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I deleted Facebook ages ago, and have just done the same with Twitter after several years of being shadow banned, Twitter throttled, and muted by many no doubt. I got rid of my Google account too, which in turn gets rid of Pinterest, Instagram and possibly some other accounts that are now owned by monolithic companies such as Google, Amazon, Apple and Facebook.
Youtube was amazing when it first arrived but that was profoundly short lived. Now it is nothing more than a bad TV channel full of pop music, adverts and propaganda. The first 4 or 5 years were the glory days: No advertising and no corporate presence – just people making videos. It was phenomenal, which is why, in my opinion, it was taken over by Google and the ‘powers that shouldn’t be’. There are still good channels on Youtube and if it wasn’t for Google those channels would be on the home page, but instead the homepage is solely populated by TV, movie and pop performers. Twitter is nothing but white noise signifying naught. Pinterest and Instagram were always for morons. And as for Tumblr… well, what can one say? Like feminism it’s cancer.
I simply could not maintain self respect while still having accounts with these evil scumbag sites, and the vile specimens of humanity that own and run them.
I would say it’s been fun, but it hasn’t been for a very long time.
And if so what are the defining characteristics?
And if there is such a thing is it wrong to mention it?
And if it is wrong to mention it to what degree should that be punished?
But first we have to decide if there is such a thing. The word itself is used as an insult, and I’m not sure an insult can be either true or un-true. Or rather I’m sure it can be true or un-true but that that is not usually the primary purpose for the use of the word. It’s merely meant to cause offence, and usually in response to something the issuer of the insult is either offended, insulted, or angered by themself. But it can also be used in jest, so intent comes into the equation. Not that these things are necessarily independent of each other. And still the question remains: Is there such a thing as a cunt? Though I suppose to be more accurate the question should be ‘is there such a person as a cunt’?
It’s hard to believe that there isn’t. The word exists for a reason after all, and it is a description of a person, or at the very least a quality they posses. I don’t suppose that a person can be nothing but a cunt — certainly wouldn’t want to think so, anyway, though the world is a weird place and Allah does love wondrous variety so who knows! But as a rule I think all people can be considered to be more than just a cunt. But that is not the same as saying nobody is a cunt. So cunts exist. And a myriad of things can make a person a cunt and to a widely varying degree. There are also good cunts and bad cunts; That is something that appears to be being overlooked as far as social media companies are concerned.
So why do I ask the question?
I was recently temporarily suspended from Twitter for 12 hours. I could still view the site but most features of my account were locked. The 12 hour period would only begin to count down once the offending tweet had been deleted and a phone number (confirmed by receiving a code) had been provided.
Here is the the message I got from Twitter and the offending tweet:
To clarify: I did not simply tweet that comment at them as appears above but rather I retweeted a tweet by one of the two people named (Russell Brand and Sam Harris) along with the comment. The tweet I RT’d was of the interview the two of them had on Sam Harris’s Youtube channel. Childish and immature and totally unnecessary, I know, but was it promoting violence against, threatening or harassing anyone based on their race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or serious disease? I would argue not. The tweet definitely does not promote violence in any way, and I can’t see how a single tweet can be taken as harassment, and certainly not on any of the grounds listed. At best it could be falsely seen as harassment on the grounds of being a cunt, but as being cuntese, or suffering from cuntability or a person’s cuntnicity are not included in their list of protected groups I can’t see how that would hold up to scrutiny. Nor do I see how it can be deemed hateful conduct as that would assume my motives. Am I wrong?
I wish I had clicked the link at the bottom of the page which read:
If you think we’ve made a mistake, contact our support team.
Then I could have argued my case that Russell Brand is indeed a cunt, and that Sam Harris probably is too, though that may be more open to debate…. but only maybe. Is this merely a matter of opinion? Is nobody an actual cunt? What are the qualities that make a person a cunt? Here’s a few I think can easily be included: Bad cunts: Spite, being obnoxious, the obtuse, lying, hatred, bigotry, arrogance and narcissism. Good cunts: Wit, fearlessness, creativity, imagination, honesty, insight, passion. There are many more aspects that can be included and not all of these on their own would necessarily make someone cuntious, and nor would the possession of all these qualities, good or bad, guarantee or even indicate that someone is of a cuntual persuasion, but a pattern emerges over time until one eventually sees the right combination of traits often enough to come to the conclusion that this person is indeed a complete and utter total cunt. Or maybe just a bit of one.
