Thursday, March 12, 2015

Do a barrel roll

Okay, well I picked up Wacom's Art Pen. Mostly, because when I am drawing lines or going over line art, and filling stuff in, it takes a long time to constantly change brush sizes. The intuos pens do have a tilt feature, which allows programs to use "bearing" to combine tilt and motion to kind of adjust the angle of chiseled brushes, but it's a chore to angle them right, and the smallest mistake spins them round. The Art Pen is great, because it allows for the rotation of the pen to work, so that I can just spin the brush to get into small areas, which is really cool. It still has tilt as well. I can't really see any reason why anyone would want to use the standard pen that comes with the tablets. The tip on the art pen is quite a bit thicker, but the pressure sensitivity is about the same. There are some chiseled tips, but I found them rather worthless since they don't lock in place -- and since they spin freely, it defeats the purpose of aligning them with the actual tilt of the pen and what shows up in paint programs. The nibs are wide at the front, but the base is the same. A standard nib will fit into the art pen, but there will be a small gap around the tip. It's a strange design, and I wonder why Wacom didn't make that part of the pen screw off with the tip so that it could use standard nibs as well. The grip comes off too but it's sized differently than the others so it's not exactly replaceable with the buttonless grip or the wide grip. The pen is wider than the standard pen anyway. The angle of use is a lot better as well, and it feels much more substantial. Because it is wide and the grip point is closer to the front, there is a bit more control than the classic pen. It's also wide and angled on the sides, so that it can be used at a 45 degree angle under pressure (unlike the standard pen).

Here's some crap I drew relatively quickly while playing with it:

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