressure sensitivity (compared with Wacom Pro Pen), high display resolution and color performance, and multi-touch control.

Both the Wacom Cintiq Pro 13 (13.3” display) and the Wacom Cintiq Pro 16 (15.6” display) also feature a beautiful new design with an etched-glass screen and an integrated stand for working at an inclined angle. Wacom Cintiq Pro works with your favorite 2D and 3D creative software to give you the authentic feel, accuracy and control to create anything that you can imagine.

We'll be updating everyone with pricing and availability soon. You can sign up to get notified right away, right here.

Your partner in breakthrough creativity

With years of experience developing and innovating creative pen displays for professional art and design, Wacom developed the Wacom Cintiq Pro to inspire and support artists as they strive to do their very best work.  

The new Wacom Pro Pen 2 gives you Wacom’s most accurate and advanced pen performancewith 4x higher pen accuracy and pressure sensitivity, outstanding pen-tilt response and virtually lag-free tracking. The feel of using the pen on the etched-glass screen provides an authentic drawing experience and exceptional control for creative work. The new displays let you see your artwork in perfect detail with up to 4K resolution and exceptionally high 94% Adobe RGB color performance.

Intuitive multi-touch gestures speed your workflow, letting you zoom, pan and navigate with a sweep of your fingers.  You can also customize your workflow with programmable on-screen Radial Menus, and pen side switches or you can add the ExpressKey™ Remote (sold separately) for additional shortcut keys and navigational controls.

Cintiq Pro is also integrated into your workflow using other Wacom products, software and services. Download the Inkspace™ application to benefit from valuable services such as Wacom Echo to protect your precious creative work from loss by automatically storing a back-up in the Wacom Cloud.

The Cintiq that’s right for you  

Both sizes of Cintiq Pro are designed specifically for the needs of creative users. Choose the larger Cintiq Pro 16 for additional space to work and higher resolution and color performance, or the more compact Cintiq Pro 13 that blends performance with easy portability - from computer to computer or place to place.

Wacom Cintiq Pro is flexible and has valuable accessory options (sold separately) to customize it for your unique creative needs. The Wacom Color Manager helps you calibrate your display for use in color critical workflows. The Wacom Stand provides two additional working angles and folds flat for easy transport. The Wacom ExpressKey™ Remote puts precious time-saving shortcuts atyour fingertips.

Experience the joy of creating with the new Wacom Cintiq Pro!

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Thu, 03 Nov 2016 02:15:35 +100
Mikiko´s infographic for our new Bamboo Slate http://eu.shop.wacom.eu/wacom-infochannel/mikikos-infographic-for-our-new-bamboo-slate/1069?c=2213303 Mikiko Ponczeck - manga-ka, teacher and illustrator - recently got one of our Bamboo Slate smartpads and wants to show you how it improves her creative process.

Mikiko´s infographic for our new Bamboo Slate

Mikiko Ponczeck - manga-ka, teacher and illustrator - recently got one of our Bamboo Slate smartpads and wants to show you how it improves her creative workflow.

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Thu, 20 Oct 2016 19:12:56 +100
Tutorials | ZBrushCore Tutorial with Steve James - Part 1, Base http://eu.shop.wacom.eu/detail/index/sArticle/1068/sCategory/2213303 Professional 3D artist Steve James, from Pixologic, will take you through the steps of sculpting a head using ZBrushCore in this video tutorial series.

ZBrushCore Video Tutorial Series with Steve James

Professional 3D artist Steve James, from Pixologic, recorded these amazing video tutorials to show you how to sculpt a head using ZBrushCore. He will go through the benefits of integrating 3D into his workflow and breaks down the steps he will be showing you in this series.

This series has 6 parts and in this first part, you will start off by creating a base. Into that base you´ll sculpt the eyes, nose, ear, mouth, hair and finally color our character using PolyPaint. While sculpting, Steve uses a tool which makes ZBrush special, called DynaMesh. Keep this in mind, because you will be using it a lot ;).

Part 1, Base

We will first show you the video for context. The steps are written out below the video. 

Dynamesh

1. Turn on the wire frame to see that this sphere is composed of a Mesh.

2. Take the Move tool and pull on the Mesh. Notice that the pulled out part is more stretched out than the rest of the sphere. Use DynaMesh to fix this stretched out part.

