With the incredible technology boom we”ve been experiencing since the 1980″s, it”s no surprise that art is going digital. The release of incredibly powerful programs such as the popular Adobe Photoshop CS5 and the ultra useful Wacom Bamboo Tablets has led to many artists going completely paperless and it”s no wonder why. The simplicity of the bamboo tablet in combination with a program like photoshop allows it”s user to have complete freedom in their use of mediums (paint, sketch, marker, etc.) as all of these may be simulated in the photoshop program. Further control of creation is gained by using a Bamboo tablet for hand drawing directly into the program using whichever medium you select. It is true that when first beginning to use a Bamboo tablet, the movement is different than using a regular pencil or charcoal on paper. Aiming and accuracy of placement on your screen in correspondence with how you draw on the tablet does take some practice, but once achieved, you will be surprised at how well this tablet works for any and all types of art pieces.
While many might assume that the art created with completely digital tools is less than, you will be astounded then to find out that some artists are able to create masterpieces in the same way as is done traditionally without the mess, the expensive cost of supplies or canvas, and actually in a more eco friendly way than painting or drawing would be. In fact, although the Photoshop program may seem expensive at nearly $500, later versions are cheaper with this newly released version and Wacom Bamboo tablets range anywhere from $50 to $150 so artists can easily buy for their budget. If you compare these one time cost items that will not need to be upgraded for several years with the yearly cost of art supplies ($100-$500 depending), you actually save quite a bit of money. These tools, both Photoshop and Bamboo tablets, are frequently used by graphic artists, photo editors, and other media artists and have gained popularity in recent years. Both items may be found virtually anywhere online or at most Best Buy stores near you.
Add Video (Speed painting in CS5): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8K_NQe57C-k
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