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Wacom at IFA 2016 Berlin

We want to inspire and equip people to make the world a more creative place. Through the touch of digital pen and digital ink, our goal is to empower anyone to make the most of the moment by unleashing imagination and creativity. It makes us human, enriches our lives and brings ideas to life. 

At the IFA 2016 event in Berlin, we will present a seamless, integrated and collaborative high quality digital ink experience, which brings ideas from paper and pen to the cloud to life. We will demonstrate new products with fully integrated cloud solutions for connected entrepreneurs, creative professionals and enthusiast as well as our business partners. 

Time and Place

Wacom will be attending IFA 2016 from 1 to 7 September and open its doors for the public on 2 September.

The opening hours are 10AM - 6PM.

Address:
Messe Berlin
Messedamm 2214055 Berlin,
Germany

You can find us in „Hall 12“ just next to Acer.

About IFA

One of the world’s biggest consumer electronic and white goods show exhibiting products that range from audio systems to heating solutions to e-Library to Aerials and semiconductors to gaming consoles, IFA Berlin presents itself as one of the most successful trade events held at the commercial hub of Europe.

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Fri, 19 Aug 2016 14:28:53 +100
Mindfulness | Practice to Avoid Professional Burnout http://eu.shop.wacom.eu/wacom-infochannel/mindfulness-practice-to-avoid-professional-burnout/1053?c=2213303 There’s a quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson that should be the screen saver for every professional: “What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.” It’s a good reminder that we are ultimately in charge of our happiness; our outl...

Mindfulness Practice to Avoid Professional Burnout

There’s a quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson that should be the screen saver for every professional:
“What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.”
It’s a good reminder that we are ultimately in charge of our happiness; our outlook is based on how we approach and manage the stress of professional life.

It’s no wonder then, that there’s been a lot of buzz lately about an age-old practice: mindfulness. Though it originates from Buddhist traditions, it’s been reclaimed and made relevant for our modern-day, high-stress lifestyle.  In essence, mindfulness is all about moment-to-moment awareness or applying intention and attention to what you’re doing right now. The results can be not just a reduction in stress, but an increase in productivity, focus, concentration and even memory retention.  In fact, many Silicon Valley execs have jumped on board and are implementing this practice to help employees manage anxiety and even improve conflict resolution within teams.

While not all companies are going to follow suit, there are simple ways to adopt the basics of this practice.  Below are some key words to remember so you can start enjoying the benefits of staying in the here and now and maybe even finding some enlightenment along the way:

1. Meditate

Meditation may seem daunting especially with all of the distractions surrounding us, but all the more reason why sitting quietly for just 10 or 20 minutes a day can do wonders to clear the clutter in our brains and allow more space for creative thoughts. Like any new skill, it takes practice, but fortunately there are tools that can help. Headspace, a popular app, provides an initial set of free 10-minute guided meditations so all you have to do is close your eyes and follow the prompts from the soothing voice.

2. Pause

As important as it is to take time to clear your thoughts, it’s equally important to let them wander. Spend a few minutes each day letting your stream of consciousness do its thing. You never know where your next brilliant idea could come from, so it’s a good idea to jot down notes or sketches that you want to revisit later. An easy tool for this is the Bamboo Spark, a smart notebook that lets you write as you would with pen and paper but saves notes digitally so you can edit later or share and collaborate with colleagues.

 

3. Mantra

Some styles of meditation incorporate a mantra: a word, sound or phrase to repeat during a session.   A mantra can also be used to set an intention; establishing the outcome for a project or maybe even your role in completing it. By identifying a mantra—whether it be at the start of each day or before you embark on a task—you can also underscore why you work where you do and how you contribute to the company.  This can be especially useful for those agonizing weekly meetings or conference calls that often feel futile. Ultimately, creating a mantra helps give purpose to everything, no matter how seemingly insignificant it may initially appear.

