Wacom eStore - official Onlinestore Wacom InfoChannel http://eu.shop.wacom.eu/wacom-infochannel?p=6 2017-11-20T03:06:13Z 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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Tue, 31 May 2016 12:04:40 +100
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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Mon, 30 May 2016 13:22:29 +100
Tips & Tricks | Creating an Awesome Digital Portfolio http://eu.shop.wacom.eu/detail/index/sArticle/1042/sCategory/2213303 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 t...

Tips for Creating an Awesome Digital Portfolio

The first impression you make, counts. And for art students, and pros, a portfolio is a 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.

Nick Burch and Aaron Blaise, both graduates of Ringling College of Art and Design, know a thing or two about portfolios. Blaise leveraged his into a position at Disney. Burch used his to kick start a career with clients including the U.S. Navy, Verizon, the University of Florida, Ringling College of Art and 10Vox Entertainment.

Last time we asked these two for tips on creating a print portfolio. The tips were so clear and concise we knew we needed to get tips on creating a digital portfolio. Lucky for us, these two were up for more.

Tips on digital portfolios from Aaron Blaise and Nick Burch:

1. Include a logo
(or "brand" image) and tag line.

2. List your services
What skills are you great at?

3. Clearly and prominently display you contact info
Don’t make a potential employer/ client have to hunt to reach you. 

4. Have a call to action
What do you want them to do when they land on your site. Is it clear?

5. Put the emphasis on your work
Bio and personal details are less important. Your design should reflect this.

6. Make it easy to read and to navigate
Get feedback. If you have to explain it then it’s not working.

7. Let it express some of your personality
(but not too much) - Websites are a great place to communicate your personal style but try to keep it in check. (See #5)

8. Always consider your audience
Make potential clients/employers comfortable.

9. Make sure it is an easy-to-update format
If you cannot keep it up-to-date then leave dates off of it all together.

10. Only include your BEST content
A portfolio site is only as good as the worst image on it.

11. Include only professional testimonials and references

12. Include social networking links
But only if you behave professionally there (See #8).

13. Include a downloadable résumé

14. Categorize and tag your work.
This helps the user and the search engines.

Pitfalls to avoid:

1. Avoid Flash. - Unless you are an expert or it is absolutely necessary.

2. Don’t include many external links. - To other artists, etc… Would a business link to their competition?

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Mon, 30 May 2016 12:51:15 +100
Sew Your Own ‘Adorkable’ Cintiq 13HD Tablet Sleeve - A DIY Tutorial http://eu.shop.wacom.eu/wacom-infochannel/sew-your-own-adorkable-cintiq-13hd-tablet-sleeve-a-diy-tutorial/1041?c=2213303 Samarra Khaja, illustrator, graphic and textile designer, and author, makes happy, beautiful things. Recently, she’s taken on the challenge of creating a cuddly, whimsical case that’s perfect for her hard-working Cintiq 13HD.  

Sew Your Own ‘Adorkable’ Cintiq 13HD Tablet Sleeve - A DIY Tutorial

Samarra Khaja, illustrator, graphic and textile designer, and author, makes happy, beautiful things. Recently, she’s taken on the challenge of creating a cuddly, whimsical case that’s perfect for her hard-working Cintiq 13HD.
Inspired to create something suitably techie, Samarra recreated a retro test pattern from late-night TV surfing of yesteryear into a cohesive graphic mash-up of old and new. The test pattern, more formally known as the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineer’s Guideline EG1-1990, represents the three primary colors used in broadcasting (red, green and blue), the three secondary colors (yellow, cyan and magenta) and standardized levels of white, black, color saturation and color phase. The bars are used by video engineers to establish unity gain in a transmission chain from point of origin to point of final transmission.

“I wanted to make sure that the project was suitable for all skill levels, didn’t take very long to make and was functional,” says Samarra. ”The fabric types and colors are easily customizable: simply swap the cotton fleece lining out for a good 1970’s corduroy vibe or even a sharp velvet if you’re feeling extra fancy. Color-wise, a true test pattern contains magenta, but I opted for a burst of neon pink for added pop. It was also a great time to introduce everyone to Yeti, who tells mehe’d also use a Cintiq if he could only hold a stylus properly. At least he has mad sewing skillz."

