Take your art on to the road
Creates a Lord of the Rings-inspired digital painting, using Wacom’s portable Cintiq Companion
Steve Argyle paints Tolkien with the Cintiq Companion.
’m tasked with creating a promo piece for an event I’ll be attending in Auckland this spring. But having three weeks on the road doesn’t leave much studio time. What better time to put my shiny new(ish) Cintiq Companion to the test in hotels, convention centres, planes, restaurants and bars?
Sketching on it feels very natural. As long as you’re near the centre of the screen, it makes marks just as you feel it
IFebruary 2015 should. Nearing the edges, the parallax becomes a bit more of an issue, and things don’t land quite as precisely. The screen is great. Small Cintiqs and tablets that I’ve used have suffered from poor colour reproduction and shallow viewing angles that make it impossible to finish a piece. The Companion has none of these problems; you can work start to finish on it. The high pixel density is awesome, but with one major drawback: its buttons and sliders are tiny. This exacerbates any discrepancy between the cursor and your stylus. You can size up the interface, but that comes with its own issues.
But by far the greatest advantage, and the reason to have it, is the portability. It’s a bit big and heavy if you’re comparing it to a tablet, but not so much so that you won’t be happy to tote it around. Whether sketching, or working on finishing touches, the Companion can benefit your art and your schedule by enabling you to work anywhere.