Doesn’t everyone have a little cunt in them? Doesn’t every family have at least one cunt in it?
Maybe I’m the cunt. There are some very good reasons to suspect I might be. But if you think I am then make your case and maybe it’ll make me a better person. I certainly won’t go about getting you removed from social media just because of your opinion of me, be I offended or not.
Russell Brand has made a living out of calling people a cunt, and I guess he has done well with it because people know he is joking, even when he is also correct. It doesn’t matter if the correctness of the observation is intentional or not on the part of the articulator of the expletive, does it?
I could go into a long list of things that I believe demonstrably prove that Russell Brand is in fact a cunt. A provable cunt. A certifiable cunt. But I think the fact that he had my account suspended because I called him a cunt is not a bad example on its own. Most people, if not all people would simply ignore a tweet like that, block the user and get on with their day. Celebrities don’t seem to be able to do the same. — There’s an irony in there somewhere. All of which can also be said for Sam Harris.
Is it hateful or funny to call a cunt a cunt, especially if that person is considered by many to be a prime example of an exceptionally cunty person? I suppose it might depend on whether they are the good or the bad kind. But do we really want social media companies to penalise users for ever-so-slightly risqué comments, even if they are childish and immature and totally unnecessary? And if so then why not say so rather than dressing it up as some kind of ‘hate speech’.
I’m not talking about the rightness or wrongness of such a comment (although it’s more about the fact that the comment included the Twitter handles of those it was referring to. You can call Russell Brand a cunt all you like on Twitter, but once you add the @ symbol it changes things, but only when those people are celebrities). I can appreciate that it is probably wrong in the sense of not very constructive; It’s not what you’d call a well thought out and considered statement. And I’m sure it would be better if all statements were, though I can not help but think that attempts to regulate speech so that only thoughtful and considerate comments are allowed is an idiotic aspiration. And let’s not forget that sometimes a very pointed comment can have the desired effect, if the desired effect is to snap someone out of their self involvement and bring them down to Earth with a bump so-to-speak. Doesn’t always work and it’s a skill like any other, but it does lend itself to the argument that sometimes it is not wrong to insult someone in quite a base manner in order to make a point: The form is also the message, or at least it can be.
What do you think? Are people overly sensitive, or should we police speech for its perceived offence? I would genuinely love to hear what people think about this either in particular or in general. It is a topic that has been brewing for a very long time and is extremely relevant right now and only becoming more so.
Thanks for stopping by.
Cuntinuity: Keeping a tidy vagina 😉
Header photo embroidery by minutedetaileroftheuniverse
The moronically retarded level of literacy on the Internet is staggering. 8 or 9 out of 10 posts on any given site, and obviously on social media, are littered with typos, mistakes in spelling, grammar and punctuation. And that’s even from accounts from which one would expect better. On social media in particular and in comment sections of other websites most things posted are only semi-coherent. – One usually has to do some of the work to decipher the intended meaning, and often give the benefit of the doubt when things say one thing but almost certainly mean another. Just don’t expect that to be appreciated.
Here is my favourite example of how important punctuation and a knowledge of grammar are when it comes to writing:
Smith where jones had had had had had had had had had had had the teachers approval
The above is a perfectly coherent sentence. One simply needs to know where to put the punctuation and capital letters in order to make it make sense. So:
Smith, where Jones, had had, ‘had’ had had, ‘had had’. ‘Had had’ had had the Teacher’s approval.
If you still can’t quite get it this might help: The above scenario is where two students have handed in some writing. In one piece of writing the student had written ‘had’. The other student had written ‘had had’.
I do appreciate that there are a lot of perfectly literate people online and that I am not the most literarilly accurate. However it does piss me off to see this rapidly accelerating decrease in the standards of communication, while at the same time there is an accelerating increase in the amount of this shit going on.
