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Martin Nebelong Henningsen

My name is Martin Nebelong Henningsen, I live in Copenhagen, Denmark. I was born in 82 and I’ve always had an interest for art in forms of comic books, movies and traditional paintings. Maybe sparked by my mom and dad who is a painter and a landscape architect. Lately I’ve been very inspired by conceptual artwork done for both movies and games. I’m a student at Denmark’s School of Design at the ”Digital Interaction” line. Here we learn about different kinds of interactive media, mostly focusing on the art of making computer games. On the side I work as a independent illustrator and teacher.


How long have you been using Wacom Pen/Tablets?


I started out back in the days using a Wacom Graphire classic A6, I think I was around 13 years at the time. At that time I did all of my drawings with pencil on paper, I scanned them and colored them using Photoshop. I was very inspired by comic book colorists and learned their techniques through different online forums. Some years later I finally got myself a Intuos 2 A4 tablet and started to do almost all of my work digitally from sketch to finished coloring.  Shortly after the Intuos 3 series was introduced I bought one of those and has been very satisfied with that.  During all this time I’ve been an avid user of online art forums through which I’ve gotten a lot of constructive criticism that has helped me grow as an artist.


About a year ago I started making small movies of how I work and uploaded them to YouTube and At those sites I’ve had more than 600.000 views and I’ve gotten a lot of positive response and questions about what tools I use. Drop by and if you’d like to see my art videos.


Through I recently won a contest  sponsored by Wacom, so now I’m the happy owner of a Cintiq 21” tablet. A great tool that I’ve been enjoying a lot. Through the use of Gesture recognition software I’ve been able to work completely without a keyboard in Photoshop and Corel Painter.


What type of Tablets do you use now?


I use my Cintiq 21” tablet at home and my Intuos 3 A4 when I’m at school or out teaching. I don’t dare taking my Cintiq with me, but I’ve considered getting the new Cintiq 12” for when I’m out teaching.


Tell us about your work?


I’ve been having my own company since 2003 through which I have worked for clients such as LEGO and ADOBE. I work mainly as an illustrator doing things such as book covers and illustrations for different commercials or websites. Other than that I do 3d animations and video compositing for movies. Through my website I’ve gotten into teaching Manga, the Japanese way of making comics, for kids age 9-16 at libraries and youth clubs. When I’m teaching I always bring my Intuos 3 with me. Paired with a laptop computer and a projector, it makes for the perfect tool when teaching the art of drawing. Since digital work is so much faster than traditional, I can show the children how to first make a sketch, clean it up and then color it using Painter and Photoshop.


Examples of my work can be seen at my website


What innovations in your work are due to the use of Wacom Pen/Tablets?


I think the distance between the creative idea and an actual painting or product has gotten shorter with the introduction of the digital medium and Wacom tablets. Since I’ve been working digitally almost ever since I started doing illustrations, it’s hard to compare my work before and after. But I generally work very fast with a tablet and Photoshop, and I’ve found it to be a very effective way of working with clients. I do a quick sketch, save it and email it. Get feedback, make changes and send again. All within a matter of minutes.


What applications do you use in your work flow and what functionality is driven by using a Pen/Tablet.


For illustrations I use mostly Adobe Photoshop and Corel Painter. I find that both programs has their own unique strengths. I usually start out in Painter and later in the process I move on to Photoshop for color correction and detailing. Without my Wacom tablets pressure sensitivity I wouldn’t be able to draw and paint as effectively or at all. I’ve purchased a Wacom Art Marker pen as well, I use the rotation sensitivity to mimic real markers when doing concept sketches.


Conclusion – If you could ask for any new features or future innovation with Wacom Pen/tablets what would that be.


A blue tooth Cintiq would be nice, maybe in format equal to A4. I would love to have one of those when doing life drawings. Or a Wacom Tablet pc aimed at digital artists. Or a tablet that could recognize different objects placed on screen and use those as brushes.. for example if you placed a real brush on the tablet it would great if it could be recognized as a new tool.




That’s about it I guess, I hope you can use it for the book J Your welcome to use any material from my youtube account or Sclipo.


I’ve uploaded some examples of my work for use in the book at