3. Hold down Ctrl and drag a rectangle to the side of the model.

Notice how ZBrush has recalculated and the sphere has even spacing again. We will be doing this a lot, while sculpting. And don´t worry about the underlying Mesh. When using DynaMesh, ZBrush is taking care of the spacing for you.

Head

4. Just like in working with clay, you start with big shapes before focussing on the details. So start with the default DynaMesh sphere. This will be the head.

5. Select the Move brush and hit S on the keyboard to increase the brush size.

6. Pull the sphere into the shape of a skull. Narrow on the sides. Since this is going to be a female, make the jaw more narrow at the bottom. 

Eyes

7. To create the eye sockets, select the Inflate brush. Use the S key to change the size of the brush. Hold down Alt to make the Inflate brush push in. 

8. Use the Smooth brush by holding down Shift. Smooth out the sides and the bottom.

9. Turn the model to the side and select the Move brush. Pull the eyesocket back a little and smooth out the brow.

Mouth

10. Now let´s make the mouth cavity. Hold down Ctrl and draw out an oval mask for the mouth. While holding down Ctrl, tap on the canvas to invert the mask. 

11. Resize the brush and select the Inflate brush. Hold down the Alt key and push in a cavity for the mouth. 

12. Hold down the Ctrl key and drag a rectangle outside of the model, this will clear the mask. 
If you do it again, it will DynaMesh the model.

13. Hold down the Shift key and smooth out the mouth. 

14. Select Inflate and make the cavity a little bigger. Close the mouth just a little. 

15. Select the Move Brush and pull the top lip down and the bottom lip up.

Neck & shoulders

16. Now let´s contruct the body. 
Turn the sphere so you see the bottom of the head. Draw a circle at the bottom of the head. This is where we´ll extract the neck.

17. Hold down Ctrl and tap on the canvas to invert the mask.

18. Select the Move Brush, click S to resize and pull the neck from the bottom of the head. Use the Move brush to shape it like you want.

19. When ready, Ctrl drag off of the model and do it again to DynaMesh the Mesh.

20. Hold down Shift to smooth it all out.

21. Hold down Ctrl and mask the bottom of the neck. Invert the mask by holding down Ctrl and tapping on the canvas.

22. Then select the Move brush and pull the body out from the neck.

23. The geometry gets a little rough, so use DynaMesh to smooth the object.

24. And the body is looking a little thin. So select the Inflate brush to add volume to the body.

25. Lastly use the Move brush to pull the body into shape.

Ear

26. Next, mask out an ear shape on the side of the head. Hold down Ctrl and tap the canvas to invert the mask.

27. Use the rotation tool to pull out the ear like a hinch.

28. Tap R on the keyboard and draw out a line, starting at the base of the ear. Grab the last yellow dot in the circle and pull down. This should extract the ear like a hinch.

29. DynaMesh the object and pull the ear into shape. It does not need to be perfect just yet.

Nose

30. For the nose, hold down Ctrl and draw a mask in a line where the nose would be. Ctrl tap on the canvas to invert the mask.

31. Select the Move brush and pull the nose from the head. Then use the Move brush to pull it around and DynaMesh as needed.

Tune major features

At this point, you can move around the major features. And get a good feel of your character before starting with the detailed sculpting.

32. Use the Move brush to pull the mouth out slightly and move the eye sockets around.

33. Smooth and dynaMesh the object as needed.

34. Bring the shoulders down and reshape the neck. Use the Inflate brush to give a more volume to the shoulders.

35. To wrap up the base Mesh narrow the head slightly, pull out the chin and fix the ear.

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Fri, 14 Oct 2016 13:31:26 +100
Tips & Tricks | How to Sculpt Hair or Fur in ZBrush http://eu.shop.wacom.eu/wacom-infochannel/tips-und-tricks-how-to-sculpt-hair-or-fur-in-zbrush/1067?c=2213303 When sculpting hair, many people will choose to use alphas. But the professor of Game Development recommends doing it manually, as it won’t have the same values and therefore be more realistic.

How to Sculpt Hair or Fur in ZBrush

Insun Kwon is Professor of Game Development at Savannah College of Art and Design in San Francisco. In the video below he is teaching us one way of sculpting hair or fur strands in ZBrush.

When sculpting hair, many people will choose to use alphas. But the professor of Game Development recommends doing it manually, as it won’t have the same values and therefore be more realistic and appealing to the audience. Using the masking tool and a selection of brushes, Kwon shows us how he designs a fur string on a rabbit.

