Fate and my new toy
Last Friday, my buddy San Smith (one of the many amazing peeps I’ve met on Twitter) announced that she’d bought a Wacom Cintiq 21UX. This is a tablet/monitor that I’ve been pining over for years… so I drooled on cue and asked her all about it. And I looked around at my already-overstuffed office and said, “ONE day.” In the meantime, I could drill San with questions and live vicariously through her; plus, I still had my tried ‘n’ true 6″x 8″ Wacom tablet.
Two days later (Sunday), I got a message from Greg Rouble — a fellow designer/illustrator friend — saying that he was thinking of selling his used Cintiq 21UX, which he’d bought two years ago but had only used it a few times since.
I couldn’t believe my luck or the coincidence of the timing, and jumped at the offer. So yes, I’ve taken to hugging inanimate objects, and yes, my office is even more overstuffed. But this puppy is an illustrator’s dream, and I am on cloud 9.
Just like when you turn a paper to be able to draw a particular angle or curve more easily, that’s what the Cintiq does. It’s pressure- and tilt-sensitive as I use the pen to create graphics. (The screen shows the first project I did on the Cintiq — illustrations for a short story for an upcoming Carleton University publication, done in Corel Painter.) I’m like a kid in a candy store.
Here’s a video that got me drooling about this toy in the first place, showing the Cintiq in action:
Gush session is over!