Wa­com Cin­tiq 27QHD

Animation Magazine - - Visual Effects -

Just when you thought the Wa­com Cin­tiq couldn’t get any big­ger, just when you thought that 24 inches was sim­ply too big of a draw­ing sur­face, Wa­com re­leases the Cin­tiq 27QHD. And it’s glo­ri­ous with its 2,560 by 1,440 res­o­lu­tion and pro­claimed 97 per­cent AdobeRGB gamut.

I thought that this was go­ing to be more screen than a nor­mal artist could han­dle, but I was in­cor­rect. I quickly fell into the groove and was quite at home, es­pe­cially for paint­ing- and draw­ing-based soft­ware like Adobe Pho­to­shop, Au­todesk’s SketchBookPro, Black­Ink (one of my faves), and an­i­ma­tion pro­grams such as ToonBoom Har­mony and Smith­Mi­cro’s Anime Stu­dio.

The Pro Pen has its 2,048 lev­els of pres­sure sen­si­tiv­ity and an ammo kit of nibs — in­clud­ing a few that are made of felt — that con­vey the softer, tac­tile feel of pen on pa­per. It has a great re­sponse with lit­tle dis­cern­able lag.

The most in­no­va­tive part of the new tablet is that Wa­com has re­moved the Ex­press Keys from the sur­face of the tablet, and put them into a hand­held re­mote con­trol. This pro­vides for a clean, one piece of glass over the top of the en­tire de­vice. The large bezel pro­vides room to place the re­mote any­where that feels com­fort­able for your work style, and it has some me­tal in it, which gives the mag­netic back of the re­mote some­where to stick. I love this change.

Over­all, I don’t think I can work with­out it — es­pe­cially for il­lus­trat­ing and tra­di­tional an­i­ma­tion. Todd Sheri­dan Perry is a vis­ual-ef­fects su­per­vi­sor and dig­i­tal artist who has worked on fea­tures in­clud­ing The Lord of the Rings: The Two Tow­ers, Speed Racer, 2012, Fi­nal Des­ti­na­tion 5 and Avengers: Age of Ultron. You can reach him at todd@ tea­spoon­vfx.com.

Reis­sued on disc for the first time since Sony’s sep­a­rate vol­ume re­leases in 2009, Mill Creek’s com­plete col­lec­tion of­fers all 50 episodes of the 2003 As­tro Boy up­date. Based on the clas­sic by Osamu Tezuka, the ac­tion-ad­ven­ture se­ries cen­tered on the tit­u­lar atomic-pow­ered ro­bot who be­comes a re­luc­tant su­per­hero, fight­ing for hu­mans and robots alike.

Crit­ics praised the se­ries for com­bin­ing the light-hearted play­ful­ness of the 1960s orig­i­nal with the more dra­matic sci-fi themes of the 1980s ver­sion. Pro­duced by Tezuka Pro­duc- (John Roberts) ends up singing at her high school re­union, and the kids (Dan Mintz, Eu­gene Mir­man, Kris­ten Schaal) set a trap for Santa.

Among the many high­lights of the 2013-14 sea­son is the show’s first Prime­time Emmy-win­ning episode, “Mazel-Tina,” wherein Tina crashes Tammy’s bat mitz­vah when her fam­ily is hired to cater it, and ends up the more deeply buried gems from the vault like Three Lit­tle Bops ac­com­pa­nied by spe­cial fea­tures It Hopped One Night: The Story Be­hind One Froggy Evening, Wag­nar­ian Wab­bit: The Mak­ing of What’s Opera, Doc?, Mer­rie Melodies: Carl Stalling and Car­toon Mu­sic and a Looney Tunes Sing-Along, this col­lec­tion is “a sym­phony of fun” as promised.

The shorts col­lec­tion con­tains A gapore and ILM, the pop mu­sic-fu­eled ad­ven­ture inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream pitches a col­or­ful cast of fairies, elves, gob­lins and imps into a bat­tle over a pow­er­ful love po­tion.

Di­rected by Gary Ryd­strom, who han­dled Dis­ney’s English dubs of From Up on Poppy Hill and The Wind Rises, Strange Magic fea­tures the voices of Alan Cum­ming, Evan Rachel Wood, Eli­jah Kel­ley, Mered­ith Anne Bull, Sam Pal­la­dio, Kristin Chenoweth and Al­fred Molina. The DVD also holds bonus fea­tures “Mag­i­cal Mash Up” (out­takes, tests and melodies) and “Cre­at­ing the Magic” be­hind-the-scenes with cast and film­mak­ers. [Re­lease date: May 19]

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.