Can tech help me make bet­ter art?

A pen tablet hooked up to your com­puter’s USB port of­fers a much more gran­u­lar level of con­trol and pres­sure sen­si­tiv­ity

T3 India - - Gadget Guru -

AThat would de­pend on your pre­ferred medium, and what tech you’re try­ing to use – chip­ping away at a block of mar­ble with the cor­ner of an iPad won’t get you very far. If you’re a dig­i­tal artist, it’s im­por­tant to get as much con­trol as you pos­si­bly can. A pen tablet, such as the Wa­com In­tuos Pro Medium hooked up to your com­puter’s USB port of­fers a much more gran­u­lar level of con­trol and adding pres­sure sen­si­tiv­ity. Bet­ter still, an iPad Pro with an Ap­ple Pen­cil, be­cause you can draw on the screen with­out the jar­ring dis­con­nect be­tween pen and cur­sor. Bet­ter bet­ter still – Wa­com’s Cin­tiq line (Cin­tiq 27QHD is the best) is the busi­ness, and Mi­crosoft’s painfully priced Sur­face Stu­dio, par­tic­u­larly if you’ve picked up the Sur­face Dial pe­riph­eral, is prob­a­bly the best draw-on-screen ex­pe­ri­ence go­ing. For more tra­di­tional me­dia, GaGu has a few sug­ges­tions. Mole­sk­ine’s Pen+ El­lipse can trans­late pen sketches into dig­i­tal ver­sions which you can work on later. If you want to go the other way, why not con­sider point­ing a pro­jec­tor at your can­vas and us­ing it as a guide? Some­thing cheap like the Op­toma HD143X, is all you need – then it’s up to you to go town with the pen­cils and oils.

Speak­ing of which, there’s been a lot of tech­no­log­i­cal in­vest­ment in paint hues. Look at Stu­art Sem­ple’s ex­tra-bold pig­ments – the re­ally-very-black Black 2.0, made as a snipe against the ex­clu­siv­ity of Vantablack, and PINK, which is, er, pink. But so pink.

ABOVE Arm yourself with tech and watch yourself trans­form into a dig­i­tal Pi­casso

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