Wacom eStore - official Onlinestore Wacom InfoChannel http://eu.shop.wacom.eu/wacom-infochannel?p=7 2018-01-21T07:19:11Z 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?

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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Thu, 19 May 2016 15:47:30 +100
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 

Tue, 17 May 2016 10:27:18 +100
Launching at London Fashion Week with Bamboo Spark: We are KIN http://eu.shop.wacom.eu/wacom-infochannel/launching-at-london-fashion-week-with-bamboo-spark-we-are-kin/1038?c=2213303 Ngoni Rutendo Chikwenengere – or simply NRC as she refers to herself – is a lifestyle blogger and fashion designer. She just debuted at London Fashion Week with her label ‘We are KIN’. For a girl growing up watching Fashion TV on repeat this is a dream come true.

Launching at London Fashion Week with Bamboo Spark: We are KIN

Ngoni Rutendo Chikwenengere – or simply NRC as she refers to herself – is a lifestyle blogger and fashion designer. She just debuted at London Fashion Week with her label ‘We are KIN’. For a girl growing up watching Fashion TV on repeat this is a dream come true.

“Presenting a collection at London Fashion Week meant getting organised” remembers Ngoni. “I was constantly circling ideas and to dos with the team.”
Check out the video below for the behind-the-scenes view of the exciting moments just before the show, see where she gets her inspiration from and watch how she keeps track of everything by using the Bamboo Spark.


What’s in a Name?

The name ‘We Are KIN’ comes from ideas of kindred spirits. It is a very inclusive brand and collaboration is at the heart of it. Not surprisingly, her work philosophy and advice for other aspiring talents is as clear and straight forward as her design: “Work hard and be nice – you never know who is watching!”

Ngoni finds her inspiration from anything anywhere. She loves travelling, cooking, baking, working out and of course fashion. Her blog IamNRC is a visual diary of all this and keeping up with the constant flow of ideas is so much easier now. “In an ideal world I would be able to sketch my ideas on paper and have them digital. With the Bamboo Spark this is totally possible.”

To purchase or learn about Bamboo Spark, click here.

Mon, 09 May 2016 11:55:35 +100
Born to be a Wildfang: Bamboo Spark and Relentless Hustle http://eu.shop.wacom.eu/wacom-infochannel/born-to-be-a-wildfang-bamboo-spark-and-relentless-hustle/1037?c=2213303 What makes someone a Wildfang? A touch of tomboy, a bit of sass and a large dash of confidence. Wildfang is more than a retailer of clothes – it’s a movement dedicated to women, created by women.

Born to be a Wildfang: Bamboo Spark and Relentless Hustle

Swings, carving walls and sprinkles of the color green bring the Wildfang retail space in Portland to life. These touches of whimsy make the space comfortable and collaborative, and showcase a dedication to detail that is part of the brands secret sauce.

Most of the store is custom and made to move with the events that the Wildfang crew holds often. What makes someone a Wildfang? A touch of tomboy, a bit of sass and a large dash of confidence. Wildfang is more than a retailer of clothes – it’s a movement dedicated to women, created by women. Founder and CEO Emma McIlroy explains, “We don’t mind if you just stop by the store to say hi and have a Pabst beer with us. We know that you’ll remember us later, and recommend us to friends. The name of the game is longevity and we’re here to stay.”

Relentless Hustle

Relentless hustle is the name of the game for this dedicated entrepreneur.  When asked how she took a business idea and turned it into a success, McIlroy answered simply: focus on core competencies. “At Wildfang, do three things really well: content, collaboration and stores. We create quality blogs, viral campaigns and imagery by listening to our customer’s conversations and watching for trends. We can pivot quickly with partners because our small team is nimble, allowing us to create new lines as inspiration strikes. We can make a store come to life faster and on a tighter budget than others because we utilize our community to create the space.” McIlroy’s palpable confidence transfers to her unstoppable team. Wildfang started with the flicker of inspiration that two women (McIlroy and her co-founder Julia Parsley) had when they were out shopping and couldn’t find clothes that suited their style or fit.

The dynamic duo knew they couldn’t be the only people interested in tomboy chic, and their market research backed up their impression. Since that day, Wildfang has grown into a team of 21, expanded to two retail fronts and gained worldwide distribution on their popular e-store, featuring a blog dedicated to the feminist in all of us. To keep moving forward, Wildfang staff continually refine their workflow “We believe in the power of analog. Most of our brainstorms are done that way. You can’t build a brand without something tangible,” explained McIllroy when asked about the usefulness of Bamboo Spark for a business on the go. “We can share notes and sketches from the road, or simply from the other store,” she continued. Taralyn Thuot, Wildfang’s Creative Director, chimed in, “We are creating so much content and we need to stay organized. With Bamboo Spark, I can make shot lists or sketch looks quickly and share with the touch of a button. This is crucial with tight timelines and a small team. There is no time to waste.”


