How designer Charles Bigeast from The Mill uses Wacom’s MobileStudio Pro

Hear how Wacom's latest tablet lets Charles design at his desk, sketch from the sofa and draw from life from anywhere.

The Mill is a global content creation studio, where for the past 26 years "we have collaborated with clients to bring brave ideas and stories to life across VFX, digital and design projects for the advertising, games and music industries," says Bigeast.

Bigeast work as part of design team dealing mostly with the creation of still images. His work can vary from illustration to style frames, graphic design to typographic treatments.

One of my recent creative highlights was working on the title sequence for the D&AD Awards, which was a really interesting project as it combined heavily-graphic images with more illustrative content. The final sequence was fairly abstract and introduced me to a new way of approaching my role.”

Bigeast recalls how long Wacom products have been a tool in his work.

“I started [using Wacom] when I was at university, I guess it must have been with a tiny Bamboo A6 – just having this little tablet made things so much easier.” he recalls.

“When I was drawing on [that first Bamboo tablet] I remember talking to friends, saying it would be so amazing if we could actually draw on the screen and see what we are doing. Then the Cintiq came out. Now, with the arrival of the MobileStudio Pro, it’s kind of the next step.”

With a combination of Intel mobile processors and RAM and storage configurations, four 13.3-inch models combine maximum mobility with high performance and colour accuracy.

Two 15.6-inch models – offering either an Intel i5 chip, 8GB RAM and 256GB storage, or an i7 chip, 16GB RAM and 512GB storage – deliver a larger work area, 4K resolution, high colour performance as well as superior Nvidia Quadro graphics.

The device gives digital content creators the power to take their studio with them wherever they go, a feature praised by Bigeast;

“Rather than being tied down to a desk, I’m able to move it around or take it home with me. I can pick it up whenever an idea pops up and just sketch out something. If you’re drawing something that you’re actually looking at, you can always hold it in front of you. This is just stuff that we don’t necessarily realise, using traditional computers. It’s actually a great plus.”

Every configuration of the Wacom MobileStudio Pro has a high-resolution screen, with the 13.3-inch and 15.6-inch models supporting WQHD (2,560 x 1,440) and UHD (3,840 x 2,160) respectively.

With a display composed of etched glass, the tablet provides artists with the sensation of working with pen on paper.

The supplied pressure-sensitive pen, the Pro Pen 2, is more sensitive, accurate and responsive than any pen that Wacom has ever made. As well as having 8,192 pressure levels, it offers natural tilt support, with no parallax and virtually no lag.

“It immediately responds to whatever I’m drawing,” enthuses Bigeast. “There’s not this millisecond delay. So in terms of the screen quality, it’s made a big difference. It just seems better. I’ve really enjoyed working with it.”

Running on Windows 10, the MobileStudio Pro supports a whole toolbox of creative applications, offering a seamless workflow from 2D to 3D on a bigger canvas. Plus, colour accuracy of 94% of Adobe RGB means the screen can accurately reproduce even the most subtle shades.

“Having used mostly Photoshop on the MobileStudio Pro, the main advantage that I saw, apart from the technical details, is the fact that it’s got the mobility of an actual sketchbook. The colours also appear more vivid, as the screen isn't glossy so gives off less reflection."

Productivity boosters such as ExpressKeys for artist-defined shortcuts, on-screen controls and time-savings settings are all traditional Wacom features that are retained on the MobileStudio Pro. Additional multi-touch gestures make zooming and rotating creations as simple as pinching and swiping on your smartphone

 “When using software like Photoshop or Illustrator, I use shortcuts a lot. I set up all my favourites using the ExpressKeys so my work gets 10 times faster.” explains Bigeast.

“One further improvement would be the introduction of a stand. This is because, as it’s a screen, you want to be looking straight at it and not at an angle. You want to be able to tilt the screen to whatever fits the most for you. That’s the only thing I’d say is really necessary for it to be made even better.”

In fact, Wacom does offers a stand specifically for the MobileStudio Pro, as an optional accessory which is soon to be released. The mobile stand let’s the artists choose between three comfortable working positions and can be folded flat for travel.

Another optional accessory is the Wacom Link, letting you attach the MobileStudio Pro to another Mac or PC, so the mobile computer can be used as a standard Cintiq. Bigeast shares with us how he made his set-up even better;

“My set up is ideal for me – I have a Cintiq at work and I’m also using the MobileStudio Pro. I think they are very complementary to one another. Whatever you start on the Cintiq at work, you can keep working on in a different context and a different place on the MobileStudio Pro.

I would say to someone thinking of investing in a MobileStudio Pro; that it’s a great fusion of all the amazing things you can find between a Cintiq computer and a normal tablet. It’s the best of both worlds, all in one, easy-to-use package,” he concludes.