Watch the video below for more.

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Fri, 14 Oct 2016 13:08:56 +100
Digital Designers Flock to Wacom’s London Design Festival Event http://eu.shop.wacom.eu/wacom-infochannel/digital-designers-flock-to-wacoms-london-design-festival-event/1066?c=2213303 How does a 3D designer to the stars spend his working days? And how do you go from being an upstart CAD addict to working on the likes of the Dungeons and Dragons 2 movie and high profile Nike ads? Wacom hosted a night with renowned 3D modeller and digital sculptor, Glen South...

Digital Designers Flock to Wacom’s London Design Festival Event

An evening with Glen Southern, Wacom Evangelist for UK and Ireland.

How does a 3D designer to the stars spend his working days? And how do you go from being an upstart CAD addict to working on the likes of the Dungeons and Dragons 2 movie and high profile Nike ads? Wacom hosted a night with renowned 3D modeler and digital sculptor, Glen Southern, who was able to tell all.

An audience of industry peers filled the room at the Victoria and Albert Museum for a memorable event held as part of London’s prestigious Design Festival. Attendees from various sectors including 3D design, CG and gaming were on hand to hear the fascinating talk given by Glen. And with his broad expertise spanning physical and digital sculpture, there was something for everyone as Glen shared his business insight.

Among the topics of discussion was the history of digital sculpture. Glen covered the evolution of his art form from the 1990s to the present day. He talked about the early days of the design software ZBrush and how digital sculpting has changed since then. He then showcased some of his own work from ITV’s Frankenstein Chronicles, Penny Dreadful and the Last Day on Mars. Even the uninitiated in the room were familiar with the various steps of 3D sculpting aliens and monsters by the end of the evening.

But just as interesting as the 3D creations was Glen’s personal story. Starting out his career as a CAD designer, Glen followed up with training in commercial graphics/print, but then left the industry to gain a business degree. With training and development experience securely under his designer belt, Glen went on to found Southern GFX and has since then worked with some of the most talented people in the industry. 

Currently, he works for clients across a broad range of industries with the bulk of his work in broadcast television and advertising. His work has been widely acknowledged by clients and peers, including Star Wars Director JJ Abrahams who commended him on his artistic skills. 

As part of the evening, Glen shared his top tips for budding designers in the room wanting to replicate his success: 
Learn anatomy. Human and animal
Take life classes when you can (sculpting and drawing)
Love your topology (edge loops, quads vs ngons etc.)
Research the job you want to do and find out who is the best
Don’t get hung up on which software to learn

After Glen’s talk, the event continued to buzz, with digital designers trying Wacom’s Test and Learn stations, featuring the new Intuos 3D

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Wed, 12 Oct 2016 15:05:14 +100
WacomŽ MobileStudio Pro™ – Freedom to Create Anywhere http://eu.shop.wacom.eu/wacom-infochannel/wacom-mobilestudio-pro-freedom-to-create-anywhere-/1065?c=2213303 Today we introduce the Wacom MobileStudio Pro for on-the-go professional creators of digital content seeking the freedom to take their studio with them wherever and whenever they go.

Wacom® MobileStudio Pro™ – Freedom to Create Anywhere 

Are you ready?! We listened and we finally give you our new, lightweight, mobile computer. It has a reinvented pen experience, powerful creative tools including a 3-D camera and the ability to run full versions of software, giving professional 2-D, 3-D and CAD artists and designers the freedom to create anywhere!

Today we introduce the Wacom MobileStudio Pro for busy, on-the-go professional creators of digital content seeking the freedom to take their studio with them wherever and whenever they go.

Designed specifically for the creative professional

The Wacom MobileStudio Pro provides unparalleled feel and accuracy to any creative session and users will delight in the results they achieve. Featuring the newly-designed Wacom Pro Pen 2, with 4x higher pen accuracy and pressure sensitivity than the company’s previous professional pen, enhanced resolution, leading-edge graphics, excellent color performance, 3-D camera and other innovations, Wacom MobileStudio Pro is the ultimate creative tool for today’s serious 2-D, 3-D and CAD artists and designers. 