4. Listen

Your teachers reminded you to be quiet and listen during important lessons, but it’s applicable now, too. One familiar scenario: instead of listening to a presenter, we’re busy on our laptops typing an email and pretending to multitask. Instead, show you’re actively listening by taking the tech away. Get back to pen and paper and really pay attention to your colleague, your manager or the client on the call instead of tuning them out with tech. Not only can it help train your brain to focus on one thing at a time, you may be surprised by what you hear.

5. Review

Now that you’ve applied all of these practices, it’s important to take stock of all that you’ve done and give some closure to the day, to clear your mind so you can start again fresh and unencumbered. You can even keep a record of these accomplishments with a tool like the Bamboo Spark which lets you save your notes digitally so you edit and access them anywhere, even when you’re traveling. As you take time to reflect on your progress, you can also appreciate that it was you who made it happen.

Check out our post on productivity hacks here. And see how entrepreneur John Gannon uses Bamboo Spark to slow down and get his thoughts in order.

 

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Thu, 18 Aug 2016 11:11:52 +100
Inspiration | How to Turn Ideas into Change http://eu.shop.wacom.eu/wacom-infochannel/inspiration-how-to-turn-ideas-into-change/1052?c=2213303 What if you could help change the world in just two hours? Or find solutions to educational and environmental issues across the globe without having to leave the office? It may sound like an impossible task, but these are just the kind of challenges that keep social entreprene...

How to Turn Ideas into Change

What if you could help change the world in just two hours? Or find solutions to educational and environmental issues across the globe without having to leave the office?  It may sound like an impossible task, but these are just the kind of challenges that keep social entrepreneur Daniel Hires feeling inspired every day.

 

Powered by Collaboration

Social entrepreneurship—where organizations are focused on furthering social and cultural change-- is not a new concept, but has gained more traction as technology continues to evolve and makes participation and collaboration easier and more effective. But even as connectivity becomes less of a barrier, there’s still the hurdle of making problem-solving scalable; how can a few people in just a few hours actually effect change? 

That was the first problem Daniel Hires was determined to tackle. In the summer of 2011, Daniel helped build the Berlin chapter of MakeSense, which was founded earlier that year in Paris. MakeSense is an organization that mobilizes an international community of passionate changemakers who lend their skills in technology, communications, design and more, to solve challenges submitted by social entrepreneurs from around the world. Two-hour workshops, called Hold-Ups, are hosted by local MakeSense outposts—now in 100 cities—to generate problem-solving ideas for projects promoting social causes in the areas of health, education, environment, food and more. Outputs from each workshop are open source, so anyone can benefit from the ideas generated in each session.

Turning Post-it Notes into Ideas

Daniel recently hosted a Hold-Up for Ecosia, a search engine that uses ad revenue to plant trees. So each time you use it to search online, you help global reforestation efforts. For this particular session, Ecosia’s Claudia Egholm was looking to grow their Twitter followers from 11,000 to one million. AND, in a month’s time!

Seated in front of the MakeSense volunteers, Daniel starts with a word association activity, asking participants to write thoughts on sticky notes that are taped to the wall. The notes are photographed and saved to the free note-taking app Bamboo Paper to make it easy to edit and collaborate both with those in the room and those collaborating via email, like Daniel’s colleague in Mexico City. Throughout the workshop, Bamboo Paper and Inkspace play big roles. Participants can sketch, draw or make notes on their tablets and smartphones, then save their ideas to Inkspace, to share ideas digitally with colleagues around the globe. 

Putting Ideas into Action

What excites Daniel is how MakeSense merges his passion for social causes with technology, providing what he says is a “super-efficient way to find solutions.” It’s no wonder he’s looking to keep things streamlined; with so many challenges facing the world today, it can feel like there’s not enough time to solve everything. But Daniel feels there is a lot of good in the world. As an infant in Seoul, Korea, he was found abandoned and later adopted and brought to Germany. From this hardship he got a new opportunity—and he’s committed to giving back wherever he can. He says, “I believe an important part is putting an idea into action” so while brainstorming may be the first step, he is actively working to turn ideas into concrete results.

