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landorl
05-06-2008, 12:25 PM
I just bought a new graphics tablet and am learning to use it. It is a Wacom Graphire 4, and I am starting to like it a lot!

It is taking a little while to get used to it, but I have done some drawing in Photoshop and am starting to get the hang of it. I am still trying to get used to navigating around using the pen, but I am quickly starting to see what a difference it will make. Now I won't have to draw maps in paper and then scan and work forever to get the colors to match!

RobA
05-06-2008, 01:45 PM
Trust me - you will never give up paper :P

-Rob A>

RPMiller
05-06-2008, 03:49 PM
True, it is very tasty. :P And high in fiber.

delgondahntelius
05-06-2008, 07:39 PM
pen and paper will never die!!!!
But a tablet is ohhh so sweet, and you can't ever understand how you lived 'before' the tablet made live so much easier. :)

ravells
05-07-2008, 05:12 AM
Trust me - you will never give up paper :P

-Rob A>

I can't wait until they invent paper that comes with a Ctrl:Z button ! :)

Lui
05-07-2008, 09:04 AM
Tablet is quite useful but the ultimate tool is tablet combine with monitor: Wacom Cintiq. I'm using 21" one and I have to say that it is close as can be to paper. It is great to sketch terrain in Leveller and see result realitime and in 3D.

Robbie
05-07-2008, 09:13 AM
Tablet is quite useful but the ultimate tool is tablet combine with monitor: Wacom Cintiq. I'm using 21" one and I have to say that it is close as can be to paper. It is great to sketch terrain in Leveller and see result realitime and in 3D.

I'm working on convincing my job to buy me one for my desk at work....Those are truly nice. and only 2500 bucks.

RPMiller
05-07-2008, 11:53 AM
I was tempted to buy one last year, but I just couldn't bring myself to do it for a hobby. However if you do it for a living, I would think it would be practically a necessity from what I've heard from artists that have used them.

Redrobes
05-07-2008, 06:37 PM
Tablet is quite useful but the ultimate tool is tablet combine with monitor: Wacom Cintiq. I'm using 21" one and I have to say that it is close as can be to paper. It is great to sketch terrain in Leveller and see result realitime and in 3D.Is that your job or hobby. You got any demo pics to post ?

Lui
05-08-2008, 10:18 AM
Is that your job or hobby. You got any demo pics to post ?

Cartography was my job but now is my hobby (still doing some small maps for ). I was doing a lot of manual hillshading, developing natural looking maps,... Now I'm working in LIDAR bussiness (more rewardable:P). I was doing a lot of fantasy mapping in my spare time but this was several years ago and I have to find some of my work. I'm sure that kids have left some of it untouched.
Anyway, here is example of my recent still unfinished work. It is natural looking map of real landscape here in Slovenia. First image present a detail from finished map (well without labels) and the second is natural looking background for the same map. Scale of the map is 1:25000 and background is rendered from 3D model (DEM, landcover, water lines and bodies). Ah, if I could manage my time better...

Lui

RobA
05-08-2008, 11:51 AM
I just love the crisp ridge lines the shaded relief technique based on DEMs produces. I just don't get that with fractal noise mountains....

-Rob A>

ravells
05-08-2008, 04:43 PM
Lui! Your reputation precedes you! There is already a thread about your work on the guild here (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?t=1139).

Welcome to the Guild! Your work is nothing short of stunning.

jaerdaph
05-11-2008, 02:25 PM
Lui, that's just AMAZING. :)

Chgowiz
05-13-2008, 05:27 PM
Minor thread hijack, but related to tablets...

I just got my Intuous 6x8 (thanks RobA for the Craigslist suggestion - $40 incl shipping) and well... I am terrible. Definitely failing my DEX+know roll. Are there any online tutorials about .. well.. drawing with these things? Something I can get used to?

Chgowiz

RPMiller
05-13-2008, 06:31 PM
Where are you having difficulty?

Chgowiz
05-13-2008, 11:14 PM
Well, I 'get' the drawing part, although I'm very much a beginner at drawing period. It's more of how to use the pen. I was suprised that the eraser didn't erase (although that makes sense, I guess... I have to activate the tool.) It's getting used to that the 'context' of the pen is different than the mouse, so color selections have to be made with the pen. (I'm using GIMP 2.4). Anyway, just noob type stuff, I'm sure.

Thanks!
Chgowiz

RobA
05-14-2008, 08:51 PM
WRT Gimp, you should be able to set the eraser end to the eraser tool, and the tip to one of the drawing tools. For inking (drawing) I now use the ink tool, as it seems to work nicely, usually setting pressure to be proportionate to size.

To "paint" or colour wash, I like to use the airbrush tool.

For drawing with "special" brushes (trees, for example) I use the paintbrush tool and set tip pressure to size.

Not sure if those are the types of tips you want.

Here is a tut I followed a while back that helped http://www.dustyghost.com/tablet_tut.html

I also rendered a grid and practiced drawing squares along the grid.

Also, I found I needed to stop holding the pen tight, like a pen while writing:
3611

And more like a brush:
3610

-Rob A>

P.S. It is really hard to take a picture of your right hand with a camera held in your left, when cameras are made to be used in the right hand :P

Chgowiz
05-14-2008, 10:46 PM
Thanks! If nothing else, that was quite a relaxing exercise for tonight! I've bookmarked that site.

Chgowiz