More Bamboo Fun

I swear that one of these days I will have something useful to do with this Wacom Bamboo Fun tablet, but for now it's like having a million colored pencils in one. Want a rough gradient instead of a computer generated one, then draw it, changing the color and the pencil size gradually as you go.

I have to admit I think that most computer generated images are a little too perfect for my liking. It's unnatural. Nothing in nature is perfect and computers can only generate simulated imperfections. I like a old fashioned hand drawn cartoon every once in a while. Drawing with Wacom Bamboo Fun TabletBut it seems no one does this any more. Everything is computer generated.

Ever since the first post on the Bamboo Fun tablet, I have been getting questions as to what I would use it for. I think it's perfectly viable for creating art, real art. It almost takes the software out of the way when you use it with Photoshop. It's just you and the pen. No fighting with a mouse. No perfect computer drawn lines. You can draw and only allow the computer come into play when you switch colors or brushes.

Or something like this could be used to create some awesome themes or logos, with a human touch. We've had the shiny, flashiness phase of websites. We've had the web 2.0 design style. Maybe a tool like this can create a new natural drawn style. Or maybe thoughts are just spilling out onto my laptop.

It is also useful for mindmaps. For some reason, I cannot disconnect the free-flowing nature of a mind map from the free-flowing nature of a pen on paper. Typing it into a bubble and hitting enter to create a new node just seems too tech for a mind map. This pad will bring that back.

I will be exploring future uses and am damn sure I with be creating a totally hand drawn theme once or twice. And more doodles like this one. I forget exactly which filter I applied at the end, but I was just playing.

Back to work.


Stephan Miller

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