Words and language are thoughts and ideas! Sort them out!
Or not… I don’t really give a fuck.
A little over six months ago I blogged about buying my first real digital tablet. You can see that post here. I was \ probably \ unsurprisingly impressed with what could be done with it, particularly in Photoshop, or other painting and illustrating and photo editing software. I got good results almost instantly, which was not a small surprise to me – one never knows what a new medium is going to feel like. Even though I went for a budget tablet, which I still think was a good idea and which I will stick with using for some time yet, I soon saw that my computer was struggling to do some things and completely incapable of doing others. Needless to say I simply don’t use those features and I work with what I have and that is totally fine so long as I know and remember the parameters I can work in.
Now I am used to working with the tablet daily, and work has both improved and speeded up, I am now really keen to use the full features of the painting abilities included in the recent versions of Photoshop CS. I’ve had a glimpse and it is so impressive how some of the brushes can mimic the effects of paint or ink etc. Instead of just putting down layer upon layer, as is done with most digital brushes, some have been set to do things like blend and smudge and fade etc. while one is actually painting with them. The effect is that the paint that has already been laid down gets moved about and blended if gone over again, just like paint would. Like I say I’ve only glimpsed these settings because of the limitations of my computer, which brings me to the point of this post:
I have been saving for a very long time and I now have just about enough to buy a new PC. My one is beyond defunct and can’t even get the standard Microsoft updates, so it is actually operating on a system about 8 years old with zero system updates! At some point I will put a new version of windows on it and use it as a back-up / stand-by machine. I’m not getting anything super fancy but fancy enough that it shouldn’t need upgrading for a couple of years or so. I decided to get a Dell again as I have used them before and have always had good service and good products. Also I need the whole package: New monitor, mouse and keyboard, so that’s another good reason to shop in this way. A new and much wider monitor will make painting so much more efficient as I will be able to push palettes and source images off to the side, rather than having them on top of what I am working on, or on layers that are constantly ‘shown’ and ‘hidden’ again. My current machine is so glitchy that it is difficult not to think that it is going to be just like having a computer for the first time again. Just think, USB’s that actually work! And not having to re-install everything every time a peripheral gets used.
One day I will also get a Wacom tablet, which has double the sensitivity and functionality of the Monoprice tablet I currently have, and at that point it will be Time To Bite The Digital Bullet III
There is only one very minor down side to getting a new PC: I am going to have to re-teach the dictionaries all those words we use every day but which always have a little red squiggly line under them when typed on a Windows PC. I have no idea why it is that the boffins who develop these things can’t bare to include every day words.
Thanks to a friend who posted a link to a great little post by Angry Dog Art about the KUM Automatic Long Lead / Pencil Sharpener I was reminded of clutch pencils, which by coincidence I had recently searched for online but not by that name as I didn’t know that that is what they are called.
I ordered one of the KUM sharpeners to begin with, and then searched online for ‘clutch pencils’, and not propelling pencils, claw pencils, or grabby thing pencils. Not surprisingly there are lots to choose from. I searched for one that I thought looked reasonably well made but also reasonably priced. One can spend a fortune, of course, but to my pleasant surprise I found a make of clutch pencil called KOH. On seeing an image of one I had a vague sense of having seen one before. It comes with a specially designed sharpener in one end that I would not have remembered seeing before without seeing it again. I don’t think I actually had one of these pencils as a child (and it would have been wasted on my if I had) but other kids had them, and maybe even one of my brothers did too. The design has not changed in over 30 years, at least!
This is the pencil:
and here is a picture of the built in sharpener
Clever stuff, huh? And all for the modest price of about £2.95
I’ve had a fine time over the past week or two using the new pencil to work on a bunch of illustrations for a children’s book I am currently doing for a friend (the person who shared the post about the sharpener, no less!) You can see Abi’s author site here: http://abiburlingham.com/
I also treated myself to a very chunky clutch pencil that I found in a local shop. It was less than a fiver and feels nice in the hand. I’ve sanded it and oiled it (it has a wooden body) but I haven’t actually drawn with it yet. This is what it looks like:
And here is a picture of the KUM sharpener:
It gives an extra long lead to pencils when sharpened, and has two small bladed for sharpening leads in clutch pencils too.
