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Wacom tablets are a popular alternative to the mouse for painting, drawing, and navigating your computer in a more natural position. In this course, artist and teacher John Derry shows how to get up and running with a variety of Wacom tablets (Intuos, Cintiq, and more), covering everything from setup to stylus selection. He then shows how to speed up your workflow and enhance your command of the drawing surface with ExpressKeys, the Touch Ring, and other controls. Plus, learn about tablet ergonomics—which makes your Wacom even more compatible with your working conditions—and follow a few exercises to warm up your drawing arm.
In these advanced set of exercises, we'll start utilizing circular motions to up the eye-hand coordination ante. As before, I recommend warming up repeatedly by signing your own signature. You can reference your Exercise Files for this example tablet workout. Now, this one is going to get a little difficult for some people, and it's basically just doing a circular motion repeatedly. So you're going to go basically like this, and as before, the idea is to pretty much try to stay close to being in the lines.
And I recommend too that you may want to try this going both clockwise and counter-clockwise. I'm left-handed and I tend to be a little bit more fluid with the other direction, I just -- so you can see how this direction is not my favorite direction, I need some practice. Okay, next we're going to repeat this exercise, but as we've done before, we're going to change pressure as we do it. So you're going to go hard, and then soft, and then back up to hard, back down to soft.
So as we've stated before, the whole idea here is that all of these exercises are increasing your ability to control your hand with your eye to be able to properly understand exactly how you make the marks on the screen. And once you've built this into your system, you won't even think about it anymore, it'll become totally unconscious. Right now these can seem rather conscious. Okay this one gets a little more interesting.
We're going to go from round to oval, and then back out to round, and back down to oval. So here we're learning how to change shapes as we're drawing. Now the final one is the one that probably is going to throw you for the biggest loop, and this one we'll stay doing an oval, but we're going to do is change orientation as we go.
So it's kind of like it's bouncing along almost, it just keeps alternating the angle that you're making the actual oval in. These exercises may seem repetitious, but the practice will pay off in terms of developing your eye-hand coordination. Remember, practice makes perfect.
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