Being an illustrator with my roots in product design, I learned how important it is to have a certain workflow that helps you to get the result you want within a certain period of time. Like I mentioned in an earlier blogpost you have to be constantly trying to improve your workflow and working speed without losing quality.
Since I never start working on computer before all my characters and other elements are sketched out on paper, I lose a lot of time editing sketches, redrawing sketches and changing expressions etc. I’m a perfectionist when it comes to details. For example: eyes have to be in place and faces need to have the right expression. I can spend hours to get that right ‘look and feel’ in a drawing. Lots of paper, tracing paper, ink, gums and pencils are involved!
Now that’s the part of the process I want to improve and I bought myself this awesome ‘Wacom Cintiq 22HD’ a couple of days ago. This computer screen allows me to work naturally and intuitively directly on the surface of the display with Wacom’s pressure sensitive pen technology.
This way I can skip a couple of steps in my old process:
1: No more endless editing, scanning, editing, rescanning until the sketch is detailed enough to start working on it on computer.
2: I can now sketch digitally in Photoshop (pixel based) and go straight to illustrator to make vector drawings.
3: I dont have to hoover the studio everyday because of all the gum peaces that are everywhere!
Since I bought the Wacom Cintiq I keep receiving messages from people asking me for advice. Here are some of the questions answered:
“Is the Wacom Cintiq good for sketching only or does it work for vector based drawing as well?”
I use it for both, pixel and vector based drawing. I still have a Wacom Intuos 4 but I don’t use it anymore. The Wacom Cintiq 22HD does it for me!
“Why didn’t you buy the Wacom 24HD?”
For me the 24HD is just too big. When I’m not using it I can easily put the 22HD aside. I also love the fact that I can rotate the screen while drawing.
“Do you still work on paper”
I still do and I always will! I still love the feeling of drawing on paper! I just miss the ‘undo’ button from time to time 🙂