It’s one of the reasons he’s always on the go: moving between cities to inspire and empower others to get involved and make change. His life is mobile, so he relies on cloud technology like Wacom’s Inkspace where he can easily share notes and drawings created with Bamboo Paper to his social media channels or save to Dropbox or Evernote.

Solving global challenges is definitely a continuous process, but with Daniel Hires and social entrepreneurs like him at the helm—those committed to mobilizing and empowering local communities—we’re certainly on the right path to creating a better world.

Ready to get started turning your thoughts into ideas?

Download Bamboo Paper for iPad and Windows tablets as well as Android smartphones and tablets. Plus, save and share your ideas with the Inkspace cloud. Click here to learn more!

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Tue, 09 Aug 2016 12:57:50 +100
Productivity Hacks for the Busy Professional http://eu.shop.wacom.eu/detail/index/sArticle/1051/sCategory/2213303 While multitasking may seem like the best way to conquer our mounting workload, it can actually inhibit productivity. In a study out of Stanford University, researchers found that we’re actually slowed down by this process and less capable of filtering out irrelevant informati...

Productivity Hacks for the Busy Professional

This post is written by Rick Peterson, Senior Director of Marketing Strategy for Bamboo. Rick drives the marketing efforts globally for Bamboo with a lean and mean team. We asked him how he manages to stay positive, productive and professional. He told us that he would give us the answers as long as we agreed to give him the keys to the blog for a series of posts. 

Take it away, Rick!

Look around at any bus stop or subway train during the morning commute and you’ll see some epic multitasking. For most professionals, there’s no such thing as “down time” and those few minutes riding to work are used to catch up on emails, down a smoothie and start that mental to-do list. While multitasking may seem like the best way to conquer our mounting workload, it can actually inhibit productivity.

In a study out of Stanford University, researchers found that we’re actually slowed down by this process and less capable of filtering out irrelevant information. In other words, while we flit from task to task, we’re not retaining what’s important and may be just wasting our time and energy.  But if multitasking is off the table, how do we manage our daily output without sacrificing time or quality of work? Here are a few workplace hacks that can actually help you stay focused, get through that to-do list and be a happier, more productive employee:

1. Wipe your mental slate

Just like those Etch A Sketch toys from childhood, sometimes you gotta start with a clean slate. With so many things to keep track of on a daily basis–dentist appointments, board meetings, the presentation that’s due next week– it’s hard to carve out extra brain space for actual work. To help unclutter your mind, start a to-do list and jot down any appointments or reminders that pop up in your mind throughout the day. A great tool for note-taking is the Bamboo Spark. You can start multiple lists on separate pieces of paper then save and organize them digitally, so you can return to them throughout the day.

A good tip for streamlining to-do lists is to organize them by the amount of time they take. David Allen calls this the “two-minute rule”: if it takes less than two minutes, do it now. Everything else can go into a secondary category so you’re able to check things off and get that wonderful dopamine high from the sense of accomplishment.

2. Feed your brain

There’s debate whether breakfast is indeed the most important meal of the day, but there’s no arguing that your focus and concentration suffers when you’re hungry. It’s important to eat whole foods that can help sustain your energy and won’t cause a spike in blood sugar the way high-sugar, processed foods can. Foods high in omega-3s are especially beneficial for brain power, so opt for cashews, walnuts or hard-boiled eggs when you need an on-the-go snack. 

3. Tune out distractions

Our brains have a natural tendency to wander so add email alerts, the ding of a new “like” and a status update and your head can spin from all the ambient noise. If you really want to get things done, you need to actively tune out any potential distractions. Adjust your settings to turn off push notifications from that dating app and sign out of your social network. Need extra help to resist the lure of the latest celebrity gossip site? Download a blocker like Self Control  (for Mac users) that lets you block access to those tempting sites or Cold Turkey that can block websites or time-sucking gaming apps.

