And where have I been? Aside from being busy attending to personal matters, I am just about to wrap up my posing work contract for this new Flash series. This will be my last week working on it and I will be jumping into another new Flash series project next week.
I might be doing some animation for that production, so it will be interesting to see how my Wacom Cintiq 20WSX will fit in in a Flash animation environment.
I have been using the Cintiq for many days now and it’s been a joy to use, especially for posing work. The speed to which I draw an element in Flash has doubled compared to my regular Wacom Intuos3, which I admit has been gathering dust since I installed the Cintiq.
I have also gotten used to working on two monitors: I open all my reference images and PDF storyboards on the 30″ Apple Cinema Display and have Flash launch on the Cintiq display. Toggling the cursor from the Cintiq to the 30″ ACD has become second nature to me.
Now I have been told that the Cintiq might not be that useful when it comes to doing animation in Flash. I could see the benefit of it in other animation software such as Toon Boom where it is more akin to working on 2D Animation, that is, you draw the inbetweens in some cases and most of the work require real drawing by hand instead of tweaking vector lines.
In Flash, you rarely draw the inbetweens. Rather, you sometimes let the software do the inbetweening for you and you just move elements around to make it work. So I really am looking forward to how the Cintiq will perform when it is time to use it to do some animation.
So here’s looking forward to that. Now I have to get back to work and wrap this current production up!