From inception, the Wildfang crew knew that social media and partnerships were going to be an important part of building a brand. “A lot of our content is actually consumer street style,” says Thuot. “Some of our best ideas have come from taking something that a Wildfang friend has shared and turning into something that anyone can wear.” This inclusive nature is working, and in turn the name Wildfang is spreading rapidly. McIllroy and team continue to focus on community, “We’ve been fortunate with ambassadors. They come from many walks of life, and all of our relationships are true and organic.” Whether a soccer player like Megan Rapinoe or a rock star like Janelle Monae, or a Wildfang at heart, all are welcome to sit in the Wildfang club.
To shop Wildfang, click here.

To purchase or learn about Bamboo Spark, click here.

Mon, 09 May 2016 11:32:31 +100
Pixel Art Tutorial | The Watchers of the Wall http://eu.shop.wacom.eu/detail/index/sArticle/1036/sCategory/2213303 Andrew Scaife is an UK based comic writer and artist and covers the basics and details on how to build up an image in a pixel style.

The Watchers of the Wall - Pixel Art Tutorial by Andrew Scaife

Andrew Scaife is an UK based comic writer and artist and creates pixel style images. Last year he wrote a tutorial for a pixel art drawing of The Walking Dead. He covered the basics of how to build up an image in a pixel style. For those who haven’t read it, here is a a super-quick summary:

How to make pixel art:

• Create a file in Photoshop with a really small canvas. I use 320x200 pixels. 
• Use the Pencil tool so your brush strokes have hard edges.
• Draw your image using layers to build up the image and add variety of tone and shading (I’ll go into more detail about this below).
• When you’re finished enlarge your image to the desired size, making sure to select Nearest Neighbor (hard edges) from the drop down menu.

In the following tutorial Andrew will go more into detail about the specific methods on creating pixel art, as well as some of his thoughts about how to use colour. He uses an Intuos Pro (M) and Photoshop CC.

The art work is also included in Andrew´s new book, "Point & Click", where he takes episodes of hisfavourite TV shows and re-imagines them as classic point and click adventure games.

Getting started:

Each of the drawings starts with a rough sketch. At this stage you are trying to work out the composition and all of the basic shapes. Andrew uses the pressure sensitivity on the Intuos to keep it loose.

Image 1 - sketch

Once you are happy, start to fill in the shapes with rough colours. Put each shape into a different layer, starting at the back of the picture i.e. sky, then ground, tree, ice wall, wooden lookout etc. This image has 15 layers in it so far.

Image 1 - flats

Andrew likes to use many layers, because it gives me more control over all the different elements.

At this stage, the colours don’t really matter. You will be working on Clipping Layers to finalise the colours and add shading.

Clipping Layers:

Set up around 4-5 layers on top of each of the existing layers. Make the Clipping Layers by right clicking on them and selecting ‘Create Clipping Mask’. 

Anything you draw in these Clipping Mask layers will only show within the boundaries of the basic shape on the original layer. This is great as you can work fast and loose without worrying about going over the edges.

Normal, Multiply and Overlay Layers:

There are many types of setting you can use for your layers. These are the three Andrew uses the most.

Normal: This is the most basic. It’s just a normal layer, nothing fancy. Everything you draw will show up over the top of the layer below it. Use this layer to start trying to work out the tones of image. In this image you are looking at the effect that different light has on the objects in the picture. Andrew will explain this in greater detail further down. This image only includes the Normal layers.

Image 3 – normal layers

Multiply: Use this setting to add shadows. If you set the layer to Multiply and then drop the opacity to around 35%, you can draw over your image using black and it will darken the existing colours. You can use the pressure sensitivity on the Intuos to blend as needed. You don’t need to just have one Multiply layer. "I normally have 2-3 as I build up the shadows.": Andrew says.
This image includes the Normal and Multiply layers.

Image 4 – multiply layers

Overlay: This does the opposite to the Mulitply layers. By drawing with white, you can lighten the colour in the layers beneath. You can use this to add highlights or general glow to larger areas. This image includes the Normal, Multiply and Overlay layers.

Image 5 – overlay layers

Build up these different types of layers until you are happy. There’s 82 layers in this picture. It sometimes helps to group your layers into folders so they’re easier to manage.


