Andrew Rae Gets Digital with Wacom
An artist is more than their tools, but a great tool can mean the difference between a perfectly executed idea and a lot of wasted time. As an illustrator, Andrew Rae “creates monsters,” dragging up all sorts of beings from inside his head and turning them into a drawn reality. The creative process means he literally creates everything from scratch which presents its own barrage of challenges. “As an illustrator you’re trying to create a visual language, I suppose, so everything is a simplified version of the real world,” says Andrew. “I’m trying to draw through the filter of my own brain as opposed to trying to replicate reality too much.” Historically he’s created these fun entities by drawing them on paper and loading them into his computer through a scanning process and then playing that way. But that can be a time-consuming process. Wacom, the interactive pen and tablet stylus company, teamed up with Andrew to help them launch their Intuos Pro tablet and created a video together that explores how technology can inform an artist’s process.
There are a lot of tablets on the market but Andrew needs something portable, that can follow him where ever inspiration takes him. “The beautiful thing about this product, the fact that you can draw on a piece of paper so it feels really natural. It’s going to be really handy particularly at the sketch stage. It allows you to sit and sketch in a kind of comfortable position, in the kind of position that lets intuitive drawings come out,” explains Andrew. “Basically what I want is a piece of paper that runs Photoshop and this is getting pretty close to that.”
To hear more about Andrew’s process and how Wacom helps him out, check the video below. And check out his in-process illustration that was used on the packaging for this awesome machine.