Monday, January 9, 2012

New year, new toy..

I got a Cintiq. There! That's the real reason I made this post..

..but before we get to that, let's ramble a bit.
Here were are. A little over a week into 2012. So far, it hasn't been too bad. I know 2011 ended kind of blandly with very little snow and a lack of real closure on the holiday season. Something about the Christmas season just felt way off to me. Maybe it's because the stores put up their holiday stuff way too early and everyone was sick of it by the time the holidays ACTUALLY rolled around. Maybe it's because I wasn't working my ass off from the months of November to January like I had grown accustomed to the past two years. Maybe it's the unseasonably warm weather. Or maybe it's just the recession. It's probably all of it combined. But hey, we can't dwell in the past (says the guy who is still keeping his Christmas lights up until it snows for real). However, based on what I've been reading everyone is pretty optimistic about 2012. Several status updates by people excited about new projects, or just a general new outlook on the coming year. I'm not sure I'm quite with them. Usually the "Well ain't that some shit" factor will come in and screw things up, so I'm always reluctant to go down that route. I guess we'll see how it all plays out.

So back to the original thought in the post. I got a Cintiq. Not just any Cintiq, but the new 24HD one. "How does one who only makes peanuts in the comic industry afford something like this?" you ask. Bribe a war elephant to storm the Wacom warehouse! Seriously though, I couldn't afford this. In all reality I had assumed I'd never own one. However, my sister and my parents decided to give me a very generous Christmas gift and it is awesome.

I'm not a complete idiot. I don't think that a new toy will make me instantly skilled at digitally painting/drawing. However, it WILL help eliminate that slight disconnect that I have when using a normal tablet. So far, I've put in about 20+ hours of use over the weekend. My dell 24 inch ultrasharp is now my secondary monitor (2405fpw), and my previous secondary monitor (gateway fpd2485) will be my monster hunter monitor. I was initially disappointed that the Cintiq wasn't QUITE as sharp as my dell, but I can't draw on my dell so I got over that. I was also worried about headaches (the dell used to be the only lcd I could stare at long term), but that hasn't been a problem at all. Also, heat output isn't really an issue yet either. It's got height and angle adjustment. As you can see from the photo above, you can hang it off the edge of the table like a regular drafting board. The base is pretty heavy so that keeps it from falling off. It lacks the ability to rotate like previous models, but that can at least now be done via software and the jog dials. This thing is big. Packaged, it wouldn't quite fit in our car (Taurus SEL) so my dad had to transport it view their SUV. Also, it was semi heavy.. about 64lbs with the stand and kind of a bitch to get upstairs. But after it's set up, this baby is great to work on. I still have the occasionally driver crash that causes the tablet to stop responding, but from what I read that's more of a Windows 7 + Wacom driver issue. I had the same issue with the Intuos as well. Restarting the drivers fixes it.

I also purchased a glove from SmudgeGuard, to keep my skin from jacking up the screen. It's a little pricey when you consider that it's only like.. half of a single glove. But hey, it's cheaper than a new tablet.

2012. Not a bad start.

Blah blah blah. Enough talking. here's a couple of images that I worked on over the weekend. People on facebook have already seen it so it's nothing too new. I'm not a painter; digital or otherwise so pardon the rough edges. Still, maybe one day.

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