View Full Version : Graphics Tablet Help - What to buy?
12-13-2012, 10:14 AM
I am looking to buy a graphics tablet for my boyfriend for Christmas and I need some help.
He does a lot of comic drawing using markers etc but wants to progress to a graphics tablet. He's never used one before (to my knowledge anyway) and I'm wondering if this makes a difference to the model I should get?
I have looked online at what is available and I'm completely out of my depth. I really don't know what to buy. I have about £300 to spend on one and I want to get the best possible product for my money. I have seen them for £40-£1400. Is £300 a realistic amount to spend on one or would it be better to wait and save some more? I don't want to spend that amount of money on something just because I have it available and find out that the product isn't really worth it.
Are there certain things that I should be avoiding?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
12-19-2012, 04:16 AM
i think most people would agree, that Wacom is the standard, so you should be looking at one of those.
now, i can say from experience.. that if he has never used a pen/tablet before, it is a hard transition to go from... seeing what you draw while you draw it, to watching it draw while not watching you draw.
it know that sounds.. odd. but think for a sec. the eye, hand coordination that a traditional artist is used to is completely broken when they make this transition.
it can be frustrating.
and... you get use to it. and better, but over time.
so, making a huge investment up front with this.. IMO, is not the best idea.
start with something simple.. like the bamboo tablet, and he/she can work their way up as time goes on.
that's the best advice i can give you.
12-19-2012, 04:22 AM
oh and btw, coming from a guy (edit)...
you could buy him a stick, and he'll be happy.
12-19-2012, 05:58 AM
As it sounds like you want some simple, straight forward help and not more info and confusion:
Wacom Intuous 5, or even the 4 if he doesn't care for touch (which many people don't) in medium size.
There simply isn't a better consumer brand than Wacom (practically a monopoly), and intuous is their premiere non-screen line.
12-19-2012, 01:53 PM
In the land of tablets more money=better tablet so spend what you are comfortable with. The more you spend the happier he will be but I am sure he will be ecstatic with an Intuos 5 med or Intuos 4 med as stated by Jaco.
I still use a 3 and was going to go for the 5 but have decided to save that money and go for the gusto, a Cintiq which run from 1,000 US - 4,000 US depending on model. A Cintiq would probably fill him with overwhelming joy but at the same time costs a whole lot but as you can see- an Intuos 5 med will net you a lil under a 1/2 of a cintiq so depending on your income there you have it.
If he's never used a tablet then the more expensive Cintiq IMO (just used my first the other day) will have a smaller learning curve because you're drawing directly on the screen like you would a paper; whereas, the intuos you are drawing on the tablet and looking at a monitor so there is that seperation- took me prob a month to get used to, some less and some ppl never do.
PS avoid bamboo- low end Wacom. And avoid other brands- WACOM has this market by the ca hones.
12-19-2012, 01:53 PM
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