Cintiq Glove

April 23, 2008

CintiqGlove

It is said that necessity is the mother of invention. I love working on my new Cintiq. Your hand rests right on the screen and all the action takes place under your pen so it has a very traditional feel to it.

I walked into my studio the day after I got my Cintiq and it’s screen was so greasy I thought someone had been frying bacon on it. Hmm… must have been my greasy hands on the screen… what to do? Quit eating chips while I work? Never! …what to do? …what to do?

Well, what I did was what any right thinking American would do in a situation like this, I went to Walmart to look for an answer… and buy another bag of chips. I found a 99 cent jersey glove, cut out all the fingers but one, and walla… a Brother Jones Custom Cintiq Drawing Glove. Works great, is quite elegant and surprisingly is also appropriate for formal wear.

The Comments

Kirk

Ya, I went and got cotton gloves at the photo equipment store and did the same. I got one of these Cintiqs for work about two months ago. It is better then a tablet, and then other times it drives me a little crazy. At least my art sucks on a Cintiq. Your work is looking great these days. God Bless.

Doug Jones

back many years ago I saw a picture of Elwood Smith inking a drawing and he was wearing a white glove with the fingers cut off. I got a pair but don’t remember where I got them now. I used them about twice for inking. Those gloves bell ringers use might be what they are. Anyhoo…. a light cotton glove might be the thing for summer wear… save the jersey for winter.

Jason Bourne

Thats some fancy software. Maybe I’ll catch up with all the techno one day.

Don Jones

High water britches and one glove… Michael Jackson ain’t got nothin’ on you. Wooo!

Dan Lietha

Wow! Just a buck for a great Cintiq glove. You could’ve spent $15 for the same thing: I’m looking into the Cintiq 12WX. It only has a 12inch screen. After working on the 20 inch screen, do you think 12 might be too small?

Dennis Jones

…hey Dan …uhm, well… first of all, I would never represent myself here as any sort of knowledgeable Cintiq expert… I just took a shot in the dark with my fingers crossed and bought one because it looked like the next tool I needed to do my work with… I was just hoping it would be all it was cracked up to be… in my humble opinion, it was…

…anyway, since I’ve never worked on the smaller one, I have no idea if it would be large enough or not…

…however, keeping in mind these things plug into your computer just like a second monitor, you can easily move all your Photoshop palettes (or whatever program palettes you use) over to the other monitor which clears all the clutter off the Cintiq which I think would leave plenty of work space on a 12… that’s my guess, anyway…

mark behm

Those thin white cotton ones from photo stores are great if the jersey one gets too hot.

Dennis Jones

…Mark Behm’s the guy to ask whether a 12 inch screen is large enough or not… (he’s been helping me behind the scene on this digital stuff for years now)…

here’s Mark’s blog…

Sig

I WANT A CRAB COUNT… AND I WANT IT NOW!!!

Dennis Jones

Doug Jones

I have some illustration pots soaking… time to pull em up and see what I caught…

Dennis Jones

Doug Jones

we caught a pretty big crabbydon there!

roballoo

It’s just glovely!

roballoo

Now I’m really looking forward to what digital delights you bring us next Bro. Dennis.

Don Jones

I always enjoy eating a cheese sandwich while I unload crab.

Dennis Jones

Kirk

When I wear the white cotton glove at work (while I am working on the cintiq), people ask me if I am OK, or what happened to my hand as though I hurt it. Sort of funny.

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Photoshop Quirk

January 27, 2009

Grump2

I love to paint with Photoshop, but it has a quirk that is driving me crazy.

My process is to work with three layers. My line work is in the middle layer set to multiply mode. I have a normal layer under that to block color in with and a normal layer on top to add the finishing touches. Occasionally I like to throw a multiply layer on top of everything and add value and color with that. During the process of painting, I might do that half a gazillion times. I dont need a file with half a gazillion layers, so I need to be able to merge those top layers together. Unfortunately, when I do that, the multiply layer loses it’s effect and turns opaque.

There is no problem dropping a muliply layer onto a flattened image, but I need to keep my three layers loose to work through my picture.

Mark Behm was trying to troubleshoot this with me over the weekend, and this is the little picture I did in the process of trying to figure this Photoshop quirk out…

…by the way, I didn’t get it figured out, so if there are any Photoshop geniuses out there that have a suggestion on how I can drop a multiply layer onto a normal LAYER, (not a flattened image), I would love to hear it…

The Comments

Zaz

Sorry Den I can’t help you in that area with layers but from a guy looking in, this subject is great. The folds in the clothes, the beard, the leather like foot wear…just blows me away. 2 Question, how long does a Photoshop piece like this one take you from start to finish to do… and can we see your process of how sketches of this dude came about. You are very blessed Mr. Jones! Nice style my friend.

