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My Digital Tools
  1. Paint software
  2. Corel Painter 12 I am using Corel Painter 12 as a paint software. This is one of paint software products developed by Corel Corporation (Canada.) They also provide a reasonable one called Corel Painter Essentials 4 for paint beginners.
  3. Liquid crystal pen tablet
  4. Wacom Cintiq 22HD A pen tablet is one of essential paint tools for us to naturally paint pictures. A liquid crystal pen tablet is the best one. I am using Wacom Cintiq 22HD as a liquid crystal pen tablet developed by Wacom Co., Ltd.(Japan.)
  5. Printer
  6. EPSON SC-PX5VII I sometimes create printed works by printing my digital paintings. I often use an EPSON SC-PX5VII printer developed by SEIKO EPSON Corp.(Japan.) Many semi-pro and pro photographers are using this high-quality printer with eight-color pigment ink to exhibit their photo works.
  7. Digital single-lens reflex camera
  8. SONY NEX-7 When I draw landscape paintings, I sometimes use some photos of the beautiful sceneries as reference. I often visit many world natural heritage sites and other beautiful places in the world and take lots of pictures. I like to bring a compact and high-quality camera with me. My camera is SONY NEX-7, a digital mirror-less single-lens reflex camera produced by Sony Corporation (Japan.) The weight is 350g (w/ battery), the size is 119.9mm x 66.9mm x 42.6mm and the resolution is 24.3M pixels.
  9. Desktop PC
  10. Lenovo ThinkCentre M93 SFF Pro I need a high-performance PC to comfortably use a Corel painter and a Wacom liquid crystal pen tablet. So, I am now using Lenovo ThinkCentre M93 SFF Pro developed by Lenovo Group Ltd.(China.) This PC has Intel Core i7-4770 (3.40GHz) and 16GB memory.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Digital Painting
  • Advantages
    1. Preparation work is very simple. You have only to switch on your PC and activate a paint software.
    2. You can keep your atelier (studio) and hands very clean. You do not worry about smell of paints.
    3. No need for paints, canvases, paintboxes and mixing dishes, etc.
    4. No need for a room space to keep your works. Every things are kept on your PC's disks.
    5. One paint software allows you to try different types of painting, such as oil, water, pastel, etc.
    6. During painting, revision and re-painting are very easy. For example, you can individually paint a close view, an intermediate view and a distant view, which are finally composed.
    7. During painting, you should not wait for paints to dry.
    8. You do not need to worry about aged deterioration of your works.
  • Disadvantages
    1. In case of digital oil painting, you can not heap up paints as a traditional oil painting technique. Digital painting is restricted in a two-dimensional space.
    2. It is very easy to make copies of the works. How to effectively protect copyright is a problem.
    3. When we appreciate a digital painting, it is not necessarily displayed or printed in the coloring intended by the painter due to the difference of the characteristic and setting of each display or printer.

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