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Mouse vs. Stylus

The SketchCop® weighs in on your best option for creating digital faces.

Choose your weapon and let’s get creative! So, which will it be? The mouse or a pen stylus?

In this course, Michael W. Streed – The SketchCop® weighs in on which tool affords the best success for artists who want to make their move from pencil to pixels as they make the dive into digital.

Most of us have spent a better part of our lives using some sort of writing instrument. Once computers hit the scene, we replaced our cherished writing instrument with a mouse. Although the mouse was a valuable navigation tool, it was least effective as a drawing tool.

Today we have pen tablets and graphic displays with pen styluses that look and act like their analog counterparts. Paired with drawing and painting software they become a powerful tool that has elevated the work of many artists, including me!

For those training to become forensic artists who need a precise digital drawing tool, the pen stylus is essential. The question is – how do you choose an affordable and reliable solution?

Those who enroll in this mini-course will learn:

*How to replace their mouse and draw more naturally

*How to find and adapt a new and effective drawing tool

*How to level up and improve their art

*How to choose the right tool for them

Those attending Mouse vs. Stylus will view a series of presentations that demonstrate the value of using a pen stylus and tablet as their preferred drawing tool.

As an introductory drawing course, instruction will include, but is not limited to:

*Brief History of the Mouse

*Mouse Anatomy

*Introduction to the Pen Stylus

*Pen Stylus Options

* My Personal Journey from Analog Art to Digital Art

* Pen Stylus Purchase Options


Your Instructor


Michael W. Streed
Michael W. Streed

(Ret.) Police Sergeant Michael W. Streed is an internationally-recognized forensic facial imaging expert based in Southern California. For 39 years, Michael has blended his rich law enforcement experience and artistic skills to provide forensic facial imaging services to some of the largest, most diverse, police agencies in the United States, including the Los Angeles and Baltimore City Police Departments. As Baltimore Police Department’ s first ever, full-time, Forensic Artist, Michael was tasked with establishing the Forensic Services Division’ s Forensic Facial Imaging Unit. He built the unit from the ‘ground up’ while managing one of the busiest forensic art caseloads in the country. Michael’s efforts were rewarded when his Forensic Facial Imaging Unit was the first-of-its-kind to receive ISO 17020 accreditation.

Michael’ s long and distinguished career as a forensic artist paralleled his law enforcement career. The experience he gained investigating violent crimes, sexual assaults and juvenile crime helped him develop highly-specialized interview skills which Michael adapted for his role as a police sketch artist. His unique perspective on eyewitnesses, coupled with strong communication skills, has made Michael one of Southern California’ s most sought after police sketch artists. Those same skills helped him develop successful police sketches in many high-profile cases such as: The Samantha Runnion murder, the Anthony Martinez murder, the Baton Rouge serial killer, and Orange County’ s (CA) Fortune Teller murder. Now, Michael is ready to pass along his knowledge to the next generation of forensic artists through his SketchCop® Online Academy.


Course Curriculum


  Welcome to the Course
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  The Mouse
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  Infograph (HOLDING SPOT)
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  Anatomy of The Mouse
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  Pen Tablets
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  Types of Tablets
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  Course Conclusion
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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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