Thursday, August 22, 2013

Digital Sketchbook

I am looking to try and get a digital sketchbook.

I have narrowed it down to two options.  I am looking to see if any of my fellow artists can give me some feedback and their opinion on what I might get.  I know that Wacom came out with the Cintiq Companion this week, but for various reasons it is not the tablet that I am looking for.

Option 1: Microsoft Surface Pro - This one is the closest competitor to the Cintiq Companion.  It would run a full version of Windows and allow me to put Photoshop on as well.  I would probably need to get a better stylus, but Wacom make one that would do the trick called the Bamboo Stylus Feel.  I would also have access to the Touch Case keyboard.

Option 2: Apple iPad - This would give me access to quite a few more apps than the Surface Pro as well as allow me to access the internet through a cell connection as I do go often into areas that do not have reliable or any WiFi signals and I have to rely on the cell network.  The downside would be the styli that I can use.  I have researched and there are only two that would give me what I am looking for.  Wacom's Intos Creative Stylus, it has pressure sensitivity but the tip that I would use to draw is quite large, almost as if it were a marker.  I do not know how well something like that would be to draw with.  The Adonit Jot Touch 4 is another contender.  It has a better tip to draw with, but I have never used it.

So there you have it.  These are two options that I have and I would like your input.


howeverwhat said...

both solutions do not sound very reasonable.

using a pad as a tablet sounds nice but is a huge waste of money, there is really no upside to this because you will never be able to do the detail work you could do with a regular tablet.

you should get yourself an inkling for travel and sketching so you´ll have both, a physical and a digital sketchbook without the restrictions of software and or smaller resolution.

in addition you get yourself a Yiynova MSP19U witch is a far superior tabletmonitor and ideal for detailwork on a home desktop.

Aneros said...

Howeverwhat - Thanks for the information. I'll certainly take it into consideration.

I don't think that I would be doing too much detail work on the tablet. I am looking to be able to have the ability with colors, layers and "undo" among other items that I can only do digitally. I think that the Inkling is an innovative device, but not what I am looking for. When I travel I don't really have the ability to pull out a laptop and graphics tablet to draw. I would like something that I can have in a bag and pull out whenever I am away from a computer. I would use my Intuos3 at home to do finished products.

Thanks again for the advice.