I shall invest in some more leads for the pencils soon. There’s a nice variety for the chunky one, including charcoal sticks and sepia sticks etc. Hopefully I can get some softer leads for the standard sized clutch pencil too.
If you made it this far then thanks for reading!
It is so weird how memory works (or doesn’t). What was the last thing you remembered that you had forgotten you had forgotten? 😉
Believe it or not there was life before Twitter… just not much… and not really…
Several years ago now I signed up for my first Twitter account. Like so many people I wasn’t really sure what Twitter was about or how or why I should use it, and over a period of a few years I did very little with it that elicited much response, and getting followers was a slow process, as was deciding who to follow. But I stuck at it. Eventually I started using it more for my work, and that is when things took off. Interactions became more meaningful, as I was now following people with a common interest, or with several common interests. Tweets flew thick and fast for several months, friends were made, and much was shared with a great many people, all of whom are smart, funny, and generous is so many ways (It becomes apparent after a short while on Twitter that if you do it openly and genuinely you connect quickly and easily with people you simply ‘get’ on some level. You also get good at filtering out those accounts that you are not interested in at all. It’s a knack, and I would say it’s more intuitive than anything).
A certain aspect of tweeting started to really appeal to me, and which I began doing purely for my own entertainment, and it may be connected to the same reasons I have for enjoying both reading and writing poetry. There is something about the condensing of things to their most basic components that I find fascinating. I am interested in both what is being said and with the process of crystallising it. Sometimes it is to get at the absolute core meaning of something, and sometimes it is just for fun, but also it is the challenge, for there are rules: Tweets ideally must use no text speak or abbreviations, and should have all the correct punctuation marks and spacing etc. As there is a limit of 140 characters this means that things can get rather interesting grammatically or linguistically speaking. And of course it goes without saying that the rules can be broken… and that sometimes it is how the rules are broken that is in fact the point of how and what and why you are saying what it is that you are saying. I do believe it’s a word thing, or a meaning thing, or a wordy, meaningy, languagey thing thing.
There is another aspect to a tweet that I just love. What I have come to call The Perfect 140. You hit that last full stop and see the character counter turn to zero. Ah, what a feeling!
You either get it or you don’t. It doesn’t matter if you don’t.
Other than that, I think what I enjoy about twitter and tweeting is the inherent brevity. Even when being shallow it is still a challenge to do it well with so few characters.
There are also hash tag tweets, which can be fun. I sometimes post tweets with the hash tag #uxbridge. The idea for that comes from the long running radio show I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue, which involves a game called Uxbridge Dictionary whereby you give a new meaning to an old word. Hash tags can have a lot more use than that and are a great way of forming groups or common interest streams etc.
The kind of tweets I have not included any examples of in this post are in fact quite possibly the most significant part of and main reason for being on Twitter in the first place, but can’t really be easily shared here, and that is the including of links. Most tweets contain a link of some description, and a link can be almost anything, so it really depends on what your interests are and what your network is like, as to what kind of links you’ll get. But Twitter is without doubt one of the best ways to get up to date with anything you may be curious about, and hashtags is just one of the techniques available.
Below is a snapshot of the 25,000 tweets I’ve posted over the past couple of years sorted into groups that show what I like about, and how I use the tweet form.
What I also can’t show you here, and it’s probably just as well, is all the interaction that went on, and the conversations that some of these tweets were a part of. Though I do have my suspicions that some of the people out there who were involved may have been drinking. Unlike driving you are actively encouraged to drink and tweet at the same time.
The Perfect 140
“Things weigh the same amount as the amount of water they displace! That’s some fucked up repugnant shit!” Samuel L Jackson meets Archimedes
If your book is your baby you may want to start thinking about its cover the same amount of time before it’s due as you would baby clothes.
I am going to record the sound of Morrissey beating the Brodsky Quartet to death with Elvis Costello, and give it away free at garage sales.
