Monday, December 22, 2008

Experimenting with Photoshop



Do any of you have tips on buying a Wacom tablet? I painted this sketch with Photoshop brushes and using a mouse (which was a pain!) This is the first digital painting I've done that I've been moderately pleased with.

I was thinking of buying a 9 x 12 Intuos tablet instead of the Cintiq with the display screen. If I get the Intuos I'll have some extra money to buy Corel Painter. My reason for wanting the Intuos is that I use a mouse without looking at the mouse pad, so why buy a pad with a screen? What do you think?

And Merry Christmas everyone! I can't believe it's Christmas time again. Everything seems to be going so fast.

25 comments:

Phyllis Harris said...

Really beautiful Photoshop painting. It really looks like oils. I don't know if you have any way of getting a student discount but here is an incredible deal.

http://www.academicsuperstore.com/products/Corel/Painter/865261

There are usually bundled package deals with Painter and tablets. You may want to look it up on google.

Anthony VanArsdale said...

Thanks Phyllis! I'll check it out!

Kristi Valiant said...

Hey Anthony, I use a 5x7 Intuos 3 Wacom tablet and love it. When I was deciding between the 5x7 or the 9x12, a number of illustrators had mentioned that the 9x12 seemed too big for them. You have to move your arm a lot further to cover the screen. If you like drawing large on paper, then you'd like the larger tablet. If you tend to draw smaller in sketchbooks (like me), then the 5x7 is perfect.
Hope that helps!

Anthony VanArsdale said...

Thanks Kristi! that does help. I hadn't thought of the pad to screen ratio. This will be a little harder than I thought. I might have to find one to look at and use before I buy.

Isaac Marzioli - Freelance Illustrator said...

I agree with Kristi - I have used a 9x12 and a 6x8 and feel that it's not necessary to get the bigger one. I'm currently on a 20 inch monitor laptop and my 6x8 intuos 2 wacom suites me just fine. At work I've been using an intuos 3 (cleanup artist at nickelodeon). But when I'm drawing, I have found that it's a lot easier and more fun to actually work off of a cintiq. I'd say that if you have a chance to get a cintiq, I'd go that route (especially if you're right handed, but that's only about visibility). You have to get used to the slight delay (less than a second) that the computer takes - but everyone here uses a cintiq to draw and paint. And once you get into it, you won't want to go back. In any case, ditch the mouse as soon as you can!

Anthony VanArsdale said...

I can't thank you enough Isaac! Your input is a real help! I'm going to reconsider the cintiq as well. This has all been very helpful!!!

Kristi Valiant said...

Oops, I meant 6x8, not 5x7. The 6x8 tablet is just the right size for me. I have a 20" Apple Cinema Display for my screen.

I haven't tried the Cintiq - it does sound fun!

Sherry Rogers said...

This is a great painting! Remarkable for a mouse.

I have been digital for a long time. I originally had a 6 x 8 tablet and thought it was a bit to small, so I upped it to a 9 x 12 tablet and used that size for many years. I had two larger monitors though, one monitor for the canvas and one monitor for the palette.

I bought a 24 " Cintiq a while back and I can't believe how great it is to be able to draw on the screen. The accuracy is remarkable.

Let us know what you get.

Anthony VanArsdale said...

Kristi- The cintiq does sound awesome. It seems different people prefer different size intuos tablets, but I haven't heard any complaints about the cintiq

Hi Sherry! thanks so much for stopping by! 24" cintiq!?! I saw that on wacom's website... that would be awesome!

I'll be sure to post when I get one :)

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

What a fabulous painting! I work digitally and with other media as well. This is wonderful and I think you will do well to purchase one. I have two a small one and a larger one. They are the best and makes working digitally so much easier and better. I think you will be very pleased with Wacom products. Good Luck! Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Anthony VanArsdale said...

Hi Vanessa! Thanks so much!

and Merry Christmas to you too :)

Ben Hatke said...

Hey Anthony. I think it all depends on how you use the computer in your work.

I got a Cintiq last year and if you do a lot of computer coloring there is no going back. It has sped things up for me tremendously.

It actually sort of "paid" for itself in the first month when I was able to take on and squeeze in an extra job.

These days I'm drawing all my thumbnail comics pages with the Cintiq -it cuts out the scanning.

-Ben

Amy Sullivan said...

~Anthony~
I don't know anything about this~
~I just wanted to wish you a Very Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year!~

~love the detail on this little girl~ like the scrunchy around her wrist~
:)
~Amy~

Anthony VanArsdale said...

Thanks Ben! a Cintiq?!? I'm envious

Thank you so much Amy! Have a wonderful New Year!!

pete said...

Most excellent! Photoshop is something I've yet to fully understand...

Anthony VanArsdale said...

Thanks Pete!

Joe Sutphin said...

Anthony,
I use the Cintiq at work and quite frankly, the novelty of computer art wore off quick and i just dont enjoy it.
but...that being said, the Cintiq is the way to go if you really want control over the pen and where it lands on the screen. i can do so much with this screen, from sketching to drawing to final colored art.
...i just dont want to :(

Anthony VanArsdale said...

That's a good point Joe, and I've been thinking about it quite a bit before making a purchase. I've always been one to wander from medium to medium, most often coming back to watercolors

Thanks for the input on the Cintiq!

C.B. Canga said...

really nice.

Anthony VanArsdale said...

Thanks C.B.!!!

e said...

Hi Anthony,
Writing late here - but I have a 9x12 Intuos and LOVE it. But I probably don't use it like I should - I lean it on my desk in front of me, just like I do with my sketch pad. I like being able to look straight at my screens (I have two as well) rather than leaning over a drawing table (no matter the angle). I used to get terrible neck pain from leaning over before i went digital. Oh, I had a 6x8 and debated the larger size, but ended up loving it.
:)
e

Anthony VanArsdale said...

Thank you so much for stopping by e!!! The 9x12 looks like the one for me! :)

Ellis Nadler said...

get the cintiq, intuos is a false economy

Stephen Anderson said...

wait . . . with a MOUSE!!! Incredible, sir! Wish I could do that with my intuous! You are absolutely talented my friend!

Anthony VanArsdale said...

Hey thanks, Stephen!