Caroline Vos' Sketchbook

Mar 26

Cintiq Companion Review #2

Cintiq Companion Review #2 : Unpacking the beast. The packaging is beautiful. Everything is well cushioned although I was surprised to see the screen facing upwards in the box.
It’s pretty weighty in hand but as I was handed the box I had thought it quite light compared to my expectations. So far I have no problem with the weight and carrying it around in the super soft and fluffy case provided is a pleasure.

The most important thing to note on the day you receive your Cintiq Companion is that it is going to prompt you for a windows key code. I was completely confused by this and almost ended up purchasing a key before a google search revealed that the Windows product Key is on the Charger! I was flummoxed that I would have to purchase windows so this discovery was a huge relief! Strange place to put it but, no big deal - all up and running and fine. 

It does state that you should not operate your Companion in extreme heat or cold conditions so traveling with it in the car for a road trip to Johannesburg over the weekend made me realize I may want to keep it inside the provided plush cover as well as inside a laptop bag. The screen brightness is adjustable so I was able to get some decent work done as a passenger in the car. No problem.

Next review I will go into the screen and sensitivity as well the keyboard and some shortcuts!

Mar 25

Cintiq Companion Review #1

I have decided to do a short review on my new Cintiq companion. I will be posting my review and thoughts as I go and sharing my experience working on this new tool. I’m going to start with the basics because my experience shopping for it was a little underfed with product information.

So first off is : which one to buy? The Cintiq Companion Hybrid or the Cintiq Companion? Yeah… it’s confusing. They could have named them a little more markedly different as trying to write a letter deciphering stats between the two and constantly having to rewrite these long names because the only difference is the truncation… is annoying. So moving forward I will refer to the Cintiq Companion Hybrid as the CCH and the Cintiq Companion as the CC. 

I found it a little confusing at first to get product specs that were clear enough for my base level of understanding. I’m an artist not a techno fundi. They really needed to spell it out for me that the Hybrid is basically a fancy tablet for sketching and only runs Android apps - so NO PHOTOSHOP, but can be plugged into your computer or laptop OS and used as a regular cintiq…. and the CC is a full on windows computer able to run photoshop but CAN NOT be used as a regular cintiq ( which you plug into your computer or laptop OS ).

At the end of the day I couldn’t live without photoshop. I need every aspect available to me while on the move. It would be redundant for my specific needs if I couldn’t access Photoshop or Painter to finish a job. Unfortunately the CC is only windows compatible for now. After doing some research amongst fellow artist friends I was able to find out that there was little hassle in transferring my files from my CC to Mac desktop. I set up a dropbox folder where I place all my transfer files. PS Mac and PS Windows are speaking to each other fine so far and I haven’t run into any problems.

So anyway, back to the purchase decision. Obviously I have decided on the CC as opposed to the CCH. It weighs in at a slightly more expensive price tag than the CCH but for me it’s worth it. In my humble opinion I can’t justify buying the CCH for that price tag if I am unable to finish a job on it. There are 4 models available. 2 CCH’s and 2 CC’s… the specs that differentiate them are related to storage. I have opted for the smaller of the 2 CC’s with storage of 256 ( as opposed to 512 GB ). I plan to keep it tidy by constantly transferring files through dropbox to my desktop.

So that’s it for now… next time I’ll let you know a little bit more about unpacking the device and getting your head around the shortcuts - which I am still figuring out.

In the mean time here is a link to Wacom’s site… Which one is for me the Hybrid or Companion?http://cintiqcompanion.wacom.com/en/?region&country=us&language=en

Nov 28

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Nov 27

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Nov 25

Leyendecker Study

Leyendecker Study

Nov 24

Sunday doodle

Sunday doodle

Nov 21

Manet Colour Study

Manet Colour Study

Nov 20

Compositional study - Vermeer

Compositional study - Vermeer

Finger Studies

Finger Studies

Feb 05

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Jan 30

BBC Great British Bake Off. Digital Painting.

BBC Great British Bake Off. Digital Painting.

Jan 16

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Nov 12

A quick test I did a while ago

A quick test I did a while ago

My Tortoise and Swan Acrylic painting on board completed at the Imaginism workshop. Just reformatted to portrait for dribbble.

My Tortoise and Swan Acrylic painting on board completed at the Imaginism workshop. Just reformatted to portrait for dribbble.

Oct 19

It’s Friday! Here is my Dita :) Njoy!

It’s Friday! Here is my Dita :) Njoy!