Huion Wireless Graphics Tablet Review – Giano WH1409

https://youtu.be/clPOGbkyA3o

Huion asked me to review the Giano or WH1409 Wireless Graphics Tablet. Just in time as my old Wacom intros was falling apart! I’ve not been paid to make this video, but I do get a small commission if you buy from my Amazon links – but you pay no extra. This helps me to make more videos!

I’d often thought about buying a Huion Tablet, but the battery pen always put me off. I’d always thought it would be heavy… but Huzzah! It’s not! Actually I’d say it is lighter and more comfortable – the Wacom pen is pretty clunky.

The tablet is wireless. There is an 8gb usb disk/stick hidden underneath, which doubles as the wireless dongle. It also has all the driver files and extra manuals saved onto it, so you are ready to load the drivers and get to work.

You charge up the pen and the tablet with usb cables and the tablet can also work independently as a usb tablet. The wireless charge gives you about 40 hours of work time on one charge.

There are assignable keys, but I never use them, as I’m so used the keyboard short cuts. I think most graphic artists are like that.

I never use a mouse. I did a massive animation project once that nearly gave me RSI, I’ve only ever used a tablet and pen since and can work comfortably all day.

If you get mouse strain in your hand, GET A TABLET BEFORE YOU DAMAGE YOuR HANDS!

I’m very happy to recommend this, the build quality is great and it is sooooo much cheaper that the wacom equivalents – across the whole range too.

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How to draw a swallow in flight

https://youtu.be/l5tZvdA87eA

Learn how to draw a swallow in flight and then paint it in watercolour

I saw my first swallow yesterday, which does not make a summer, but it’s always a great and cheering site to see them back for the summer.

I’m also drawing illustrations for a new book written by Michael Morpurgo at the moment. It’s a series called Mudpuddle Farm, and there are swallows in the story, which I have been drawing this week. See more here 

Also if you want to draw clouds, try this video

Here is a great video about swallows
and a brilliant bbc video of Swallows Drinking While Flying – Slow Mo!

Huion L4S LED USB Light Pad Review

https://youtu.be/CERioxAnV94

I was asked to review the Huion L4S led usb light pad by the people at Huion, so I thought I would do that and show you some of my illustration techniques too.

A light pad is a great tool for tracing and redrawing. I use it for finished drawings. I do rough pencil sketches and then place a new sheet of paper over the top. Then I do the finished drawing on the new sheet. This helps with watercolour painting as you don’t need to erase pencil marks, which often roughens up the surface of the paper.

I was very happy to do this review as I though the Usb connection would be really useful. I think it’s great so many things are now using Usb for charging and connecting. I have not been paid to make this video and it contains my honest opinion.

The board is really slim and of a great quality build. The flat usb plug fits snugly in the side. The old type of power connector was prone to put a lot of pressure on the socket, weakening the connection. The cable is a flat too which makes for less pressure on the board connection too.

When you press the on switch at the top left, the board “comes alive” the light fades up and then fades down when you switch it off. That is very satisfying! You can also hold the button until you reach a level of brightness you are happy with. When you take your finger off, then it stays at that level.

It’s light and bright and well constructed. If you are looking to get a light pad, then I can happily recommend this one.

How to draw the Universe in 52 seconds

https://youtu.be/apqWYdQVzug

I was challenged to draw space with the solar system and a black hole by Jasmine Ahmed. I thought I could go one better and draw the whole universe. I did it in 52 seconds…How? That’s the awesome power of infinity!

In case this blows your mind then you might like to watch these infinity videos:
The Infinite Hotel paradox – Hilbert’s Hotel:

Math is great when it doesn’t involve having to make stuff add up – I never could do that at school!

Just a bit of Tuesday Fun

Drawing challenge live

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ioi2pZykLk8

I went live drawing with my son, Ted, on Saturday. We challenged each other to draw stupid things and answered questions from the chat stream. Enjoy!