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Graphics Tablets
« on: August 09, 2015, 11:50:30 AM »
Thought the Tech board may be more relevant than the Art board for this one.
So, does anyone use one out there and if so could you let me know your thoughts please?
I am thinking about getting one really to practice and develop my ideas for comic storylines. I am a total noob on this front but value the input of my Cab peers on such matters.

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Re: Graphics Tablets
« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2015, 11:54:35 AM »
This topic maybe a good starter: http://www.cookdandbombd.co.uk/forums/index.php/topic,47518.0.html

All I can say is, don't cheap out on it. I bought a cheap one once and it was completely useless. Inaccurate and fell apart quickly.

Re: Graphics Tablets
« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2015, 11:57:48 AM »
Ah, many thanks Consignia, I will check that out. I must have missed that one.

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Re: Graphics Tablets
« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2015, 12:01:23 PM »
I only remembered it since I posted in it. It's better to have new topic anyway, but I thought it might a useful thread to read.

Re: Graphics Tablets
« Reply #4 on: August 09, 2015, 12:20:16 PM »
I'm still using my Wacom Bamboo for photo touchup and art stuff. Took a bit of getting used to at the start but works well with photoshop and Lightroom.

I guess it depends on your buget and the size of workspace you need. I'd love to have one of the larger tablets but can't justify the cost.

Check out the Wacom range here http://www.wacom.com/en-gb/products/pen-tablets#Explore

Re: Graphics Tablets
« Reply #5 on: August 09, 2015, 03:50:27 PM »
All I can say is, don't cheap out on it. I bought a cheap one once and it was completely useless. Inaccurate and fell apart quickly.
I would say the opposite. I've owned a Wacom in the past and it was no better (and much smaller) than the cheap one I currently have. This was over a decade ago, however. The current crop of Wacoms may be more fairly priced.

Re: Graphics Tablets
« Reply #6 on: August 09, 2015, 04:26:07 PM »
The current crop of Wacoms may be more fairly priced.

My Bamboo was £50 which is pretty cheap I guess. There was a guy on Tumblr that reviewed various tablets both cheap and pricey. I'll see if I can find the link.

edit. Found it. http://frenden.com/tagged/review

Re: Graphics Tablets
« Reply #7 on: August 09, 2015, 05:38:48 PM »
What about apps for an ipad etc? I have been told about Astropad, any good?

Re: Graphics Tablets
« Reply #8 on: August 09, 2015, 05:47:42 PM »
The problem I've always found with tablets, of whatever kind, is that they just don't feel the same as drawing on paper. There's not enough traction between the pen and the surface. I've tried laying a sheet of paper on top of the tablet, but that doesn't feel quite right either.

Re: Graphics Tablets
« Reply #9 on: August 09, 2015, 08:48:39 PM »
Back when I did a lot more artwork I used a variety of these from a nice fancy large-form Intuos that cost about $500 to a cheap A5 Bamboo. Higher end models tend to have better touch/tilt sensitivity but even the basic models will be more than enough for sketching and drawing work. I ended up using the bamboo more than anything as I mostly used it for inking and the smaller size made it super convenient to carry around and use anywhere.

Don't be tempted to go too big, I went that way at first and it was a mistake, at least for the way I worked. Last I looked Wacom had eliminated the Bamboo range and rebadged everything as Intuos, so I'd probably just go for one of the smaller, cheaper ones in that range.

I've tried other no-brand tablets that were abominably poor, but I may have just had some rotten luck there. If you want to go that way, just make sure to check the reviews and know what you're getting, as quality seems to vary wildly.