ngsilver wrote:Honestly, I think it's really up to your preference and how much your willing to spend and your ability to draw without looking where your hands are. Ruu has an Wacom that I just can't wrap my head around, she has 2 monitors and it spreads it's work area across both, which really makes it difficult for me to envision what I'm doing space wise between the monitor and the control surface. Don't know if other tablets have this issue or not.
For me, if I were to get one it'd be the one that also doubles as a monitor (cintiq I think) that way I can actually look at the screen I'm controlling and see what I'm doing directly. I have a hard time drawing without looking at my hands. It's part of my lysdexia, I have to concentrate on my hands otherwise they go crazy and don't do what I want (like draw straight lines.)
Kionon wrote:In Japan most artists I know use Bamboo tablets.
Otohiko wrote:Yup, what others have said.
I have a Bamboo, and while I'd wholeheartedly recommend it if you're just trying to learn how to use a tablet and do some basic line drawing/colouring, I wouldn't recommend it if you're planning to get "serious" and use it regularly. You'll quickly find that you need something both bigger and more pressure-sensitive, especially if you're planning to do any sort of digital painting. I was on the cusp of a "serious" project, and even with my limited experience was already running up against my Bamboo's limitations. Good learning tablet and casual-use tablet, not so much for more thorough work. So, long story short, if you're gonna be serious, get an Intuos.
SQ wrote:I'm not a huge artist, I do it as a hobby and I've used a couple different tablets over my time. By and far, Wacom is definitely the best, excelling in pretty much every category there is. But with that, comes a hefty pricetag. I've drawn on an intuous3 and if I could afford that tablet, I would've bought it.
What it comes down to though is your personal preferences and the style of your art. Do you plan to do digital art professionally to make money? Is it a hobby? How often do you plan to use this tablet?
How do you work? Can you draw in a small, confined space, or do you need a lot of room? These two questions specifically will be difficult to figure out if you've never used a tablet or drawn on the computer before.
When you draw, do you draw mostly straight lines, or is a lot of your detail done through varying the pressure of majority curved lines? This is an important question, because "tilt pressure" is something that is not available on lower-end tablets.
For me, I cannot work in a small space, hand down. I have tried. In order to buy a wacom I'd have to get something very tiny, such as a Bamboo. And I just can't get anything done on it. I ended up buying a tablet that 6x9, "Genius". It is definitely a low budget tab;et, but it does what I need it to do at the skill level I am at within the price range I needed it to be in.
The best advice I can give you is to see if you have some friends who own tablets, who you can borrow from and draw on them for a bit. This is what I did. You also need to think about how much money is going to influence your decision. I should've got something with tilt pressure, but since I don't use my tablet that often, I couldn't justify the price.
Good luck with your purchase.
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