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Armand Serrano. (Photo by: GIA CATIMBANG)

Wacom launches line of tablets, pens for Filipino artists

By Gia Catimbang 

Creative-tools company Wacom Philippines recently introduced to the country new versions of its old creative tablets and pens to respond to the growing demand of artists here and overseas for these products.

During a presentation at Draft Gastropub Manila in Makati City’s Greenbelt 2 mall on July 13, 2017, the Japan-headquartered Wacom unveiled the Bamboo Slate and Bamboo Folio, Intuos Pro, Cintiq Pro, and Mobile Studio Pro tablets and pens.

The Bamboo Slate and Bamboo Folio are tablets that can transform scribbles and sketches from paper into “living” digital files. Once these files have been digitally converted, Wacom’s Inkspace app will organize, edit, and be able to share them on Apple or Android Bluetooth-enabled devices.

Praised by Wacom as its “finest creative pen tablet to date,” the Intuos Pro is an 8-millimeter-thick creative pen tablet that’s compatible with both Windows and Mac, and available in two sizes. Its pen allows the user to enjoy easy paper-to-digital workflow.

Wacom Cintiq Pro is a pen tablet tailored for professional artists and designers who “demand an intuitive, pen-on-screen network.” Partnered with the Wacom Pro Pen 2, the tablet offers dazzling 4k displays. It comes in 13.3” and 15.6” models.

The Mobile Studio Pro is Wacom’s full-featured lightweight portable pen computer that allows users to create 2D and 3D images with the Pro Pen 2. It also incorporates 3D object scanning with its integrated 3D camera.

“Wacom has been the staple in the creative industry, especially in the animation industry. There’s no other brand that I can think of that we can use in the animation and professional industry,” said Filipino-American animator Armand Serrano during the tablets’ launch.

Serrano began using Wacom products 17 years ago with the Graphire and the first-generation Cintiq, which he said was “very durable.” He said he uses the Cintiq Pro and Cintiq Companion 2 for his work as a visual-development artist at Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California, while his children draw using the Bamboo.

Serrano has been in the animation industry for two decades and has worked on full-length features that include Academy Award-winners Big Hero 6 and Zootopia.

Wacom has been producing interactive creative tools for use in animation, digital art, and photography since July 1983. It has subsidiaries and affiliate offices in more than 150 countries. It ams to bring “people and technology closer together” by providing interactive products for use at home or at the office.

For more information, visit www.wacom.com.

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