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Video: Painting on the Cintiq by Rahll Video: Painting on the Cintiq by Rahll
Video: Painting on the Cintiq

I threw together a litte video for you guys, to give you an idea of my process and what it's like to paint with the Cintiq.

I was trying to keep low in my room, to avoid being called a dork, so I probably sound like I'm losing my voice, but what the hell. Enjoy.
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Rofelrolf Featured By Owner May 30, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Hallo Rahll,
first..nice work! yesterday I ordered the cintiq by amazon :D ...
before that I had a Intuos 4. my question is, should I buy a protection film
against the scratches? Because after one year of working with the intuos
the top is full of that and I donīt want this on my cintiq too.
Are there scratches on your cintiq at all?
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Rahll Featured By Owner May 30, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
It's an iffy subject. I know some people that somehow manage to get a bunch of scratches on their Cintiqs, maybe from transport, or wrist watches, or just being careless. I've had mine for almost 3 and a half years, I use it nearly daily, and I don't have a single scratch on it.

If you're worried about it, and you feel you might scratch it, protect your investment and get the film for it for a few extra bucks. It's worth it over a lot of annoyance later. Just make sure you read reviews and get a good one.
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Rofelrolf Featured By Owner May 31, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
yeah ok... cool, thanks :D
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nedgip Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009   Digital Artist
Hey Rahill, In the video are you using the tablet as your primary monitor? I currently have one and i use it as a secondary monitor as i only want to use it when im doing art work and not for everything else. Is there a way of setting it as primary monitor for just photoshop?
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Rahll Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I use it as a secondary, I just drag the entire Photoshop application onto the screen.
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TheLegendLives Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2009
Awww I just got the Cintiq a few weeks ago its incredible, I love your style of painting and all your work is amazing. This video really helped me in my decision to go out and buy the cintiq, yeah its quite a wad of cash but its definitely worth it! Sadly I havent really gotten enough time to do anything great on it yet :( I saw that you are currently in school, Im getting ready to attend a summer program at Parsons design school NY so I was wandering if you could help me again with any tips or advice???
Thanks!
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TheLegendLives Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2009
AWWWW!!! I just got the Cintiq a few weeks ago, its so amazing definitely worth it! Sadly i havent gotten enough time to do anything incredible on it yet, ive been busy with school and such... But it is incredible! looking forward to really take a crack at it over the summer. Im attending Parsons New School of design in New York for their summer program.... Your video is really helpful in your process, i saw that you are currently in school as well so i was wandering if you could help me a little more with any tips or advice??? thanks ;)
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Rachizzle-X Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2009   Photographer
My inspiration, FTFW.
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Giovanny11 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2008
Hi there!

I saw your video a lot before seeing your art (which is great, however...)... and trying to figure out if that was a good thing to buy and go for it...

Now I just got it... it came a few days ago... and I have to say that it's just great... I've worked with an old trust tablet which is really really bad but you still can draw with it...

The Cintiq is way bigger, better and the screen is also really nice... I don't see any differences between my work on the Cintiq and the same work on my monitor...
so I quite don't understand what's the man just below me (named molesgallus) saying... but well, it's his opinion...

Sooo... thanks for your work (which is really inspirating and amazing to see) and your Cintiq review because I've learned so much on it...

