HOW TO DRAW: September 2007

Friday, September 21, 2007

Digitizer Tablets for Digital Drawing

If you want to drawing freehand images directly onto your computer, then you need a digitizer tablet. It functions like a touch screen commonly used for tablet PCs except that it has a blank screen and is more sensitive to pressure. You can directly draw on the tablet with a puck and stylus, a pointing device that has over 16 control buttons for adjusting the image attributes of your drawing. Your drawing won't appear on the tablet itself, but it will appear on the computer screen.

Digitizer tablet models – Which is better?

Digitizer tablets have different models and most of them are able to draw thicker lines when you increase your stroke pressure. There are also high-end tablets capable of drawing features that are more realistic, with paint splatters and ink drips.

1. Command size digitizer tablets – Commonly used for diagrams, freehand drawings and graphic design, they can be installed on your desktop or placed on your lap. Sizes ranges from 4x5 to 12x12 inches (the smaller are handheld).

2. Tracing size digitizer tablets - This is for bigger drawings like architectural plans, blueprints, and large posters. Its size ranges from 24x36 to 36x60 inches and they can be mounted on stands, hung on walls, or rolled up.

What to check
Buying a digitizer tablet may seem hard at first, but there are really only two things you should look for.

1. Screen format – Ensure that the tablet can match the aspect ratio of your monitor. Most of them are designed for common 4:3 monitors, but they can distort your images when used with newer ones. Look for one that can support wide-screen or dual monitors if you have such a monitor.

2. Footprint – If you want better resolution, it is advisable to choose a digitizer tablet with bigger relative footprint.
Complete information / Compare digitizer tablets
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Saturday, September 8, 2007

Caricature Drawing and a Better Retirement

What began as a hobby has become a full-time obsession. I refuse to refer to drawing as a "job",that would defeat the original purose of what I do.It began as a search for some part-time way ofaugmenting Social Security. I needed enough additionalincome to keep the wolves away and facilitate my beingable to focus exclusively on art; the fullfillment of a life-long dream.For the past three years I have been making thetransition from my previous life as a mental healthcounselor to that of a semi-retired caricature artist.It has been one heck of a trip, but well worth thetime and effort.I feel very comfortable saying to one and all thatI have now made it to where I had always wished andhoped I could someday be.

My list of art clientsnumbers into many hundreds and include not only ordersfrom nearly every State in the Union, but also from adozen foreign countries as well. I have divested myselfof the stressful routine of being a full-time counselor,working in a busy community-based mental health facility. There are no more staff meetings, schedules or mountains of paperwork to deal with. I now spend my daysat home in my studio,listening to vintage rock'n roll music and creating caricatures from photos people send me.

I'm not getting rich, but I am comfortable and, more importantly, much more at ease with myself and the world. I have succeeded in making retirement a truly"golden" experience that has rejuvenated my spirit andreplentished my hope for the future.I strongly encourage anyone who is comtemplating what to do with themselves in their later years, those who do not necessarily see themselves fishing or playing golf until they're planted, to consider a similar course. Turn your hobby or latent passion into a means to a happier, more productive retirement.For me, it was art and caricature drawing. Whatever it is you've always wished you could do, remember: If not now, when?


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