We have developed a family of 13.3" and 15.6" MobileStudio Pro computers to fit virtually every professional’s creative computer and budgetary needs. There are six configurations to choose from. Four 13.3" models combine maximum mobility with high performance and color accuracy and two 15.6" models deliver a larger work area, 4K resolution, high color performance as well as superior NVIDIA® Quadro® graphics. Bundled with Windows® 10, MobileStudio Pro has the power professional creatives need to run industry-standard applications such as Photoshop® and Illustrator® as well as demanding 3-D creative software applications. 

New Pen Technology

MobileStudio Pro is the first product to offer Wacom’s latest pen technology, the Pro Pen 2. Delivering 4x greater accuracy and pressure sensitivity than the previous Pro Pen, Wacom continues to focus on pen performance and creating an intuitive experience that is free-flowing and transcends the digital divide. Users will also discover virtually lag-free tracking which helps one find that creative groove faster and maintain focus for longer periods of time. "Wacom revolutionized pen input over 30 years ago when it introduced the first pressure-sensitive pen and we continue to provide the ultimate design and creative experience for our customers," states Neumann. "Whether doing straight 2-D illustration or sculpting a 3-D model, we are confident that MobileStudio Pro users will find the new digital pen to feel closer to traditional media as ever before." 

3-D Ready

Industrial designers, engineers and 3-D modelers will find a host of features in the Wacom MobileStudio Pro that will make their workflow more efficient and their productivity higher. While individual models of Wacom MobileStudio Pro vary, all come with powerful Intel® processors and memory and storage configurations, ranging from 64GB up to 512GB. NVIDIA Quadro graphics on the 15.6” model of Wacom MobileStudio Pro help speed computer-generated imagery and digital content creation and bring it to life. "The NVIDIA Quadro M1000M platform delivers great performance to tablets,” says Serge Palaric, Senior Director of Embedded & OEMs for the Europe, Middle East and Africa region at Ncamera. You can bring your scan into a software application like ZBrush® or Fusion 360® and build a 3-D model from there.VIDIA. “Paired with the Wacom Pro Pen 2, the Wacom MobileStudio Pro is the ideal platform for designers, engineers, artists and creatives who need desktop-level performance on the go." 

Additionally, for users wanting to capture 3-D scans as a start to their development process, select models of Wacom MobileStudio Pro include the Intel® 3-D RealSense™.

Enhanced Workflow

A number of time-saving productivity features were added to accelerate the creative  workflow, including: ExpressKeys™, Touch Ring and convenient buttons on the pen which allow users to quickly and easily set-up one touch short cuts.  Also, the optional Wacom Link technology enables users to attach Wacom MobileStudio Pro to any Mac or PC and use it as a standard Cintiq display – a great feature for Mac owners who prefer to work on the Mac OS® in their studios. "The Wacom MobileStudio Pro is amazing and a huge leap forward from the first Cintiq Companion I have," says Glen Southern of SouthernGFX in London, United Kingdom. "Cinema 4D®, Maya® and ZBrush all feel fantastic on Wacom’s latest mobile device and the pen experience, screen, speed and design are just great."

Configurations and Availability

 Wacom MobileStudio Pro 13: four models come with an IPS high-brightness panel, 2.5K (WQHD) resolution and 96% Adobe RGB. Customer options are defined by Solid State Drive (SSD) size – 64GB, 128GB, 256GB and 512GB. 

 Wacom MobileStudio Pro 16: two models are fit with an IPS high-brightness panel, 4K (UHD) resolution and 94% Adobe RGB. There’s a 256GB with NVIDIA Quadro M600M with 2GB VRAM and 512GBwith NVIDIA Quadro M1000M with 4GB VRAM. 

The 3-D camera is available on both models of the Wacom MobileStudio Pro 16 and on the 13 model’s 512GB version.

Configuration SRP USD,
price excl. VAT
SRP EUR,
price incl. VAT
SRP GBP,
price incl. VAT
MobileStudio Pro 13" Value 64GB 1,499.95 1,599.90 1,399.99
MobileStudio Pro 13" Entry 128GB 1,799.95 1,899.90 1,649.99
MobileStudio Pro 13" Standard 256GB 1,999.95 1,999.90 1,799.99
MobileStudio Pro 13" Enhance 512GB 2,499.95 2,699.90 2,299.99
MobileStudio Pro 16" Standard 256GB 2,399.95 2,599.90 2,199.99
MobileStudio Pro 16" Enhanced 512 GB 2,999.95 3,199.90 2,749.99

Wacom MobileStudio Pro is expected to be available online and at select retail locations in late November.

