Pen and ink are the among the most powerful creative tools in human history. As a pioneer of the digital pen technology and manufacturer of the familiar Intuos Pro pen tablets and Cintiq and Cintiq Pro pen displays, Wacom is committed to providing creatives with the best digital pen experience possible, which is why the company is collaborating with Ars Electronica Futurelab to explores the creative possibilities of digital ink.
Together, the two partners embarked on a journey to create a Future Ink Open Lab, where Wacom’s pen and tablet technology was combined with Ars Electronica Futurelab’s advanced drone technology, Spaxels, to envision a future where artists can draw in any space with a pen.
Being a technology leader in the field of professional instruments for art and design, Wacom is continuously developing new solutions in 3D and VR to offer artists and designers the creative tools of the future. And this is no exception.
What if you could draw in any space with a pen?
The first step of the Space Ink research is the development of the Space Brush. Brush strokes, created by an artist using the Wacom Cintiq Pro 24, control a drone using a laser tracking system, which translates these traces into spatial movement. The LEDs attached to the drone leave corresponding light signs, which are recorded by a camera and visualised in real time by a projector in the studio to create a light painting. The Space Brush was first shown during the Ars Electronica Festival 2020 in Linz, resulting in some impressive paintings.
Next, the Expressive Brush expands the representation of creative expression of the artist and the drone with additional parameters. It will add elements of collaboration, explore swarm expressions and allow direct feedback from the drone to the artist for mutual inspiration. In a third step, the project will investigate in a collaborative brush for the coordinated cooperation of several drones with the artist, which will serve as a basis for future research into the creative expression of intelligent swarms.
Wacom’s collaboration with Ars Electronica seems literally detached from reality. But the objective of the project is not to develop a specific product. The idea is to capture the multidimensionality of artistic creation and to continuously ask questions and conduct innovative and experimental research that are crucial to envisioning the future of creativity. Space Ink is just the beginning of Wacom’s journey with Ars Electronica, but already impresses with strong visuals and promises exciting new ways of creative expression.
The future of ink: Discover more at Vertex
A key skill for any 3D artist is to envision worlds and bring them to reality. During this year’s Vertex event, Mike Jelinek, Senior Product Manager at Wacom and the man responsible for connecting the technology of Future Ink with potential creative uses, will explore the design thinking that went into this project.
Jelinek will share useful insights and experiences from ideation to first results, explain how to deal with the challenges and uncertainties of a project like this and show how it is related to the everyday work of a creative.
Make it on Cintiq
Wacom's quality products have long been a firm favourite among the creative community. From students and hobbyists creating inspirational projects on the Wacom Cintiq range, to leading studios developing jaw-dropping art on Wacom's high-end Cintiq Pro, Wacom's pen displays offer users endless creativity possibilities. With screen sizes ranging from 16- to 32-inches, Full HD to 4K resolutions, a variety of displays and portability options, no matter what your artistic discipline, there's a Wacom product to suit.
One of the best displays around, the Wacom Cintiq 16 is a must-have product for any digital artist wanting to make the move up from an Intuos or other non-drawing screen graphic tablet.
Designed to meet the needs of creative professionals, the Wacom Cintiq 22 has the lowest price Wacom has ever offered for a tablet of this size. And despite the lower cost, there's no compromise on quality, with the Cintiq 22 offering a comprehensive feature set, which only enhances the digital drawing experience.
Want more drawing space? Then the Wacom Cintiq Pro 32 is the drawing tablet for you. Boasting a beautiful big screen and UHD ready resolution, the Wacom Cintiq Pro 32 is the ultimate tool for digital artists. With four times the pixels of a standard 1080p display, this super-sized edition provides plenty of work space, allowing users to display important toolbars without eating into that precious screen space.