Wacom eStore - official Onlinestore Wacom InfoChannel http://eu.shop.wacom.eu/wacom-infochannel?p=7 2017-09-22T04:50:24Z 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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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.

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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.

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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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Fixing a Tattoo with the Cintiq Companion 2 http://eu.shop.wacom.eu/wacom-infochannel/fixing-a-tattoo-with-the-cintiq-companion-2/1016?c=2213303 Wacom teamed with Big Gus this year at The Biggest Tattoo Show on Earth and chronicled a nightmare tattoo fix from start to finish, including his stop at the Cintiq Companion 2, where he worked with his client to view an accurate mockup and ensure he'd love his repaired should...

Fixing a Nightmare Tattoo with the Cintiq Companion 2

Since 2012, Big Gus of Big Gus Ink has been helping body art enthusiasts right regrettable decisions on Spike TV's Tattoo Nightmares. Along with Jasmine Rodriguez and Tommy Helm, Big Gus has used his exemplary skills to transform old tattoos into completely new works of art to suit each client's needs and help them shed the weight of wearing a tattoo they just can't stand anymore.

Wacom teamed with Big Gus this year at The Biggest Tattoo Show on Earth and chronicled a nightmare tattoo fix from start to finish, including his stop at the Cintiq Companion 2, where he worked with his client to view an accurate mockup and ensure he'd love his repaired shoulder piece.

Watch the full Cintiq Companion 2-aided tattoo transformation below:

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Tutorial | How to Make an Animated GIF http://eu.shop.wacom.eu/wacom-infochannel/tutorial-how-to-make-an-animated-gif/1015?c=2213303 They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but these days people count on animated GIFs to convey an additional dimension of emotion on social media.Illustrators needn\'t worry about getting lost in the GIF shuffle, though. It\'s easy to make your own using your original ar...

How to Make an Animated GIF With Brooke A. Allen

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but these days people count on animated GIFs to convey an additional dimension of emotion on social media.Illustrators needn't worry about getting lost in the GIF shuffle, though. It's easy to make your own using your original artwork.

Comic book creator Brooke A. Allen, known for her work as the artist of Lumberjanes from Boom! Studios, has you covered with this Create More tutorial that shows you how to create an animated GIF using Adobe Photoshop and an Intuos Pro tablet.

Start with a piece of art and use Photoshop's timeline to transform a single image into an animated file you can share on sites like Tumblr, or in text messages on your smartphone. Who knows? It may kickstart even more animation creation with your Wacom tablet of choice.

Learn how to create an animated GIF with Brooke below:

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Intuos Art | Step by Step Guide to Painting Digitally http://eu.shop.wacom.eu/wacom-infochannel/intuos-art-step-by-step-guide-to-painting-digitally/1012?c=2213303 Whether you're a beginner to digital art or art in general, our five-step tutorial will show you how to create a work of digital art from start to finish.

Learn to Paint Digitally with the Intuos Art Tablet

Artist Aaron Blaise has been working on some of Disney's most celebrated animated features as both an animator and director for almost 25 years, and much of that time has been spent at the helm of a Wacom tablet. So when we went looking for the perfect instructor to demonstrate how to create beautiful digital paintings with the Intuos Art and its included Corel Painter Essentials software, the director of Brother Bear was a no-brainer.

Whether you're a beginner to digital art or art in general, Aaron's five-step tutorial will show you how to create a work of digital art from start to finish. You'll see how to start with a rough drawing, refine it, rough in color, create shadows and highlights, and complete a piece with finishing details. You won't just learning how to use software and hardware, you'll be absorbing fundamental skills from a master.

Watch the entire series for more than 45 minutes of expert instruction, below:

Rough Drawing

 

 

Refining a Drawing

 

 

Roughing in Color

 

 

Creating Shadows and Highlights

 

Adding Finishing Details to an Image

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How to Create Your Own Stationery on the iPad http://eu.shop.wacom.eu/wacom-infochannel/how-to-create-your-own-stationery-on-the-ipad/1008?c=2213303 Some things in life require that personal, hand-written touch. Everyday greetings, lunch notes, or love letters get that extra bit of substance when you break away from the keyboard. As a busy freelancer, I’m always looking to pack in creativity that’s simple, fun, and quick t...