Word crunching tweets
When we got arrested at a protest rally I said to my activist dinosaur friend (named after an actor in My Fair Lady) ‘Tyranny saw us, Rex!’
A couple of short planks of wood suspended on rope in a tree. I sit on them when I’m happy and when I’m sad. They are my mood swings.
If I ever have a kid I’m gonna name it Oops.
You call this summer? This ain’t summer! Real summer has bits in it!
All dull and no work makes Jack a playboy.
Hell has no furry women like a scone.
Falsetto rings down. A mobile phone, perhaps, or a pigeon’s high coo.
Have you ever noticed how all personalised number plates spell the word ‘cunt’?
I just ran up the road waving my arms in the air and screaming, ‘I’m not mad!’ There, that should convince the neighbours.
I’ve often wondered: Do spiders have 4 crotches or 8 armpits?
If I were an owl I would be easy to win over for I am a twit-to-woo
Q: Have you read Harry Potter? A: No. Do you buy your own clothes?
I like my men like I like my snow: Thick and fast. I like my women sleety.
I like my women like I like my coffee: Weak and first thing in the morning.
If you get the London School of Economics mixed up with the London School of Ergonomics it may cost you, but it will feel great!
Nobody died in the making of this tweet. No animals were harmed (much), and no computers were thrown through the window. Brownie points!
I don’t get out of bed for less than £20 a day. Oh, the bed sores!
If I fart in bed does that mean my cover’s blown? ~ The flatulent spy.
“Warning! To avoid danger of suffocation to babies and children wear a condom.” Advice I’d print on plastic bags.
You really shouldn’t be judgemental. Leave that shit to me: I’ve got it covered.
Does anyone have the number for Interpol? I think the Sun is missing!
If I misspell ‘typo’ by accident does it cancel itself out?
Many people are an open book. Sadly, it’s the kind of book with a gun shaped void inside.
You can’t teach an old dyke new licks.
Apparently oral sex is not completely safe. Does this mean we shouldn’t even talk about it?
Home is where your heart is… even though I put the rest of you under the patio.
I finger fucked Helen Mirren once.
Fuck! I just fell UP the stairs!
Had great sex last night… now if only somebody else had been there too!
I wonder if strawberry flavoured spectacles would work? I guess I shall have to suck ’em and see!
I think I may suffer from snarkolepsy. A condition where for no apparent reason, and without warning I tell people what I actually think.
Got up, threw my knickers out of the window and shouted at my skirt. Yes, I’m a cross dresser.
I thought I had gotten my knickers in a twist for a moment, but it’s ok – they’re not mine!
You find what you look for; You find it where you look.
Words use people’s mouths to speak themselves with.
Pity the fool. But ridicule the idiot.
We know what we don’t know and we know why we say we don’t know it.
Motivation is everything. Why someone says what they say is more telling than what they actually say. The latter indicates the former.
To support my friends in a loving way and encourage them not to put their hands in the fire I throw rocks at their head.
Isn’t is what isn’t is…. or isn’t.
It is what it is. Although we have now called it something else, lost site of the original, and misspelled it so much that it is now isn’t.
The corrupt seek power. The absolutely corrupt seek absolute power.
Choosing bad over good wholeheartedly is better than choosing good over bad with only half a heart.
It is said that little white lies and half-truths keep the world turning. I know the opposite to be true.
The only difference between the sane and the mad is that the mad believe themselves to be sane, and the sane know themselves to be mad.
Truth does not care how clever you think you are.
You were born knowing what you will die knowing. Everything in between is theory.
To fetishize knowledge is to be anti-intelligent.
It is what it is. And it is all good.
To reflect on the nature of fire while your house burns down around your ears is not a demonstration of wisdom.
Knowing the truth when you hear it is like distinguishing a bell from a gong.
The best thing about easily offended people is that they are easily offended – it’s also the worst thing about them.
Money agrees with money.
Stupidity is a clever choice.
If you’re going to be wrong be as wrong as you can be. It’s better than being half right.
Caring, like love, is an action not a sentiment.
Even if it isn’t…. it’s all good!