4. Use time-saving apps

Fortunately, there are people whose jobs are focused on building technology to simplify our lives. Take advantage of these time-saving apps to increase your output. Slack bills itself as team communication for the 21st century where users can share files and message colleagues in one place versus constantly battling with their inbox. Evernote is another popular app to help organize and share important reminders, notes or to-do lists. Bamboo Spark smart notebooks works with both Evernote and Slack, as well as OneNote and Google Docs. Write on pen and paper, open up the Bamboo Spark app (with a free Wacom Inkspace account) and convert your handwriting to text. Save your plain text notes in any of these time saving apps.

It may seem counter-intuitive, but taking some time out to go for a short walk, grab a latte or even meditate can pay off in the long run in terms of productivity. We live in a state of constant stimulation so even just sitting quietly for 10 minutes or people watching can be transformative and boost your creativity.

For more tips on productivity and insights into marketing strategy, check out Rick’s LinkedIn updates. 

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Fri, 15 Jul 2016 13:17:56 +100
Life Hacks | Getting Things Done by Putting Things Off http://eu.shop.wacom.eu/detail/index/sArticle/1050/sCategory/2213303 Most people are familiar with Benjamin Franklin’s quote, “Don’t Put off Till Tomorrow What You Can Do Today” whether from a motivational poster at the dentist’s or a meme posted to Pinterest.

Getting Things Done by Putting Things Off

Most people are familiar with Benjamin Franklin’s quote, “Don’t Put off Till Tomorrow What You Can Do Today” whether from a motivational poster at the dentist’s or a meme posted to Pinterest. The philosophy epitomizes the storied American work ethic of TCB (taking care of business). However, fast forward a few decades and Mr. Franklin may have struggled to accomplish as much in today’s culture of hyper-multitasking and always-on technology. So perhaps it’s time to question whether procrastination really is such a bad thing—in fact, a lot can be said for putting things off. You may actually get MORE done.

Keep in mind that putting things off does not mean refusing to complete important assignments. Rather, it’s shifting one’s approach from dreading that rigid to-do list, to thinking about why you’re resisting that task and how to best use the time spent NOT doing what’s in front of you.

Here’s a few tips to keep in mind next time you feel the workload start piling up.

Flesh it out

Procrastination is defined as delaying an activity for later but could easily be reframed as an intentional delay rather than a lazy one. In many instances, waiting can improve the idea or the execution. Think about it like this: when you want to make a tough steak tender, you marinate it longer. This is often true of ideas. Maybe you’ve got a great concept but need just a bit more time to flesh it out.  It’s doubtful any manager would argue with taking time to think things through versus submitting something half-baked just to hit a deadline.

Give your brain a break

Although your workday may start at 8:30am, chances are you’ve already been troubleshooting, strategizing and mitigating just on your commute alone. By the time you arrive at the office you may need to give your left brain a break and tap into your creative side. Drawing can be a good break. Adult coloring books are all the rage but may not make the best impression when HR walks by. Instead, use a tool like the Bamboo Spark smart notebook to sketch or take notes of what pops into your head as you’re doodling. You can save your ideas in case you want to return to them later. You never know when a seemingly silly sketch turns into the next big idea.

Clear your mental space

Take advantage of your mental “down time” to organize your thoughts. Part of organizing is discarding or re-prioritizing thoughts, tasks or ideas. We often mistake urgency for importance so get out your pen and paper, create an Eisenhower Decision Matrix to re-organize your mental space. Stop giving brain power to the items that are not urgent, not important or both.

Revaluate

Rarely is the source of procrastination just laziness (or an imminent vacation). Think about why you’re procrastinating: is the task something that would benefit from collaboration and inviting colleagues to help?  Do you disagree with the goal of the assignment or find it unnecessary? Perhaps the project doesn’t warrant the urgency and needs to be reprioritized. Whatever the reason, taking the time to recognize why you may be resisting the task can bring some clarity and even become a jumping off point for a larger conversation with your team or your manager.

So next time you’re facing that daunting project, go with the procrastination flow. Don’t add stress by feeling bad about time spent wandering the halls, use the time to your advantage for better work in the near future.