Greets,
The G
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molesgallus Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2008
Hi,
I have had the cintiq 12wx for a couple of days now. I'm not impressed. The screen is horrible, really horrible. The colours are weak and the contrast is shit. I'm going to do a review in my journal. But, i cant see any reason(apart from the sliders/buttons) as to how this is better than a 1000$ tablet pc.
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Rahll Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
You clearly haven't spent very much time calibrating it. It's not perfect with factory settings, it takes a lot of tweaking to get it to where you need it. Keep in mind also, that your main monitor may be the one with shoddy settings too, not necessarily the Cintiq. You need something solid to compare it to and adjust it accordingly. Mine is great, and is extremely close to my main monitors settings. You're going to need to tweak not only the Cintiq settings manually with the box, but use your video card's settings as well to get those final contrast and color fine tunings.
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molesgallus Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2008
You clearly haven't got a very good monitor. I have spent hours calibrating both monitors, using a huey pro. The cintiq cannot come close to the contrast of the samsung. What is white on the samsung is grey on the cintiq. Also, it cannot produce the vibrancy of colours that the samsung can. I can get the displays close, but i have to sacrifice a lot of quality on my samsung, defeating the purpose of an expensive main monitor. I hate to argue, I'm a huge fan of yours. But the cintiq uses a mediocre monitor. Certainly, the monitor is not of a professional standard, everything's just a bit washed out, and drear. Basically, I can get the colours to look similiar across the displays, its the vividness and contrast that is lacking on the cintiq.
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Rahll Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
lmao, you're telling me I don't have a good monitor? I'm working with a $360 ViewSonic, and I've never had a professional print done that didn't look exactly like my main display. I've never heard of anyone hating on the Cintiq as much as you. Maybe it's you who doesn't have a good monitor. Everyone I know who has the 12wx, which is probably around 6 or 7 people I've talked to specifically about it, only have very minor issues with it, nothing like you're describing.
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molesgallus Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2008
lol, i'm suggesting that you don't have a VERY good monitor. I think price is a bad gauge of quality in many situation. still, my monitor came in at $440. What model is your monitor? we could compare reviews, lol. Anyway. Its not necessarily the colours that are off, although they are a bit lacking on the cintiq. Its the brightness/contrast that is poor on the cintiq. Perhaps i give the wrong impression, i dont hate the cintiq, far from it, But i don't think its worth its full retail value. The cintiq, in itself, is an amzing tool, capable of speeding up work flow, etc, etc. Its just, I cant see any reason why its better than a 1000$ tablet pc, apart from the touch strips, which rock! You could argue that with the cintiq you can use a powerfull main pc, and display your work on a larger main monitor. But, for 1000$ you would get a very powerfull tablet pc, that would allow connection to an external monitor. I just think its to middle of the road. A 21 ux makes sense, because its got a huge advantage over a tablet. All the 12wx has is tilt sensitivity and touch strips. What i'm saying is; The cintiq's great, considering no tablet pc's screen will, probably, beat it. Id say, if you have to scrape the cash together, go for a tablet pc. Your getting more for your money.....
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Rahll Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Part of the advantage of the Cintiq is they can integrate a quality display for the price point. A tablet PC, like any laptop, is going to have a mediocre display, where the contrast and colors change every time you shift your view 10 degrees. Laptop displays just can't compare to desktop displays, the colors and contrast are never going to be what you need them to, and the Cintiq can get a hell of a lot closer. Not to mention, unless you get one that's Wacom Penabled, it's going to be absolutely worthless.

Believe me, I looked into tablet PC's, not worth it. For the price you end up paying, the rest of the computer components are dumbed down. You can never get a tablet PC with specs anything close to some of the better laptops out there.

And honestly, I don't know the model number of my monitor anymore, but when I bought it 2 years ago, I researched it thoroughly, and it had 5 star reviews up and down the board. My monitor is just as good, if not better than the mac displays we use at my school, which are overrated anyway if you ask me.
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molesgallus Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2008
yeah, mac displays are way overrated! Obviously it would have to be penabled. The cintiq display is certainly not quality, it is a mediocre display. go to your local dealer and check out a decent NEC, then tell me the 12wx's monitor is not mediocre. even check out a hp or samsung, the 12wx is underwhelming by comparison. Maybe your 2 year old screen is outdated. I recon you could get a tablet with similiar screen performance, although your right about the hardware, I've just done some basic research, its horrible. It seems, wacom with their fancy patents, are monopolizing the market, and artificially raising prices to silly levels. Because, you cant get a reasonably priced product if wacom are involved. No worse than microsoft, i suppose. I'd say, if you can afford it, go for the 21ux. though, That's self explanatory. I'll prob get one if any come on ebay. lol. Anyways, you ever used(tried to use) painter x on your cintiq?
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Rahll Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
I'm not saying the 12wx has the best display in the world, it's definitely a dumbed down version of what you would get with one of the bigger Cintiq displays, but that's what happens with the price and portability. It's significantly less than one of the bigger displays. Don't get me wrong, I think some of the Wacom stuff is a bit pricey, but break it down by the components involved. The 12wx is basically a tablet mounted behind a screen. For the size, the tablet would run you around $350. Factor in the screen aspect, and you can tack on another $300 to $350. This puts you around $700, just from the basic idea of buying the components separately. Then, think of manufacturing, the idea of being able to put these things together, with the cords, the box they route to with the settings buttons, the hot keys and sliders, so on and so forth, I really don't think $1,000 is that unreasonable.

Like I said, the screen isn't the best in the world, but for a econo-version of the bigger Cintiqs, I think it's absolutely fine and I haven't had any problems when it comes to painting with it. Sometimes the colors are a little off, or the contrast needs to be tweaked every so often, but you shouldn't be using the Cintiq to gauge a final product anyway, at least not the 12wx. I always do my final contrast/color tweaks on my main monitor, and anyone who does it otherwise just isn't thinking properly.

It goes without saying that one should purchase the bigger Cintiq if they can afford it, unless they need one portable for some reason. There's a reason it's smaller and priced lower. It's not a bad product, I absolutely love it, but of course minor sacrifices need to be made to be able to market at a price that's more widely available to artists and designers. I can think of at least a dozen people that simply cannot afford the bigger Cintiq, and for what it does, the 12wx is fine. If you asked me to give it a rating of 1 to 10, I'd still give it a 9 because it's benefits and quality outweigh the tiny list of nitpicky negatives.

