Wacom eStore - official Onlinestore Wacom InfoChannel http://eu.shop.wacom.eu/wacom-infochannel?p=7 2017-11-20T03:05:57Z 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.

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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.

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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.

Colour:

"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."

Light:

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.


Character

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

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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:
DeviantArt
Facebook @Mikiko
Instagram @mikikoponczeck
Twitter @Zombiesmile
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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!

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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 

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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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Calendar

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.

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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.

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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.

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Thu, 10 Mar 2016 11:18:05 +100
Tutorial | Tell Your Story with Intuos Comic and Clip Studio Paint http://eu.shop.wacom.eu/wacom-infochannel/tutorial-tell-your-story-with-intuos-comic-and-clip-studio-paint/1022?c=2213303 The Intuos Comic pairs hardware and software to help you pair words and pictures. That's the basis of sequential art, after all, and the new Intuos tablet with Celsys' Clip Studio Paint software provides you with the tools you need to tell your comic book, manga or graphic nov...

Tell Your Story with Intuos Comic and Clip Studio Paint

The Intuos Comic pairs hardware and software to help you pair words and pictures. That's the basis of sequential art, after all, and the new Intuos tablet with Celsys' Clip Studio Paint software provides you with the tools you need to tell your comic book, manga or graphic novel story.

Here, prolific comic book creator Cat Farris shows you how to get started by walking through:

1. Setting up the tablet and software
2. Roughing out characters
3. Creating characters
4. Laying out pages
5. Coloring
6. Creating word balloons

Learn how to get started using the Intuos Comic tablet with Clip Studio Paint to tell your story, below:

Tablet Setup

 

 

Roughing out Characters in Clip Studio Paint

 

 

Character creation in Clip Studio Paint

 

 

Coloring in Clip Studio Paint

 

Laying out pages in Clip Studio Paint

 

Creating word balloons in Clip Studio Paint

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Wed, 09 Mar 2016 14:38:45 +100
Interview with Ladislas Chachignot | The Endless Possibilities a Cintiq can O... http://eu.shop.wacom.eu/wacom-infochannel/interview-with-ladislas-chachignot-the-endless-possibilities-a-cintiq-can-offer/1020?c=2213303 As artists, we all have the goal to create images with a strong visual impact and atmosphere that reflects our own personal style. To achieve this goal, we look for the right influences and tools that help us get there.

The Endless Possibilities a Cintiq can Offer

As artists, we all have the goal to create images with a strong visual impact and atmosphere that reflects our own personal style. To achieve this goal, we look for the right influences and tools that help us get there.
With this in mind we asked Ladislas Chachignot, freelance illustrator and designer based in Marseille (France), what inspires and drives him.

Here are the fruits of that interview, as well as some of his personal projects and creations made with the Cintiq offering endless possibilities. From school bags, sneakers, Vinyl design to apparel or even engraved limited phone cases. In parallel Ladislas is part of a poster art community, often creating alternative portraits and graphic tributes to movies.

Where are you in your career and how did you get there?

I’ve studied Art History in high school and graduated with a BTECH degree in a visual communications in Marseille. After this, I started working as a designer. I was splitting my time between music and graphic design. About a year ago I’ve stopped creating music and decided to work full time mostly on illustration, a creative field that fits me the best. 

What is your favorite style to work in and why?

I think I have multiple styles I like to work with, but two main ones I use the most: digital painting (portraits for the most part) and vector art.

Your styles vary across your work, what makes you experiment in different styles? 

This probably comes from the fact that I’m still looking to find myself as a creative, as I do not consider myself as an established designer just yet. Experimenting and creating various things is what I enjoy doing. I want to follow my interests!

When you are a freelancer like me, you are free to do whatever you like. So I want to use this freedom to try new things and discover/ learn new ways.
Eventually some specific aspects in my creativity will emerge. I don’t have a schedule on that, I just try to have fun and do my best on my commissioned & personal projects.