Religion is a science.
The universe is in a state of perfection. Everything is exactly as it should be. Sorry about that.
That which doesn’t kill you will only make you stranger.
When someone says, ‘Well, that’s your opinion.’ Guess what? You just won the argument.
The more technologically advanced the society the more primitive its inhabitants.
Trampoline = Fluid for cleaning homeless people #uxbridge
Trollop = a louche horse running #uxbridge
The Cunt Of Monte Cristo #removeoneletter
Officism: The holding of opinions and beliefs about things one has never actually thought about. #itiswhatitis
There is no towel. #HitchHikersGuideToTheGalaxyMeetsTheMatrix
Tweets I just like
Pah! Like I need 140 characters!
Flight: The ability to fall without ever reaching the ground.
If I had a monkey’s chuff I’d probably consider giving it.
If I had a gourd I would probably not be considered to be in it.
I wish the entire world had but one face the easier to lick it.
If I knew how to make a success out of being such a complete fuck-up I wouldn’t.
Clouds are bullying the Sun’s anaemic little brother.
If you ever meet someone who describes himself or herself as a Sufi Poet you can take that to mean not very good.
Nothing is apparent… isn’t it obvious?
Y’know what… I think that maybe coffee isn’t the answer… is never the answer… is in fact the opposite of the answer.
To me it is what it is – clear as crystal – bright as a bell – and no other thing. Though I know not what it is to you – maybe nothing at all.
Aristotle: Reason = Virtue = Happiness. Plato: Everybody must get stoned!
Some people write books; I tweet.
There really should be an ale on the market called Absent Dad
Only a tool uses a power tool.
Nothing human is alien to me…. Politicians don’t count.
Writers! Honestly! They’re making it up as they go along!
Two American writers challenge each other to write: A: You essay! B: You essay! A: You essay! B: You essay!
I predict that one day I’ll be able to see into the future.
There are two kinds of people in the world: I’m one kind, and you’re all another kind.
There are two kinds of people in the world… but I’ve only ever met one.
The act of painting is like an attempt to build cathedrals out of soup.
Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what is taking so long to do it!
Cumin, Coriander, Cardamon, Clove, Mace, Cassia, Chilly, Turmeric, Paprika, Mustard Seed, Star Anise… The spice of life is… spice!
What’s the difference between intuition and a pair of scissors? You can run with intuition.
The draw at the bottom of a fridge is called a ‘crisper’ for the same reason the landmass near the North Pole is called Greenland.
‘Just For Men’ targets only the vain.
One of the best things about knowing where to draw the line is to then cross it.
I find the joy of contradiction deeply upsetting.
Nobody understands me. And yet some understand me less than others.
I want to experience everything. I want to try, just once, spending my whole life as a bum.
Did you just call me a moron, or a Mormon? Oh, you wished me a good ‘morning’! Typos can be so funny sometimes.
It had to be you. I had to be you. I suddenly found my feet off the ground. And besides, there were fingerprints!
How do you do what you do to me? I wish I knew. If I knew how you do it to me I could make you stop.
If you don’t know me by now…. I must be really good as this stalking thing.
If you knew Suzy like I knew Suzy you’d probably want to wash you hands.
In olden days a glimpse of stocking was looked on as something shocking – now Heaven knows… anal’s all the rage!
If I could talk to the animals, walk with the animals, grunt and squeak and squawk with the animals, they’d lock me up, wouldn’t they?
You do something to me; Something that simply mystifies me… Hey! Where’d ya go?
It is of course possible that none of the above does in fact make me a Twitterist, and that may be a good thing. But I would still have to say, ‘Twitteration!’
Are you on Twitter? I would love to hear what your reasons are for choosing to either have an account and use it, or not, and whether you ever consider changing your mind one way or the other. Please let me know – I would really appreciate the feedback.