And no, I don't use Painter, I'm all Photoshop.
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Trixter69 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Dude You have my keyboard and my cintiq!!! not to mention I also have two 21" monitors. But your desk isn't as cluttered as mine so Kudos! :D

Great vid BTW ;)
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l3rokeneye Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2008
how come you need two screens?
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Rahll Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Well, if you watch the video, it explains it. As an artist, the more workspace you have, the better.
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jdlr64 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2008
Great vid! Can you post a picture of the space marine?
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Rahll Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Gotta finish it first :\

You can see `adonihs's half that he just posted tho.
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shakealicious Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2008
haha you look like a weirdo! :giggle: jk

but u do look funny.. not in the vid but in this pic..your expression cracks me up :D
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SaidinWhitewolf Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You had quite a few very helpful tips there, man. Yeah, when I get the money, I'm looking to get a tablet. I've heard others say of how much it helps, so now I'm after one. Very nice video and awesome work on the picture.:)
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cuttingedgecomix Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2008
Nice tutorial dude-Unfortunately being poor as dirt will keep me from ever getting the cool toys you have. It's crazy(if you think about it)how technology and the money to pay for it have leveled the competitive field in the graphic design and art(etc.)world. I've been drawing since I was two and years ago I would never have imagined the field turning into what it has-can't say I can compete with the eye candy you, adonhis and alexiuss(to name a few)can produce!:(
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Rahll Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks bud... unfortunately for a lot of people, digital just isn't always practical, and a lot of great artists suffer because of it.
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meisen Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2008
I've got the cintiq too ( 21) !! its the s***...my whole digital painting experience has changed (* catched the mouse and the graphire and dump them in the nearest dust bin).
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Rahll Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, it rocks :D
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K00PA-TR00PA Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2008
Watched it before. It's amazing. Can we get a video of the camera over your shoulder, while you're actually painting, at real time?

I wanna see how you use the features on the Cintiq.
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Rahll Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
It'd be really hard to get decent video quality, not to mention it was a pain to set up the camera in the first place. Maybe one of these day tho.
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K00PA-TR00PA Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2008
Sweet. Will be looking forward to it.
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AbdeLo Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2008
wow i buy a cintiq! xD
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XxSoulHunterxX Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2008
Hah! Nice shoutout to futurama.

And a pox! A pox on you and your Cintiq...

you lucky bum, you...I'm stuck with a small-but-faithful wacom graphire 8x6. Oh well...
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Rahll Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Hehe ;p
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Kellisanth Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2008
Woo, to a fellow Cintiq user!

Very nice vid!
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Rahll Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
:highfive:
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Espelicious Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2008  Student
Oh yay! The whole video idea was really brilliant, it's good to kind of get into an artists headspace and know what surrounds them when they work. That Cintiq looks enviable, it's like a large version of my tablet laptop. They're very handy, but I find it's not big enough to properly work on much >< Theres only so much ram a laptop can hold.
One downside in having your entire computer tablet, I am now officially useless with a mouse/touch pad.
Keep up the good work, you're a inspiration :heart: :)
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Rahll Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, I'm really glad you enjoyed the video and got something out of it. Take care!
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angotti81 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2008
Great video! So far the piece is real kickass too! I really want one of those tablets. But then I would probably get evicted after not paying rent.
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Rahll Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
:highfive:
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Imthenats Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
-so fun watching that video. Makes me want to join the digital painting clan. I do have some drawings that need color :nod:.
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Rahll Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Try it out, see what works for ya.
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Atolm Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2008
Aw man I had the pleasure of using one of those at Comic Con one. It was a fantastic experience and I would love to get one soon.
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Rahll Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
:nod: Definitely like a dream.
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Lars-Rasmussen Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Cintiq is definitely the way to go - great vid dude, and that piece you're working on looks amazing! In Denmark the Cintiq is about 10.000 Dkr (5.000 $), so unfortunately it's not an option for me ... yet!
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Rahll Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
If you can dude, I would see if you can find a way to buy it overseas and have it shipped to you from someone. It would probably cost a hell of a lot less that way.
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Lars-Rasmussen Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Hmmm ... yeah that might work, if it doesn't look too revealing at customs. But is the Cintiq as good as you would expect?
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Rahll Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Definitely.
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Andantonius Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for sharing! It was really useful, and fun to watch.

Though I wonder, I'm going to be getting a Cintiq in the near future, and I was wondering if I would want it to replace my current monitor as far as lifespan goes? It's bigger than my current monitor, and practically flatscreen which is nice, but I'd hate to have all that money go to waste cause of overuse. So any suggestions on that'd be cool, though I'm pretty sure the LCD should last a long time so it shouldn't matter too much... I suppose displaying pixels is what it's built for, eh?

Anyways, thanks for the video. I'll probably watch it 20 or 30 more times cause I'm weird and obsessive like that. XD

*Honorary salute*
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Rahll Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
It's worth it, but it's too small to use as a primary monitor. I guess that also depends what you're coming from, but I'd go nuts staring at that thing all day for things beside just PS. It should last you a good long while. Wacom has a 2 year warranty on it, out of the box.
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