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Fate and my new toy

March 7th, 2009

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.

And look… it swivels!

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!

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  1. March 7th, 2009 at 22:02 | #1

    You are too cute!! I love the illustration you have up on screen – looks good!!

  2. Carol
    March 7th, 2009 at 22:15 | #2

    That is very cool. Isn’t fate a wonderful thing?

  3. March 8th, 2009 at 04:18 | #3

    Wow — that is one cool toy!

  4. March 8th, 2009 at 06:44 | #4

    Oh! What a great toy. It’s super neat…I didn’t even know such things existed!

  5. March 8th, 2009 at 08:00 | #5

    Drool! What a perfect tool, not toy..:)

  6. Jen
    March 9th, 2009 at 07:48 | #6

    do you have the crazy half glove too? very cool, M!

  7. LTP
    March 9th, 2009 at 15:38 | #7

    I LOVE the “ohhhhhh” expression at the swivel. And nice pics in the background of the illustration – where’d you get those?? ;o) Oh, and if you do have the half glove, I’m making a request that you bust it out for your next get together – you know, MJ style.

  8. March 11th, 2009 at 21:22 | #8

    WOW!!!! Totally drooling along with you! ;P hahaha! Love the half glove… so yeah… do you have one too? :D

  9. March 13th, 2009 at 08:59 | #9

    All I can say is, I have tablet envy!!! (Oh, and sweet illustration too that you’re working on!) :)

  10. March 13th, 2009 at 13:32 | #10

    ooo … aahh … ooo … aahh … I’m oogling (is that a word?) your Wacom. I too have tablet envy!!

  11. March 14th, 2009 at 19:56 | #11

    I’m still amazed this sort of technology even exists. It’s like, space-age to me. To be able to take your work anywhere you go….that’s so cool.

  12. March 31st, 2009 at 02:27 | #12

    Wow! I am jealous! that thing looks awesome!

  13. October 12th, 2012 at 06:45 | #13

    this is so COOL!
    I AM SO ENVY! It was so pretty, sleek, etc etc.. Three years forward I should upgrade my wacom tablet to cintiq. That moment of regrets..

  14. Nadaki
    February 23rd, 2013 at 23:59 | #14

    Hnnnngh, I know I’m late to comment but oh my bazzalsedfs, you’re sooo luuucky! You two are soooo sparkly… my eyes can’t handle the awesomenessnes. I’m working on saving on a cintiq tablet..one daaay man onneee daaay. ; v ;

  15. Kathryna
    September 26th, 2014 at 16:52 | #15

    OMG I WANT I WANT I WANT THIS IS PERFECT FOR MY WORK

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