Dogwaffler of the Moment - December 2004:

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Nic Squirrell

  "Chillies and Chocolate"

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"I'm 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 name  :-)

Q: where do you live?
In the wilds of Kent, England.

Q: how old are you, if I may ask?
N:  Thirty-something

As an artist, would you consider yourself  a student, child, retired, professional ?
N: Professional

Q: How did you "discover" Project Dogwaffle?
N:  It discovered me.

Which was your first Dogwaffle version?
N: version 2.1

Q:  And how long have you been 'waffling'?
N:  Four weeks.  I still have a lot to learn.

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.

Q:  do you use 3D modeling/animation products?
N: Not yet, it is on my 'to do' list.

what is your main profession (if you are working)
N:  I'm a dispensing optician, artist, illustrator

Millie 5 a cozy cat
Q:  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 years old.

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 lazy).

Pinar del Rio
Q:  what, if anything, needs improvement?
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 editing/animation tools?

N: No.

Q:  Please 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...

Havana 1

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 them.

I'm 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 website?

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