Get Crafty and Learn How to Sew Your Own Cintiq 13HD Case

 

Wacky, wonderful and whimsical art and illustration

Inspired by her love of travel, local markets, food and culture, nostalgia, and her young kids, Samarra revels in experimentation, turning the seemingly usual on its head and presenting concepts in a new unexpected light. Her textiles remix traditional fabrics with contemporary design with a cheerful irreverence. They’re bright, bold and, best of all, playful.

Samarra uses her Cintiq 13 to create illustrations for client work as well as her own craft products and fabric designs. All the illustrations in her sewing book (Sew Adorkable: 15 DIY Projects to Keep You Out of Trouble –Quilts, Clothes and Gear for the Chic Geek) and many of the drawings from her coloring book (Off the Bookshelf: 45+ Weirdly Wonderful Designs to Color for Fun and Relaxation ) were created on the tablet. “Before using a Cintiq, I would literally spend hours converting my pen & ink drawing into editable, print-ready vector files. With the Cintiq, I get that time back.”

Adding to that, she says, “I think another wonderful component is how the Cintiq has not eliminated my pen & ink drawing but rather, enhanced it. I can now start an idea on paper, scan it in and finish the idea on my Cintiq without losing the pen & ink feel in the process.”

Samarra’s clients include The New York Times, the Guggenheim, Bliss, Time Magazine, Victoria’s Secret and Cirque du Soleil. She’s exhibited worldwide and won several awards, but gets the biggest kick from seeing her prize-winning 24’ x 120‘ mural, “Heartbeat Brooklyn” featuring a smiling clawfoot bathtub, bagels on a roller coaster, and hot-dogs on a ferris wheel, all frolicking and untouched by graffiti on the side of Lowe’s Brooklyn store.

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Wacom opent tweede Experience Center in Nederland http://eu.shop.wacom.eu/wacom-infochannel/wacom-opent-tweede-experience-center-in-nederland/1039?c=2213303 Vanaf donderdag 19 mei 2016 hebben fotografen, fotobewerkers, illustratoren en digitale kunstenaars de kans om in het nieuwe Wacom Experience Center bij CameraNU.nl op Urk de producten van Wacom te ontdekken en zelf uit te proberen.

Wacom opent tweede Experience Center in Nederland

Vanaf donderdag 19 mei 2016 hebben fotografen, fotobewerkers, illustratoren en digitale kunstenaars de kans om in het nieuwe Wacom  Experience Center bij CameraNU.nl op Urk de producten van Wacom  te ontdekken en zelf uit te proberen.

Van het Cintiq 27QHD pen display tot aan het Wacom Intuos Art Pen & Touch tekentablet staat hier de volledige productlijn van Wacom opgesteld. Geïnteresseerden kunnen hier uitgebreid aan de slag om te ontdekken welk van de brede  range pen tablets, creatieve pen displays en  professionele  mobiele  oplossingen  het  best  bij  hun  past. Medewerkers van CameraNU.nl  staan  klaar  voor  uitleg.  Het is dan  ook de  perfecte plek voor elke fotograaf, grafischnontwerper, kunstenaar en iedereen die zijn creativiteit tot uiting wil brengen!

Tijdens de opening zijn Wacom  product  experts Stefan Vermulst en Olger van Cootwijk aanwezig voor vragen. Ook op zaterdag 21 mei zal Stefan Vermulst productdemonstraties geven. 

Met de opening van het nieuwe Wacom Experience Center bij CameraNU.nl biedt Wacom de professionele eindgebruiker en enthousiaste amateur een tweede locatie in Nederland aan om het gehele Wacom assortiment te bekijken en uit te proberen. Het eerste Wacom Experience Center van Nederland werd geopend  in  september 2015 en is gevestigd bij Informatique Computers en Componenten in Berkel en Rodenrijs in de omgeving van Rotterdam.

CameraNU.nl is één van de grootste fotowinkels in Nederland. Op een oppervlakte van 800m2 krijgen hier professionals vakkundig advies op maat. De winkel op Urk is centraal gelegen en makkelijk te bereiken.

Opening Wacom Experience Center

Datum 19 mei 2016 14.00 uur 
Adres CameraNU.nl, Het Spijk 8, 8321 WT, Urk 
Link http://www.cameranu.nl/nl/wac 

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