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This is a follow up post to the last one in which I blogged about going from traditional to digital media for some of my illustration work
It didn’t take long to get the bug for painting with the tablet. The first day or two were very hit and miss. I watched a couple of tutorials by this guy http://idrawgirls.com/tutorials/ and that helped get me going. Picked up some info about keyboard short-cuts for changing the size, colour and opacity of the brush nice and quick, as well as a couple of handy techniques for how to construct images in Photoshop. By day three I was hooked! Having some decent software and knowing how to use it makes a huge difference to working with a tablet, and are essential if you are to get any enjoyment out of it, and that is actually more important than some might think: How you are feeling will always show in the finished work.
Here is a set of images that show the progress of a monotone, semi-nude portrait I made after using the tablet for a couple of days.
Spent most of Saturday morning drawing this, with some tinkering later in the day too. I was happy with the results and it encouraged me to push on. I had a go at a couple of portraits next, and will tentatively use more and more colours as things progress. Learning how to mix colour digitally is going to take some time I think.
I now understand why I see so many ‘speed painting’ videos online. Graphics tablets work at the speed of light compared to working with actual paint and paper etc. I just thought everybody was getting obsessed with speed, whereas it just turns out to be the nature of the beast.
Working with the tablet this past week or two has been very interesting and is just like I thought it would be in some respects, and completely not in others. Things can only get better…. I hope!
You can see more examples of my first attempts with the tablet on my Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/BookCoverDesigns and there are links to that and other image hosting sites on my website: http://www.deanharkness.co.uk
Thanks for reading – hope you have a creative week ahead.
I have at last joined the digital world and the 21st century in relation to my art and design work. I have bought a large graphics tablet. The damn thing is nearly as big as my desk! It goes without saying that this is long overdue. Partly I was just being ornery in not converting to working digitally, but also I have resisted because I never felt I could afford equipment good enough to get the benefit from and at the same time enjoy using. Also I love to draw and paint with actual drawing and painting implements, and I spent years learning how to for that very reason, and for the results one can get of course when working with physical materials and equipment.
However, now that I have commissions coming in all the time and I hate to say no (and can’t afford to!) I can no longer afford to put it off. And wow, what an eye opener! Tablets these days can be pretty impressive bits of equipment. They are way out of my price range for the most part. The industry standard ones start at around £400 and upwards, which is out of my reach at this precise moment. Luckily there is at least one cheap alternative that sounds like it will do the job. Maybe one day I’ll upgrade to one of the more professional models. Thanks to @americannamor for pointing me in the right direction.
It has amazing sensitivity and resolution, and the short-cut buttons, and wheel for zooming and scrolling, and changing brush size and opacity etc make all the difference to the ease and speed of art and design work. The very expensive ones actually act as a monitor screen, but they are thousands of pounds.
This is a cheap alternative that gets very good reviews for a beginner level graphics digitizer tablet. It is made by Monoprice and retails for around £68, which is about a 6th of the cost of a Wacom.
Getting one of these should have quite an impact on the amount of work I can do. The amount of time involved when working with paper and paints can not easily be reduced without it showing in the end result, but when working digitally everything happens about ten times as fast. I’ve worked on a couple of illustrations using a ten year old tablet that is about 5 x 3 inches, and even that can speed things up on occasion, though I use it rarely because it is poor quality and is therefore not that pleasant to use – unresponsive, glitchy, and very small. Compared to the tablet I received this week it is a complete piece of junk. On Sunday evening I ordered the above Monoprice 12″ x 9″ tablet from Amazon. It arrived just two days later! It may only be the cheap option but that one piece of plastic can replace easels, painting boards, brushes, paints, paper, a studio, ink, pens, pencils, pastels, jars of water or white spirit, turpentine and linseed oil, retarding agents, rags, etc. etc. etc. All or which I can now use on my more personal pieces, and just for the fun of it. I often don’t use my paints for my own work because I know I need to keep a stock of them for work-work. This tablet should help alleviate that to some degree. It won’t replace everything I do, but it is going to be a great addition to my main method of working. The only possible drawback I can foresee in the immediate future is the potential for a numb bum from sitting at the PC all the time.
I’ve had a good play with it already, and I must say that I love it. The Wacoms must be unbelievably cool to use, but this will do for me… for mow 🙂
Have you ever radically changed the way you do a particular thing, due to technology, or a change in circumstances?