Product trailer:

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Tue, 04 Oct 2016 22:39:12 +100
Character Design Tutorial by Miranda Yeo http://eu.shop.wacom.eu/wacom-infochannel/character-design-tutorial-by-miranda-yeo/1064?c=2213303 Read the step by step guide below and watch the walkthrough videos to quickly better your skills in sketching, refining, lining, colour and adding the perfect finishing touches.

Character Design Tutorial by Miranda Yeo

Some time ago we asked our community through social media polls what they would like to learn from the pros and the answer was crystal clear! Now, character designer and illustrator Miranda Yeo offered to create a five part tutorial series specially for us!

Read the step by step guide below and watch the walkthrough videos to quickly better your skills in sketching, refining, lining, coloring and adding the perfect finishing touches.

We hope you enjoy it!

Part 1 - Sketches

• Start off with a 4000x400px canvas. You can always size up or down at any time later.
• Then create a new layer.
• Sketch out some rough ideas.
• If you´re not sure what pose you want to work with, we recommend to come up with a bunch of different poses, and choose your favourite.
• Try to keep the sketches loose, you can work out the details once you settle on a specific sketch.

TIPS:

- Work with the Navigator open. It allows you to see your entire canvas even while you´re zoomed in. To enable it, Window -> Navigator.
- To move quickly around the canvas, hold down the space bar and click and drag.

You can watch the walkthrough video here.

Now it´s time to choose a sketch and work on refining it!

Part 2 - Refining

• Before we get started, now might be a good time to look at the key bindings.
• You can set different actions to whatever keyboard key you want. For example: set Flip Canvas to CTRL + W so you can easily check whether your art looks as disired when mirrored.
• You can change up your key bindings at any time once you get more comfortable.
• Lower the opacity on the sketch layer so that you can draw on top.
• Create a new layer.
• When refining a sketch, try to keep the original idea in tact while working out the details.
• Try to keep these sketches fairly loose so that when it´s time to trace the lines, it won´t be so stiff.
• You can use the Lasso Tool to grab parts of the sketch and CTRL+X to delete them.

About the Cintiq Companion 2

To create this tutorial series, Miranda worked on our Cintiq Companion 2. She mentions: "You can draw anywhere with it since it is it´s own little computer. When I´m not at my desk using a desktop, I have the Cintiq Companion express keys set to: Undo (CTRL+Z), Select All (CTRL+A), Cut (CTRL+X)."

TIPS:

While drawing, flip the canvas regularly to make sure the art looks good even when mirrored.

You can watch the tutorial video here.

Now it is time to start lining!

Part 3 - Lining

• Lower the opacity of your sketch layer and create a new layer for the line art.
• Erase and redraw lines as many times as needed before getting something you´re happy with. It helps to use the shortcut Undo (CTRL+Z) for this.
• Lining is usually one of the longest steps because of all the drawing, but can be very enjoyable and relaxing.
• When doing long sweeping lines, it´s usually best to do this while zoomed out.
• Create a new layer for adding accessories like a flower headpiece, so that it will be easier to erase the hair lines underneath. You can use this method with any lines that will interfere with other lines.
• We recommend to merge the two line layers together, but you can keep them seperated if you prefer.To merge a layer with the one below it, use CTRL + E.
• To finish up, now is a good time to name your layers.
• And since we no longer need the rough sketch layer, you can delete it.

TIPS:

- Erase and redraw lines as many times as needed.
- Create multiple strokes. For example: one stroke for the forehead and another for the nose. Then erase the tail in the middle. This method can work better than trying to do it all in one single stroke.
- It helps to use Undo (CTRL + Z) until you get that perfect line.
- Zoom out when doing long sweeping lines.

Now it is time to add colour!

You can watch the walkthrough video here.