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Fri, 15 Jul 2016 13:14:29 +100
Wacom Artist Spotlight | Freelance Illustrative Designer Alicia Souza http://eu.shop.wacom.eu/detail/index/sArticle/1049/sCategory/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!

Wacom Artist Spotlight: Alicia Souza

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 we feature Alicia Souza, a Bangalore based young freelance illustrative designer.

Alicia says:

“I drew as much as any other child, and never really thought I'd ever pick it as my career. Or rather it pick me as a career! I think the only difference is that I never really stopped. For me, drawing is a way of sending out a message or a story. An idea, an emotion or a thought in a way that I can see it in my head or communicate it more easily than in solely words.

I almost always draw on paper and the rest of my process is a bit vague as it changes. I mostly colour digitally. I started of taking my illustrations digital, by colouring with a mouse. I remember getting used to that and could swear that nothing could be more fun. That was until I saw a Wacom being used and picked up the Wacom Intuous and was hooked! I absolutely loved it and used it for, I believe, 6 years. I now use a Wacom Cintiq, which is as lovely!”

If you’d like to see more of her work you can visit her website or follow her on social:
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Thu, 07 Jul 2016 12:22:58 +100
Competition | Wacom Soccer Art Fest! http://eu.shop.wacom.eu/wacom-infochannel/competiton-wacom-football-art-fest/1048?c=2213303 Get recognition and show off your art skills by participating in our Wacom Football Art Fest Competition!

Wacom Soccer Art Fest Global Competition

UEFA organises some of the most famous and prestigious football competitions on the European continent including the UEFA Championships and Wacom is feeling the hype!

Get recognition and show off your art skills by participating in our "Wacom Soccer Art Fest Global Competition"!

Topics

To participate in the Wacom Soccer Art Fest, you can choose between one of the two topics below:

-      illustrate who you think will be the best player of the championship
-      illustrate the team logos of the teams you think will be in finals

Feel free to use illustration, sketching or mixed media to create your art work, but make sure it is digital art.

When and how to participate 

We will be accepting entries starting Friday 24 June 2016 and ending Wednesday 8 July 2016, at 11:59:59 PM (CEST).

Everyone is eligible for one entry only.

Submit your entry by emailing it to: contest@wacom.eu.
In your submission, please don’t forget to mention the following details:

-      Full name and address
-      City and country where you reside
-      Email address

The entries will be judged by a panel consisting of representatives of Wacom Europe GmbH who will determine the best art pieces. The first round will consist on having the chosen entries posted on Facebook album in our Wacom Creatives Europe account. The online global Wacom community will have a chance to vote for their favorite art work and the final three with most likes and shares will win some amazing prizes. 

Prizes

There are three prices to give away:

1st place: Intuos Pro small

2nd place: Intuos Art

3rd place: Bamboo Spark

Terms & Conditions

For terms and conditions, click here.

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Mon, 20 Jun 2016 17:44:38 +100
Tutorial | Personalised Father’s Day Card http://eu.shop.wacom.eu/wacom-infochannel/tutorial-personalised-fathers-day-card/1047?c=2213303 No matter how funny or clever a celebration card is, it will never come close to saying, ‘I love you’, or ‘thank you’, better than a unique and personal card. The thought and time laboured is appreciated so much, cherished and remembered.

Personalised Father’s Day Card Tutorial

No matter how funny or clever a celebration card is, it will never come close to saying, ‘I love you’, or ‘thank you’, better than a unique and personal card. The thought and time laboured is appreciated so much, cherished and remembered.

Using the Bamboo Spark, and smartphone, the talented Miss Led shows us how easy it is to create a unique and personal card that can be received as a text, which will really catch him by surprise and make him smile this Father’s Day.

Here’s Miss Led´s step-by-step guide. We hope you have fun!

STEP ONE - Inspiration and memory sharing

Pick out a few photos, these are pictures that hold great moments between you and your Dad. Maybe it’s you two going on a trip, watching a sports match, or perhaps building something.