Was this the result of a change in your inner journey?

Absolutely! About two years ago, I was frustrated by the fact that I was not drawing anymore. In college/ school I used to draw a lot. I was drawing monsters and funky characters (being a fan of Jayce and the wheeled warriors).

After my formation and in my early days of freelancing, I didn’t have the time to draw much and I did not make any time for personal projects. So I decided to change the course and learn to draw portraits (something I truly enjoy). Since then I decided to allow myself some time to create things for me, creations without any brief. I just wanted to follow and experiment more to discover who I am as a creative person.

Do you have an additional job? If so, how do you distribute your hours? And how do you manage your motivation and discipline?

I work full time as an illustrator and graphic designer on various projects, some are more creative than others, but I definitely evolved since I decided to work more on things I enjoy doing. Focussing on personal projects, is my motivation.

To work as a freelance you have to be serious about time. I work from 9am to 6/6.30 pm. After that, I relax and try to socialize with my friends. This allow me to fuel my battery for the next day.

Where do you create your work and what is special to you about your workspace and environment?

I create all my work in my office where I surround myself with a collection various graphic stuff that inspire me. Also, I’m obsessed with pine cones (I am weird like that). I collect them from everywhere, i really like their shape.

My workspace is a mirror of who I am as a creative. Sometimes it’s totally crowded and other times I clear up the space again.

What tools do you use to create art?

For my creations, I work mostly digital. Years ago, I first got a Cintiq 12WX and from that moment on I knew this was opening a new world of possibilities. I was able to draw directly in softwares and I discovered the world of digital painting. I owned several Cintiq models through the years (like the Companion Hybrid and recently I bought a Cintiq 22HD).

I can work with this feeling of freedom thanks to my Wacom products. The sensibility of the pen, the buttons that you can customize with shortcuts and the natural feel of the surface. It’s just something that is part of my creative tools and methods. It helped me so much by pushing my creativity and being able to create more complex things.

I love details, and with Cintiq I’m able to work on details, zoom in or out and erase in a blink of an eye, draw subtle strokes and do all this with a very natural feel.
I definitely owe Wacom a lot for supporting me in my art journey :).

What’s your stance on creating artwork digitally vs traditional methods?

The digital world openend new possibilities, it’s a revolution, a bit like from painting to photography. Some people use that in a very talented and creative way. I do digital painting, but in a specific way that is, to me, the honest and creative way.

For exemple, in my alternative posters I use the digital medium as I would use traditional one. I draw, but I don’t trace any of my portraits, instead I draw and correct them until I’m happy with it. Then I start to paint digitally, using the possibilities. However, I believe it is truely the same approach as the traditional one. I’m mixing colors, use digital brushes. The process is way more complex than in traditional, because of the possibilities. It allows you to correct and fix, improve, adjust and create more quickly that you could do with traditional painting.

I think Digital Art doesn’t receive yet the recognition it deserves. The future is more and more digital, and I think you will see more and more digital art in exhibitions.

As a french artist, how is art celebrated in your country and does the culture affect your illustrative work?

I’m very lucky to be born in France. The country has this art culture in general (cinema, photography, painting). And I am lucky I was born in a country that respect the freedom for creation that is art. That doesn’t mean it’s easy to be an artist in France, though. But if you live in a big city, you have access to many cultural and artistic events and that’s a great thing!

French culture influences me, it also taught me to be open minded. Great French artists (ancient and present ones too) inspire me. But I also learned to discover and look outside of France. I must admit that I’m very influenced by foreign cultures and art, aspecially ancient civilisations like Mayan/ Aztec Art, Egyptian art or ancient Asiatic art. I like it, so I might create stuff in a French way haha :D.

Do you have any tips for beginner artists?

The best advice I can give is to follow your interests and make time to create things for you, like personal projects. In the future, these projects will be very valuable. All of us are in the same boat, when it’s about creation we’re shaped by our experiences, our tastes and this is unique to each of us. It a great starting point, I believe.

