1. Who are you and what do you do?
Eddie Betancourt and Stephanie Rattanachane-Betancourt (whew!). We’re freelance artists stationed in Vail, Arizona who specialize in character design and visual development. We’ve done work for Echo Bridge Pictures, Mobius Games, Cambium Learning group and Mighty Yeti Studios.
You can follow our work in these places:
2. What’s your hardware setup?
We’re both rockin’ Asus i7 PC’s with Windows 7, and Wacom Intuos 4 Tablets!
Eddie: I just snagged a Yiynova not too long ago, so I’m starting to get used to drawing on screen.
3. What’s your workspace look like?
An avalanche of coffee cups. Lots of coffee cups and figures. But mostly just our computer gadgets and a mess of art books scattered around us since our book shelf is pretty filled up. We unfortunately don’t have big desks, so our space is limited.
Stephanie: What desk.
Eddie: That’s what that thing’s called under all my junk?
Stephanie: Time to pretend our workspaces are tidy and clean up just for these DrawMeARobot pictures…
4. What tools do you use to make your cartoons?
We almost solely create our images digitally.
Stephanie: I don’t use anything terribly fancy – a small Intuos4 tablet has served me well over the last few years. If I’m not at home I use my handy Lenovo Thinkpad convertible tablet on the go – a great little laptop with a pressure sensitive screen so I can take work with me. As far as software goes I like to stick with my tried and true go-to program – Corel Painter 7. It’s a really old version but it’s my favorite! I do almost all of my work in Corel, with small edits done in Photoshop CS5. If I happen to be in a coffee shop, I like to whip out the old brown paper sketchbook. I really enjoy charcoal sketches!
Eddie: For the longest time I’ve stuck to using my Intuos 4 Tablet for all my digital stuff, and when I actually travel out of the house, I used to use a Samsung Series 7 slate ( Really awesome tablet PC! ). Right now I’m adjusting to drawing on screen with my Yiynova I purchased a few weeks ago and it’s been great so far! I switch between Sketchbook Pro and Photoshop CS5, with a side of Corel Painter 7. Sketchbook Pro is just a great program to rough out ideas, and I prefer Painter 7’s tools for linework. All the fancy shmancy coloring and effects get done in good ol Photoshop.
When I decide not to be spoiled by the wonders of technology, I do use a sketchbook to draw things out traditionally, usually with col-erase pencils and micron-pens.
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