Art Lesson – Wacom Pen Settings That I Use

In this post I’ll talk a little about the settings I use on my Wacom Cintiq tablet. I really like to keep everything simple as possible (my personal preference) but the 2 things I care about the most is my line weight and building up shades. This is for Photoshop only, maybe one day I’ll create one for Illustrator also…anyway, I think that having a drawing tablet is essential for any professional digital Artist/Illustrator.

First, for my lines, I like to use a basic hard brush. I always go to my brush settings and choose Shape Dynamics > Pen Pressure. This will make your brush become thicker or lighter depending on how hard you press on the surface of your pad. This is a good way to build your lines.



For Shading, go back to your brush settings. Select “Transfer” and set it on pen pressure. I like to use this to shade and build up tones.





“Behind The Beauty” Free Poster Download

“Behind The Beauty”

By John C. Spain ( johnspainart )

Size: (18 x 24) Full Color Poster
Created with Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator & the Wacom Cintiq


Download Link: (Copy & Paste)


Download My First Art Project! “Inside My Mind Vol.1”

This project is titled Inside My Mind Vol. 1. It features 8 18 x 24 high resolution posters. This is my first full length project. I wanted to make this project sort of like a mixtape or music cd (for people that don’t know what a mixtape is) . Each image is like a track, it has it’s own story and style of art. Feel free to share this project.
To download, copy & paste the link below. Once you download the file, unzip the folder. 
(NOTE: The file size is really large ‘370MB’ so be patient and give it time to download, It will take little bit of time)
Social Media Username: johnspainart





My First Full Length Project!!!

Basically I’m creating my first full length project. It’s called “Inside My Mind Vol. 1”. This is something that I’ve always wanted to do, and that I’m passionate about. The project consist of multiple (I don’t know the exact number) of completely original high resolution images. Once I’m done I’ll put up a link on my site and people can download free of charge. I’ll talk about different topics, u know … basically stuff that I care about and I’ll throw some fun stuff in there aswell.

The style of the art will be creative. I consider myself to be a freestyle artist, like a freestyle rapper I go off the top of my head, no preparation, no thumbnails, no thought…I just pick up the pen and like my creativity flow…whatever the image look like, it look like …and I move on to the next. So all my images on this project will all have it’s on personality and creative flare. I plan on experimenting with different styles.

So look out out for this project, It’s my labor of love (my first child). I plan on giving 100% to this project and I def plan on putting my heart and soul into this. This project is free for the public. Spread the word share it, print it, do whatever u want …

Anyway I hate writing….so here’s a sample of one of the images. It’s untitled at the moment. Every image is 18 x 24 BTW (poster size) so this is a very small section .





Xll Jordan Retro Poster Design

I created this with poster with Adobe Photoshop. The actual size is 18 x 24