Hey everyone, & welcome to Blog By Gaius. My name is Gaius Cruz, & my first name is pronounced Guy-Is. I’m an artist/illustrator from Brooklyn New York.
Art has been a passion of mine ever since I was 4 years old. I loved art so much I worked really hard in middle school to get accepted to Fiorello H. LaGuardia High school of Music & Art.
Highschool Was Awesome
When I got in it was awesome there was 50/50 split between art & academic classes
I was so into painting I would literally ask for permission to paint on my lunch period. At school, we had these massive rooms to paint in. I would paint these huge paintings on 7′ by 5′ canvases.
College wasn’t awesome.
When I graduated, I ended up going to college as a chemistry major, at the time I was told there’s not a career in art, so I stuck with something that felt more promised. I didn’t study art, but I didn’t take a break from it either, even though it was difficult. I barely had space in my tiny room to draw, so painting was not an option. My GF was working as a designer for J Crew at the time. At her job, they use occasionally used drawing tablets. She was going through my portfolio at the time & telling me “you should get a tablet.” she thought I would be really good at digital art.
I took her advice & Started researching drawing tablets.
So I took her advice & quickly noticed there’s a lot of sites that review drawing tablet products.
So I read as many as I could, I really wanted to make sure I spent my money well. I went through the research phase. I noticed something interesting about these reviews.
very few of the people reviewing these tablets were an artist.
& Even fewer were established artist with deeply developed styles. There were rarely even pictures of the people reviewing them. I was basically just reading stats posted by faceless corporations. & there’s nothing wrong with that, but I wasn’t seeking stats, I was seeking information from an artist I respect that has a style & experience I admire. Someone I know uses drawing tablets at least weekly. I couldn’t find that so I deferred to my GF because she uses them often in her industry. & she told me the brand standard was Wacom. I called them up, spoke about my needs and they helped me find a tablet that was perfect for me.
Fast forward to 2018 December 2nd,
I’m making a modest living off commission & illustration work when a client of mine reaches out & tells me her son really admires my Instagram. She said he’s really getting into art & she’s been looking for a good drawing tablet to buy him for Christmas. Her only problem was paralysis by analysis. There were so many products she didn’t know what to buy or where to go to find out. She basically hit the same wall I did.
It hit me, why don’t I create a blog where people like the 18-year-old version of me & my client can get quality reviews from someone they trust. Where aspiring & seasoned artist can learn new techniques & maybe even get some inspiration. & That’s why I started Blog By GAIUS.
Why I started this blog
I realized at the end of 2018(last year) I had become the authority figure I once desperately sought. I won’t claim to know everything, but I am an artist with a lot of experience with tablets who loves making art with them. So I thought it would be fun to have a place where I could create fun informative & inspirational content.
The Goal of My Blog
My overall goal here is to give in-depth reviews of drawing tablets that provide deeper insight into why a product might be right for you. I want this blog to be a place artist can come to & see firsthand what I made with the products I’m reviewing.
Eventually, I want to branch out
Me Painting a Mural at River Coyote in LES
That’s right eventually I want this blog to be more about drawing tablets. I have a lot of experience using traditional mediums as well, & I know I have a lot of great insight & content to share on all sorts of art supplies. BUT everything in time, I want to focus on drawing tablets for now & when the time is right if my audience wants it I’ll tack on some great traditional art supplies reviews & content.
So have a look around, if you ever have anything you wanna share or say in context to digital art & drawing tablets I would love to hear it.
All the best,