Post by bricabrach on Oct 24, 2018 18:41:23 GMT -5
The "holy grail" of digital input is to draw directly upon your image on the screen. Microsoft's Surface devices and Wacom's Cintiq and PortaStudio are powerful but way too expensive for amateur use. Recently, though, several new entries have broken the cost barrier:
Pen-equipped Chromebooks -- In this video, an art instructor demonstrates a Samsung Chrome OS device:
Apple iPad plus pencil -- The latest crop of iPads (all except the Mini) are compatible with Apple's Pencil accessory. Together they facilitate artwork:
Both Chrome OS and iOS offer a selection of art apps. The Chromebooks are more versatile with their built-in keyboards. iPads tend to be more durable than the average laptop -- which is quite an important consideration for me. I plan on trying a basic model iPad with the pencil to see how drawing on it works for me. Of course, no input device can fix my real problem presently -- a total lapse of imagination.
Last Edit: Oct 24, 2018 18:45:22 GMT -5 by bricabrach
Post by bricabrach on Jan 27, 2019 18:17:49 GMT -5
OK, I finally got to experiment with a standard-size iPad and an Apple Pencil. The hardware works flawlessly -- once linking the pencil to the iPad, it just works. No hiccups and you're drawing right on the screen! The pencil glides with virtually no friction, unlike a physical pencil on a pad or even a Wacom pen on its tablet. Unlike the battery-free Wacom pen, the Apple Pencil needs periodic charging (though it lasts all day on a charge).
Plenty of art apps are available for iOS. I chose Affinity Designer because there's also a compatible Windows version. Like with any program there's a learning curve. Designer draws in both pixel (like GIMP) and vector (like technical drawing) modes; you'll want to start out in the pixel "persona." GIMP users might find some features missing at first, until they learn how to get at them -- for example, I could not find the all-important (for me) Undo button. Fortunately the excellent help showed that undo is performed by tapping with two fingers on the screen. Similarly, Smooth Stroke in GIMP is called Window Stability in Designer. There's tons of brushes but no pattern brushes for trees and such. Thus I "suggested" the trees in the drawing with a Gouache brush. This being my first attempt to draw with this hardware, I traced the dino's outline from a photo of a toy, then filled it in by hand.
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cptstarlight: Dinotopia, like returning to the company of an old friend. Should old friends be forgot and never thought upon? I think not.
Feb 14, 2019 6:57:52 GMT -5
bricabrach: And yes! There's nothing like Dinotopia! Breathe deep, seek peace.
Nov 11, 2018 19:42:49 GMT -5
DinoAnon: Remember to uphold personal honour and find your own glory in the world and your traditions. Halcyon and the Knights of the Unrivaled could have done no less. Good bye, Dinotopia.
Nov 8, 2018 23:50:51 GMT -5
DinoAnon: So to old friends long gone, to times in the past, and with my dearest wishes of positivity in your lives, this is Steven/Lellywin from Canada saying farewell. Breathe deep. Seek peace. Good luck to you all.
Nov 8, 2018 23:49:20 GMT -5
DinoAnon: Spending time with Dinotopians. And how much more wonderful and magical the world was.
Nov 8, 2018 23:47:26 GMT -5
DinoAnon: Look at the last Jurassic Park films, still stuck in middle 90's dino science, still such corny nonsense. I think about what we could have had, and it frustrates me, but at the same time I am greatful for the years I spent among Dinotopians...
Nov 8, 2018 23:47:12 GMT -5
DinoAnon: And I have to really wonder how something so special and unique lost its footing in popular culture. There will *never* be anything like Dinotopia, especially as media marches on and continues to provide us such thoughtless and violent garbage.
Nov 8, 2018 23:45:33 GMT -5
DinoAnon: I remember 1995 and the glorious high point of The World Beneath and the exciting world of Dinotopia being explored. I look around now in a decaying fandom, though you don't need a fandom to enjoy something...
Nov 8, 2018 23:44:47 GMT -5
Rosa: Highsoar and Alyssa! Hi! It's so good to see you back!!!
Oct 31, 2018 20:55:04 GMT -5