Im fairly sure a lot of you artists out there who work digitally are already using either Wacom Intuos or Bamboo drawing tablets. These things are nothing short of miraculous if you had previously been drawing with a mouse. Its such an incredible step to have the ability to draw strokes with levels of pressure giving you lines a variation of weight jut like when working practically.
Well now Ive saved and saved and patiently waited and waited for my newest acquisition be stocked at Wacom.com once more. I now own cintiq!!! Now if you dont know what a cintiq is its a drawing tablet from Wacom that has a monitor bult right into it! This allows you to draw directly on your image!!! No longer do you have the disconnect of drawing with you hand but watching it on your screen. Its a quantum leap I tell you. Its the closing thing to drawing practically one again and its so pleasurable to work this way once more that Ive barely gotten any sleep have pulled all nighters and into the afternoon because I dont want to stop drawing!
So some specifics, first a video to give those of you who have never seen one of these babies in action some idea of what it is and can do: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qz8f-3…
This is the model Ive opted for, the Cintiq 13HD. Its small, light, portable and the chords are pretty manageable. I draw with it in my lap and Ive rotated it ever conceivable angle with no problems whatsoever. The screen is well lit at almost every angle and the surface is pretty smooth so the pen nibs dont wear down. I recommend a glove when drawing with this to avoid smudges but I wouldnt bother wit the $20-$40 finger gloves made for these devices. I bought six gloves for $5 at Wal-Mart and cut off the thumb, index and middle fingers myself. There are a number of express keys and a virtual wheel of keys you can bring up on the tablet and customize to each program you are using so you can work without relying on your keyboard shortcuts. You can drag items from your computer to the tablet and back wich i such a boon. My current commission involves a picture of Gipsy Danger so I can look at reference picture of Gipsy while working on it at the same time without hve to flip back and forth from Photoshop to pictures on the web.
Now with all this awesomeness there are bound to be cons right....sure, but honestly for me they are so minimal that I can even really recall them as I write. The only real obstacle to getting and using one of these is price. Citiqs are EXPENSIVE!!!! They are only for the most dedicated artists or working professionals. The 13HD is the smallest and cheapest o the lot and it cost me $1000 (ok $999, whooo saved a dollar, thanks Wacom). Ive been wanting to get one for the past three years but had to keep choosing between getting it or a new computer, getting it or getting all my videography equipment and so on. But this year was my year and it was worth all the waiting and the money. The new tablets are all hi def so no loss of resolution from my Macs to my tablet. The 13HD is smaller, lighter and better than the previous portable model the 12wx. I look forward to hitting some cons this year and working on this and having my laptop facing out so folks can watch me work. Its an amazing device and I couldnt be happier with it.