Drawing

XP-Pen Artist 13 Pen Display (2nd Gen) review – Small tablet big on features

REVIEW – Let me say up front that I use an iPad Pro (2018—due for an update) for watching videos and sketching out ideas using the excellent Apple Pencil. It’s a dream tablet in many ways—except one. As good as the iPad is, it only uses its own apps, not the Mac graphic design apps …

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Huion Kamvas Pro 13 (2.5K) Pen display tablet review – Pro doesn’t always mean expensive

REVIEW – In my years as an art director, it amazes me the sheer number of graphics tablets that are available. I keep wondering, “Are there enough users to support this niche market?” I guess there are, because the tablet market continually grows and the competition can be intense. In the beginning, Wacom was the …

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UGEE 11.9 Inch Drawing Tablet review – decent beginner’s drawing tablet

REVIEW – I’ve always enjoyed sketching and doodling, but I’ve never seriously dabbled in digital art so far. When UGEE offered us the chance to try out their UGEE 11.9 Inch Drawing Tablet, I thought it would be fun to try getting better at creating things. I tried out the tablet with a variety of …

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XP-Pen Artist Pro 16 Pen Display Graphics Tablet review – great for mobile artists on a budget

REVIEW – Almost everybody knows what an iPad is. It’s become ubiquitous in our tech-centered lives. What almost everybody does not know is that there are tablets out there artists use that aren’t iPads at all. In fact, these tablets need to be hard-wired to a computer just to work. A company called XP-Pen makes …

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Wacom Cintiq Pro 24 Pen Display review – It’s not called “Pro” for nothing

REVIEW – Anyone who does art, design, or photo retouching on a computer knows the name Wacom. Wacom has made graphics tablets for years. I’ve used them for at least 20 years starting with the Intuos 2 tablet. Eventually, I upgraded to the Intuos Pro, which I still use occasionally. However, many artists and designers …

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XP-Pen Innovator Display 16 drawing digitizer display review – Part 2

REVIEW – This is the second part of my review of the XP-Pen Innovator 16 Graphic Display .  The first part of the review was technical and focused upon the tablet itself.  This part is more artistic and focuses on the reactions of three young artists who used the Innovator for the first time.  They …

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XP-Pen Innovator Display 16 drawing digitizer display review – Part 1

REVIEW – Artists who transition from physical mediums, like paper and canvas, to the digital world quickly learn how inadequate a mouse is.  It just doesn’t feel natural in the hand compared to a pencil or a paintbrush.  To overcome this issue, an artist can draw on a graphics tablet with a pen (aka a …

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This marker burns wood!

NEWS – I’m an avid doodler/wannabe artist/stationery addict. So I’m always surfing for cool new notebooks, pens, and markers. Imagine my surprise when I stumbled upon Scorch Markers which let you do pyrography without a wood-burning tool. If you’re not familiar with pyrography, it’s an art method where you use an electric “pen” to burn …

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Huion HS610 graphics drawing tablet review

REVIEW – Creating art on your laptop using a mouse, or on your phone/tablet using a finger is doable, but a specially designed digitizer tablet and pen can take your drawings from doodles to Dali (he’s an artist, google him). What is it? The Huion HS610 is a graphics drawing tablet that you can use …

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Chameleon Fineliners will take your drawings to the next level

CROWDFUNDING NEWS – Doodlers and artists will be interested in this new Kickstarter project for Chameleon Fineliners color blending pens that just launched earlier today. What is it? Chameleon Fineliners are pens that blend 2 or more colors instantly just by placing the cap from one color on another pen’s tip for a few seconds. …

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MAGCON is a drawing tool that fits in your pocket – Notable crowdfunding campaign

CROWDFUNDING NEWS – It’s not often that I find a drawing tool that is this cool in the way that it looks and in the way that it works. MAGCON is that tool. Let’s check it out. What is it? MAGCON is a pocket-sized anodized aluminum curved and straight ruler combo that can be used …

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Osmo lets kids become animators of their favorite Disney characters

NEWS – When I was a kid I loved to doodle and draw my own comics. Actually, I still love to do that! But back then and even now I just use a pad of paper and a pen which isn’t very Gadgeteer worthy compared to the cool new Osmo Super Studio that lets kids …

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