Wacom Lifestyle Contest

by Eric Pena on August 29, 2006

When I became interested in digital painting a few months ago, I felt I needed to buy a graphics tablet in order for me to learn painting on a computer. Learn fast and do great. Afterall, great digital artists use tablets—I presumed. In order for me to be like them, I need to have one too!

So after searching the Internet for the best graphics tablet, I had to go through the agony of asking my wife to buy me one. I finally conviced her after explaining that owning this piece of gadget (and no, its not a toy) can change our lives forever. It was a huge expense for us especially so that the best is more expensive. But hey, I needed the best to be among the best, right? So I ended with the smallest (4×5) top of the line Wacom graphics tablet—the Intuos 3.

I received an email from Wacom a few days after registering my new toy (well, its a great toy!) and after fumbling with the pen trying my first digital doodles. You can see my first paintings from my previous posts. Going back to Wacom’s email… they have just started a new online community and came up with a contest that is open to everyone—beginners and professionals! Shucks. I can’t compete with the best. I just got my Wacom!

Days passed before I finally decided to try and enter my first contest. I do have two digital paintings already done and approved by my wife and kids don’t I? So I looked for a nice reference that will convey the contest’s theme, “The Asia Pacific Lifestyle”.

Hey, I think I’m getting the hang of this blogging stuff.

Anyway, what I’ll do is to document my work until I submit it to Wacom on or before the contest deadline on September 30 (a month away). Kinda like a WIP or Work in Progress. I learned that from CG Society’s forums. I started painting last night until 3 a.m. when sheer exhaustion forced me to bed. So here is my unfinished work. Hopefully I can finish it on time. I’m a regular office guy you know, working 9 to 5 sometimes 10 to 4 and well, what I’m saying is I have few windows to play with my toy and have some fun.

Not much huh? Just wait for my next installment!

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