Other positive outcomes is now have good experience working with LED screens which i wanted to get around to for a long time now. I also have exess of spare 15.6 flatpanels. There is no such thing as too many LED display panels, the few broken screens i have could possibly be recycled for working LED strips, layers etc. i even heard of a hack where you remove one of the layers in a laptop making it impossible to see the screen but if you cut out glasses out of that layer and look trough tyhem, you will be the only one who could see whats on the screen... i could try something like this
THE COST: Cost of parts that went into a working pseudo cintiq i have right now is around $800 I believe thats cheaper than $1000 12 inch cintiq which considering its charecteristics compared to an intuos 4L (i cant comment on the screen of the 12 inch i dont know.) I think what i built is cheaper and better.
The real amount of money i spent on this project during the development and testing of different screens and monitors, not including my own parts already had which i donated to the cause,l (like the flat screen from my Samsung among others) i ended up spending close to $1300. At least i know what kind of laptop screens an Intuos prerfers
In the process of building i also discovered that my old netbook i thought broke a long time ago actually still works. This gives me an idea of rebuilding this netbook to a more functional state with a working OS and using a small intuos or a medium bamboo with the netbook screen to make a fun sized mini Cintiq (lik,e the eePC that was turned into one when i discovered the possiblity of a cheaper diy alternative to a cintiq.
Lastly i was pleasently surprised with a purchase of a dremel kit that i used to cut out the screen hole in the intuos case. I always sucked at using a dremel couldnt cut a straight line with a disk tool for life. i was trying to modify the samsung back metal frame with my last cutting bit before i went to buy more dremel-buts along with a new slim LED. This is what my work looked like
i accepted the fact that i am very bad at using it look at thet awful cut, btw, one side of the frame took about 15 minuts to cut trough with my awesome skills.
I ended up buying this american dremel kit mostly because if a huge collection of drill bits among other stuff i didnt even bother to pay attention to at the time (a new dremel was nice but i mostly wanted the drillbit collection it came with). Turns out this american dremel featured a long rubbery flexible drillbit extention, which completley blew me away by how easy it is to hold, almost as thin as an intuos stylus and for the first time i realized that i never sucked at using a dremel, i just had a really crappy dremel that was hard to hold, was heavy AND HAD BAD QUALITY DRILLBIT.
my old german dremel (i was raised and conditioned to think German tools and german anything is the best quality you can get)10-15 frustrating minutes to cut off a strip of thin aluminum leaving uneven jagged edges
This dremel easily cut off a straight line of 30 cm in less than a minute! Its definatley the more ergoniomic drillbit extention allowing you persision control over it.
I was seriosly blown away by the cutting disk they had which dosent wear out. i used it to cut around 2 meters of aluminiun (i didnt need to but it was just really fun to cut using it) This microdrill is the most amazing tool i owned so far lead me on a path of self discovery and gave me plenty philosophical epiphonies to think about
Who thopught a good powertool can have such powerful psychological effects on a person.
I am waiting for a friend to come back from Belarus, I am very curious about what his reaction would be. He dosen like cintiqs very much for some reason and he might get angry at me for ruining a perfecty good intuos.
Ive been drawing on it ever since i built it, here are some of the earlier drawings from yesturday
the first thing i tried drawing using MS paint. as no other programs were on this computer since it stopped working a year ago and only yestrday i realised the epic legacy of my stupidity when i finally noticed the modified power supply wiring i made back then is covered in ducttape. I fixed the problem quickly by jumping out of the window of my apartment ... jk wouldnt, not afte this awesome pseudo cintiq i managed to build. (Mi 24 is just fun to draw in my opinion).
tried at drawing my computer, i think i had too much fun with details not realizing that the proportions are a bit scrwed somewhere something just sortof not right about the shape but whatever, i dont mind redraing it as its fun to do
my friends comuter case which i started adding my own twists to give it a more gothic feeling. I never realized how cool that case looks untill i started to draw it.
another mi24 this one more fat and bubbly version i find fun to draw for some reason (i had another fat and bubbly mi 24 on paper somewhere)
i am now working on something i thought would be fun Its a set of smple instuctional illustrations that show the basic concept of building a cintiq, ill post it here if i am done with it
sooo long post is long but it was one hell of a ride and an almost lifechanging experience since i never sucsessfully finished any projects of this kind
i will leave you with a preview pic of a thing i might do- a childrens illustrated guide for building your own digital coloring book (a DIY Cintiq) out of daddys laptop! (i started playing with color on the cintiq, i was just reminded of doing these coloring books as a kid and this thing is even more fun to do color on so thats where the idea came from lol)
P.S. i was talking to my friend today about the diy cintiq and something occured to me.
The older 21" cintiqs are proboly CCFL which i suspect are pretty thick, unless there are some special CCFL super thin screens, i am also surprised that a $3000 cintiq has a mediocre quality screen. For such an expensive PROFESSIONAL art tablet i find that surprising. as far as Cintiqs Wacom has no competition and they pretty much allow themselvs to jack up $3000 for their cintiq.
This brings me to another company favored by graphics people Apple macbooks, as far as i know were popular with artists before hipsters decided that macbooks are hip and trendy. A friend of mine a photographer while hating macbooks, says good things about the screens anyways. Apperentley macbook Pros have high quality IPS screens and so do ipads and other tablets that use apple-made screens in thir tablets. Also i have notices that apple can make their screens impressivley thin again macbook air, ipads as far as i know, have very thin IPS screens (possibly because they are small size)
My thoughts on this, is apple already has a pretty good stance at being serios competition to Wacom if they focus their energy on appealing more to the professional artists. What surprises me even more is ipads dont come with their own styluses and any drawing is like finger painting. Wacom makes styluses that somehow work with apples resistive tochscreens but i think it still dosent match the accuracy of a wacom ( btw idea intergreate some wacom tablet in an ipad or the other way around! whos up for it? eh?)
Apple can gain a lot if they stop focusing on little cool gimmics of their prodeucts that customers get hooked on for the trendy hip/cool factor rather than anythingthat can be seriosly considered useful to certain people. any thought in this anyone?
edit, note to self- get a layer of protectove glass for the screen just in case