Part 4 - Colour

• To put down your base colour, use the Magic Wand Tool to select the area outside of your lines.
• Use Select > Inverse so that the area inside your lines is now selected.
• Create a new layer. Place this layer below your line layer.
• On this base colour layer, click "Lock Transparant Pixels"Now you´ll only be able to colour on top of your base colour.
• Her sleeves are going to be transparant, so let´s make a new layer for them.
• Set the layer mode to Lighten so that her arms are visible under the sleeves.
• Use the Lasso Tool to select the hair. Fill in this area using the Paint Bucket.
• Press CTRL + U for th Hue/ Saturation adjuster.You can use this tool to quickly see different colour combinations.
• To add shadows, create a new layer above your base colour layer.Right Click on this layer, and "Create Clipping Mask"
• Now you´ll be working on a new layer but only colouring on top of your original base layer.
• To keep things simple, you can use magenta for the shadows.This one colour will affect the entire colour layer beneath, rather than shading each area with it´s own shadow colour.Red works well with warmer toned colours and Blues work well with cooler tones.
• Once you have your shadows down, set a layer to Multiply and adjust the opacity.
• You can use the same technique for adding highlights. Created a new layer and choose yellow as the highlight.
• Set this layer to Overlay.
• Lock the "Transparant Pixels" on the line layer and then change the colour from black to something a bit lighter.
• To finish up, add some sparkles on a new layer.
• Then add a blur effect to the sparkles by going to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur.

TIPS:

- Use the Hue/ Saturation Tool to quickly see different colour combinations. You can activate it by pressing CTRL + U.
- To keep it simple when adding shadows and highlights, create a new layer above your base colour layer > right Click on this layer and "Create Clipping Mask". Now you´ll be working on a new layer but only colouring on top of your original base layer. 
For shadows: red works well with warmer toned colours and blues work well with cooler tones. For highlighs you can use a yellow colour.

Now for some final adjustments, and then we´re done.

You can watch the walkthrough video here.

Part 5 - Finishing Touches

• To add a gradient effect, create a new layer and place it above your colour layers.Keep it within your "Clipping Mask" chain.
• Left Click and hold while using the Paint Bucket tool.This will allow you to switch to the Gradient Tool.
• Switch the preset from "Foreground to Background" to "Foreground to Transparent". This allows you to create a "Colour to Transparent" gradient over your image.
• Play with the different Layer Modes until you find an effect you are happy with.
• You can use Lighten and you can adjust the Opacity to make the effect more subtle.
• Now, add a grainy texture effect by adding a Noise Filter to a solid colour layer.
• Again, adjust the Layer Mode and Opacity as desired.This creates a subtle grainy look.
• Lastly, create a white outline around the line art.
• And create a new layer below all of the other layers. 
• Then change your brush to whatever colour you´d like the outline to be.
• To create the outline, go to Edit > Stroke and adjust the Width of your outline.
• Erase any bits of the outline you don´t like.
• Finally, use the Crop tool to crop your image if you desire.

You can watch the walkthrough video here.

About Miranda Yeo

Miranda is currently working as a freelance character designer and living in Ontario, Canada. She loves cute and adventure things, and also mermaids.
Clients Include: Nickelodeon, Nick Jr, Disney Jr, 9story Entertainment, Corus, DHX Vancouver.

If you would like to know more about Miranda Yeo´s work, you can follow her on:

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Instagram
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Twitter

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Instructive Video Tutorial from traditional to digital by Miss Led http://eu.shop.wacom.eu/wacom-infochannel/instructive-video-tutorials-on-sketching-und-painting-by-miss-led/1063?c=2213303 Creative industry leader Miss Led - aka Joanna Henly - and Wacom present step by step tutorials to help artists improve their traditional and digital techniques. Offering over 2 hours and 20 chapters of demonstrations, tips and advice, it’s a valuable tool for beginners to lea...

Instructive Video Tutorial from Digital to Traditional by Miss Led

Illustration tutorial featuring creative industry leader Joanna Henly aka Miss Led, including industry insights, mentor’s workflow and step-step techniques - both traditionally and digitally.

Working in partnership with Train to Create, Miss Led launched her Illustration for Fashion Video Tutorial this month.

Miss Led, also known as Joanna Henly, is an an illustrator, artist and art director with over 14 years of experience in commercial illustration and fine art, ith clients including Google, Ted Baker, Nike, L’Oreal, Vans, Clinique, Swatch, Braun and H&M. Online, her artwork and artist tips have created a social media audience of over 1.3 million people across the world.

The Miss Led Illustration for Fashion Video Tutorial, is an expansive, downloadable 2 hour digital and traditional illustration package which is rich in the insights and processes developed over her career.

The first thing you’ll notice about Miss Led’s illustration work is the attention to detail, the crisp line work and a sense of clean perfection.  It’s not surprising that from an early age creation with pencil on paper has been something of a constant.  And although her work has evolved into the digital realm, she’ll be sure to tell you that she’s firm on not leaving her traditional, ‘purest form’ of working behind.

