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I haven’t done any naked lady sketches for a while and seeing as I was feeling a bit glum earlier I thought ‘what better way to cheer myself up than draw a naked lady?’ :)
I wanted to try and make this look similar to Req’s style (he’s an awesome local graffiti artist who’s work looks almost like a photo check his Facebook page out here: https://www.facebook.com/reqsmuses?ref=ts&fref=ts) I wanted to avoid doing an initial pencil outline, literally just building up layers of colours and finding a different way to get definition. Not sure if it worked, but I’m fairly happy with this seeing as it took me a few hours.

I haven’t done any naked lady sketches for a while and seeing as I was feeling a bit glum earlier I thought ‘what better way to cheer myself up than draw a naked lady?’ :)

I wanted to try and make this look similar to Req’s style (he’s an awesome local graffiti artist who’s work looks almost like a photo check his Facebook page out here: https://www.facebook.com/reqsmuses?ref=ts&fref=ts) I wanted to avoid doing an initial pencil outline, literally just building up layers of colours and finding a different way to get definition. Not sure if it worked, but I’m fairly happy with this seeing as it took me a few hours.

Here’s my latest speed sketch video, inspired by Bear Grylls ‘The Island’ TV show which I auditioned for last week.

You will always be a part of me. The last ever #SHARKZ

You will always be a part of me. The last ever #SHARKZ

Too many beans, not enough toasts - a doodle based on tonight’s dinner shennanigans.

Too many beans, not enough toasts - a doodle based on tonight’s dinner shennanigans.

Over on the ol’ Twitter machine, I’ve been whinging for a few weeks now about how colouring this ‘Dog & Dave sort of Save Christmas' comic book is killing my arm, but I reckon it's all going to be worth it, even if I do end up with one arm ridiculously bigger than the other! Here's a sneaky peak at one of the panels - not quite finished, but gives you an idea of what it's going to look like! (click the pic to see it all it's snowy glory!)

Over on the ol’ Twitter machine, I’ve been whinging for a few weeks now about how colouring this ‘Dog & Dave sort of Save Christmas' comic book is killing my arm, but I reckon it's all going to be worth it, even if I do end up with one arm ridiculously bigger than the other! Here's a sneaky peak at one of the panels - not quite finished, but gives you an idea of what it's going to look like! (click the pic to see it all it's snowy glory!)

Hey! Want to see me draw this? Then check out this (short, I promise!) video! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywjB8WKULZ4&feature=share

Hey! Want to see me draw this? Then check out this (short, I promise!) video! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywjB8WKULZ4&feature=share

Watch me draw Jeff Smith’s Fone Bone from ‘Bone’ in this speed sketching video of the Huion 1060 Pro+ tablet in action!

Current affairs and #SHARKZ don’t mix.

Current affairs and #SHARKZ don’t mix.

Trying to decide what colour Mo should be… I put it out to Twitter and now I’m putting it out to you! What do you reckon?

Huion H1060 Pro+ Tablet - Unboxing & first impressions

Huion 1060 Pro + tablet review

imageI recently had the good fortune of being sent a brand spanking new Huion 1060 Pro+ tablet to review.

It arrived super-fast from Huion’s HQ in Hong Kong. So fast in fact I wasn’t ready for it and had to chase the delivery guy down the road in my pyjamas!

‘Who wears pyjamas?’ I hear you cry, well they weren’t actual jim-jams in the traditional sense, it was my jogging bottoms and hoody, or as I lovingly like to refer to them as – my ‘skanks’.

Anyway, enough about my bedroom attire and on to what has turned out to be a really really great tool for digital drawing – the 1060 Pro+.

I’ve had a few lap tablets over the years, from a tiny UC Logic thing, a Wacom Bamboo Pen & Touch, and a Wacom Intuos that I use occasionally at work, and right from the get-go I can happily say that without a shadow of a doubt this Huion tablet beats all of them hands down.

In all honesty there’s not much else to say, and I could quite easily end my review here and just tell you that for the very modest price of $86.99 (somewhere in the region of just over £50) you can get yourself an absolutely superb medium sized tablet that does everything you’d want and expect of such a device – only better than its over-priced competitors.

But I know you guys kind of enjoy my ramblings, so I’m happy to carry on waxing lyrical about this lovely little (medium actually) black slate of wonderment!

So what is the tablet capable of I hear you ask? Well, to start with it has 2048 levels of pressure which is what you’d expect from anything half decent these days – by comparison, the Wacom Intuos Pen & Touch (which from what I can tell is what became of the Bamboo range, which itself is now not even a range of drawing tablets at all, just pads) only has 1024 pressure levels. Also, that particular range of tablets are made of really cheap horrible plastic and the pen is awful.

However, for those fans of eraser tips on the other end of your pen, you might want to sacrifice build quality for your hard earned cash and buy one of these Intuos tablets that look like a childs toy.

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Anyone with any sense however will shop smart and buy the Huion 1060Pro+.

