Today’s artists are using digital devices rather than paint and easels. Alvin Thomas checks some of them out.
The Adobe Ink and Slide is Adobe’s first and only actual piece of hardware. The tablet-shaped device is a blessing for graphic designers and animators. The stylus is pressure-sensitive, with harder strokes producing thicker and darker virtual paint marks. There’s also a ruler that takes care of straight lines, circles and other shapes. But most importantly, the device is compatible with Adobe’s Creative Cloud, where you can save all your work and preferences. Available at amazon.com from RO40.7.
Sketching images on real canvases is so yesterday. Instead, why don’t you keep up with the times and get yourself a Microsoft Surface Pro 4? Its 30cm touchscreen is absolutely fantastic and a dream for most graphic designers. There’s also a Surface Pen for doodling on the screen. It weighs a mere 786g, so carrying it around in your bag won’t be a problem. Apart from that you can also get the Pro 4 with an Intel i7 processor and 16GB of RAM. Yours for a steep RO1,120.4 from Microsoft.com.
Tired of using your mouse to sketch on your computer? Well, look no further. The Wacom Intuos Pen and Touch Small Tablet lets you doodle using a pressure-sensitive stylus on a 22cm by 18cm pressure pad. It is compatible with software such as Autodesk Sketchbook Express and ArtRage Studio. You can also use your fingers to navigate, scroll and zoom your artwork with multi-touch gestures. Importantly, the device can be connected to either a Mac or PC. Yours for RO24.8 from amazon.com.
Who says artists should have all the fun? This Wacom Bamboo Fineline 2 stylus is perfect for writers. Sure, you could use this for drawing on devices such as the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 or your iPad, but with its sleek design and pressure-sensitive tip, it’s more aligned for calligraphy writers who prefer using their smartphones and tablets, as opposed to paper and ink. Yours for RO30.5 from wacom.com.
Wacom is the sort of company that loves answering the prayers of its users. So when it revealed the Wacom Cintiq 27 QHD earlier this year, graphic designers and animators gathered en masse in front of stores to get hold of the new device. As the name suggests, the Cintiq comes with a generous 68cm QHD resolution and anti-glare screen. Artists can sketch, paint, design and edit directly, and Wacom’s advanced pressure and tilt-sensitive pen technology replicates the natural effects and experience of working with conventional tools such as pens, markers, and brushes. There are also time-saving Express Keys, a Scroll Ring and Radial menus to give you customisable one-touch shortcuts. Yours for a whopping RO693.1 from amazon.com.
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It may not have the feature-set of Adobe Photoshop CC, but Sketchbook by Autodesk is certainly the best sketching application for budding artists. If you buy the app you will get more than 100 artist brushes, accessibility to gradients and curves, and even layers, for those intricate drawings. Download the app at itunes.com for RO1.9.
Yes, the Samsung Note 7 has been recalled worldwide due to possible battery leakage, which could lead to overheating and, in rare cases, explosions. However, the Note 7 is still one of the best devices for the artist on the move. Its 14cm screen makes way for a great workspace and the companion S Pen is craftier than ever. This, coupled with Samsung’s great software and 4 gigs of RAM, make way for some superlative graphical design capabilities. If you’re in the mood for doodling on images, there’s a brilliant 12-megapixel camera, too. This is the ideal gadget for designers; if you can forgive the steep price tag of RO350, that is.