"I’ve never studied colour theory, not out of any sense of willful ignorance. I know I could learn a lot beyond looking at a colour wheel and matching complementary colours etc.": Andew says. 

"However, I think everyone knows when something doesn’t look correct, even if they can’t explain why. The great thing about the proliferation in photo apps and filters is that they give everyone the opportunity to play around with their pictures and change colours in interesting ways.

And what you notice is that even if you add a filter to your selfie that makes your skin look blue, it still looks like skin. Our eyes still read that as correct, based on all the other things in the image and that the blue filter also impacts the colour of hair or the wallpaper in the background.

My biggest tip for colouring is to use photo references. These references don’t have to be of the image you’re drawing. It could be any image where the colour scheme appeals to you. Keep a folder of reference photos that you can draw upon. I always have an idea of how I’d like an image to look i.e. warm, stark, muted etc. Part of my process is to research photos to find one that has the feeling I’m looking for. It’s often drawn from my own snapshots. I’ll load an image into Photoshop and use the Eyedropper tool to select my colours."


In this image there are two competing light sources. The blue light of the moon on the left and the golden yellow light of the torches on the right. In the next image Andrew takes you through the process of colouring the wooden look-out.

1-6 step by step process

1. This is the base layer. It’s all one colour, which might be the case if it’s under flat sunlight.
2. This is a Normal layer. Andrew used his reference pictures to see what colour this wooden frame looks like under the blue moonlight or against the torchlight. It still doesn’t need to be perfect; you can change it later if needed.
3. This is your first Multiply layer set to 35% opacity. Using black to add some of the larger mid-tone shadows.
4. This is another Multiply set to 35% opacity. Repeat the above, but now the lines are darker so you can add more detail and deeper shadows.
5. This is an Overlay layer set to 45% opacity. Use white to add highlights on the left and more of a glow on the right.
6. This is what it looks like if you remove the Normal layer from point 2. You can see the shading looks OK but it doesn’t fit with the rest of the image.

Once the background is complete it’s time to work on the character. This always takes longer than you think. "I’m using loose pixels around the collar to suggest fur and ‘fly-away’ hair.": Andrew says.


The final stage is adding in the text and inventory. And then you´re done!

Watchers on the Wall

Point + Click

Andrew´s book is available now from Comicsy.

Follow Andrew on Facebook | Twitter | Tumblr

Tue, 26 Apr 2016 15:12:33 +100
Inking Digitally | Tips & Tricks by Mikiko http://eu.shop.wacom.eu/wacom-infochannel/inking-digitally-tips-und-tricks-by-mikiko/1032?c=2213303 Many people have a hard time inking digitally, so here is a quick introduction to digital inking by the talented and lovely Mikiko Ponczeck. Mikiko will be taking us through how to get steady lines, and some digital things that help make inking a little easier to manage.

Inking Digitally - Tips & Tricks by Mikiko

Many people have a hard time inking digitally, so here is a quick introduction to digital inking by the talented and lovely Mikiko Ponczeck. Mikiko will be taking us through how to get steady lines, and some digital things that help make inking a little easier to manage.

Before we start: you need a graphic tablet. Some people can create INSANE art work with a mouse, but trust, most professionals use a tablet. For inking, you also need pen pressure sensitivity. Mikiko uses the new Intuos Comic medium size which she likes to take with her on the road.

Step 1 - Create a sketch and scan it

Step 2 - Choose a software program for digital inking

Step 3 - Set up your tablet and assign keystrokes

Step 4 - Use layers and shadows

Lastly - Be patient


About Mikiko Ponczeck

Mikiko - aka Zombiesmile - is a comic, manga and game artist. Illustrator and aspiring catlady.

Due to her father's line of work, Mikiko has moved a lot in her childhood, which resulted in her growing up learning many languages and living in places such as Hong Kong and Brussels.
In 1999 she moved to Germany, where she finished school. Together with American concept and comic artist Shaun Healey, she visited the 2010 SMASH! Convention in Sydney as guests of honour.

More about Mikiko and her work:
Facebook @Mikiko
Instagram @mikikoponczeck
Twitter @Zombiesmile

Sun, 20 Mar 2016 16:05:20 +100
Life hacks | Never Start with a Blank Page: Hacks for Students who Love Procr... http://eu.shop.wacom.eu/detail/index/sArticle/1031/sCategory/2213303 You´re so bombarded with info and stuff to do from every direction that you’re totally out of bandwidth. The good news is that you don’t have to feel so overwhelmed. You can be crazy productive, and that phone in your pocket is going to be a key part of the solution.

