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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.
This will be your black belt. Plus, you'll master a cool flourish that makes a great doodle. This loop-to-loop figure begins to incorporate many of the motions employed in a signature. You can reference your Exercise Files for this example tablet workout. So, the loop-to-loop actually starts out fairly simple, and let's just do a line of them here. And basically, you are just repeating this loop figure, and as always, try to keep them in the lines, as you can see I'm purposely doing these a bit primitive, so that yours will look better than mine.
Now, here's where it gets pretty difficult, this takes a while for people to get use to doing. What we're going to do here, I'm going to kind of give a little space to do this, is you're going to change size as you do it, so you are going to go like this, and just keep doing it, and as I said, once you master this it makes kind of cool little doodle you can do on the sides of your notes while you're in a meeting that's boring, or just anywhere.
And the last one I'm going to show you, and this is the one that really get's kind of interesting, is this is similar to what we did before. We are going to go ahead and we're going to make these, and you can see as a previous exercise we did, these kind of have a little bit of a diamond shape, so the next thing you're going to want to do once you start doing these is you start to nest them into one another. And just keep repeating it.
So, this is where, once you get to this level of being able to do this, you're really kind of taking all of the things we've been practicing in the other exercises and putting it all to use in here. Practice these exercises regularly, particularly before painting and drawing to loosen up your hand. I do these all the time, even when I'm writing with pen and paper, as a means of improving the fluidity of my stroke. Remember, the journey is the reward.
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