Category: Davao

Wacom Intuos Cintiq

Wacom Tablets : Bamboo to Cintiq

Before the Cintiq, I owned three other Wacom tablets. My first one was a small second generation Bamboo, worked well and perfect for three years till I accidentally dropped and broke my pen—replacement at that time would take weeks, so instead of waiting, I bought and upgraded to my second tablet a medium sized Intuos5. It had the pro features, more pressure, tilt, touch ring and lots of express keys. But I found it too big, heavy and expensive to be carrying it around in my laptop bag. So I then got my third tablet a smaller Intuos. I wasn’t doing heavy work while on the go, so missing the pro features wasn’t really a big deal.

I’ve been lusting over a Wacom Cintiq for years. Then half a year ago I finally got one. I was trying out a demo unit at the Wacom booth at Graphicon Davao 2015. It was the first time I got to try a Cintiq, although I only did a few scribbles and menu clicks to feel it’s accuracy. All the doubts of it being expensive went out the window. The decision was made, I need to get one.

Wacom’s Cintiq line are on screen pressure sensitive pen tablets. Mostly used by creative professionals. Wacom has five current generation models of the Cintiq. They have the 13HD, 22HD, and 24QHD all of which has two versions, a pen only and touch, then they have the Cintiq Companion 1 and 2 which are stand-alone Windows based pen tablets.

Cintiq 13 HD Specs

Display: 13.3 inch
Resolution: Full HD 1920×1080
Pro Pen: 2048 Levels of Pressure
Color Gamut: 75% Adobe RGB
Express Keys and Rocker Ring : 8 Customizable Buttons

Full Specs

There was a bit of learning curve when I started using the Cintiq, especially after using a pen tablet for years. Pen on-screen means your hand is blocking some of your screen view and with the Cintiq being the second monitor I still was looking up to my main monitor during the first days of use—the habit of using a normal pen tablet. So to solve this I disconnected my old monitor to remove the habit.

But there are two things I wish they added made different on the 13HD. One is more buttons, I’m a heavy shortcuts user and I have a full-sized keyboard and I can’t make it sit right beside the tablet, it’s always at an awkward angle causing some wrist strain after long periods of use. More buttons on the tablet would free up that problem—though the Wacom ExpressKey Remote maybe the solution.

Second is a sturdier connector, it’s using something similar to an older iPhone. The screen flickers a bit if the wire is moved. That is the only part of it that feels weak and could break easily.

Reality for the cool factor yes, it’s pretty badass and direct on-screen tablets are pretty awesome. Will it make your work better? In terms of workflow… yes because it feels more natural. But in terms of — will you get amazing results compared to using a normal pen tablet? No, it’s not a magic potion to make instant amazing work.

So is it necessary? No, it’s not. Whether you’re on a Cintiq, Intuos Pro ( 4, 5 ) or Intuos ( Bamboo), work output is still dependent on your skill level.

But if you can afford a Cintiq, then get one. It’s a great investment for the serious creative. But if you’re on a budget, go for the medium sized Intuos Pro and for the hobbyist and Wacom virgins go for the small Intuos line to start or if you’re going for a medium sized Intuos I suggest get the small Intuos Pro. It’s at almost same price point, so I’d go for the small pro for the 2048 pressure and tilt functions vs buying just for tablet size.

All of my older Wacom tablets are still working great and I still use them all the time on my other machines. Even the older Bamboo which I gave away is serving it’s new master well, he ordered a replacement pen and everything is running as it should even after all these years.


Painting Play-Doh Groot Sculpt

Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy  Mini Bust
Material: Play-Doh
Height: 3 Inches

Repainted the Play-Doh Groot sculpt I did two years ago.

Groot Play-Doh Repaint
Play-Doh clay Groot sculpt paint 2014 and 2016

It was looking a bit dull as Play-Doh wasn’t meant to last long. Coating it with PVA glue helped preserve it a bit, but it still shrunk a little, there were cracks and the twigs sticking out the back part fell off. Looks better without them anyway.

I started out by adding a fresh coat of PVA then sprayed with a primer then went on with the painting using acrylics. Adding a lighter tone first then building up painting with a darker wash to get some nice gritty woodsy effect, then finally some greens here and there for moss.

Play-Doh Groot Sculpt Repaint

I now have an awesome looking Groot paper-weight!

More process photos on my Facebook page

First Davao Dribble

DGDC : First Davao Dribbble Meet-up

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The Davao Graphics Designers Community ( DGDC ) held the first Davao Dribbble meet-up last March 19, 2016 at Dreamwork Co-working space.  The afternoon was filled with fun and learning, we had freebies, food and a couple of our community members shared their craft.


Davao Dribbble Freebies
Davao Dribbble Freebies


What is Dribble? It’s an online portfolio site, but unlike other portfolio sites, you can only upload your work when you are invited by another member and invites are rare. This means more curated content, as it is encouraged that you only invite artists/designers who you think are worth following, can contribute great work and can give constructive feedback to other members. The site has a long list of guidelines to help members of whom should be deemed worthy for invites, as each member is also limited to only 3 invites per year or depending on how active you are in the community.

After the Dribbble intro, three speakers were lined up to share that afternoon.

1. Stephanie Tan – Getting Started on Painting
2. Cesar Villame – Mascot Design
3. Dominic Saraum – UI Design

Davao Dribbble Speakers


Stephanie Tan
Stephanie Tan – Getting Started with Painting


First speaker was Stephanie, she shared some insight on traditional and digital painting, art tips on how having a great foundation on drawing will make better paintings, understanding values and a little bit about color temperature. She showed a quick video about her painting process and also brought some of her watercolor paintings, which were amazing to see up close.


Cesar Villame
Cesar Villame – Mascot Design


Cesar aka Zest, gave a few tips on creating an effective mascot design, creating non-static, more dynamic characters by using a 3/4th view, focus on the eyes having the right direction for the reflection, and using shadows to give the design depth. After his talk, he did a quick demo, creating a mascot from scratch and in under 20 mins or so he had designed full mascot of DGDC founder Marx Consuegra.

Third speaker Dominic Saraum didn’t make it to the meet but I’m sure we will get to see him on the next meet-up.

After the creative talks, we had a small sketching activity. Task was to design concepts for a Davao Dribbble icon. Top three concepts were chosen and selected participants got some awesome prizes from DGDC and Dribbble.


Davao Dribbble Icon Sketching
Davao Dribbble Icon Sketching


DGDC had news on some exciting community collaboration projects and updates on upcoming events . Overall it was an inspiring first Davao Dribbble and thirteenth DGDC Designers meet-up and I’m looking forward to the next ones.

Clik the link for more photos ~  First Davao Dribble Meet-up


Red Hood Feature Image

Red Hood Helmet Pepakura Foam Unfold Download PDO

red hood helmet pepakura file
Red Hood helmet Pepakura file.

Red Hood Helmet Pepakura File

I’ve been getting some requests for the file, so I decided to just put it up for download.

1st 3d for Pepakura unfold. Not perfect but learned a lot.  I’m making a major update of the model soon (~ real soon), removing any unnecessary folds and fixing some poly’s.

My first attempt at building this failed big time. Proportions were off had to freehand to fix it. Let’s hope you guys can do better. I’m only sharing a locked pdo file. Goodluck!

Download Link below

[sociallocker]Download Red Hood Pepakura [/sociallocker]

If you built it share some photos.

Feature image is my Red Hood fanart, you can view it hi-res on my Behance page.