Digital Painting

Unfortunately Wacom Finally Made My Dream Tablet

A few years ago when Apple came out with this newfangled device called an iPad, I acquired one just months after it was released. My hope was that it would work as a portable digital sketch pad, and it did… well, sorta… but with no pressure sensitivity on the screen and the somewhat clunky painting apps that were available at the time, I quickly lost interest in painting on an iPad.

I work everyday on a Wacom Cintiq which is a fabulous tool to make art on. I have been hoping for several years that Wacom would jump into the portable device market with some sort of portable Cintiq, and they finally did… and while I have not had a chance to demo the new Wacom Companion, it looks like everything I had hoped and dreamed for…

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…unfortunately, then there is the price tag… $2500.00 …ouch. If the Companion was going to be my primary art making device I could easily justify the steep price tag, but for me, I already have a Cintiq, I’m just wanting something to make pictures on during the commercials of an NFL football game… so now I’m thinking iPad again…

Developers have been working overtime trying to come up with an art stylus for the iPad that has some sort of faux pressure sensitivity and I am seeing new ones hit the market every day. The latest one I’ve seen is the JaJa Hex3, and while I have not tried it personally, it looks pretty great in this video…

Additionally, developers have been hard at work improving their products and I have been especially impressed with the retooled ProCreate painting app.

Procreate

All that to say, Wacom finally created the portable digital art pad I have always wanted. Unfortunately, with that steep price tag, I cant justify getting one just so I can occasionally grab it and make a nice picture. On the other hand, I use my iPad every day for everything… so my current plan is to upgrade my iPad (I still have the 1st generation dinosaur), get a fancy new pressure sensitive stylus, and give the iPad one more chance to be my portable digital art tablet.

Heavy Texture

I’m scheduled to play bass at church this Sunday, so last night I thought it might be a good idea if I practiced a little bit. Our special music is a Coldplay song… I might have to ask the drummer to wake me up when it’s over because that song moves really slowww… but I digress… when I was done practicing music it was around 9:00 and I had nothing to do, so I experimented with some heavy texture on this little picture…

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The Hobbit

I am currently waiting for a scheduled client call to take place and rather than get all involved in a different job and then have to quit midstream in that to take the call, I doodled this little picture out instead… and no, this is not supposed to be the Hobbit… but it kinda reminded me of some of the guys from the Hobbit movie… which I saw over Christmas… and immediately forgot… not that it wasn’t good, I liked it… I just cant remember it… any of it…

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Breaking Bad

…so I show up at church last Sunday and our preacher is launching a brand new nine week sermon series from the book of Romans and he is using the tv show Breaking Bad as his theme. The stage has those iconic Breaking Bad green chemistry symbol things all over it and somehow Walter White… er… Heisenberg made a threatening appearance on my sermon notes.

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