I-Wei Huang is an artist, animator and, as a hobby, tinkers with robotics.  He's been featured in a dozen magazines with his real steam-powered robotic contraptions, including Popular Science, Popular Mecanics, Robot, and Make. He lives in the Bay Area and is a Character Concept Artist for Toys for Bob, a video game studio.  Three years ago, he had an amazing opportunity to work on SKYLANDERS with studio head, Paul Reiche (of Star Control fame).  Here, I-Wei shares that story with us.

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SketchBook & Inkling


Now that the Wacom Inkling is shipping, we wanted to share a few basic pointers on how to take advantage of SketchBook desktop products with this innovative new product.

The Inkling comes with an application called Sketch Manager that helps to preview all the sketches stored on the device, but it also allows you to directly launch applications like SketchBook, Photoshop and Illustrator if it detects it on your desktop (note: we've heard that the Mac App Store version isn't automatically detected yet, but no worries, you will still be able to open the sketches from the native WPI format).

Above: Little known secret... the free versions of SketchBook (Express and Copic Edition) are also completely Inkling-enabled.  Just drag-and-drop files directly into SketchBook.

SketchBook Pro

SketchBook Pro 2011 (aka version 5.0 and above) re-renders your Inkling sketches with the brush quality that has popularized the application.  It also keeps any layers you may have created during the original sketch process.  SketchBook generates an image using the default canvas size and the active brush.

■ In the SketchBook Preferences, you can change your default canvas size, making 'new' canvases at any resolution you want.  When you open a WPI files, it will automatically scale to this default canvas size allowing you produce an image up to 6400x6400.
■ If you want to rapidly explore different appearances, open up your browser/finder beside SketchBook Pro.  Drag and drop the WPI file from your Inkling into SketchBook.  Because SketchBook renders  the linework using the current brush, you can switch brushes or adjust the brush settings and re-drag in the file over-and-over to get different results.

SketchBook Designer

The data produced from the Inking is geometry-based, so SketchBook Designer imports WPI files into its Vector layer type.  Similar to SketchBook Pro, images are rendered to a canvas size, but SketchBook Designer's Vector layers provide an editable environment where strokes can be easily modified, combined or removed.

Different to SketchBook Pro, you can select and re-assign different brush appearances of vectors making exploring different brushes and combining diffrent styles more dynamic.



SketchBook at 3December 2011

3December® -- an annual worldwide celebration of 3D computer graphics and the artists who create them. On its 13th anniversary, 3December aims to unite thousands of artists at live venues and through 3December Online. This year, Autodesk in collaboration with Clustr, is hosting a small live event in the heart of downtown Toronto, at the Twist Gallery on Wednesday December 7th, 2011 at 6PM.


■ December 7, 2011, 6PM-10:30PM
■ Twist Gallery - 1100 Queen Street West, Toronto


Paul Neal, Pen Productions
Oliver Heiijmans, Mackevision
Duncan Brinsmead, Principle Scientist, Autodesk Maya
Chris Cheung, Product Manager, Autodesk SketchBook

We will also have Kyle Runciman & Bing Lin from the SketchBook team onsite!

Space is limited, so learn more and register at:


Art for Hope - Available Now!

Last Thursday, the Art for Hope e-book went live on and the VIZ Manga app for iPad, iPod touch and iPhone. Artists from all over the world contributed new pieces designed exclusively for Art for Hope, a joint charitable venture between VIZ Media and Autodesk to benefit Architecture for Humanity. All artists used Autodesk SketchBook to create their contributions. Participants include Eisner Award Winner Rob Guillory and Harvey Award Winner Lark Pien.

The limited edition digital art book will be on sale December 1, 2011 to May 31, 2011,  available in the U.S. and Canada for $4.99 with 100% of the proceeds going to Architecture for Humanity.

Download today to suppor the efforts!

(Left) Ooya Sports Park, Miyagi Prefecture.  (Right) Hikaido Marketplace, Miyagi Prefecture.

Architecture for Humanity is working in areas that would otherwise not be getting attention or support.  A good example of this is Ooya Sports Park.  After 3.11, playgrounds at local schools in the disaster area have been re-purposed as sites for temporary housing, displacing the school children from access to sports.  A local rice & asparagus farmer, Ryuichi Onodera, had a dream to build a sports ground for kids using his farmland.  Together with Architecture for Humanity, his dream is becoming a reality.  Click here to learn more.  Please feel free to donate online.

VIZ Media at AU 2011

Joel Enos (VIZ Media), Candice Uyloan (VIZ Media) and Chris Cheung (Product Manager for SketchBook) had the opportunity to meet with some of the contributing artists at this year's AU 2011 in Las Vegas, including (from left to right) Shaun Mullen, Kyle Runciman, Veronica Casson, Candice, Chris, Joel, Jacques Pena, Susan Murtaugh, and Luis Peso (Joseph Strachan was also in attendance, but absent from this photo).


2.0 Update for Android Tablets

SketchBook Pro 2.0 for Honeycomb is available on Android Market!

Feature Highlights:

√ Interface Improvements
  ∙ Customizable quick access brush and color palettes
  ∙ Option for customizable Radial Menu 

√ Export to SD

√ New Brushes
  ∙ 30 new brushes

√ Smooth Brush Stroke option

√ Auto Saving Mechanism
  ∙ Reduces likelihood of losing work on the active canvas


Special promotional pricing!

Take advantage of Black Friday/Cyber Monday SALE prices!  Get SketchBook Pro and SketchBook Mobile from Android Market at great prices.

SketchBook Mobile is an Editor's Choice App!