Compared to the Wacom Intuous medium tablet that I use at work - one of the supposedly “higher end” models (and when I say higher end, in reality, I’m talking about the higher end of the money spectrum at somewhere around £400-£500!) the Huion 1060 Pro+ is not only as rugged in build (no cheap plastic here) but it’s also a heck of a lot lighter, thinner, and well… better.

The matt slightly rough textured drawing surface (10 x 6.25 inches) is the perfect size for a tablet in my opinion, and if you want to, you can change the active area size in the settings. I’m still not sure why anybody would want to do this, but each to their own, and I’m sure it’s handy for some.

The pen is exactly the same pen I got with my Monoprice 19” Interactive Display, save for it being Huion branded (nice touch!) and the nib being slightly more pointed - which I like very much, and I assume is probably because the nibs on this will run down a lot faster than the on the pen I use on my drawing screen due to the textured surface of the tablet and a little thing called friction. These pens are really light. Possibly a little too light due to the lack of internal battery, but again, it’s not something that bothers me personally – it’s one less thing to knacker my hand out! The pen is slightly rubbery in feel, and has the usual assignable barrel buttons where you’d expect them to be.

The tablet comes with a pen holder which contains spare nibs and the nib removing tool, the USB lead to plug it in (I believe you can go wireless if you buy an adaptor) and the USB pen charging lead.

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So how does it feel to draw with? Lush. I haven’t used that word for years!

It took me a while to readjust my hand/eye coordination and the way I draw, having to get used to finding an optimum (and comfy) drawing position again, but after a few minutes of fidgeting and drawing really bad things, I find it really really (did I mention really?) nice to draw with. So far I’ve mainly tested the tablet in Manga Studio, but immediately I noticed my lines were more precise and crisper than what I was getting out of my Monoprice Interactive Screen. That was a surprise, and somewhat annoying at the same time! Have I just wasted nearly £400 on that thing, when I could have simply boshed out fifty quid and got this awesome little beast? Well yes actually, it appears that that might be the case to a certain extent.

Anyway, I won’t dwell on that too much right now because I have more praises to sing.

So as I said, drawing with the tablet is quite frankly an amazing experience. It feels almost too easy. It has a 233 RPS report rate (something that even the lower end Wacoms don’t have) and so far has had no response issues. Even the distance between the tablet and the height at which the pen is responsive feels perfect – some tablets I’ve had in the past require the pen to be really close to the tab surface before it responds, or like my Monoprice screen it still picks it up up too high off the screen which often causes my cursor to wig out or drop blobs of ink where I don’t want them when I rest my hand.  I barely fiddled with the tablets pressure sensitivity settings and found them to be exactly right, and the level of detail I can get with very little effort is pretty astounding.

If you watch my unboxing and first impressions video you’ll also see that the icing on the cake for me was the fact that it has a Huion logo that glows green (my favourite colour yay!) when the pen touches the tablet surface. What more could I ask for? :)

Macro SD card support perhaps?  Well how about that! This model even comes with Macro SD card support AND a 4GB Macro SD card already in it so you can save your work to it. Another nice touch there Huion (although it is a bit fiddly to get out so you’ll need to find a macro sized poking tool!).

The final thing I need to waft under your nose if what I’ve told you so far is somehow not tempting you to buy it already, is that the Huion H1060 Pro+ comes with a nicely placed set of six (double sided) hot keys and sixteen programmable hot spots along the top of the tablet surface. How cool is that? A big time saver for undo’s/redo’s and whatever else you would need to set the buttons to do. I’m yet to assign my keys, but their default settings already worked fine in Manga Studio. In fact, my tablet probably knows more shortcuts in it than I do at the moment!

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So… have I convinced you to let go of them (pretty much literally) pennies yet? I hope so. You really won’t be disappointed in any way that I can think of with this tablet – other than if you were expecting it to rub your back or fetch you a beer. In which case you’d be stupid, and spending your money in the wrong place.

Wacom need to up their game and drop their prices as always, but right now I’m thinking… no they really don’t. Let them get on with it. You’ve got your new king for digital art tools that are (as a massive bonus) affordable, right here in Huion.

In fact, I kinda want Huion to send me something that turns out to be awful – if that’s even possible – as I’m not used to saying so many good things about anything! :D

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Tablet tested on a Win7 Laptop, with 8GB RAM

Works great in Manga Studio, Photoshop, Illustrator, TV Paint, and I’d assume everything else.

Here’s the tech specs:

Huion 1060 Pro+

  • 2048 Levels of pressure
  • 10 x 6.25 inch active area
  • 5080 LPI resolution (line per inch)
  • 233 RPS report rate
  • 6 Assignable hot keys
  • 16 assignable hot spots
  • Supports Macro SD card with 4GB SD card included

BUY IT HERE

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Here are some doodles I’ve done with the Huion 1060 Pro+ so far…

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Check out my last review of the Monoprice 19” Interactive Pen Display

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4