"Working digitally gives me license to make as many mistakes as possible without the element of risk, and allow them to inform new ways of expression. Placing colours and shapes randomly on top of my drawing work makes me really excited. The work starts to present another identity. I’ll play with digitally cut out shapes and layers for hours before getting the feel right. Then other times drop in a new element without thought and it will work, and then direct the rest of the piece" Miss led says.

Miss Led is commissioned globally to provide art direction, illustration, storyboarding, character design and large-scale mural and installation work to fashion, advertising, media and fine art clients.

The video tutorial produced by the team Train To Create traces an illustration project from the first pencil lines through a range of traditional mixed media colour stages to include digital clean ups and dynamic photographic and textural collage.

ILLUSTRATION FOR FASHION VIDEO TUTORIAL - IN SHORT 

Illustration for Fashion is a downloadable video tutorial series providing detailed steps and guidance to help artists improve their traditional and digital techniques.Through over two hours of content, new, experienced and advanced artists and illustrators will learn:

• Miss Led’s approaches to drawing
• Choosing the right materials and tools
• Using Miss Led art techniques
• Experimenting with watercolours
• Applying mixed media colour
• Finishing and digital post-production tips

EXCLUSIVE ACCESS TO THE CREATIVE COMMUNITY & MORE

Illustration For Fashion Purchasers will also receive:    
• Full Adobe Photoshop files for the Miss Led’s artwork featured in the tutorial, including all layers, settings & elements.
• A downloadable set of Miss Led’s personal Adobe Photoshop brushes to use in your work
• A range of Miss Led’s handmade textures for use in your designs, illustrations or post-production.
Exclusive access to live Miss Led Studio web events and web learning seminars.


Click on the image or here to see the video.

THE CHAPTERS

Learn to master both traditional and digital techniques in detailed step-by-step Video Chapters with Miss Led, where she will cover:

Drawing the basic figure 
- Choosing your reference image
- Getting the right materials
- Simple guides for drawing the face and body
- Adding guides for clothes and hair
- Building form and creating shadow and highlights

Adding Colour 
- How to experiment and use watercolour  
- Applying ink  
- How to use coloured graphite and coloured aquarelle  
- Using paint pens for bold controlled lines and shape

Dynamic detailing with mixed media
- Picking out the elements of clothing and accessories
- Extending marks & splashes to add character
- Making playful marks and expression with medium  
- Using traditional masking techniques 

**Bonus: Digital section
- Basic scanning of work and textures
- Cleaning up using photoshop
- Composition and Digital collage
- Colour manipulation
- Finishing 

'So whether you are a beginner or an artist looking to develop your practice and learn new skills, you’ll find this Video Tutorial Series an invaluable tool for creating dynamically beautiful, client-ready illustration work'.

FIND OUT MORE (illustrationforfashion.com)
Or BUY NOW 

MISS LED ONLINE

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Life Hacks | Ease the Sting of Resume Writing with Bamboo Spark Smart Notebook http://eu.shop.wacom.eu/wacom-infochannel/life-hacks-ease-the-sting-of-resume-writing-with-bamboo-spark-smart-notebook/1062?c=2213303 What if we could take the sting out of writing your resume? What if you could freestyle it on paper first, then (like magic) save it to plain text and make minor edits in minutes? Too good to be true? No way.

Ease the Sting of Resume Writing with Bamboo Spark Smart Notebook

An hour of listening to someone trim their nails. Sitting in traffic for no apparent reason. That person taking a call with their divorce lawyer in the quiet café. What do these things have in common? They are all more pleasurable than writing your resume.

What if we could take the sting out of writing your resume? What if you could freestyle it on paper first, then (like magic) save it to plain text and make minor edits in minutes? Too good to be true? No way.

Here’s how to format and write a resume by hand on a Bamboo Spark smart notebook. Save time by converting your handwriting to text with the Bamboo Spark notes app and quickly export via email. Also compatible with Evernote, Dropbox and other note taking apps.

 

1. Turn Bamboo Spark on.
2. Open Bamboo Spark notebook and press the center button.
3. Write your name, followed by your contact information.
4. List previous jobs starting with the most recent, dates employed and notable accomplishments.
5. List college or school attended, area of focus and graduation date.
6. List technical skills or additional qualifiers.
7. Push center button to send to Bamboo Spark notes app.
8. Export to text.
9. Send via email.

