For years, I used to have smudges on my hand when drawing with dry media and it's definitely a common sight among the creative crowd. It's even more annoying during the warmer seasons when the hand sweats on surface, leaving oily residue. Especially hand friction using the Wacom tablet when trying to move the hand across.
A solution has arrived in the guise of Smudge Guard in which I've recently stumbled across and made a purchase. After leafing through the glowing reviews and informative article, I knew this was something I needed. And I'm glad I did as images shown below illustrate how the glove is used as I experimented with drawing Sandor "The Hound" Clegane on Sketchbook Pro, a character from Game of Thrones.
The SmudeGuard has been a godsend as I've been using it for a while since the past week and it glides across my tablet smoothly without any rubbing friction protecting the surface from any wear and tear. It's very comfortable to use to my surprise. Even the SmudgeGuard is great for those who like to write on paper or those who are left-handed. It's said that the glove can be used for either hand.
It certainly made it easier for me to use it without having to create a makeshift glove by cutting out fingers. The old method by using a cotton glove is a cheap approach but the drawback is that smudges and oily sweat can start to build up on the glove to the point of it being worn out and dirty. For those who have the fancier Wacom Cintiq tablet, the SmudgeGuard is actually a very good reason to have to prevent smudges on screen during the process. However, it won't work for the iPad, yet to which I heard the company is working on a solution for that. I'm not worried because Wacom is reportedly coming out with a mobile tablet this summer so this might be the iPad killer for the creative professional. It's something I've been waiting for a long time to happen.
And so on that note, I highly recommend the SmudgeGuard for any creative professional who work digitally or by hand.
So why Sandor Clegane? "The Hound" may not be such the nicest guy in the world but his armor has to be the coolest thing I've seen in a long time, including the dog-like helm. And besides, I've been on a Game of Thrones fix after finishing Book 1 and Book 2: Clash of Kings recently without having watched the HBO series (except for the first episode). My next read is Storm of Swords and I anxiously await to read that tome. It's a must-read for any fan of the fantasy genre. Maybe I'll probably discuss more on that for the next time.
For now, behold the glory that is the Iron Throne!