Dennis Jones

…how long? …good question… I piddled around with this off and on all weekend… maybe 2 hours give or take… I was doing a lot of experimenting trying to get that quirk figured out, so it was more of a 10 minutes here, ten minutes there sort of thing… I’ll dig around and see if I still have a pencil sketch on this guy I can post…

Dennis Jones

Don Jones

Obviously this guy just snaked in thirty foot putt for birdie.

Dennis Jones

…yes, Don, this is indeed my tribute to Tiger Woods!

Don Jones

Just like Tiger, this guy needs his right ACL fixed up.

Zaz

Hey Don, isn’t that one of those hickory shaft putters. Thanks Dennis, I really enjoy your style and seeing how your thoughts and work come together. It reminds me of the past and your Super Hero dude trapped in ice, a wolverine feel with blades coming from his hands and was Painted in Gouache then placed in Photoshop for those special effects. It’s great to watch that piece go from start to finish.

Dennis Jones

…Zaz, I like to keep the thinking part of my thought process to a bare minimum…

Dan Lietha

After a little Googling, I came up with this possible solution your multiply layer flatten problem: Give it a try.

Dan Lietha

OOPS! So much for my attention to the detail that you didn’t want the whole file flattened. Hopefully this will make up for it. I believe this actually does provide the answer to the Flatten (only a few layers) multiply layer problem. I tried it and it worked for me. The multiply layer and another layer kept the transparent quality, but became a normal layer: Basically what’s happening is blend modes don’t work when opaque pixels in the top layer try to blend with transparent pixels in the bottom layer. There’s no colored pixels to blend with, so it adopts the normal behavior. You can see this phenomenon in action by setting the blend mode of your brush and then paint over transparent and opaque areas of your layer. (The image below shows what happens when I tried to paint yellow-orange over blue with the multiply blend mode). As was suggested earlier, merging layers with a white or black layer, depending on what blend mode you are using, is a good solution provided your are mixing layers that have the same blend mode together. When I do use blend modes I never merge them because of the hassle. If I need to organize my Photoshop layers I’ll use folders or smart objects.

Dennis Jones

…hey, Dan… I Googled that same page up in my quest for an answer… unfortunately, the last comment on the page says, thanks but none of that works… which is the same conclusion I came to… my oldest son put the question to the art department where he works, and they couldn’t come up with a solution, either… thanks anyway for the Google!

Dennis Jones

…Dan, it looks like we were talking at the same time… the above comment goes with your top post… I’m not sure I understand your second post… what exactly did you do to retain the multiply effect?

Dan Lietha

Sorry about that. I need to slow down sometimes. I did go back and try the last part of the first solution, “Merge Visible should also accomplish the same results—just be careful to turn all the other layers off by clicking their eyeball icons. (Remember you can drag down through the eyeball icon column to turn off multiple layers.)” I did this and the effects of the multiply layer on the layer below stayed and the result became a normal layer. “Merge Visible” is found under the Layer pulldown in Photoshop. Is this what yer lookin fer?

Dennis Jones

…well …the issue I’m having (that I probably haven’t made very clear) is I need to collapse only the layers that are ON TOP of the linework.

…if I merge everything except the linework, that will work, but then the linework is sitting on top of the color. I dont want my finished product to be a bunch of color sitting underneath linework. I’m trying to get rid of the linework, so I need to collapse only the multiply and normal layers that are on top of the linework.

…when I merge ONLY the multiply and normal layers that are on top of my base layers, it doesn’t work…

…at this point, when I get a whole bunch of layers going, I just dump them into folders to keep things uncluttered.

Doug Jones

This is such a contrast to a blog I was reading yesterday. A guy who draws a syndicated comic strip went on and on and on and on about the pen points he uses. DIP PENS! Seems that certain points are becoming very RARE and are going for LOTS of money on E-Bay now. He bought one there but paid so much for it he is now afraid to use it. As more and more people turn to the dark side (read Photoshop) no one buys traditional materials and they go out of business. pity. hey… awesomeness dittos on that dude! I really like the fuzzy beard!

Dennis Jones

…hmmm …I still got some of those old exotic dip pens somewhere… sounds like it’s time for me to dig them out and get them listed on Ebay… now if I only knew how to list something on Ebay…

Don Jones

Next up in my liquidation sale is a Cambo 4×5 film camera. Now that will bring literally 2 or 3 dollars in bidding wars.

Doug Jones

“I can’t believe it’s not Weasel!”

gary Locke

hey. just do like i do……..never mind. i don’t know what i’m doing. Just DON’T do what i do. I haven’t touched a paint brush since mid october now. Still trying to figure out who i am in this new digital world. Keep posting brotha jones! gl

WeaselBoy

…Gary, did you go ahead and get a Cintiq?

Dennis Jones

…not sure why WeaselBoy asked you that instead of me… he’s always piping up at inappropriate times…

Dan Lietha

Dennis,Just learned of this FREE deal on a digital painting program I like to play around with and thought you might like it too: ArtRage- Give it a try. 🙂