1.10.2008

TECH mology

I'm so far behind trends most of the time, but when I catch up, it feels so right. I guess I'm a bit of a child in my nature, so I have to wait and see what's working. Basically, I'm never a "first" or a "pioneer" when it comes to fashion and technology.

I recently updated my user interface for Windows XP, got a simple desktop calendar/scheduler, did a disc cleanup and defragment (long overdue), and put to use my computer in a way that exceeded it's previous 2001 user equivalent (again... not the quickest in the group).

I'm quite excited over little things like this, because it energizes me. I sit in front of my computer half of every day (lots of digital art, nowadays) and need change of scenery. This will delay my buying a new computer for a few months, anyway.

So do you have any more tips for an archaic PC user?

On another topic, has anyone tried the 12" Wacom Cintiq? I'm thinking about going in that direction. Any tips ( vs. 20" or 21" ) would really help out.


6 comments:

Lino said...

Is that Seth Rogan and Jonah Hill ( amongst others ) I see in there !?

The cleanup looks awesome sir.
I'm on a mac, so unfortunately I cant help out with any tips.

Paul Holmes said...

That Cintiq 12wx does look pretty nice. There is a video review here:
http://gizmodo.com/338021/wacom-cintiq-12wx-lcd-pen-tablet-video-review-verdict-simply-amazing-updated

If I could afford one I would totally get it. Ive heard the response time is slower on the larger cintiq, but I don't know, could be a myth.

GUAICO said...

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SALUDOS Y EXITOS
GUAICO

paul said...

I have a 21" cintiq at work and I love it. I wouldn't personally want anything smaller. The size helps me to get my shoulder more involved... I highly recommend the larger size.

Paul

Joe Bluhm said...

Thanks for the reviews and tips.

I accidentally deleted someone's reply stating "get a mac" about 50 times. As much as I've heard it before, it was an accident deleting it and I apologize.

My friend Ed Steckley has a 12" Cintiq and I've tried it. It's great, but I'm not sure if I would eventually grow tired of the size limitation, as I like to work in hi-res with my paintings.

And yes, that's Jonah Hill, Seth Rogan, Paul Rudd and others... to be in the Spring issue of NAKED EYE Magazine, Canada's only Pop Culture source (check the magazine rack, 'culture' section of Barnes & Noble Bookstores near SPIN and VIBE)

I'll post those illustrations here when they are published. Definitely a fun assignment, and very personal to my tastes... more to come soon.

Kahunna said...

I'm laughing out loud here, Joe. I just purchased a Wacom 12" Cintiq this past week, so most of my blog perusing has been focused on finding tips on using it!

I've played around with it for a few hours and, like drawing with a mouse, it takes some time to get used to. It's a little annoying that the "pen" touches the screen a few millimeters above where the "ink" is placed. I'm used to being about 8-10 inches away from the paper/canvas when I'm drawing, so those few millimeters could get to be more of an issue for me than not. We'll see...

BTW - I'm glad I found your blog!