Never Start with a Blank Page: Hacks for Students who Love Procrastinating

Information overload. You have it. With your phone as your ever-present sidekick, you’re off at classes, working on assignments and trying to have a life outside of school. That’s a lot of stuff to juggle and sometimes prioritizing your tasks is so overwhelming you end up procrastinating or blowing deadlines altogether. Not good!

What’s happening is that you’re so bombarded with info and stuff to do from every direction that you’re totally out of bandwidth. The good news is that you don’t have to feel so overwhelmed. You can be crazy productive, and that phone in your pocket is going to be a key part of the solution.

Take notes. Lots of notes!

Everyone knows how taking notes can help us stay organized and on top of our to-do lists. It’s impossible to keep everything in our heads, but when we record things down it gives thoughts, tasks and information a place to land, freeing up headspace and allowing us to focus on what we need to do in the current moment. It’s a lot easier to retain information when our brains aren’t busy trying to keep 9 billion things going at the same time.

What many people don’t know is that using actual pen and paper is a big secret to this whole deal. The physical act of writing automatically helps us remember things better by activating different areas of our brains. Recording things the old fashioned way seems, well, “old fashioned,” but it absolutely works.

Plan when and where to work

So you’ve wisely decided that lists are your new BFF. You’re making a list of everything, and even breaking them down into where and when you’re going to tackle a task. By planning things out in advance, you’ll get way more done in less time because you’re organized and focused. You just have to make sure you follow your plan and set realistic goals.

For example, instead of saying “At 2:00pm at the library, write 1,000 word essay on the mating habits of giant squid,” plan to do only a small chunk of that essay by breaking it up into 250 word sessions four times. It’s more manageable, less daunting, and you’ll be coming back to your essay with a fresh mind every time. That sounds way better than trying to bang it all out in one sitting, right? You’re pretty much guaranteed to crush it this way. Spreading out the load depends on planning!

Keep class notes organized

Remember what we said earlier about how writing things out longhand helps your memory? Not only will it help you remember your assignments and ideas, but you’ll recall more of what was said in class as well. 

Here’s where your phone comes in handy if you use it in conjunction with your Bamboo Spark. All of these class notes and organizational “to do” lists can be transferred from your notepad to your phone with the push of a single button. You can convert them to plain text with a Wacom Cloud account, store them in Dropbox, add them to OneNote, email them, whatever you need to do. Suddenly having your longhand notes with you is really convenient since you don’t have to lug around a big clunky spiral-bound notebook to review them! When you catch a few moments waiting for your friends to show up at the cafe, just whip out your phone and get your study on.

Never start with a blank page

So with your easy and handy access to your notes you’ve aced your tests. Well done! But the semester isn’t over yet. Next up: the dreaded term paper.

Starting a paper with an empty word doc staring at you is tough. To get the ideas flowing, try sketchnoting. Not only is it fun to use visual thinking to help generate ideas and sort out problems, but it’s the perfect way to prepare for writing since it’s a very deliberate act.

Use your class notes or reading notes to your advantage. Go back through the notes you took on your Bamboo Spark, search for the ones you need, then with your Wacom Cloud account, convert your handwritten notes to plain text. Copy and paste them into word and/or OneNote, delete all of the things you don’t need, and you’re left with the foundation of your paper. Now all you need to do is fill in the blanks. Pro tip: when you copy and paste quotes or facts from websites in OneNote, the source URL is included in your notes.

When you’re using a ballpoint pen and putting it to real paper, you have to think a lot more about what you’re sketching out. This ink is permanent! So your brain is working on a different level and is more engaged than it would be if you were just pushing buttons on your laptop keyboard. Your thoughts will be more developed and fleshed out, and when it does come time to bang the keys your actual writing will go faster and be more cohesive as a result. Boom!

Thu, 17 Mar 2016 14:20:57 +100
How to | Illustrations that Begin with a Note and a Bamboo Spark http://eu.shop.wacom.eu/wacom-infochannel/how-to-illustrations-that-begin-with-a-note-and-a-bamboo-spark/1030?c=2213303 The image of an artist starting her next piece with a favorite retractable pencil or ‘fineliner’ ink pen and (equally important) the exact right notebook with paper that’s both smooth, and offers the precise amount of resistance for that exact right pen is one we’ve seen in co...

