Mind Your Business: What Artists Want for Christmas
But, we don't always want to read. Sometimes we want to chill and just want movies. The request for DVDs is also really diverse, but there is a consensus on wanting the best animated films of the last year, Inception, Avatar and, again, DVDs on training. A number of responses on the survey asked for the same thing I love, great DVD movies that have behind-the-scenes bonus features.
Since artists want more software than tactile art supplies, this survey wouldn't be complete without a list of requested software. Again, I saw a lot of softwares I didn't even know about. But Adobe products top the list. Then Toonboom products (animation and storyboarding) follow. One artist said he thinks he bought everything he needs. This list of software requests may offer him an additional idea or two. (I may have to sell my extra kidney to afford all the new stuff I'm finding by writing this article!)
But what about the hardware? We always need bigger and better computers for all this new software. That may be true, but the most requested computer gadget is the incredible Wacom Cintiq. For those of you living in a cave, those are the monitors where you can draw on the screen. More than half the respondents want one (and the rest probably already have one.) I have a few of them. Next comes the desire for a laptop and then backup storage.
Of course, life can't be all work without play. Games have become a huge part of our lives. Even if you're not a gamer, it will affect you (especially if you have kids. Sheesh!) I found it interesting that all 3 major gaming systems had the same number of requests. We just got the PS3 Move, and it's awesome! Even for non-gamers like me it's fun.
But, the number one entertainment device requested is a 3D TV. There's a lot of talk that people don't want to deal with the glasses, but the 3D TV images are so much better than what you see in the theaters, most people get over that problem pretty quickly (except for the cost of buying glasses for everyone).
My favorite request from a gamer was for a massage therapist. That tells me that person spends WAY too much time gaming. But I understand, because I need the same thing after a few crushing schedules of working on my Cintiq.
We hear a lot about the iPad, and that's not lost on artists. That's the number one requested gadget. If the iPad or any other tablet offered pressure sensitivity (with a cost lower than the Cintiq) artists would flock to it. Personally, I'm holding out for a second generation tablet that runs Flash and has dual cameras.
If you want to see all the down and dirty details of this survey (and maybe pick up some ideas for gifts), you can see the results online at http://www.surveymonkey.com/sr.aspx?sm=A52I6bH_2bjmsEeGD0gfld4q9aMmXlDXvWZtZeLXB9SLc_3d (capitalization is important).
Mark Simon is an award-winning animation director/producer. He's written a number of books and training programs for artists, which also make for great presents. Go to www.YourResumeSucks.biz/store.html for Mark's books (Your Resume Sucks, Facial Expressions, Storyboards, Thriving Artist & more), CDs for artists and other books he recommends.