Friday, 5 June 2015

Autodesk Sketchbook & Tattoo Artists a match made in heaven !

I thought I'd switch gear this week and talk about another Autodesk product, namely Autodesk SketchBook®. This is the ultimate in painting and drawing software. It helps digital artists and illustrators design with professional-grade perspective tools and intuitive user interface. You can sketch, draw, and paint on any platform it's badass ! This blog post happened by pure chance, let me explain...

For those of you that know me well, when I'm not on the road working with our Autodesk PLM 360 customers I like to go and inflict pain on myself in the form of tattooing !. I think I've made quite a good job of it so far !

Last weekend I took a trip to the coast to see a good friend of my Zak Chai, who is the owner of High Tide Tattoo in Whitstable for a day of pleasure (in my mind anyhow!).

When I arrive the kettle goes on and we sit down to discuss what he's going to do on me, chewing the fat as you do. He then reaches over to the desk and picks up his iPad and goes 'So I've done some sketches on this really cool app' !

You can imaging my surprise when he shows me a copy of Autodesk SketchBook® ! 

It turns out that Zak is using this app for all of his clients work. He loves the fact that it saves on paper and sketching time and it's so easy to add layers and remove lines. Being digital it's backed up in the cloud, so he's not hunting through masses of paper trying to find that sketch, for the client who's in the waiting room !

From this he is able to print the line drawing ready to make the stencil that he applies to the skin. (Yes my leg does look good!)

Then he can make any amendments to fit the shape of the body and begin the tattoo, using Autodesk SketchBook®  as the reference to see what the finished tattoo will look like.

The finished Tattoo below !.

This got me thinking so I gave another tattoo friend of mine a call Jason Butcher and asked the same question 'Do you use Sketchbook ?' of which he emailed me this 10 minute lunchtime doodle !! (yes 10 minutes). Amazing !

I really love the fact that Autodesk products are everywhere and that they are being used to help every type of designer from Manufacturing to Architects, Graphic Designers and even Tattoo Artists. 

Thanks for reading.....Mike

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