Welcome to the latest in our regular series of interviews with artists and designers from some of the UK's leading VFX, animation, advertising and branding companies – who've been using the Wacom Cintiq 27QHD Touch tablet display on a long-term trial.
All the participants are using the Cintiq devices on their professional projects – and telling us about their experiences.
Jason is a very experienced compositor, having worked on ten feature films and over a hundred commercials, as well as music videos, TV shows and documentaries.
Before working at Jellyfish Pictures, Jason started out at MPC, then Cinesite, followed by Prime Focus. His CV includes work on Guardians of the Galaxy, World War Z and Maleficent.
Working mostly in Nuke, he also uses Illustrator, Photoshop and After Effects.
The 27-inch, edge-to-edge glass display of the Cintiq 27QHD sports a resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 pixels..
The Cintiq also supports 1.07 billon colours and a full 97% Adobe RGB colour gamut
This clarity and deep colour support is essential for the sort of work that Jason does at Jellyfish, in particular the WGSN project.
"I needed a high-end monitor to get really some good work done" he says. "The sharpness on the screen allowed me to check at pixel level for any marks or areas of issue. It was really helpful to work on."
With the 10-bit colour range offered by the Cintiq, Jason says he could achieve really stunning shots and splashes of colour for the WGSN project.
Users like Jason can also calibrate the Tablet Display with the optional Wacom Color Manager, for even more precise colour matching.
Jason is no stranger to design tablets, normally using the Wacom Intous range, but admits the Cintiq felt "a bit weird at first".
However, he says he got the hang of the pen after about ten minutes. "It’s something I really got used to," he adds."It was a lot more like how I used to draw. It seemed very natural and easy to adjust to."
The Pro Pen included with the Cintiq offers ultra-fine precision through 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity, tilt recognition and a comfortable ergonomic design.
As well as on-screen controls, there is also the new ExpressKey Remote, a handheld set of shortcut keys and Touch Ring. This offers users like Jason dozens of options to customise shortcut keys by task or by application.
The Cintiq allows artists to pan, zoom, rotate and navigate using standard multi-touch gestures supported in both Mac and Windows.
This ability, coupled with the Pro Pen and ExpressKey Remote, makes using industry-standard applications on the Cintiq 27QHD work like a dream under the hands of an experienced artist like Jason Hayes.
He says using Nuke on the Cintiq became very natural: "I could make tweaks and zoom in really quickly," he reveals.
"It took me time to adjust from a normal tablet, but it soon made a lot of sense," he adds. "Screen size really helped. I didn’t have to open and close windows. I could keep everything on the screen at once."
Another new experience for Jason was offered by the flexiblilty and manoeuvrability of the Cintiq 27 QHD, particularly when coupled with the innovative stand options.
"It’s not difficult to move, very easy to shift around," he says.
The tablet display design has a 5-degree angle, which can be increased to 20 degrees using the sturdy integrated legs.
The optional Cintiq Ergo Stand provides even more flexibility with a variety of additional working positions, including off the desk positioning.
Jason says he started out using the Cintiq in an almost horizontal postion, like a normal monitor.
"Gradually I've been angling the Cintiq more and using it like as if I’ve got paper in front of me," he reveals. " And then I’m sketching away."