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Offline Ishmael

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« on: November 19, 2005, 04:46:37 pm »
I was just wondering if any of you had any suggestions as to which graphics tablet I should get and what experiences you've had with yours (if you have one).  I'm on a fairly limited budget (no more than 100) so if anyone could recommend one that's good for a beginner (like myself) and is good value for money.  My Photoshop skills are ok-ish but I really want to develop them a lot more as well as experimenting with my own sketching and colouring.

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« Reply #1 on: November 19, 2005, 04:53:44 pm »
I've heard Wacom is the way to go. I believe their base model Graphire is only $100 US. I'm hoping to get one for Christmas.

Previously I had an Aiptek refurbished model. It was alright, but it started doing strange things after about 6 months.

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« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2005, 04:56:56 pm »
I use a Wacom Graphire 3 when I do digital ink. I love it, and have had no issues with it at all.

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« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2005, 06:58:05 pm »
I have the Wacom Graphire as well and it works great for me.

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« Reply #4 on: November 20, 2005, 09:09:53 pm »
Quote (kaisilverfire @ Nov. 19 2005, 4:53 pm)
I've heard Wacom is the way to go. I believe their base model Graphire is only $100 US. I'm hoping to get one for Christmas.

Of course, those are only 4"5" (A6), even smaller than the average mousepad.  I would recommend something at least 6"8" (A5) for most people.  But yeah, Wacoms are the best simply because they're incredibly reliable and have wireless, no-battery pens.

But, if you're looking for something cheaper, I would have to say the Nisis brand is the way to go.  I've never used one myself (heck, I've never used any tablets), but my favorite artist in the whole world had one for four years and has produced some awesome stuff with it.  Seriously, she's enough of a recommendation afaic.
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« Reply #5 on: November 20, 2005, 10:42:03 pm »
I got a Wacom Intuos 3 early this summer. For the most part it behaved, but it recently died... I think it's a problem with the driver, or a manufacturing issue, as it had displayed a few minor glitches previously. Don't take it from me though, Wacom is a reliable brand. I just seem to run into defective things a lot. (Takes one to know one, eh? '<img'>)
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« Reply #6 on: November 21, 2005, 02:39:52 am »
Yes, I'm in love with my 6x8 intuos 3 (Wacom) tablet.
But I dropped like over $500 (canadian) on it.

Remember, it won't help you draw better, only eaiser.  I had  been colouring with a mouse for at least 2 years before I got the wacom.  If I were to give advice on the matter, go find lots of net tutorials on colouring and do those while saving for a better tablet.  You really do get what you pay for, and it would suck if you got a cheaper modle only to want a better one later.    Good luck!
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« Reply #7 on: November 21, 2005, 05:43:02 am »
Thanks to all of you for your advice - hugely appreciated! '<img'>
I'm going to do some looking for online colouring tutorials and have also decided to go with the Wacom Graphire 4 - I know it's only A6 but I have limited desktop space and budget and so it seemed like a good compromise.  It cost me 73 from an online store which I think is pretty good - should arrive on Wednesday.

Anyway, thanks again and hopefully I will post some of the results here at some point in the near future.  '<img'>
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« Reply #8 on: November 22, 2005, 08:42:08 pm »
I have used tablets since the late 80's.  After all that
time I have found a small tablet does everything I need to
do. I use a 4x5 wacom tablet $100 model..


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« Reply #9 on: November 23, 2005, 07:17:16 am »
Thanks Old Rabbit - the one I have (it arrived yesterday) is 4x5 and I think it will suit my needs just fine - the restrictions in my arm movement due to my disability mean that I'm much better at small movements/strokes than larger ones - I prefer to re-orientate the sketch book to do something and expect it will be the same with the tablet.  If I could produce artwork that's even a fraction of the quality of yours I'd be happy. '<img'>

Thanks again to all of you for all of your great advice. '<img'>
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« Reply #10 on: November 23, 2005, 09:18:45 am »
For those on a tight budget Aldies Grocery Stores has Medion graphic tablets (large) for $39.  Kada has one and uses it from time to time.

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