How to Create Your Own Stationery on the iPad

by Valerie Seijas

Some things in life require that personal, hand-written touch. Everyday greetings, lunch notes, or love letters get that extra bit of substance when you break away from the keyboard. As a busy freelancer, I’m always looking to pack in creativity that’s simple, fun, and quick to complete. I like using my Bamboo Stylus fineline with the Bamboo Paper app for the iPad to create something more personal on the fly.

In this tutorial I’m going to walk you through a few simple steps to creating your very own stationery — for print, email, or somewhere in-between.

1. Visualize the Finished Product

Setting a goal can really help kickstart a project. What do you want your stationery to look like? Tall and skinny? Perfectly square? Maybe something simple and classic?

Sometimes I refer to standard stationery sizes for inspiration. Here are a few good starting points:

4 Bar — 4 7/8″ x 3 1/2″
aka: The Perfect Thank You Note
Also great for reminders and quick to-do lists.

Square — about 5.5” x 5.5”
Easy to mail, easy to Instagram.

A7 / Postcard — 5”x7”
Classic size for invitations, postcards, mailers, or holiday greetings.
Most any size work for my printer at home, so whipping up a quick note on some photo paper was never easier.
Remember, it’s just a starting point. Since my iPad is about the same size as a standard postcard, I’m going to start with a 5x7” card in mind.

2. Select a Style

A blank screen can be daunting! Sketching on themes or motifs can help you hone in on the perfect idea.

Themes

Themes are a great way to personalize stationery. Think of everyday objects or symbols and ideas that tell a story about you.

What represents you? Are you an avid skier or a secret bird watcher? Do you love Paris, books, or binge-watching Netflix?


Motifs & Patterns

Express your creativity using graphic elements. The arrangement of simple geometric shapes, lines, and colors can make a smart note pop.

What shapes or patterns surround you? Are you more paisley than polka dot? Chevron or stripe?


Initials & Monograms

Artfully include your initials or signature on your stationery to make it truly personal.

What represents you? A decorative single initial? A simple signature?


or this card, I think I’ll use some fresh flowers as inspiration.

3. Sketch Thumbnails of Your Layout

Here’s why you try out a few different layouts to get a sense of how much space you should fill using the Bamboo Stylus fineline (for tips on getting started with your fineline, click here). For these quick sketches I like to use the classic Pencil brush with a medium grey tone.

Sketch out some simple ideas to see what works (and what ultimately does not). Keep in mind the basic elements of good design and remember to leave enough room for notes, signatures, or stamps.

4. Select Your Favorite

After sketching a few ideas, take a look at your work.

What’s working for you? What isn’t working? Will you have enough room to write? Is the design simple enough to complete?

5. Create a Color Palette

Before we move onto the final design, pick out a few colors that work with your sketch. Bamboo Paper makes picking a palette easy and accessible.

First, I choose my flat colors. The Brush Pen is great for quickly laying down bright color and filling in shapes. Draw a few basic shapes so you can see how your colors coordinate. Erase and choose another color if your first shot doesn’t feel quite right.

Once I have my palette, I’ll use different brushes to play with layering and textures. Here I used the Felt Tip to see how the color blends when I overlap strokes.

Start simply. One or two colors can really make your design stand out. You can always add more as you go along if it feels incomplete.

6. Draft Your Final Design

Create a new page in your notebook. Using your favorite thumbnail as a guide, start drafting your final design.
I like to start with a line drawing, adding more color and fill after I get the main shapes in place.
Keep it loose and don’t be afraid to change things up as you go.

7. Round Out the Details

Now that I have a great line drawing, it’s time to play with color and add the final touches.

Choose a brush for the fills — the Felt Pen and Watercolor brush are great for layering. Here, I used the Felt pen to create a watercolor-like effect. For the bloom, I began in the center, working my way outwards in layers to capture the light that comes through the bloom of the flower.

