Thursday, February 19, 2009

A blessing from Heaven ... and Florida too.


Wacom is a name that probably doesn't mean a lot to most people. However, to many artists, the name Wacom is very important, even if most of them don't know how to pronounce it. Wacom manufactures graphics tablets used to produce digital artwork on computers. I have used their tablets for years to paint many hundreds of the cartoons and illustrations for Answers In Genesis. Wacom has truly made it possible for me to do what I do and I am grateful for their high quality products.

There is one drawback however, in that the tablets I've painted with for years and years are used in a somewhat unnatural way. Instead of drawing while looking at my hand, I've had to move the pen around on the tablet while looking at the computer monitor. This has worked fine for painting, but I've never liked drawing on the computer with Wacom tablets because of the disconnect between the eye and hand.

Wacom also has a special line of tablets called Cintiq, with computer monitors built into them so the user draws on the monitor in a much more natural fashion. That ability is a miracle of modern technology and a dream come true for digital artists. However, these tablets are REALLY expensive. The top model is $2000. That kind of price tag can stop an artist's drool right in its tracks.

It stopped me in my tracks, until recently. Stay tuned for the rest of the story!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Animation



Sometimes I like to dabble in a little simple animation. Nothing too difficult, but it's fun to add a little movement to my cartoons. Here's my latest effort. To see it move, click here: http://www.answersingenesis.org/media/image/cartoons/after-eden/fishy-legs