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« on: August 27, 2004, 03:54:18 am »
I am interested in getting a tablet, and using one of those to learn to draw, because the ability to use layers would make sketching so much easier for me than simple pencil and paper.

Is the Aiptek HyperPen 6000U a good choice for under $70 or can I do better?

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« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2004, 12:19:03 pm »
seriusly I prefer to tell you to save more money and buy the biggest you can afford.
specially the proffesional versions of the aiptek
later you will seriusly cry because you cant get a decent detail with the smaller versions. but its up to you ^-^
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« Reply #2 on: August 27, 2004, 01:46:05 pm »
Well, I just want to jump right in ASAP. If I saved to buy a really good one, I would be waiting many months. I can worry about that some other time, don't think I'm going to be worrying much about detail as a complete beginner.

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« Reply #3 on: August 27, 2004, 09:48:35 pm »
Quote (somberfox @ Aug. 27 2004, 12:46 pm)
Well, I just want to jump right in ASAP. If I saved to buy a really good one, I would be waiting many months. I can worry about that some other time, don't think I'm going to be worrying much about detail as a complete beginner.

well then buy any aiptek or smaller wacom you want
if you for smallers and you have money, go for the wacoms.
they're expensive but more reliable than the rest.
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« Reply #4 on: August 28, 2004, 06:08:55 pm »
Well, thanks.
I'll try and get one better than the one I mentioned.





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« Reply #5 on: August 31, 2004, 06:33:40 pm »
Hmm... learning to draw? I would still say pencil and paper, even if it doesn't have layers. I've always found it MUCH easier to draw with pencil, than tablets... and apparently I'm not the only one to find that.

But... as for tablets, I don't really know. People say wacom ones are good... but I think they cost quite a lot o.o

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« Reply #6 on: August 31, 2004, 07:28:55 pm »
Quote (Zarathus @ Aug. 31 2004, 5:33 pm)
Hmm... learning to draw? I would still say pencil and paper, even if it doesn't have layers. I've always found it MUCH easier to draw with pencil, than tablets... and apparently I'm not the only one to find that.

But... as for tablets, I don't really know. People say wacom ones are good... but I think they cost quite a lot o.o

ditto in your first statement.
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« Reply #7 on: September 01, 2004, 05:42:41 am »
Quote (Zarathus @ Aug. 31 2004, 5:33 pm)
Hmm... learning to draw? I would still say pencil and paper, even if it doesn't have layers. I've always found it MUCH easier to draw with pencil, than tablets... and apparently I'm not the only one to find that.

But... as for tablets, I don't really know. People say wacom ones are good... but I think they cost quite a lot o.o

I know many people would probably recommend p&p over this method, but I already thought hard about that in advance of this thread.

Yeah, I know about Wacom. That is way out of my price range.

Anyway, I made my decision and ordered a 8" by 6" based on lots of searching through reviews and information on various art/anime boards.

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« Reply #8 on: September 02, 2004, 02:12:33 pm »
I have the 12000U, and I love it. Works great. Got it as a gift from an uncle of mine, actually.


But I would suggest you do not pick up a tablet for learning to draw. I do a lot of digital work nowadays, but pencil and paper is still the basis for everything I create - understanding the mechanics of a line drawn on a blank page by your own hand is essential to making further advances into related mediums.

In other words, dont get the tablet. Go buy a $5 sketchbook and pencil, and just draw something instead.

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« Reply #9 on: September 02, 2004, 03:23:37 pm »
I prefer wacom... but that's just me.
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« Reply #10 on: September 03, 2004, 11:46:54 am »
I'd recommend Wacom as well. If you really need a cheap one, they've released the wacom volito recently. I'm using it at the moment, and I've had no problems at all (althoug it's quite a small surface area, you get used to it) It doesn't have as many customization options the others do (pressure variation is set points rather than a gradient you choose a point on) but it works pretty well.

Also it has the patented wacom pen, which saves money and is easier to handle than most other tablet pens since it doesn't need a battery (seriously, this'll save you quite a bit in the long term. I had a different one for about a year and the money I spent on batteries was the same as I spent on the tablet itself)

In the end, it *is* better to buy the more expensive ones, but it you really need cheap I'd recomment the Volito if you can find it '<img'>

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« Reply #11 on: September 29, 2004, 08:03:48 am »
Hmh, I have a Wacom Graphire2, if I remember right. I've been thinking buying a new one, but those new wacoms (they look amazing) cost a lot of $$$. Mine's good though, and one option could be that you'd look for those a bit older models (I mean, not anything antique, but maybe you know what I mean.)

If you're still learning how-to-draw, I have to agree, tablets aren't good for that, working on them is still a bit different than in real media. And if you just think that sketching would be easier- you can always use an eraser!
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« Reply #12 on: December 04, 2004, 10:03:38 pm »
I have resurrected this because I am considering bying a wacom myself, in fact I requested money for my birthday to fund such a purchase  '<img'> The main reason I want it is to make drawing and painting easier in photoshop, and it would be easier to create more unique, dynamic textures by hand with the aid of a pen in photoshop. I'm not sure if I should get on that is 3x5 or bigger, I have eyed a wacom, but I don't know what features I should be looking for. I figured if I got a small display area I could always draw with a higher DPI setting and then convert it to 72 DPI and work in small patches adding craploads of detail one section at a time.

http://www.newegg.com/app....&depa=0

I've posted a link to Newegg which has one model I am eyeing. They have $155 one but the price makes this one more appealing as it's my first wacom and I'm not sure what to expect. Are pens customizable so that they can be used in conjunction with a keyboard to do various tasks? (Example, tapping the pen in the screen while holding P will paint a color in the entire area).

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« Reply #13 on: December 11, 2004, 05:27:44 pm »
umm...heh heh...i've only ever used paper and whatever...I think I have the general idea, but...whats a tablet?
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« Reply #14 on: December 11, 2004, 06:07:20 pm »
I use a refurbished Aiptek tablet and it works wonderfully. Doesn't have the pressure depth that most Wacoms have, but being on a student's budget, I couldn't afford a really expensive one.

@Jaywolf - a tablet is basically a pad with a pen that allows you to draw and color directly on the computer. I've found it helpful because my imaging program has it where you can do layers and some neat effects with the layers. Also much easier to erase without marks...

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« Reply #15 on: September 28, 2005, 08:15:23 am »
I also like the pencil paper approach for sketching out a pic, almost any tablet I think is good for shading/coloring/detailing once it gets scanned on the computer. But the type of software you use is also very important. Good luck.
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