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Let Your Ideas Take Shape with Intuos 3D http://eu.shop.wacom.eu/detail/index/sArticle/1059/sCategory/2213303 Ready to create 3D art? Intuos 3D has everything you need to get started. It’s simple to learn, yet powerful enough to capture your imagination. Intuos 3D lets your ideas take shape.

Let Your Ideas Take Shape with Intuos 3D

Ready to create 3D art? Intuos 3D lets your ideas take shape. Use the pressure-sensitive Intuos pen and powerful ZBrush® software to digitally sculpt and paint your 3D model. Then share it, use it in other creative applications or 3D print it. With templates and online training, Intuos 3D has everything you need to get started.

With the natural feel and movement of a pen in your hand and 1024 distinct pressure levels, Intuos 3D allows you to adjust the strength of your sculpting tools by simply pressing harder or softer on the pen.

About Intuos 3D

Intuos 3D is simple to learn, yet powerful enough to capture your imagination. User-friendly ZBrush® software is from Pixologic™ developers of ZBrush®, the leading 3D sculpting software used by film and game studios worldwide. Start with a template or object, and you can quickly sculpt and paint nearly anything you can imagine. Move, zoom and tumble your model while you work using your multi-touch tablet. There are online tutorials and videos to inspire and instruct. The ExpressKeys™ on your tablet have time-saving shortcuts designed for 3D modeling. It’s never been so easy to create in 3D.

 

 

Everything You Need in One Creative Box 

Whatever you envision, Intuos 3D can take you there. Find everything you need to create 3D art in one package. Each Wacom quality Intuos 3D pen tablet includes downloadable ZBrush® 3D software and online tutorials.  With one purchase, you can create 3D art from start to finish.

Setup is simple.  Just plug a single USB cable into your Mac or PC. Install the driver, then register and download your 3D creative software. The easy-to-use ZBrush® software installs seamlessly. And you’re ready to start creating. It doesn’t take long to feel confident with Intuos 3D.

Give Your Artwork Another Dimension

Create characters, models, toys, or jewelry.  Share your ideas, 3D print them, or use them in different creative applications.  With Intuos 3D, you have everything you need to give your artwork a whole new dimension.

Intuos 3D is a sharply designed, exceptional quality art tablet that fits neatly in a laptop bag.  Its size offers a canvas that is large enough for 3D modeling with ZBrushCore® software.  Or use Intuos 3D as a tool for all your other creative activities, like drawing, photo editing or creating comics.

The rest of the Intuos family

People are different. And what they do is different with Intuos. People can create so many fantastic new things that it becomes impossible to support every use case with one single model. We picked the most favourite use cases our customers like: drawing, illustrations, retouch photos and comics. Then we picked the software which fits best to each use case. Fantastic video material was developed to help people understand how to use the product and how to get the most out of each software. 

Intuos Draw

Just starting out and finding your own style? Intuos Draw makes creating fun. Draw, paint, and edit with an easy to use pen tablet. With access to ArtRage Lite and free tutorials, you can quickly develop from an amateur to talented artist through this easy-to-use pen tablet and software ArtRage Lite. The Intuos Draw is available in small white and blue. 

Intuos Art

So you’ve already got artistic skills? Show them off to the world with Intuos Art. Paint, design, and create with a pressure-sensitive pen on a digital canvas. You can explore the wide variety of painting styles and brushes available on the pen tablet’s free accompanying software package Corel Painter Essentials. Available in small plus medium black and blue.

Intuos Comic

Want your characters to fly off the page? Intuos Comic is your perfect sidekick. Sketch, ink, and colour frames using a pressure-sensitive pen on digital pages.
The Intuos Comic is available in small black & blue and medium black. Clip Studio Paint Pro and Anime Studio Debut are available for download with this tablet.

Intuos Photo

 

Getting started with Intuos

Your pictures tell a story. Make your story beautiful with Intuos Photo. Perfect your images for printing, push your creative boundaries, and share with friends and family.
Available in small black, the Intuos Photo is accompanied by Corel PaintShop Pro & Corel AfterShot Pro for Windows users, and Macphun Creative Kit & Corel AfterShot Pro for Mac OS users. 

Wacom offers help with "how to" and "getting started" videos, like the video below. For more videos, check out our Youtube playlist "Creating with Intuos". 

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