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Jot Touch Quick Review

Top, my Jot Pro iPad stylus. Bottom, my new pressure-sensitive Jot Touch.

I just received my Jot Touch in the mail yesterday, and I am super excited about it.

The Jot Touch is an iPad stylus. It is unique in that it is the first pressure-sensitive stylus to come out for the iPad so far. It works over a bluetooth connection and is made by the company Adonit. I was very glad when they announced development of this stylus because I was already a big fan of their work. Their standard iPad stylus is one of my favorites (and believe me, I’ve tried a lot of styluses).

In between freelance projects and prepping for my Kickstarter project that I’m launching tomorrow, I don’t have much time to do a full review with images and stuff. However, I thought I’d throw out this quick review for all you inquiring minds out there.

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An Artist’s First Impressions of the iPad


You’ve heard the hype and now you want to know – what’s it really like to own an iPad?

I have been fortunate enough to be able to order one for myself and it finally arrived last weekend. Here is a super-sized blog post with all my first impressions and reviews. If you don’t want to read it, here’s a summary: It’s freakin’ awesome.

From what I’ve been hearing from you fellow artists and tech nerds lately, many of you have doubts, concerns, and criticisms and I try to address them all here. While I try not to sound like a complete Apple fangirl throughout this entire article, I do think some of the common crits that have been made about the iPad are making mountains out of molehills. Yes, the iPad is missing a few features; however, I believe the strength of this device lies in what it CAN and WILL do for creatives and their various industries. So yeah, I gush a lot. You have been warned. If you have further questions, please feel free discuss in the comments section.

Here we go…

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Is it time to buy a Modbook?


UPDATE: For a more recent update of my thoughts and opinions about the Modbook, go here.

During Macworld 2009 this past week Axiotron, the company that produces the Modbook, released an all new model of their product called the Modbook Pro. It has produced tons of hype and questions, so I thought I would give my thoughts and impressions as a current Modbook owner, in case you are curious or debating whether or not to get one for yourself.

The Modbook is a tablet computer built from an Apple Macbook base. I purchased mine in mid-2008 and have previously posted an extensive review. It is controlled using a pen with the help of Wacom’s digitizer technology. In short, it is great for artists because you can draw directly on the screen. It is also the only tablet computer available that uses the Mac OS, which I happen to prefer over Windows.

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My New Modbook


Update: Some of the information in this article, particularly the known bugs and some of the specs, is outdated. There is more current info in my other blog post Is It Time to Buy a Modbook?

Update 2: My most recent thoughts about the Modbook are here.

I recently bought a Modbook. Since a lot of you readers are digital painters, I have decided to post my review here. Here is everything you need to know, and probably more than you want to know, about this device.

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Scanners, Part 3: Putting the Pieces Together

Scanners, Part 3: Putting the Pieces Together

If you are going through the process of digitizing your traditional paintings, you have undoubtedly noticed that not all of your artwork fits onto the standard 8.5″x11.7″ glass of your flatbed scanner. Have no fear! With a few minor Photoshop tips, stitching together your large paintings doesn’t have to be such a hassle.

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Scanners, Part 1: Buying Tips

Scanners, Part 1: Buying Tips

Even if one never picks up a tablet or draws one stroke on the computer, a commercial artist will still need to know how to turn paint into pixels. In an industry that is becoming increasingly dependent on e-mail and websites, learning how to digitize artwork can be a great asset for an illustrator.

So, to start things off, here’s a few things to consider when you go to buy your new scanner. Don’t be confused by all numbers and the features. Just keep a few things in mind, and you will end up with the right tool for the job.

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Wacom Tablets: How to Get Started

Wacom tablets

If you are a painter, and you are trying to transition to the computer, it will be necessary for you to get a tablet. It’s the best way to translate your traditional skills to the digital world. A mouse will simply not do it for you.

When it comes to digital drawing tablets, Wacom is pretty much the authority. If you are just starting out and are trying to decide which tablet to buy, here’s a quick guide to the products they provide and how to get started once you’ve bought one.

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The Tools I Use

Well, at least what I use for my digital work. I’ll break out the paint occasionally, but I must admit, I spend a lot of hours staring at my monitor. I’ve had questions from readers asking what computer I have, if I use a tablet, which one should I buy, etc. So, to help you out, I updated my About page to include information about the system I am currently working with.

If you’re reading all these tutorials and wondering what I’m using, this is it. You don’t need the exact stuff to draw on your computer, but I hope this gives you an idea of what you might need. And if you have a different system, please note any differences in my tutorial instructions that are system specific (such as MAC vs. Windows).