Welcome to the second of 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 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.
Our second participant is senior texture artist László Molnár, currently working at Framestore. There László's first project was Tale of Desperaux, and since he's worked on films including Gravity, Iron Man 3 and Guardians of the Galaxy.
His workflow includes digital matte painting and working with textures, working on demanding tasks like creating human-animal hybrid creatures and, crucially, making them look realistic.
Although the artists at Framestore currently use Wacom tablets, this was the first time László had used a Cintiq.
As a traditionally-trained artist, he found the size of the device offered much more freedom than a PC-based workflow.
“Working on a 27-inch tablet is absolutely fantastic,” he says. “I used to draw and paint all of my life, and for a painter or graphic artist, the bigger the surface the better.
“[The size] gives you much more freedom, he adds. “You have more chance to concentrate on the final details.”
The great size of the device does require the Cintiq to be used a desktop tool, unlike some of Wacom's other products. However the sturdy integrated legs make it easy to support the device in an optimal position.
For greater manoeuvrability and support, Wacom offers the optional Cintiq Ergo stand.
“At 9kg the Cintiq is not so easy to move around,” says László. “It makes sense to invest in a stand. It's sturdy, stable and it takes the weight well.”
Another winner in Laszlo's toolbox is the Cintiq Pen, which offers ultra-fine precision through 2,048 levels of pressure sensitivity, tilt recognition and a comfortable ergonomic design.
"Using the pen with a brush gives me the feeling that I'm traditional painting again, which is really awesome," he says.
He also finds that the ExpressKey Remote control really speeds up his workflow. The remote delivers instant access to customised shortcuts and on-screen controls.
“The independence you get with it is amazing,” he explains. “You’re not depending on the buttons on the tablet itself.”
In his interview, László stressed the need for texture artists to have a good eye to see detail and a really good sense of colour depth.
These attributes will be aided by the Cintiq 27QHD, which offers true-to-life colour on a high-resolution display giving artists unparalleled clarity and colour sensitivity in creative areas like CG textures.
The widescreen 16:9 display on the device offers four times the pixel density of standard HDTV, with a 2560×1440 resolution, enough to handle the finest detail.
The device can support 1.07 billion colours, adhering to 97% Adobe RGB and REC 709 for frame-to-frame colour matching.
László says the great thing about the Cintiq 27QHD Touch is that takes him back to the core idea of weilding a pen and tablet as a physical artistic device.
"What you create on the display is created using the movements on the display itself," he says."It's different feeling from working on a traditional tablet and looking at what happens on a display.