Illustrations that Begin with a Note

The image of an artist starting their next piece with a favorite retractable pencil or fine liner pen and (equally important) the exact right notebook with paper that’s both smooth, and offers the precise amount of resistance for that exact right pen is one we’ve seen in countless novels and cafes. After the pen and paper sketches, comes the watercolors, paints and/or felt tips, whether digital or traditional.

Joanna Henly, aka @MissLed, the London-based artist whose large-scale illustration and delicate portraiture have been commissioned by Ted Baker, Nike and Lufthansa airlines begins with pen and paper too. But she adds one more layer to her starting point: note taking. 

How illustrator Miss Led builds her portfolio with an hour’s worth of writing.

Photo credit: Joanna Henly 

“I write every morning for an hour or so. It’s a powerful part of the creative process,” says Henly. She then adds free sketching in, which for her has evolved from just pencil and paper to include digital as well. Sometimes she sits and works out in the world, in busy cafes and restaurants where she may find her next creative idea before heading to her quiet studio.

She adds, “I use the Bamboo Spark when I’m outside my studio or running around in the city and want to sketch or write down ideas that I can continue in the studio on my return.  I love writing notes, they are so much more creative than typing into a computer. From notes come ideas and from them come better projects.”

Henly’s 50,000 Instagram fans track the evolution of her work. Daily she shares her works in progress, behind-the-scenes snapshots of her studio and the inspirations behind her latest campaigns. Many of her followers are aspiring artists themselves so they are hungry to understand her process and want to witness these intimate moments in time that they can relate to in their own practice.

Photo credit: Joanna Henly 

So how does she make Bamboo Spark work for her?

Step 1: Pen and paper.

Henly writes her notes, and gains inspiration from the collection of art in her studio. Then she sketches with her Bamboo Spark. After that, she presses a button and her sketches can be saved as a .pdf or picture file or exported to the free app Bamboo Paper where her ink is still alive. 

Step 2: Refining on iPad

Within Bamboo Paper, Henly evolves her sketches using the Bamboo Fineline 2.

Step 3: Photoshop

Henly then brings her Intuos and Photoshop into the mix to add other images, paper choices and colors for a collage effect.

Henly hasn’t relinquished all her analog tools—she still relies on her retractable pencils and colored pens—but she recognizes how technology has not only made producing her art more streamlined, but ultimately gives her access to a worldwide audience.

She has always been passionate about art and people and when asked about her dream job, for her it’s to create more large-scale work. Here’s her advice to others who want to pursue their art:

  • Always look for opportunities around you
  • Be aware; what surrounds you can inspire you
  • Take notes and photos of everything worth documenting
  • Get your work out there

Regardless of her next project, each time she posts her work and shares her experiences with her online community, she’s already making a large and lasting impression in the art world. 

Photo credit: Joanna Henly 

Thu, 17 Mar 2016 12:55:04 +100
Events | Get inspired, informed and motivated at STAND OUT Photography Forum http://eu.shop.wacom.eu/wacom-infochannel/events-get-inspired-informed-and-motivated-at-stand-out-photography-forum/1028?c=2213303 Get your inspiration on at the STAND OUT Tour 2016 – a series of photographic forums initiated by Phase One wbere you can learn from professionals and learn more about Wacom products for creative professionals in photography.

Get inspired, informed and motivated!

Get your inspiration on at the STAND OUT Tour 2016 – a series of photographic forums initiated by Phase One wbere you can learn from professionals and learn more about Wacom products for creative professionals in photography.

Networking events for photographers 

STAND OUT is a series of community-building and networking events for photographers taking place in four European cities and in Dubai. Photography experts and industry leaders will host a range of seminars to inspire, inform and motivate attendees with their insights and advice. These events also offer the opportunity to see, test and learn more about Wacom products for creative professionals in photography.</p>

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At every edition, attendees have access to industry leaders, inspiring presentations by top professionals, and the opportunity to meet leading photographic brands and their products.

One of the many interesting speakers is the portrait photographer Thibault Stipal. His highly respected work leaves “No room for errors” – so the title of his seminar. He will show how he processes his raw files to get more quality and precision and do an expert demonstration about Wacom products. Thibault Stipal lives and works in Paris and has worked with several renowned publications, labels and advertising agencies, and also on personal projects that he displays in galleries and cultural locations.

