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Drawing from pen to digital with the Wacom Bamboo Spark
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Drawing from pen to digital with the Wacom Bamboo Spark

by January 27, 2017

The Bamboo Spark review that twinkles with an artist mind?

The Bamboo Spark developed by Wacom is a smart pen on paper device which can digitally transfer illustrations or notes into a digital file by a touch of a button. It’s the old school artist transiting to the modern digital age or vice versa. You can store the ideas on the cloud or on the Wacom InkSpace app. The power of your creative is in own hands, draw at will.

The Bamboo Spark unbox experience:

This nifty product is nicely presented in a box which briefly out lines what it does in multiple languages. It even has a cut out with the fabric used on folio allowing you to have a look and feel without needing to unwrap the package. Slide up, lift and snuggle is the well presented product and accessory. Comes with two extra replacement ink, a nib tool and a USB charging cable.
Design Sync - Wacom Bamboo Spark front package box

The Wacom Bamboo Spark front side package box.

Design Sync - Wacom Bamboo Spark back package box

The back of the Bamboo Spark package.

Design Sync - Wacom Bamboo Spark fabric sample package box

Fabric examples of the folio on the back of the package.

Design Sync - Wacom Bamboo Spark package box information

The back of the Bamboo Spark package.

Design Sync - Wacom Bamboo Spark side package box

Made by the leading tablet tool for artist Wacom.

Design Sync - Wacom Bamboo Spark package box slide open

Sliding open the Bamboo Spark box.

Design Sync - Wacom Bamboo Spark inside package box

Unboxing the Bamboo Spark.

Design Sync - Wacom Bamboo Spark inside package boxThe Bamboo Spark accessories.

 

Now to making ideas with the Bamboo Spark.

The folder presents itself with two texture, one which seems to be a shimmering vinyl slap on sticker and a cloth nylon fabric with near perfect machine stitch lining around. Engraved with the word Bamboo on the bottom right. Simply remove the rubber band from a cheap plastics extrusion holding the folio together showcase prominently the pen and drawing pad. The inside of the folio is has a sway like material with a large pocket to place extra paper ideas and a magnet flat possible for another pen. Slide out the pen and flip open the drawing pad and you first notice simple set up instructions to get you going. Though I did note that the printed app icon suggest to download the bamboo app which is incorrect but this could possibly be an update but not big deal. What you need to do is download the Inkspace, sync it and start taking notes or draw. There is a power switch at the bottom which I think can cause some painful recording mishaps if you forget to turn it on.
The note pad paper quality isn’t by far great. It seems like some cheap yellowish rough bond paper about 110gsm from a finger flicking. Though it does allow you the flexibility to place artwork underneath for easy tracing. If you still don’t like the note pad you can replace it with something of similar thickness. The folio also works well for artist left or right. Simply turn the folio upside down and re-slot the note pad into its proper position. The pen is sold metal, with a lid that seems to scratch the surface when cap to the end. The weight is slightly a bit more heavy than I like but the ballpoint runs nice and smooth on paper. Using a pen is definitely much easier to express your ideas precisely if your an artist then compare to drawing directly on a tablet screen. As an artist, nothing really beats the pen to paper feel. Strokes can be transfer digital from a click a button. Works excellent when drawing lines but it does not work well with different tonal values.

Design Sync - Wacom Bamboo Spark product

The Bamboo Spark by Wacom.

Design Sync - Wacom Bamboo Spark clip

The rubber band keep the folio closed.

Design Sync - Wacom Bamboo Spark clipUnclip the rubber band to open the folio.

Design Sync - Wacom Bamboo Spark open

Inside the Bamboo Spark folio. Includes a pen, notepad and pocket selves.

Design Sync - Wacom Bamboo Spark drawing pad

Bamboo Spark easy start up instructions in multiple languages.

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The drawing pad can be easily removed.

Design Sync - Wacom Bamboo Spark pen

The Bamboo pen with the lid open.

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The backside of the Bamboo Spark folio with the charging port.

 

Places to purchase the Wacom Bamboo Spark in Australia:
JB Hi-Fi
Harvey Norman

Offical Website:
Wacom Bamboo Spark

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