It’s been a crazy couple of weeks working on not one, but two super secret projects. I have, however, been keeping up with my studies and am closing in on finishing my final PD2 painting which I’m looking forward to sharing soon.

What I am going to do in the absence of painting WIPs for the moment though, is kick off a mini series of workspace tips, tricks and hacks. I’m always really interested in how the digital workflow can be optimised and streamlined to remove as much of the obstacle that the computer can present. So with that in mind, here’s the first Wacom Hack:

Audio Patch Lead on the Wacom Cintiq 24HD

I always listen to music when I’m working on a painting. More often than not, I have my machine moved up above the Cintiq, which will mean I’m having to tuck the headphone lead either under or around it.

This drives me CRAZY!

Using a couple of velcro tie wraps that I picked up from Maplin, along with the existing cable conduit that I use to tidy the leads of the Cintiq, I’ve added a 3m 3.5mm audio lead extension to my Cintiq. This runs alongside the USB lead all the way into the back of the iMac neatly, and means that no matter what position I have the Cintiq in, my headphones are easy to plug in/unplug, and don’t get tangled. Simple, but very effective!

Even in the up position, it doesn’t interfere with the movement of the Cintiq
A great way to ensure nothing gets caught up or unplugged when switching modes.