STEP TWO - Ideas time and initial testing of the Bamboo Spark

In order to invent your SuperDad character, ask yourself how you would picture your dad as a superhero with these memories.

If sports come to mind, would he be pictured with a sport racket as SportsDad? Or why not draw him with tools if he’s great at building.

Now is a good time to test out the Bamboo Spark by converting your initial notes into digital mode. To do this: 

- Pair your preferred device (e.g. iPad) with the Bamboo Spark app and Wacom Cloud
- Get brainstorming and make a note of all ideas
- Press the Bamboo Spark button 
- Open the Bamboo Spark app on your chosen device 
- Find the note magically appear digitally on the screen where you can now keep for future reference.

STEP THREE - Drawing ideas

Use the Bamboo Spark’s paper and pen to draw your dad as the superhero that you have imagined. If there’s a few ideas then great, the more the better. Choose the best picture for the final idea later.

STEP FOUR - Fun elements and trace

Once a design has been finalised, get a clear page and ensure that you draw your SuperDad image firmly in the centre. You can add fun elements such as stars or banners here. Miss Led chose to use a cool superhero element as part of the lettering.

STEP FIVE - Bamboo magic with your child

Now you’ve seen how easy it is to convert your ideas into digital files on your preferred device. Enjoy watching the final card design appear on screen.

STEP SIX - Adding colour and editing

How about adding some colour to really make the image pop?!

You can export the image on your device as a WILL (Wacom Ink Layer Language) file to Wacom’s Bamboo Paper app for further editing, light sketching or adding colour.  To do this: 

- Download Bamboo Paper from the app store 
- Open the Bamboo Spark app and find the curved cursor on the bottom left of the screen to get the option menu
- see below
- Export as WILL file 
- Open the card design in Bamboo Paper and start experimenting with different colours and brush strokes.

STEP SEVEN  - Using Bamboo Paper

Using the fun Bamboo Paper app see how easy it is to colour - Miss Led is using the Wacom Bamboo Fineline 2 here.

STEP EIGHT  -  Heading to pops!

So you have so many options for sending the final beautiful work. It can be exported to Facebook and then sent to the Dad’s profile page, or perhaps sent to his phone as a text? Miss Led advises also getting a print version of it, to keep as a reminder of the special day.

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Tue, 14 Jun 2016 15:06:50 +100
Tips & Tricks | Photoshop Compositing Made Simple: the L.E.N.S System http://eu.shop.wacom.eu/wacom-infochannel/tips-und-tricks-photoshop-compositing-made-simple/1046?c=2213303 Ever wonder how to merge and collage images in Photoshop — so seamlessly that the final photo looks real?

Photoshop Compositing Made Simple: the L.E.N.S System

Ever wonder how to merge and collage images in Photoshop — so seamlessly that the final photo looks real?

In this free class from Skillshare, Photoshop guru Pete Collins uses his Wacom Cintiq 27QHD to show us part of his signature L.E.N.S. system for compositing images in a realistic way – how to tweak the lighting, elevation, noise, and sharpness to perfection and make your images jump off the page. Whether you're a beginner or Photoshop pro, this class will inspire you to look at images differently, make your own, and have a lot of fun in the process. 

This one-hour walk-through is loaded with tips, tricks and keyboard shortcuts as Pete shares the L.E.N.S. system for compositing and how to fine-tune the four key components of a successful composite:

- Lighting
- Elevation
- Noise
- Saturation

Be forewarned – you may get addicted to Pete’s class assignment, embellishing your loved one’s likeness into a fantastical figure.

See a short preview here of the class here:

Looks interesting?
You can enroll in Pete's full Skillshare class for free by clicking here.

