Sunday, December 30, 2012

Fitness is good

Nagato Yuki knows that taking care of your body is important for your health ;) She prefers yoga it seems ;) Hope you like :) Complete pic will be posted in the next days on my Deviantart page :)

Friday, December 14, 2012

Fantasy Frontier Archive 1 storyboard

Here is a storyboard page, containing the first two pages of Fantasy frontier Archive 1, freely available on Fantasy Frontier website :) It often happens I start the storyboard (rough, thumbnail version of the comic pages) as more detailed, to go down to very sketchy rough figures after 3-4 pages XD Storyboards are useful to have a clear idea on how the page will be composed, and it's the first test to se eif the page works or something need to be fixed. Compare the storyboard to the finished page if you like:

Sunday, December 2, 2012

about Graphic Tablets

I'm often asked about what tools I use for drawing, most times about the graphic tablet in particular. Thus here I can talk about some graphic tablets models I tried and use.

First off, this is the one I use:

It's a Wacon Intuos 4 small. This isn't the latest Intuos product line model, so it misses the multitouch surface that Intuos 5 models have. It's a very good tablet, and the work area is large enough for me, but the tablet size needs some more words. Intuos comes in three sizes (the size refers to the active area where the pen works): small (6.2" x 3.9" = 157 x 98 mm), medium (8.8" x 5.5"= 224 x 140 mm) and large (12.8" x 8.0" = 325 x 203 mm. Actually I just discovered they released an extra-large version:18.2" x 12.0" = 462 x 304.8 mm wich comes without multitouch surface. Now, here it's not necessarly the bigger the better, so the size choice depends on your needs: a bigger tablet means a bigger area, a bigger area means a bigger movement for your arm, getting you tired sooner. I made it a bit too simple but it's something to consider :) Drawing with these graphic tablets means you'll look at the monitor (zooming in and such) while you move the pen on the tablet. It's of course different than drawing directly looking at the paper. So consider that most people can do wonderful drawings just using the smaller tablet :) In fact Wacom has a whole line of "small"sized tablets, called Bamboo:
The Bamboo line is very good; I tried both the multitouch version and the "simpler" pen & tablet only version. The multitouch could be useful if you're used to iPad and tablets like touch inputs, like zooming or rotating, but it's not really essential imho. In short, these are the differencies among the various models:
Bamboo Connect and Bamboo Splash: active area = 5.8" x 3.6" No multitouch, so this is the sinmpler graphic tablet, yet a very good one. Fron what I've seen, the two models differs for the included software, as the Splash model includes more drawing/painting oriented software likethe excellent ArtRage Studio.
Bamboo Capture: active area = 5.8" x 3.6"Multitouch surface. Excellent one if you want the touch feature too.
Bamboo Create: active area = 8.5" x 5.4" Way bigger area and multitouch feature :)

More infos on Wacom site: