Category Archives: Draw Better

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February 23, 2015 by

An artist’s insight to using Maglus – Susan Muratugh

Happy Monday guys, Paula here. I thought it was appropriate to share this feel good post today and get the week off to a positive start. So, read on and enjoy!

In the short time I’ve been working at Maglus, I’ve realised that the Maglus customers are more than ‘customers’. They’re loyal followers and supporters who genuinely care about our brand. Interacting with these lovely people is what I view as a perk of my job. An example being, US Artist – Susan Murtaugh. I’ve only been chatting to Susan a few weeks, but am hugely impressed by her amazing art and warm personality! I was surprised and equally delighted to receive a glowing review of Maglus from her. Rest assured, she took the time to write the content below without being asked(harassed or bribed!)

As the saying goes – “Its nice to be important, but more important to be nice”
So here at Maglus, it goes without saying that we’ll continue to be nice. If every customer is half as satisfied as Susan, we’ll be doing something right!

Here’s a little info on Susan

February 17, 2015 by

Maglus Brush Tip Review by Paul Kercal

We’ve a guest blogger this week: say hi to talented tablet artist and teacher Paul Kercal.

Exciting things are happening in our little Maglus world. We are launching a new tip soon – a Brush Tip for all the Picasso enthusiasts out there.

We wanted to give you – the Maglus users, an insight into how the new tip works. What better way than to ask an artist to test it out! So we teamed up with Paul and offered him a sneak peak at the new product. He was happy to do so and give his feedback, which he turned into a blog post.

We think the Brush Tip is a great addition to the Maglus family – but we’re biased of course!
Have a read and see what our reviewer thinks

January 15, 2015 by

Have I found what I’m looking for?

I’ve always been interested in art, drawing and making. I studied Interior and Furniture Design in college. Secretly, I’d love to be an artist…Well I guess its not so secret any more!
I know I should draw and paint more often, but I find the set up process puts me off. When you don’t have a dedicated studio or space, the hassle and mess can be an issue.

This got me thinking about the new generation of art. Things have gone and continue to go digital. We like things made easy for us. For someone like me who likes to draw but doesn’t do it enough, a Stylus and Tablet seems like an obvious solution.

So I decided to give it a shot. Drawing people is something I’m interested in, so I thought I’d see how I got on sketching Bono. You might have heard of him, he’s the lead in a little band called U2. Like me – he’s also from Dublin.

I found drawing on the tablet tricky at first. It’s a lot more daunting than simply using pencil and paper. But with this confusion, comes a lot of possibilities, techniques and styles. Access to colour, line thickness and opacity is literally at your finger tips, or in my case the end of my Maglus.

I chose to work with the free app; Autodesk Sketchbook Express. I began with using the same method I use when drawing with pencil. I sketched in guidelines for the face. I discovered a handy tool called ‘layers’. This meant I could stick the guidelines on a separate layer and turn on/off as needed. I admit that I had trouble switching between layers and it took me a while to figure it out. But with some practice, I can see they’ll be a great benefit.

I was genuinely surprised by how fast the process can be. The speed of creating an image is something that definitely appeals to me. The speed of erasing something is a bonus too – no more smudge marks or ripped paper to deal with. The ability to zoom in for detailing is very handy too.

I ran into some problems which is to be expected when using new technology. Realising that every slight tap on the screen would make a mark or line, resulted in me using the ‘undo’ feature…a lot. For a few minutes, I couldn’t understand why my Maglus wasn’t making any lines. Turns out I was trying to draw white on white.

But embarrassing mistakes aside, I was pleasantly surprised that I really enjoyed the experience of drawing digitally.

I’ve only begun experimenting, the next step will be adding colour and paint.

Can I live with or without it? Definitely with my Maglus.

If you’ve never tried using a Stylus, I say; “give it a go”. You’ve nothing to lose and might love it.
YOU TOO could be a Maglus fan*

Bono - Paula O'Connor

Bono – Paula O’Connor

*I take full responsibility for the bad puns

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