So I would advice you to create things you like to create. Also be open minded and share your work and knowledge, so you can  learn form others. For example, I upload projects on Behance to be presented in a good way and explain how I create my stuff. I also check out other peoples creatives projects and I learn from that. Internet is a gigantic library and it’s 24/7 free to consult.

Last tip, a very important one:
Try to be surrounded by friends who give you support, it’s great to have friends and people who support your path in creation and push you to evolve.

Thanks

Thanks everyone for reading, hopefully it will be useful. If you’re interested in Ladislas´ creations, feel free to connect with him through social pages:

Facebook @Ladislas
Twitter @LA10LAS
Behance
Website: http://www.ladislasdesign.com

Also a big thanks to Poster Spy for introducing us to Ladislas and other amazing artists!

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Mon, 07 Mar 2016 11:06:38 +100
How Students Use Bamboo Spark http://eu.shop.wacom.eu/wacom-infochannel/how-students-use-bamboo-spark/1019?c=2213303 Ready for your smartphone to take some of the class load off your shoulders? Bamboo Spark is a pen and paper notebook that saves all of your notes and equations digitally as you write them. After you’ve taken your notes or worked through your math equations, they’re available ...

How Students Use Bamboo Spark

Ready for your smartphone to take some of the class load off your shoulders? Smartphones - meet Bamboo Spark. Bamboo Spark is a pen and paper notebook that saves all of your notes and equations digitally as you write them. After you’ve taken your notes or worked through your math equations, they’re available on your smartphone. From there you can add them to your OneNote Class Notebook, or Google Classroom, or for written notes, turn them in plain text and add them to a Word doc.

Sound too good to be true? Check out what five college students are saying about Bamboo Spark.

Mostly Morgan:
My Favorite Girl Boss Tool

“Recently I got to try the Wacom Bamboo Spark and it has revolutionized myorganizational system. The Bamboo Spark is a smart folio that allows you to write with pen and paper and then send those notes digitally to your phone or computer. This combines my need to physically write things and keep my lists organized all in one place.”

As We Stumble Along:
5 New Year’s Resolutions You Should Have as a College Student

With Bamboo Spark, “you get the benefits of writing notes by hand, yet the ease of storing them all in one place and on your different devices as well. I’m extremely excitedfor this! And it works on any paper, with any device.”

 

 

 

Stylish, Sassy and Classy:
How to Take Great Notes in Class“

I am impressed with how “smart” the Bamboo Spark is, not only can it take a pdf of mynotes and send it to my laptop, it can transfer my notes into a word document where I can then add or edit anything I have written during class. This is a great feature when it comes time to writing an essay, because you can use your notes as an outline to get you started. My friends have been loving my Bamboo Spark because if anyone misses class, I can easily email them a pdf or a word document of that day’s notes.”

 

Miss Millennia Magazine:
Sharing Notes, Sharing Lives: Bridging the Gap withthe Bamboo Spark

“(When) I use the Spark in class, I can write everything down by hand (which is better for your memory, by the way), and then keep it on file for when I need it at the end of the semester. Best of both worlds, right? It’s also a lot lighter than my laptop, so I can just (carefully) throw it in my bag and go without having to decide which books or items are expendable for a long day walking back and forth across campus.”



The Whole Tara: Thoughts:
Two of My Favorite Inspirational Quotes

“Wacom (a seriously awesome tech company based out of Japan) sent me this cloud-saving, computer-connecting notepad called Bamboo Spark… It looks like a tablet case, but when you open it you’ll find an old fashioned notebook that does a lot more than you think…This is particularly helpful for when you need your grocery list or to-do list savedin various places. Also, if you’re the kind of person that needs to write things down to remember them, but doesn’t want to carry a big notebook.”

Ready to see Bamboo Spark in action?

 
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