Wednesday, January 28, 2009

WACOM - Wha?!

I recently discovered that I had almost completely worn down the nib of my Wacom pen. It's kinda crazy to think that I've only had the pen (and my Bamboo Fun tablet) for about a year. Clearly, most of the damage was done during the work for my DP.

In trying to look online for a replacement nib (a new pen would run $30-$50 or more), I discovered that there are DIFFERENT nibs available for Wacom pens! WTF, MF?! Why am I just finding out about this NOW?! There are stroke nibs (with a spring, to give a more brush-like feel), felt nibs (with more friction, to give a more real pen feel), and then the white standard nibs. (You can also buy a kit that has all of them.) Damn.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Another "HOPE" poster rip-off

I just came back from a week in Washington, DC. My younger brother, Larry, and I went down there to brave the frigid cold with 2 million other people in order to see our new president get sworn in. While walking around the Mall all week, we were constantly being attacked by street vendors, hawking their poorly printed Obama t-shirts and buttons. A lot of this"unoffficial" merchandise utilized the HOPE poster that was designed by Shepard Fairey. Now that Shepard has obtained rock star status, I'm sure he's not missing the cash that's being stolen out of his pocket, but it still seemed kind of wrong to me.

My main New Year's Resolution is to get off my ass and draw, doodle, sketch, and animate more than I have been since graduating in May. It's hard to do that when you're used to somebody giving you assignments and deadlines to do work. It takes a lot of motivation to do it on your own, once you're out of school and tired from working your fulltime job. Anyway, I thought that I'd do this little "in the style of" illustration of my nephew, Michael, tonight. It was pretty fun.