Looks like Wacom is finally going to get a mobile tablet out next summer. I’m sure it’ll be cool, but the question is how much are you willing to pay for a mobile Cintiq? With their new Cintiq 13HD priced at $999, I’m guessing a Wacom mobile tablet would probably be priced between $1000 to $1500. If that’s the case, it’ll be too expensive of a toy for me. It seems hard to do serious work on a mobile device. Most intensive creative works are done with other tools and references at home or in the office with headphones blasting. So I’m very curious what their selling points would be. We’ll just have to wait and see, it’s all speculation at this point.
Recently I’ve been looking into the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 for sketching while on the go. I’ll probably get that soon. It seems like a good sketch pad.
“We’ve heard you shouting out loud for a Wacom mobile tablet for creative uses. Well… we’re listening. We’ve read your email and spoken to many about an on-the-go dream device. It will come. This summer. We’re working 24/7 on it. And yes, it has a real pressure-sensitive professional pen, smooth multi-touch, an HD display, and other valuable features that you haven’t seen in other tablets.”
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One step closer to getting my Lady Dragon resin kits done! Here is the latest progress on the casting of my statue. All we need are the molds for the dress and it’s pretty much there. Once all the molds are made, resin kits will be made available for sale. I’m thinking of an edition of 100. Not sure yet, I’ll have to see what kind of demand I get from this. I know many of you have expressed interest in this and subscribers will get a first shot at it. Okay, I might be jumping ahead now, but I’m just so excited about this! Those who have followed my progress on creating this statue knows how difficult of a process it has been. But heck, why do anything that is easy! I always believe that anything easy is not worth doing. Anyhow, I’ll document the process of creating a statue from start to finish for anyone who is interested in doing the same. More on that later.
Once the Lady Dragon resin kits are available sale, I’ll get back to working on the Red Assassin statue. Though I’m thinking about doing a Lady Dragon bust. I have this image in my mind that I can’t shake. The guys at Yamato Toys are telling me that bust are not popular, I have to agree, but then I’m not doing this to have sales, I’m doing this because it’s part of my dream!
For my two latest paintings, I decided to spend more time and paint more than just a portrait. I ended up with two sexy ladies. This one I’m calling it Supergirl just because her pose resembles Clark Kent when he transforms into Superman. But she is without her uniform! Since the painting had strong rim lighting, I added some flare effects. I’m a Star Trek geek and no doubt that was influenced by the Star Trek Enterprise movie where flares were used excessively in shots on the Enterprise bridge.
Woman by Window Light
I love the lighting on this painting. Natural window light is awesome and in this case, it served as rim lighting. The softness of this airbrushing technique works well for the female form.
Both of these digital paintings took about 2 to 3 hours to paint. I’m definitely getting faster at this soft airbrushing technique in Photoshop with each new painting. Small details like the fingers increases painting time dramatically. But since the hands are so expressive, it is worth the time to paint them well.
For this Woman by Window Light, I faded her right hand to help focus the eye back to her. Her right hand is too close to the edge and increasing details and sharpness on it would have detracted the eye from her. Anyhow that’s just some rationale behind some of the elements in the painting. That’s what make creating art so much fun–you constantly have to think!
This is my latest portrait painting using the soft airbrushing technique. I’ve consecutively painted about 5 or 6 of these types of paintings and usually I would have been bored already. But somehow I’m drawn to this painting technique. Because the painting process goes from large details to smaller and smaller details, it feels like the portrait is emerging from the grey background that I start with. It’s a neat feeling. Just check out the speed painting video below.
There are endless ways of creating digital paintings. Before this soft airbrushing technique, I tend to paint with hard edges and then use the smudge tool to blend the two areas. That works well too, but feels mechanical at times. I like this free-flowing airbrush technique better, especially for portrait paintings.
I’m learning something new every time I do a painting using this technique. Once I have the technique nailed down, I’ll create a more professional and instructional video for this soft airbrushing technique for anyone interested in learning to paint this way. It’s a simple painting process and I think you can pick it up with ease. There are just some major points that needs to kept in mind when painting this way. I’ll talk more about that later on. But for now, I’ll just show you the captures of my painting process.
Here is a soft airbrush painting of another Korean singer. Her name is Ailee and she can really sing. With so many singers out there today with just a cute face, Ailee is a standout with her great vocals. I didn’t know that until I saw some of her youTube videos. It’s rather refreshing.
Like my other soft airbrushing paintings in Photoshop, this one took about an hour to complete. More to come, thanks, -Wei