Intuos 4 Review

IT’S COOL!

I was able to play around with Wacom Philippines’ Intuos 4 units during its launch at the ATI Building, Shaw Boulevard today.

I got to try it out on Photoshop CS4 and Corel Painter X.

The features that stood out the most for me were the :

  • Nibs – the traction with which the nibs gave while on the tablet was pleasantly surprising. With 4 different kinds of nibs: regular (I think 5 extra pieces), springy (one only), felt tip (one only), graphite-ish (three pieces) nicely kept INSIDE the pen holder – it’ll take a while before you get bored with how it feels.
  • 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity – I wanted to specifically test the Intuos 4’s ability to do fine tapered lines, and I must say it delivers very gradual increments in size. Based off my testing of a 4 pixel brush on a 72dpi canvas on Painter X. However don’t expect to have the same range of size variation and control as a Chinese calligraphy brush. You may attempt to do so with the springy nib nonetheless. And also you may still have some difficulty resuming an ink line that you have ended. (Unlike on Cintiqs.)
  • Precision Mode – This is an express key you press on the tablet to allow the entire tablet surface to be remapped to only paint within a small central portion of your screen. Thereby allowing you ultra fine detailing. Best used for painting. I tried inking with it, but that yielded mixed results.

Other notable features were the reversible right-or-left-handed design of the Intuos 4, the customizable application specific pop-up menus you can bring up, the organic light emitting diodes OLEDs that allow you to see what the express keys on the tablet are for, and the wheel whose 4 default (and also customizable) actions allow you to:

  1. Size your brush.
  2. Zoom in and out.
  3. Select layers up and down.
  4. Rotate your canvas.

Unfortunately with Corel Painter X, I could not find any way to rotate its canvas using the Intuos 4 wheel, and still had to use the keyboard.

Another issue is that the Intuos 4 is no longer proportional to a CRT monitor. You’d have to tweak its mapping to get it to be so.

The medium-sized Intuos 4 is expected to be within 19k PHP once it hits the markets. It comes in small, medium, large, and extra large sizes.

I asked if Intuos 4 technology will be making its way onto Cintiqs. And as I suspected, it will, just not yet. But with those babies costing close to 70k PHP, I may just work out my digital inking requirements on an Intuos 4.

Pixel Pintura will be at Mall of Asia’s Cyberzone Ecom Building

DOTS Entertainment

I’ll be demonstrating a few of Pixel Pintura’s Digital Coloring & Painting TIPS+TRICKS at the DOTS Entertainment event. It will be held at 3PM, May 22 on the ground of the E-Com Building. That’s the building to the right of Mall of Asia’s frontage. (So if you’re going to the SMEX, that’s the wrong way.)

Hope to see you there.

Pixel Pintura Digital Coloring Workshop Year 6

Workshop Poster 2009

Workshop Poster 2009

A new logo, and a guy instead of a girl on the poster!!

Digital Coloring Pro and Digital Painting Basics have a bonus 7th session for the price of 6! This is good only for the next 4 or 5 students taking up either of these workshops.

Visit www.pixelpintura.com for more details, and sign up for FREE Pixel Pintura tips+tricks!!

Pixel Pintura does Dingdong & Piolo

Dingdong and Piolo - my first attempt

Dingdong and Piolo - my first attempt

We’ll be at the upcoming Komikon 2008 and this is the flyer you’ll be seeing.  Of course it’s split into two.  And sorry, I’m not a professional caricature artist.  That’s my first attempt at painting famous people!

The flyer spoofs the (ahem) fairy tale dream date with a dream guy Ponds commercial of 2008: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JgJGiDUhpQo

Color Artists Wanted!

Must be:

1. Willing to work in Mandaluyong City – San Juan. It’s a secret garden. You can look at the venue here: (the PC setup is no longer the same though)

2. An illustrator. Showing an illustration, painting, animation portfolio that displays their ability to render the human figure AND backgrounds – even in grayscale. Your salary depends on it – which can be anything between 12k to a ticket to heaven.

3. A PC user, a child of Photoshop and the Internet.

4. Prepared to handle basic graphic design, vector work. Webdesign’s a plus.

5. Living & hungry. But not a zombie without a brain.

We will be painting comics, storyboards, animation & cinema backgrounds (cross your fingers) for most of the time using our studio practices. Training is very technical, you’ll love it! Apart from that there will opportunities to work in character design, illustration, graphic design.

Currently one to two slots to be filled. All applicants welcome to visit, show their stuff both ON and OFF the keyboard. For arrangements, contact me by DA, email, or add me to your YM: lefhand_2000

Work will begin between June and July 2008.

Pixel Pintura Workshops on its 6th Year!

Pixel Pintura 2008 poster

The Pixel Pintura is now on its 6th year! Click the poster for a larger version.

Digital Coloring Basics is 4 sessions @ 3 hours a session.
Digital Coloring Pro is 6 sessions @ 3 hours a session.
Digital Painting Basics is 6 sessions @ 3 hours a session.

Any of the workshops can be taken solo or with a friend.  Maximum of 2 students.

We are located at 854 A. Mabini St. Mandaluyong City. Philippines of course.

If you’d like to ask about the price or other details kindly text me at 09167481644 or contact me through this blog. My phone line is dead at the moment, and I don’t know when it’ll be back. (It will sound like no one is answering the phone.)

Pixel Pintura 2007 Poster – Arrr!!

Aye mateys, summer vacation be almost here! And what be coming along with it pray tell? Why the 2007 Pixel Pintura Poster of course!

Pixel Pintura 2007 Poster

Sign up for the Digital Coloring or Digital Painting classes held here in Mandaluyong City! Please send me an email for more details on the schedules, curriculum, fees, and what you can expect to take home when you attend this one-of-a-kind workshop where I teach not just the tools but principles & theory behind light & color.

Recommend for ages 12 & up, with a strong stomach for art & technical concepts in the crow’s nest. Not for the faint of heART! Arrr!! ARRRR!!!