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My Portable Digital Art Studio

These are all the things I lug around in this compact sling case that makes up my portable digital art tools.

  1. Surface Pro 3 tablet.  It’s my poor man’s Wacom MobileStudio.  The Pro 3 was the first Surface version I felt comfortable buying that seemed to be mature and functional enough for the cost.
  2. SR mini USB keyboard.  This was the largest keyboard I could find that would fit in the bag and still had the function key row (Inkscape).  It’s PgUp and PgDwn and nearless useless though.  I am also way to cheap to purchase one of the fancy typepad covers, though they seem pretty awesome.
  3. Surface power cord.  This and the keyboard sit next to each other in the front half of the big pocket.
  4. “AAAA” batteries for the pen.  Who knew that was a size?  I got these from Amazon in a four pack.
  5. Surface Pen 4.  Even though I purchased  3 tablet, the 4 was already out and I had heard the Pen was markedly better, so I purchased one.  This is the most expensive thing in the bag, next to the tablet itself.
  6. Staedler 0.5mm mechanical pencil.
  7. Sakura Pigma Micron 01 pen.
  8. Hobo glove.  I had been using a simple dimestore knit glove with some fingers cut off for awhile on my desktop Wacom Intuos tablet.  When I got the Surface Pro 3, I thought I’d buy a glove actually made for this purpose but didn’t like it as much.  So I went back to the hobo glove, which I can throw away and replace when needed for next to nothing.  The glove and all the pens go in the large front pocket.
  9. Edimax bluetooth/wireless adapter.  Microsoft was nice enough to break the internal bluetooth and wireless radio with an update once, so I purchased a little adapter to get everything working again.  They have since fixed the issue, but I keep this guy around just in case.
  10. Surface Pen nibs.  I honestly have never even tried any of these and am still using the default one that came in the pen.
  11. USB Thumbdrive (32Gb).
  12. Altoids tin.  I use this tin to hold the last three listed small items and various other things in one place.  It shares the top front pocket with the next two adapters.  The tin is a little noisy, someday I’ll find something in a similar size that’s quieter.
  13. iVanky Display Port to HDMI adapter.  This is a great little adapter to connect the Surface Pro 3 to an external display whenever I need to.
  14. Amazon basic USB hub.  I got this little hub since the tablet only has a single USB port that I often need to have a few things plugged into. (keyboard and mouse/keyboard and thumbdrive)
  15. Solo Tablet Slingbag.  Originally I had a simple neoprene slip case for the tablet that I could fit a few other flat things in, but definitely not the power cord.  I looked at many different bags/cases and settled on this one, and I have been very happy with that decision.
  16. Not pictured, I also carry a clear plastic ruler, which in some cases is the easiest way to draw straight lines on the tablet.

The Surface Pro 3 is still running the native Windows OS (too scared of breaking this hardware with a Linux distro), but all the open source software I use has Windows distros.

  • Krita
  • Inkscape
  • The GIMP

The one thing I would still like to find is a USB mouse that is really flat/low profile that would fit in the bag.  Working in Inkscape in particular is very tedious without a mouse.  I normally steal one from my laptop bag when needed, but it would be nice to find one that fit in here.

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Inktober Recap

Inktober Tools

I usually do a single post with all my inktober doodles in a final gallery, but I thought this year I would lead off with all the tools I used.  Clockwise from top left:

  • Custom sketchbook cover by Batsugan leather
  • Canson 5.5 x 8.5 sketchbook
  • Rotring 600 0.5mm mechanical pencil
  • Pentel brush pen (did the lion’s share of the inking)
  • Sakura Pigma Micron 005 pen (used for fine details and some shading)
  • Sakura Gelly Roll white pen
  • Pentel 0.5mm blue pencil lead
  • Pocket sized memo pad

One of my many horrible drawing habits is not trying to figure out what I’m drawing before diving in.  Many artists do multiple thumbnails and then various rough sketches on light tables to lock down the composition before starting to work out fine details.  To curb this impulse, I started at least doing tiny gesture sketches in a pocket sized memo pad before starting in my sketchbook.  I feel it has helped me get a better idea of what I’m trying to capture.

Gesture Sketches

Here’s the gallery of all this year’s inktober doodles.

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Mini Frame

Mini frame

Mini frame

Today I made a little 4″ frame with a quote from a family member’s Eeyore statue.  It’s funny that this little thing took a whole lot of different tools to make and caused quite the mess in the process.  Table saw, router table, miter saw, sander, clamps, glue, compressor, nail gun, glass cutter…  Turned out cute though.  Here’s a couple less tiny frames I made for Christmas this year.

Homemade Floating Frames

Homemade Floating Frames

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Eddy the Hot Mess Space Mechanic

Eddy the Hot Mess Space Mechanic

Eddy the Hot Mess Space Mechanic

This past week our family was able to visit one of the NASA space centers and go through the museum and tours.  So at church, I thought I’d doodle a space mechanic who could use some help keeping track of his tools.

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Happy Fathers Day

happy father's day

happy father’s day

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