Join Gaeton Laprade for an in-depth discussion in this video Using a drawing tablet, part of Up and Running with ArtRage.
- I have a New Painting here, and a New Painting is nothing more than a new file. They just like to call it a New Painting in the ArtRage community. And I wanted to talk to you about using drawing tablets while you're drawing. Now, they are pretty useful for digital artists because it kind of allows us to move our pencil around like we would a paint brush or a pencil to get different effects in the same stroke. For example, I'm using the Pencil Tool right now. If I were to start drawing a line, you'd see that it's nice and straight. So I'm actually holding my tablet just like this.
OK, that's my tablet, I have the Pencil just like that, so it's perfectly perpendicular to the surface, and it gives me a nice, straight, thin line. Now, if I were to tilt that Pencil, so my Pencil would be at an angle such as this to that drawing surface, I'm going to get a mark like this, and you can see how that's flat. I can do that on the fly while I'm actually drawing. You can see how it just blurred into that flat line right there. You can see how that might be easy to simply go from a simple drawing to shading that drawing in without having to do anything at all with the settings.
Now, if you're using a mouse, don't worry about that, because you can always get those same effects by manually changing the Tilt Angle in the Settings Panel. Unfortunately, you won't be able to do it on the fly, because you'll have to come over here and change that dial every time you want to get that flat edge. So you can get these same effects with a lot of different tools, for example, if I select my Airbrush Tool, and I'm going to hold my pen so that it's pointing upward, I just draw horizontally and you can see that my edge at the bottom is sharp while the Spray is pointing upward, so the top is nice and blurred.
And you can also change the opacity of some tools, so for example, if I select my Pastel Tool, and just barely touch the surface of the Canvas, I'll get a nice light color and you see a lot of the grain of the Canvas, but if I press down hard, I'm digging in more, so it's a darker color, and a lot of those holes are filled in. So as you can see, when you're using your drawing tablet, you'll come a lot closer to how you expect traditional tools to work.
Join Gaeton as he shows how to set up the workspace, create your first painting, and start working with ArtRage's expressive tools, which respond just like traditional oils, pastels, watercolors, and pencils. Then learn to maximize the full potential of the program with the image editing, tracing, and cloning features. Gaeton even shares a method for recording your process, so you can share your own "joy of painting" with others.
- Setting up ArtRage to fit your painting style
- Creating a new painting
- Choosing colors
- Painting with oil, watercolors, and the airbrush
- Sketching and drawing with dry media
- Daubing and pouring paint
- Masking areas of a painting
- Writing with the Text tool
- Recording and playing drawings with ArtRage scripts