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First try: Bamboo Graphic Tablet

July 8, 2011 Leave a comment

It took me time before I finally accept the advice to buy a graphics tablet. The result? Well, there is pro and con!
This tablet is a Bamboo tablet pen. There is a right click button on the pen, not on the shelf. It’s transposable for left or right handed. The design is quite nice: black, smooth with a small white light, wow!

Cons:
Having the habit of drawing with pencil on paper, the feeling of the pen sliding on the smooth surface of the tablet is strange. The little finger which rubs on the paper and allows me to usually obtain almost smooth lines is stocked on the plastic surface which does not produce a straight and smooth line as expected, but a shaky line. Seems like I need to learn again how to draw!
The shelf adds an extra distance between the user, the keyboard and screen. This is not the best to keep a good position, good morning back pain!
The double click is not very easy. According to the tilt of the pen, the meeting point of the pen with the tablet can vary greatly which does not facilitate a double click.

Pros:
the pen transmits the pressure which allows a better result than a mouse or a pad … no, do not laugh, that’s what I used until now and I’m probably not alone!
The possibilities are huge with a drawing program: multi-level layers, erase facilities, backup in the history, many brushes … in short, no need any more to sketch hundreds of leaves (yes, a bit too much) to obtain a correct design. That’s freedom!
The learning curve is short. Just patience and training are necessaries to get used to this tool, so different from the pad. The tablet is a screen representation, which means that when the pen touches the edge at the top left of the tablet, the mouse is positioned immediately in the top left of the screen. In addition, it is possible to move the mouse without touching the tablet and the right click can be performed on the pen or by pressing and holding the pen on the tablet.
It is as useful as a mouse, maybe better, even for browsing the Internet or select documents.

Here is my first try with this new toy 🙂

Premier essai Bamboo

Bizarre:
On the side of the plastic tablet, there is a kind of red label that closely resembles a clothing label … it took me hours to understand that this “label” can actually store the pen along the tablet ! Surprising, but really handy.

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Tshirt shop

August 8, 2010 Leave a comment

Hello all,

As you like my designs, I’ve decided to create a T-shirt shop online with spreadshirt. One in Canada/US (with low shipping prince for New Zealand or Australia): Toon’s shop and one in France/Europe: La boutique du toon

First design: Angel and Demon

The first design printed on the t-shirts is a vector graphic, already presented in an old post:

Ange et DĂ©mon - Angel and Demon

Angel and Demon – 2005

Products list

Some products in the Canadian/American shop, Toon’s shop:

Bags  ~ Messenger Bag ~ Angel and Imp - FriendshipUnderwear ~ Women's Camisole Top ~ Angel and Imp - FriendshipT-Shirts ~ Men's Retro Sport Tee ~ Angel and Imp - Friendship

Some products in the French/European shop, La boutique du toon:

T-shirts ~ T-shirt Bio AA Femme ~ Numéro de l'article 13039695Sweats Enfants ~ Sweatshirt Capuche Enfant ~ Numéro de l'article 13039467Tabliers ~ Tablier de cuisine ~ Numéro de l'article 13039499

Second design: The snail who didn’t like water

There is some more new products with a drawing I’ve done last week: The snail who didn’t like water! It illustrates exactly my feeling after 2/3 months of rain in Wellington!

Escargot - Snail

Products list

Some products in the Canadian/American shop, Toon’s shop:

Long Sleeve Shirts ~ Female Slim Fit Long Sleeve Tee ~ The snail who didn't like waterEco-Friendly Tees ~ Men's Organic Jersey Tee ~ The snail who didn't like waterLong Sleeve Shirts ~ Men's AA Raglan Baseball Tee ~ The snail who didn't like water

Some products in the French/European shop, La boutique du toon:

T-shirts Bébés ~ T-shirt manches longues Bio Bébé ~ Numéro de l'article 13492323Tasses ~ Tasse ~ Numéro de l'article 13492296T-shirts ~ Débardeur Homme ~ Numéro de l'article 13492240

What is in your mind?

As I was creating the various products, I faced some questions and would like to have your comments:

Do you prefer the design in the back or in the front for the Men’s t-shirts?

Do you prefer colours or black and white design?

Do you prefer a little design on the chest or a bigger one?

Do you prefer cheap tees, nice jackets or organic tees?

See you soon!

Colourisation

January 15, 2010 1 comment

Today, bring out a drawing I colourised during last autumn. The original sketch has been done by LN : Sweet enripsa. I first discovered her blog: Shy Attitudes through my random drifts on internet and then her Flickr portfolio. For me, this drawing means the drawing passion and goes perfectly with my urge to seize back the pencils and creating this blog. Finaly, I opted for a colourisation using Photoshop of this drawing to take me off… and that worked well: 2 days of colourisation later, I start drawing again!

Drawer Fairy
Little drawer – 2009

Voir la version française

French Version

December 3, 2009 Leave a comment

Sorry but today, I have just started a new blog! So I had no time to update this one. In fact, the new blog is not really so new, it’s just a translation in french of this one for all my friends and family around the world. I hope this would be helpfull!

Have a look on this Blog: Art 2 Toon

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Van Gogh’s letters

December 2, 2009 1 comment

Just a little word today about Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890) a painter from Holland, living alone in the south of France, an artist who has cut his own ear but not so insane, not so poor, not only a painter: he was also a writer playing with the words. He wrote a broad range of letters to his brother Théo and to his friend and painter Gauguin, explaining his works, his ideas: 900 letters!


Sketch by Vincent Van Gogh

All these words have been carefully studied to create a gorgeous piece of work: 6 books of 2000 pages published in french, english and dutch. And to come with, a website introducing these letters has been developed where each letter, each sketch is available to everybody in various languages. Have a look: Vincent Van Gogh, The letters

Voir la version française

SOS Factory

November 18, 2009 1 comment

Today, a little message to present you a great website discovered last week: SOS Factory. The purpose of this website is especially to present the work and the services of Sergio Ordóñez, a great freelancer artist. He creates beautiful logos, mascots and web design. But, what I would like to highlight in this post is the SOS Factory’s Blog. It’s a gold mine full of Photoshop and Illustrator tutorials. Have a nice journey on these pages.