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Wacom INTUOS Tablet – Gita’s first digital graphics tablet

I was 25 years old when I became the proud owner of the Wacom Intuos4 Extra Large Pen Tablet. This was the first Wacom product I had ever purchased. It was 2005,  the first iPhones were just starting to appear and Facebook had just been invented the year earlier.  I had been using a mouse to create all my digital art up until this point and discovered this device one day while surfing the web. Art was still very much one of my favorite hobbies. I had started working with colored pencils and was tearing the paper mid way through. Hours of work lost to pencil pressure and erosion from the erasers. When I had first purchased the Wacom I did it to enhance my understanding of color. Since digital art provides layers that can adjusted and erased, it makes learning and experimenting with color more fun and less frustrating. I use the techniques I learned from digital art layering into my fine artwork, especially acrylic painting.

This amazing tool brought a more comfortable and natural feel of holding a pen or other art tool which is hard to achieve when using a mouse. The Intuos tablet was the biggest and best tablet Wacom had on the market in 2005 when I first set eyes on it. This amazing tool, along with software such as Adobe Photos, Illustrator and Corel Painter, really helped me develop the skills to go from an fine art hobbiest to a professional graphics designer.  Of course it takes years of practice to really master any graphics software. Fortunately, I had a lot of help along the way. In my spare time, I would practice using the tablet and learning the software through books. I took my love of comic book and figure drawing to a new level.

Although I have never airbrushed in real life, I gained a real appreciation for this art. To the experience more true to life, I later added the Digital Airbrush for the Wacom INTUOS Tablet. This pen has the look and feel of a real airbrush pen. There is even a wheel to control the “flow” of paint as with the real deal.  It is a splurge, but it is incredibly responsive and simulates a very realisting airbrushed look

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