Special bonus:

We’ve also partnered with Skillshare to offer the Wacom community a FREE 3-Month Skillshare Premium Membership. You can check out thousands of other online classes on topics like design, illustration, animation or photography and help build your skills today

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Wed, 01 Jun 2016 11:22:32 +100
Tips & Tricks | Four Tips for Artists Who Want to Succeed http://eu.shop.wacom.eu/wacom-infochannel/tips-und-tricks-four-tips-for-artists-who-want-to-succeed/1045?c=2213303 We all want to be succesful artists, in some way or another. And with so much competition, it can be difficult to break through. We, at Wacom, want to help you succeed as an artist. And we know that in order to do so, the experience from professionals is essential.

Four Tips for Artists Who Want to Succeed

We all want to be successful artists, in some way or another. And with so much competition, it can be difficult to break through. We, at Wacom, want to help you succeed as an artist. And we know that in order to do so, the experience from professionals is essential.

In the 20 years Aaron Blaise was a Disney animator, he worked on an incredible range of films, including Brother Bear, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Mulan, Pocahontas, and more.  Now his website, The Art of Aaron Blaise, and his YouTube channel, Aaron’s Art Tips, help him teach animation and fine art to thousands of followers from all over the world.  He has useful advice on how to succeed as an artist.

Be Persistent

Blaise said, “I feel like we have come to a time now — I’m calling it the American Idol generation—where everybody wants instant success, and if they don’t get it, they give up. I think we have to get past that.” Rather than waiting for your single star moment, Blaise suggests the more old-fashioned value of persistence.

“Pick your path and go down it. A lot of people think they know where they’re going to end up,” he explained, “but I guarantee you won’t end up in the place you think. As long as you have this passion and love for art and this drive, it’s going to take you to places you don’t expect.”

Be Collaborative

Blaise pointed out that being an animator is by nature a collaborative job. “If you want to be an animator and work at a studio, you have to work with a hundred other people. So don’t be a jerk!” he laughed. Being open to new ideas helps smooth every work process.

Be Consistent

“Draw every day. Paint every day,” Blaise said. “I draw because I love drawing. Do it because you love it.” He keeps multiple workspaces for home and office so he can work no matter where he is. And he still has the original desk where he drew Disney animation for many years.

Be Realistic

When asked what advice he’d offer artists just starting out, Blaise joked, “Don’t do it for the money, that’s the thing I tell them.  The money will come. But if you’re going into this thinking you’re going to make tons of money, then figure something else out.” Measured expectations are more realistic than overnight stardom.

Mentored by legendary Disney animator Glen Keane, Blaise is grateful to be able to pay Keane’s advice and friendship forward.  The most important advice he would offer young artists?  “If you’re not passionate about it, especially in this industry, then don’t do it, because it will destroy you.  But if you really have a love for it, it will be the most fulfilling, incredible career you could ever imagine.”

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Tue, 31 May 2016 17:07:15 +100
Tips & Tricks | Preparing for Your Animated Movie Pitch http://eu.shop.wacom.eu/detail/index/sArticle/1044/sCategory/2213303 Need help with creating a movie pitch? Wacom and Disney Animator Aaron Blaise have got you covered!

Tips for Preparing for Your Animated Movie Pitch

Need help with creating a movie pitch? Wacom and Disney Animator Aaron Blaise have got you covered!

Aaron Blaise spent more than 20 years as a Disney animator and director. He’s now creating his own films. With all of this experience, he’s become very familiar with the art of the movie pitch. He has a great story about an epic pitch meeting, how he won that pitch, and how his tip also helped his workflow.

Create Finished, Polished Images

“I learned early that the closer you can get an image to look like the finished frame of film that you envisioned for the movie, the quicker it’s going to get approved by executives,” he explained.  Blaise found that executives did not fully understand his vision if he showed them line drawings of the character; they didn’t share his artistic vision.  “I started training myself when I created a character in Photoshop to paint them and light them correctly, but also to bring in photographic textures and blend it all together.  Basically I use anything I can digitally to create an image that looks like what I think the movie should look like.”