Don’t worry about coloring precisely in the lines. Layered colors and depths can give your design an expressive quality.

When the design just about finished, I’ll make one final pass with the Eraser to clean up any unwanted marks I may have made in the creative process.

8. Save & Send!

Use the Share button to save or send your new notecard. I like to use the built in Wacom Dropzone feature. It keeps all my ideas in one place and makes it easy to send or print from my computer later on.

- Print It at Home
- Email It to a Friend
- Share it on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, or Tumblr
- Send it off to a professional printer like Shutterfly

Stationery is about accenting your words with personality. Keep things simple and let your design shine.


Keep creating on your iPad with the latest tutorials, tips and inspiration from Bamboo News by clicking here.

Valerie Seijas is a freelance Illustrator & Designer who works with Fortune 500 companies, startups, and non-profits to solve problems and create better digital experiences. She lives and works in New York City. To see more of her work, visitwww.valerieseijas.com.

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Bamboo Spark for Writers: Write Longhand and Covert to Text http://eu.shop.wacom.eu/wacom-infochannel/bamboo-spark-for-writers-write-longhand-and-covert-to-text/1007?c=2213303 Introducing Bamboo Spark: a smart notebook that saves your handwritten notes digitally. In a beta-version it even allows you to convert those handwritten notes to plain text instead of retyping. Now writers of all stripes can write like their heroes while continuing to move th...

Bamboo Spark for Writers: Write Longhand and Covert to Text

Writers: now you can join the ranks of Joyce Carol Oates, Neil Gaiman and Amy Tan. Those famous writers write longhand. For most writers, however, the thought of writing by hand and then typing all of those words can feel like a backward step in the creative flow.

Introducing Bamboo Sparka smart notebook that saves your handwritten notes digitally. With a Wacom Cloud account, you can also convert those handwritten notes to plain text instead of retyping. Now writers of all stripes can write like their heroes while continuing to move their process forward.

What is Bamboo Spark?

Bamboo Spark is smart notebook that you can carry with you for taking your notes or writing your drafts using any paper you want and the Bamboo Spark pen. Bamboo Spark saves your notes as you write them. As long as it’s on, your notes are being saved digitally. Press the button to start a new page and transfer your notes to the Bamboo Spark app for Android or iOS. There you can split your notes, or make light edits. In a beta-version you can also convert your handwriting to plain text then keep typing. The handwriting to text conversion is free to use for a limited trial period and will turn into a paid premium feature later.

 

Writer’s workflow made simple in 3 steps

Bamboo Spark is awesome for a writer’ workflow. And in a beta-version it even allows you to convert everything from initial brainstorming and longhand note-taking into a draft with a minimal amount of fuss. Once you convert your writing into text, you can move things around, cut and paste, and combine elements of each document.

Here’s how it works:

1) Brainstorm your ideas in your Bamboo Spark notebook. You might even want to try sketchnoting to help your ideas take shape. Once your genius is down on paper, hit the button, then open up the Bamboo Spark app to export your writing to plain text.

2) Tear off a new sheet and use your notes to help you write out a longhand first draft. You may be thinking this is a really slow way to start a draft, but it’s so worth it. Writing things out is a more deliberate process, so your end result is going to be more cohesive than if you typed it out.

For most people, typing is much faster, but that means words and concepts can get away from you since they’re flowing so quickly through your fingertips. When you’re writing longhand, you’re inherently more mindful of what you’re composing and that means a more structured and organized draft. Sometimes going back to old school methods is the quickest way to move forward.

3) Once your first draft is complete, use Bluetooth to connect Bamboo Spark to your iOS or Android device, press the button to sync the captures, or to convert your writing to text. Now you can share it via email or put it in Evernote or Dropbox and start editing.

After that, your creativity awaits. Look out Neil Gaiman!

Introducing Bamboo Spark: a smart notebook that saves your handwritten notes digitally. With a Wacom Cloud account, you can also convert those handwritten notes to plain text instead of retyping.
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