PARIS • March 17th, 2016
Speaker: Thibault Stipal
From 10.00 to 19.00 at Pin Up Studios (23-27 av. Jean Moulin. 75014 Paris). 
More info: http://www.standoutphotoforum.eu/#!paris/fynps

MUNICH  April 14th, 2016
Markus Bledowski
More info: http://www.standoutphotoforum.eu/#!munich/aj28w

LONDON  April 21st, 2016
Speaker: Tigz Rice
More info: http://www.standoutphotoforum.eu/#!london/fk55d

MILAN  April 28th, 2016
Speaker: Paolo Baccolo
From 10.00 to 19.00 at SUPERSTUDIO 13 (Via Forcella 13. Milan 20144).
More info: http://www.standoutphotoforum.eu/#!milan/sl1er

STAND OUT DUBAI  May 8th, 2016
More info follows soon. 


Wacom products for creative professionals in photography 

Wacom will showcase a complete range of products at the STAND OUT Photographic Forum. Creative professionals in photography will have the opportunity to test and get expert advice on the Intuos Pro, Cintiq Companion 2 and Cintiq 27QHD.

Mon, 14 Mar 2016 21:29:18 +100
Interview | The traditional drawing experience is closer than ever http://eu.shop.wacom.eu/detail/index/sArticle/1027/sCategory/2213303 The Cintiq Companion isn't just a graphics tablet, it's a computer for professionals.

The traditional drawing experience is closer than ever

As an experienced graphic tablet user, I've always missed the lack of a natural drawing experience. The surfaces were too glossy and artificial, the texture of traditional paper was missing, a new habit of looking at the computer screen instead of the drawing surface was something which didn't seem natural to me and therefore made me a stubborn traditionalist who still preferred drawing on a piece of paper rather than on a tablet.

8In the end, I used a tablet mainly for editing purposes only when necessary. It limited my freedom in using equipment which paradoxically is said to open a variety of new doors when it comes to drawing. But apparently not for me. The breakthrough, however, came when I heard about Wacom's introduction of their new product, the Cintiq Companion, a mobile graphic tablet which brings the traditional drawing experience closer to the user than ever. I was slowly coming out of my dark cave of traditionalism to become a tech-geek..

                When I was given the opportunity to test the Cintiq Companion I didn't know what to expect. I was so excited and curious but also slightly suspicious whether the difference of drawing on this tablet is really as huge as compared to their other products. One of the greatest enhancements for me is the ability to draw directly on the screen, which in my case gave me limitless creative freedom. The 13-inch screen equipped with matte texture reduces glossy reflections, provides you with full control over the stylus which doesn't tend to skid around, and gives a pleasant feeling whether you navigate the GUI with the ProPen or your fingers. Thanks to a well-customised and shape-designed stylus, I can allow myself long drawing sessions without the feeling of fatigue or sliding my fingers off the ProPen. The pressure sensitivity gives the impression of drawing on paper, which really convinces me to draw completely digitally, which I was never fond of. The working process is greatly enhanced with the additional four ExpressKey buttons and the Rocker Ring, which is one of the many ways of personalising and tailoring the tablet to your unique needs. This allows you to set particular shortkeys easily and quickly available under your left hand if you're a right-handed person. It's also possible to change the preferences of the tablet in case you're left-handed.

                The Cintiq Companion isn't just a graphics tablet, it's a computer for professionals. It's equipped with Windows 8, which turned out to work pretty well with a touch screen and, what's more important, doesn't crash when working with Adobe Creative Suite (in fact it's better than the laptop I use on a regular basis). The Cintiq finally enables you to install any software you want to and the system runs smoothly without any interruption, what else is there to wish for? Maybe the opportunity to connect the tablet with your external devices? No problem at all. The Cintiq Companion is equipped with a MiniDisplay, a headphones port, and two SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports, through which it's possible to plug the tablet into your PC (or laptop) if you need a second screen to work on.

                I have no complaints about the battery life, either. It usually takes about 5-7 hours before I need to recharge ir, so I'm satisfied with the durability (I tend to push any of my equipment to its fullest). However, if you're dealing with a massive .psd file with 30+ layers, don't be surprised if the battery will be dead in 3-4h.

                It seems to me that Wacom paid meticulous attention to each equipment piece found inside the Cintiq Companion's box. I was pleased to notice an elegant stylus case with 9 exchangeable nibs, a nib removal tool, and the ProPen inside. It wasn't the only surprise I had when I unpacked the Cintiq, as Wacom also thought about making portability less painfull both for the user and the tablet by designing a smart soft case, which works well with the Cintiq slim design, protects it against any external factors and also has room for a stylus case and a power cable. To make working with the Cintiq Companion comfortable, an adjustable stand is also included in the box, however it's pretty flimsy, not stable enough, and a bit annoying to carry around as the Cintiq tends to slide off the stand.

