Post Reply What is the best drawing tablet you would recommend?
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17 / F / Denmark
Posted 8/29/13
I've been looking into getting a tablet so I can work with my art on the computer instead of on paper, the only problem is, I have no idea what to look for in a tablet and I'm HORRIBLE at researching things. SO I was wondering what drawing tablets do you use? what do you recommend? and whats currently the best of the best?
Posted 8/30/13
I am not an artist by any means, but... I do remember a post from Penny-Arcade that might you might be interested in.
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Posted 8/31/13
This is all based on what you want in a tablet. Do you want portability? Monitor vs tablet? Wireless? Professional vs amateur? One thing I can answer for you is the best of the best. If you're striving to be a professional digital artist, than I recommend going Wacom. Either Intuos or Cintiq.
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24 / F / Alberta, Canada
Posted 9/2/13
I recommend Wacom hands down brandwise to begin with. They've served me well for about ten years now and I've moved between bamboos and now use an Intuos 5.

If you're just starting, I'd recommend a bamboo to get a feel for working with a tablet without having to dish big dollars (they range between $50 - $150 depending on size. At least in my town in Canada they did).

Once you get familar and decide to move forward with it, I'd then recommend an Intuos. I noticed a huge difference and you definitely get what you pay for in a tablet.

My next big jump will be to a Cintiq, especially with the new Android/Wacom Cintiq hybrids coming out.
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28 / F / Idol Store
Posted 9/3/13 , edited 9/6/13
As many of the other people have suggested, Wacom is a fairly well known company in the tablet world for artists. It's like the go-to brand for quality products for both amateur and professionals alike. There is a wide spectrum of products available but I'll try to be as thorough as a I can because I have been looking at my own options over the past couple of years.

If you're starting out, it's best not to jump the gate with something super expensive like ShiningCat suggested. The Bamboo line is sufficient enough if you want to get a feel for how a tablet works with your computer. It is a detached tablet, meaning that there's no monitor that you can directly draw on. There's honestly a really large learning curve when you start off like that and may deter you at first because you're not getting the same results as you would on paper.

But try not to get discouraged.

The disconnect between looking at the screen and drawing on the tablet itself is somewhat jarring, I'll admit. The lines you place and draw aren't going in the direction you want it to go and it becomes a jumbled mess--all very frustrating indeed. Over time, when you get used to it, you may want to move up to a larger size/more pressure sensitive tablet like an Intuos (still a detached tablet).

Cintiqs are a different beast altogether. They are geared towards professional artists or serious hobbyists in which the cost of them certainly reflect that. They are monitor tablets in which you can draw directly on the screen as you would with pencil and paper and can potentially ruin your sense of drawing on a Bamboo and Intuos. There are different models, but all cost an upwards to a range of $1,000 to $3,000 dollars. The newer Cintiqs that ShiningCat mentioned are actually Tablet PCs, which include the Windows 8 operating system, etc. So for those you are getting an actual laptop/tablet PC verses the older models that actual like external monitors attached to your desktop computer, making it immobile. (Also, I wanted to make a note that while the Android hybrid Cintiq is appealing, you won't be able to install any windows art programs on it like Photoshop...)

Aside from the Wacom brand, there are some other tablet companies which I'm vaguely familiar. I would heavily consider opting into a tablet PC if you want the functionality of a laptop as well which is what I use to draw with. You may want to research into tablet PCs such as the Surface or even the new Wacoms if that's something you're interested in.

EDIT (9-6-13)
After further looking into it, Microsoft's Surface Pro and the upcoming Surface Pro 2 may indeed be a perfectly viable option as an artist tablet and a fully functional computer to boot. There's been a flurry of activity these past couple of days about the new Pro 2, which might hold the answer to those who can't spend close to $1.5 to $2 grand on a wacom PC tablet. If the price continues to hold the way a lot of people think they will considering the older model... we may be looking at a price tag of $700-900. I'm personally going to be checking this out more and pony up to buy a Pro 2 if it hits around October of this year...
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26 / M / otherland
Posted 9/21/13
Wacom for sure
any of them, dosent really matter the one you pic it wont change your drawing quality XD

I gotta bamboo, intuos 5, and a cintiq, and I must say its more about what you fell comfortable than the looks of it, the cintiq is the most expensive but your hand always stay in front of your drawings, the bamboo is the cheapest one, and I some times use it for 2 months straight even having more expensive tablets. so it does not matter the one you pick,

cintiqs are not for professionals or for serious hobbyists, I know many professionals (actually most of them) that use intuos 3 (a old intuos), and Im talking about guys from lucas film, and blizzard so like I said its more about what you like.

but I recommend you to get a medium size, its not like a mouse and the size is more about how far you wanna move your hand just to click something, for me the large size is annoying in that matter, even with 2 monitors still I prefer the medium.

and now they have the intuos pen I dont know that one, but if has pressure sensitivity Im sure is good (and wont matter the level of pressure you wont fell the difference)

good luck, and have fun
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