Relearning to draw
Things have been rather silent. I have been taking a course on Radio Waves and the management of them through a new system ( not really new but they call it that ) called CBSP ( commercial broadband satellite program ). If you are wondering why the hell I am doing that... my real job is an IT with the USN so I get stuck doing some odd things here and there. Anyhow, I finished the class this friday and in doing so purchased a new toy as a reward!
The device on the left is a CINTIQ 24HD , and while some of you might be saying "Why didnt you go with the 24HD Touch?" I did not go with it on purpose. The price is not the issue rather the reviews were. People were saying that the pad picks up your palm and moves the display or that the controls were wanky and put together in a non intuitive manor. I felt it safe going with a system that I knew was tested and not the first line of a companies attempt at getting into the touch market.
I got out of class and waited anxiously by the door for the UPS man to arrive. Every sound of a bump of the door or a bump outside had me running like a kid to a window to see Santa Clause! My wife laughed and said "I have not seen you this excited in some time". When the guy arrived he was carrying this box and as he walked up the 3 flights of stairs ( poor man ) the size of the box became more and more alarming. I realized this was going to be one HUGE device. After getting it in and signing for it I had to call my roomate in to get the device out of the box. 85lbs for a monitor and a fear of dropping it ensured that I used somebody else ( plus the picture on the instructions notify you to grab somebody else! )
Having never purchased this device before I ran into three initial issues.
1) A place to put this big beast!
2) It requires another DVI hookup... ( i already have dual monitors )
3) It needed to have a protective shield put on. ( i planned for this one... kinda )
I quickly removed the things from my wife's desk and placed them on the kitchen table. She looked at me with bewilderment but knew that it would make me happy so she went about making lunch! I rushed her desk over to my current location to create a L shape. ( mind you I actually have a $500 L shape desk that is full glass. I have yet to put it up in the new apartment seeing as we just moved )
Problem two was more of an annoyance that a problem. I removed the DVI from the second monitor on my right and changed the desktop layout to match the new configuration. I will go into work on monday and get a dongle to split the second DVI connection to two monitors. On second thought I did read something about a display port cable but I have yet to mess with that.
Lastly, the shield was not easy to put on. To clarify, I suck when it comes to do this for small screen sizes you can only imagine how badly I suck when it comes to 24" displays! There were bubbles for days and it took three of us to get them all out after 1 hour! At one point we found a dust particle that had made its way to the corner so we spend another 15 min trying to get that out without causing more particles ( we failed ). Finally after 20 minutes and 1 ream of scotch tape the damn thing was on!
Work so far:
I spent the better part of last night fighting with the tools and learning how to draw with the pen. It is odd for me because I have 18+ years of using a mouse to do things and the workflow, while faster, is odd to me. I have read many reviews and people just suggest using it more so that you become familiar with the layout and settings. If anything I have noticed that my workflow is faster and that putting ideas down are as fast as putting a pencil to paper.
This morning I woke up early to spend some time with the device and started in on the tutorials from "Digital Tutors". Again, I know how to draw already but figured going through some of the lessons with a tablet would be beneficial to me and my learning process. I chose something that interested me which just happened to be the rock design class. The following are images from the three first projects in the lessons:
Each of these were about 20 min in length and most of it was just playing with it until I got something that I thought was decent for 20 minutes. I will be going through more lessons but I can already see the difference in my turn around time for a specific project. When I learn to harness the power of this tool I would imagine putting out new work will be nearly 10x faster than the current rate.
I wish I would have had the money to do this sooner. All in all I am very pleased with this system and would encourage anybody who is serious about art to take the time to get one version of this model! You and your art will certainly improve from learning how to use it!