Epic Pitch Meeting

“One of the biggest meetings I ever had,” he said, “I was at Pixar pitching to Steve Jobs, John Lasseter, Ed Catmull, who is John Lasseter’s partner, and Bob Iger, who is the head of Walt Disney Pictures.  It was just all these big titans.  And I had been spending about a year or so creating imagery for how I thought this movie should look.  We pitched the movie, and I also explained the imagery.  At the end of the meeting, it was Steve Jobs who sat up and pointed at the main image I created for the whole presentation and said, ‘That’s the movie I want to see.’”  Blaise laughed.  “There you go!  One image.”

Workflow Benefits

Blaise explained that this also helped with workflow.  “If I give somebody a rough sketch, they’re going to go away and say, ‘I think I understand,’ and they’ll do something and bring it back, and then I go, ‘No, no, no.  Do it more like this.’  But if I can really sit down and create what I think I want it to look like, then we might only go back and forth once or twice.  Compound that over the course of an entire film with 200 different people, you’re saving millions and millions of dollars in the budget.  Over three or four years and that many people, those man hours really add up.  That’s the practical side of it.” 

Art Story

Blaise’s method of creating finished, polished images has also served him well on Kickstarter, where he found more than 1700 backers to fund his latest movie, Art Story.
Art Story is about a boy and his grandfather who get stuck in a world of master paintings.  Explaining the premise to people who are only engaged in animation as consumers might seem like a daunting battle, but Blaise’s pictures told the story for him.  It received full funding and is on the path to being made.  Sometimes a picture really is worth a thousand words.

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Tips & Tricks | Creating an Awesome Print Portfolio http://eu.shop.wacom.eu/wacom-infochannel/tips-und-tricks-creating-an-awesome-print-portfolio/1043?c=2213303 We want to help you build a portfolio that leaves a great impression! So we asked the pros for tips. Not just any pros, two people who graduated from Ringling College of Art and Design and are now considered some of the most influential people in their fields.

Tips for Creating an Awesome Print Portfolio

You know the old saying: you never get a second chance to make a first impression. For art students, and pros, a portfolio is that crucial first impression. It can make or break entry into art school, or an interview for that dream company.

We want to help you build a portfolio that makes a great first, second and third impression so we asked the pros for their tips. Not just any pros, two people who graduated from Ringling College of Art and Design and are now considered some of the most influential people in their fields: Aaron Blaise and Nick Burch.

After graduation, Blaise went on to work for that dream company: Disney. He animated movie such as, The Rescuers Down Under, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King, Pocahontas, and Mulan to name a few.
Nick Burch is a computer animator who founded Digital Three and counts the U.S. Navy, Verizon, the University of Florida, Ringling College of Art and 10Vox Entertainment among his clients.

Tips on creating a print portfolio from Aaron Blaise and Nick Burch:

1. Treat your portfolio  as a project or work of art itself
Consider looking at professional art books. How is work presented? Pay attention to page layout, fonts, margins, etc.

2. Include your résumé, contact info and label your work
Often individual images will become separated from the main portfolio. Make sure if an art director or potential employer pins your image to the wall that it includes your pertinent info.

3. Keep it clean
Simple layouts are good.

4. Limit your portfolio to 10 - 15 pieces
Keep it focused. - Know the purpose of each project in your portfolio and be able to defend them.

5. Be ready to talk about it

6. Show only your best work
Be able to self-edit.

7. Get feedback

8. Create multiple customized portfolios
Know your audience.

9. Invest in a format that you’re passionate about.
But make sure you can afford to reproduce if needed.

10. Create an order that works for you
However, don't make the viewer “drive" the portfolio. This means don’t make them flip back and forth between horizontal and vertical page layouts. If you divide your work this way, try to only do it once.

11. Do not send originals

12. Include as much professional work as soon as possible
If you don’t have any that’s ok but consider taking on projects outside of your class work. Your art and your portfolio will benefit from this.

13. It is never really finihed
Accept that your portfolio is never really finished. It is a living document.

*Bonus Tip - Rule of Thumb:

Try to show nothing older than 3 years unless it’s a major professional accomplishment.

Pitfalls to avoid:

1. Don’t try to please everybody.

2. Don’t hold on to work for sentimental reasons

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