the Moment - December 2004:
a Dogwaffle convert, and the more I learn about it, the more I like it."
| Q: Hi Nic, thanks for giving us this
interview. First of, what is your name?
Nic Squirrell - yes, it is my real
Q: where do you live?
In the wilds of Kent, England.
how old are you, if I may ask?
Q: As an artist, would you consider
yourself a student, child, retired,
How did you "discover"
N: It discovered me.
Q: Which was your first Dogwaffle version?
N: version 2.1
And how long have you been
N: Four weeks. I still
have a lot to learn.
Q: Do you consider yourself an 'artist' at
heart, like, do you paint, sketch, go to the Art museum etc?
N: Yes, all of these. I
am an art addict.
do you use 3D
N: Not yet, it is on my 'to do' list.
Q: what is your main profession (if you are
N: I'm a dispensing optician,
what kind of PC do you
use? (Windows version, processor speed, how old is it...?)
N: Compaq Presario laptop,
Windows XP (spkII) 1 gig processor with 256 RAM (I am told). 3
Q: what do you like most about Dogwaffle?
N: I love the custom brush tool, and keep finding new ways
to use it. Optipustics is fun, and the swap buffer makes life
easy. Being able to change the brush settings to get what ever
effect I want is probably the best thing.
Sometimes I work on paper first, and scan in a black ink
line drawing to work on in Dogwaffle. (Millie 5). I have lots of
sketches of my cats because they are such great models (they are very
what, if anything,
N: Fully opaque layers would be nice, also some kind of
brush history so that you can switch between brushes more
easily. Maybe to be able to open more than one image at
once, and be able to cut and paste between them......
Q: do you use other 2D
imaging or painting tools? Which?
N: Yes, Painter 8 and Photoshop v7
Q: do you use video
describe some of
your images, experiences with making them, how long it took, what was
the idea and what Dogwaffle helped you do there etc...
N: Havana and Pinar del Rio are both preparatory studies for
paintings that I am going to do on canvas. I can work out the
colours and composition easily this way, and it is simple
to change it as I go. It gives me a better idea of what it
will look like than a pencil sketch would.
Dogwaffle is great for illustrations. I use a graphics
tablet and pen, and usually go right in and draw on the computer from
scratch. Sometimes I do a rough sketch on the first layer, draw
it out properly in the second, then go back and clear the first.
I then use the first layer for colour. I like the custom brush
tool for textures. This is how I did Bubbles, Cling, Search and
Flowers and Fairy. I probably spend an hour or so on most of
a Dogwaffle convert, and the more I learn about it, the more I like it.
Q: Thank Nic. I must say I
really like your style of drawing and painting. It's very refreshing.
And I know Dan likes your name :-) Oh, one more thing: do you have a