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May 2011
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My first freehand, limited sketch on the Wacom. I used the pencil tool, so lines are all weight-constrained to 1-pt strokes, and the fills are just solid black fills, but it let me try it out with a very limited toolset. (I was playing with the brush settings too much, instead of drawing.) Next I try the same basic thing but with the calligraphic brush, so I can adjust line weight and the like. Hopefully while actually drawing this time, instead of just fiddling.

I really, really like the Wacom.

Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished

How much did this thing cost? I've been interested in one of these gizmos for years, but they also seem really expensive.

I got it for about $625 plus $15 shipping, and I spent another $70 to get the 6D Art Pen from Wacom Direct. I might buy the airbrush pen at some point, too, but I figured I didn't need that to start with.

The 12"x19" is the biggest one they make; the 6"x11" is a slightly more sane size if you want widescreen aspect ratio and is only about $310 from the same place. But I'll admit I really like the HUGE tablet myself.

Also for what it's worth, I have a cheapo one as well (one of the under-$100 ones) and while it works, the Wacom is completely in a different class. Seriously.

Following up ysabel's comment: Wacom tablets cost more because they are worth it. In my experience, and I think ysabel will back me up on this, the other tablets can be actively harmful - or at least extremely - discouraging to the beginner.

Oh, annoyingly, Wacom now has an entry-level set of tablets that don't recognise things like pen angle. They do recognise pressure (at lower resolution) and the "good" part is that they cost less. My recommendation would be AVOID AVOID AVOID. Just sayin'. It's not that the brand name is magic or something, it's the technology they put into their good tablets.

If you're talking about the Graphire, I'll speak up in its defense: it's a very good tablet for applications that don't *need* things like pen angle. It wouldn't be great for High Art, I agree. But for AutoCAD and the basic graphics I need to use as an archaeologist, it works fabulously.

I personally am very glad that they have this line of tablets available, because they have sufficient technology to do the job I need them for very well, but are also low-cost enough that I don't worry about what might happen when I take it into the Tunisian desert (there's no way I'd take an Intuos that I'd paid for out there, even if I had one).

Via, happy owner of a 6x9 graphire.

That's fine - but the context was specifically art drawing. I'm sure that it's fine for things like AutoCAD.

As one of the non-drawing public, I gotta say that looks really good, ysabel.

Thanks. I'm trying to teach myself to draw manga-style, and I finally found a book that breaks things down in a way that works for my brain. My on-paper sketches are getting better too, so then I decided I wanted to try one freehand on the pad, since it had such a nice feel to it.

I felt reasonably pleased about this result. Just need to keep practicing and keep going through the lessons in the book and see how far I can get.

from another non drawing person, i think it looks pretty good =)

Wow I lika

Looks great and can't wait to get the first issue! ;)

you really have to show me this technique; I've done all the old ways ;)

Looks really good.