                As I started to focus on the drawbacks of using the Cintiq Companion, another slightly disturbing issue is the keyboard. Although the tablet has a built-in screen keyboard, which you access either by clicking a keyboard icon or pressing one of the shortkey buttons, I have to say its range of buttons is limited. It lacks a full row of function keys (F1-F12). Of course there's a possibility of using double-button shortkeys, but it's also limited. I found it really problematic to enter shortkeys of three buttons as well. Using Adobe's shortkeys is a bit cumbersome and sometimes even impossible.

                Working with Wacom's Cintiq Companion made me want to step outside of my comfort zone of traditional drawing and play with modern technology. It's pure bliss for any professional illustrator or graphic designer, as it creates an immersive on-screen creative experience. Since the day the Cintiq Companion became a combination of a graphic tablet and a PC, all you need in both your personal and professional life is right next to you wherever you choose to go. It's versatile, ergonomic, nice in touch and, most of all, portable. You can leave your studio where you spend most of your time and go to public places, like cafes, parks, everywhere else, where you can experience something new, be around people, and witness special moments, which now you can easily capture in an instant thanks to the Cintiq Companion. It's compact enough to carry around and big enough to provide you with a sufficient drawing space. Thanks to its versatility, the Cintiq Companion is made both for professional drawing, graphic design and photo editing, as well as entertainment. However, I don't feel it should be recommended for a regular user who's interested in just having an all-rounded tablet due to its pretty high cost. All in all, it seems to me that Wacom knows how to please their often demanding customers. They not only work on the enhancement of their products, but also come closer and closer to providing the user with a traditional drawing experience.

Mon, 14 Mar 2016 13:55:58 +100
Tutorial | Speed Up Your Retouching with Intuos Pro http://eu.shop.wacom.eu/wacom-infochannel/tutorial-speed-up-your-retouching-with-intuos-pro/1023?c=2213303 With over a decade of experience working with Wacom technology, the Intuos Pro has become an integral part of Tigz Rice entire workflow. Setting the industry standard for detail, precision and efficiency in re-touching, here’s an insight into how the Intuos Pro plays a vital r...

Speed Up Your Retouching with Intuos Pro

With over a decade of experience working with Wacom technology, the Intuos Pro has become an integral part of Tigz Rice entire workflow. Setting the industry standard for detail, precision and efficiency in re-touching, here’s an insight into how the Intuos Pro plays a vital role in her post-production workflow.

In addition, Tigz Rice will be offering a series of live demonstrations of her re-touching workflow on the Wacom stand at The Photography Show 2016. For more information and timetables, click here.

1. Pick your image

After a shoot, all the images are imported into Lightroom for post-production. The first thing I need to do is filter out the best images, which can be done in multiple ways, including the Pick and Reject method. The shortcuts for Pick (P) and Reject (X) are at opposite ends of the keyboard, which for my small hands is a bit of a stretch, meaning I was often having to look down at the keyboard and reset my fingers on the correct buttons. If I was going through the images with a client, it also meant explaining what the shortcut keys did. Instead, I have the top two ExpressKeys on my Intuos Pro programmed with the P and X shortcuts so they are next toeach other and easy to find for clients. Onan average shoot, this simple switch could save me a few minutes.

ExpressKeys are simple to set up and can be done in System Prefer-ences. Click on Functions > ExpressKeys and either choose an option from the dropdown menu of suggested shortcuts, or assign your own cus-tom Keystroke as I have done above.

2. Map to screen

Once the best images are chosen, I can start to make the necessary adjustments to my chosen selection of images in Lightroom’s Develop module. With the Intuos Pro’s default settings offering a ‘map to screen’ functionality, my hand instinctively knows that it needs to travel to the right hand side of the tablet to access the sliders, rather than panning around the screen with a mouse or trackpad trying to get the cursor into the right place. Using the Wacom pen also gives me pinpoint precision and smooth adjustments on Lightroom sliders.

3. Customize buttons for easy access

Not everything in my retouching workflow can be done in Lightroom, so I need to make use of Adobe’s dynamic link to Photoshop. As with all software packages, some features in Lightroom - such as the extended ‘Edit In’ menu - don’t actually have shortcuts available and rely on right click sub-menus.

There are two buttons on the side of the Wacom Intuos Pro pen that can be customised - the lower of the two (nearest the nib) is by default set as right click. I rely on this shortcut button quite heavily throughout my entire workflow.

