So remember when I made a post about the DAGi stylus, or pad thing on a spring attached to a pen (oh yeah I forgot that thing has an actual pen in it as well!) Well I couldn’t for the life of me, manage to fit the spare end, so, just like my doodling hobby, it got shelved.
So, long after, somewhere in Hong Kong I treated myself to a Galaxy Note II, because I needed to fill my OS universality quota for android and the Galaxy S was Galactically Shit. It boasted a built in stylus, which is great! the only problem is, while its does have a 5 inch screen… it ain’t A4 sized so it was like trying to rub ink onto a cantina with a ballpoint pen… I guess.
Enter the face.
The Surface Pro, 128 GB version.
The next essential purchase of tools I’d have no practical use for because its not my field? Think again!
I picked one up on a recommendation from a long time STO fleetie and nice overseas friend, and from reading Gabe from Penny Arcade’s article about it. It’s the answer to not just…
- The problem: The airplane isn’t a bad enough dude to charge my MSi GT680 uber jamein’ lappy!
- The fact that: Sweet King Cheese, this thing is heavy!
- This Lappy is in fact a piece of fine cheese, (said someone for real)
- and… my iPad can’t play Total Annihilation… or hi quality HD .mkv movies, even though I kept VLC on here before they took it off the app store.
Though those are pretty strong arguments that I stood by when I was interested in it… in fact I say those pretty much dominated my reasoning to get one, but I was in for a real bonus when I did get it…
You see this pen?
If you read the PA article you’d find that the pen… Is Wacom tech.
The kind of which can achieve the effect of the pictures above, which were drawn in MSPaint, except for the bottom one which was drawn on Groupboard.
The thing about that is I find the HTML5 version of Groupboard which is the version compatible with the modern UI version of IE… which all of you will say I shouldn’t use… well, better to use. since that IE pretty much works like any tablet browser, you can pinch and zoom and swipe around with your finger, which is nice for groupboard. using Desktop browsers, you can’t do that (yet??) so I have to rely on the Magnifier, which is what I use when I did use groupboard on my regular Compy, with my plain-o Tablet.
Umm… why groupboard and MSPaint??
Well last time I checked support for Photoshop is not so. maybe it is now, I just haven’t bothered to reinstall it yet.
And what of the highly praised Sketchbook from autodesk? Well the modern UI version seems a bit sluggish to me. Maybe I should try the desktop version like Gabe did.
As you can tell i’m just beginning to tap into what I can do with this thing. So far all of my demands have been met… except being able to charge it on a plane, that hasn’t been confirmed yet, and i’m not expecting to try any time soon (though it would be nice to go to Japan someday) and the fact that with the type cover it is a brilliant productivity tool, due to the fact that because it’s actual windows I can do what I usually do on a computer but now I truly can do it anywhere. which doesn’t sound like something I could make use of, but this year I’m hoping to change that somewhat, and as i’m aiming to get a wriggle on more often, i’ll at least have something to doddle with whenever I feel like it.
Why do I insist on continuing to attempt drawing anyway? is it because I want to share it with the world? because I’m certain I came to peace with not wanting attention when I developed my PC enthusiast side. Maybe its because I think I know how to do certain things and wish I had the motivation to prove it? Maybe but then again I can’t do anything more complex than disembodied cartoon faces… hell, even following a guide or watching someone do it, I can still somehow get my dick stuck in a ceiling fan.
So why do it when I know, realistically, this isn’t how I’m going to make my wage in the future?
Because, I know for a fact, for the last decade and a half, drawing was a huge part of my life, I was always drawing in class, in my scrapbooks, in my actual work books, and at that time, that’s usually the one thing people knew me for. (that and being a complete spaz… and bringing games to play on the school computers) In no way did I ever get worse as I tried new styles, in fact, while I never managed to improve every other part of the body, I can say for certain, one thing I am proud of, is my facial expressions.
So the reason I will still draw, is to remind myself that I can… which compared to how I was in 2004, is a personal feat I’ll never forget.
And now I have the perfect device to draw faces on.