4. Gestures

Photoshop is where I get a bit more involved with my images, spending time cleaning up any including fly away hairs, spots and the occasional fire exit sign. I always take a close up look at these specific areas of my image first, using the Touch features of the Intuos Pro to zoom into the area in more detail. If you’ve used a generic smartphone or a tablet before, the Standard Gestures built into the Wacom Intuos Pro are very similar, including zoom, scroll and rotate.

There are 13 Standard Gestures in total, along with an additional 5 customisable Gestures, built into the Wacom Intuos Pro range. A full list of them - along with some helpful gesture demonstration animations - can be found in your Wacom Preferences Window under Touch > Standard Gestures.

5. Get editing

Once I’ve looked at the area in more details, its time to get editing in Photoshop. Most commonly I will reach for the Healing Tool first, turning on the Use Pen Pressure For Size option in the menu. (There’s also a shortcut icon next to Sample All Layers) This allows the Intuos Pro’s 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity to control the size ofmy brush without having to constantly scale the brush up and down for individual areas of retouching. A soft touch will result in a smaller healing selection, whilst a firm touch will fill the entire brush radius. This pen pressure feature also works with a wide range of tools including the Brush, Eraser, Clone, Heal, Dodge and Burn Tools.

6. Using the touch ring

On the occasions where I do actually need to go in and alter my brush size, the Touch Ring on the Intuos Pro offers a fast resize option without needing to go into any of the brush sub menus. Rotate clockwise to enlarge the brush size and anticlockwise to reduce the brush size.

7. Setting up express keys

Whilst retouching, I sometimes need to rely on the Undo command to take a step or two back in my workflow. However, the shortcut for repeatedly stepping back in Lightroom is CMD+Z, whilst Photoshop is CMD + ALT + Z. One of the great features of the Intuos Pro is that is allows a different set of ExpressKeys (as well as My Gestures and On-Screen Con-trols) for each of my software packages. Once again, this can all be programmed in Wacom Preferences by clicking on the plus icon next to the Applications ba rto add in details for additional software packages. Plus, I don’t need to worry about forgetting what all the ExpressKeys are set to, because the Intuos Pro has a has a handy Heads Up Display feature toremind me.

8. Setting up shortcuts

As for that second button on the Intuos Pro pen, this is where I keep all my processing actions, such as Dodge & Burn, Sharpen and handy links to tools like Liquify. Many of these processes involve the creation ofmul-tiple layers, so the ability to automate them at the click of a button signifi-cantly reduces the amount of time I need to spend in post-production overall. Under Functions > On-Screen Controls, I can set up a Radial Menu containing 8 of my favourite shortcuts and processes as before, which can be accessed at the click of a button.

For serious shortcut lovers who may want space for even more shortcuts, the On-Screen Controls will also allow for have sub-menus within the ra-dial menu, branching out into another 8 shortcuts. In fact, itis possible tohave all Photoshop shortcuts accessible from just the one pen button alone.

9. Save and Export

Finally, once I’m happy with my image, I can Save my image back into Lightroom by clicking onmy Save (CMD + S) ExpressKey on the Intuos Pro and then use my Right Click button on the pen back in Lightroom to start an Export preset running.

About Tigz Rice

My name is Tigz Rice and I am a photographer, retoucher and self-confessed lingerie addict based in the UK. I founded Tigz Rice Studi-osin 2009 as place for my adventures in photography to call home. Originally finding my niche in the burlesque and cabaret industry, mysignature style has evolved throughout the years to lend elements ofvintage glamour and theatrical grandeur to the world of haute cou-ture, contour fashion and luxury lingerie.

As a self confessed girl geek, technological experimentation and evo-lution plays an important role inmy post production. My first ever Wacom tablet - the Intuos 3 - was an early birthday present from myparents back in 2005, after having discovered the company whilst attending a trade show in London. Wacom had won me over instantly that day with the ability to work with my left hand on the tablet. Being a leftie, I’d spent over a decade trying to train my non-dominant right hand tobeas functional and skilled with a mouse, but had never real-ly managed to achieve results that were good enough. Asit turned out, the issue was never really about my non-dominant hand, but the quality of the tools used.

When introduced to the precision and efficiency of Wacom technolo-gy, the difference in the quality ofmy work was instantly noticeable. That Wacom tablet travelled back and forth with meto college, uni-versity and future freelancing jobs, before upgrading to the Intuos 4,Intuos 5 and now the Intuos Pro, which has pride of place in the cen-tre ofmy studio desk, enduring a full 8 (probably more like 12) hours of post production and admin every day.

Thu, 10 Mar 2016 11:18:05 +100