New User wrote:I'm looking for a device that will interface with my computer and allow me to draw as if drawing with a pencil on paper. I'm not much of an artist, but I'd like to draw sometimes. So, I'm not looking for anything professional-grade or super expensive. I don't know much about the topic. Many years ago, I saw someone with a flat pad that looked like plastic. It had a stylus, that was probably electronic and battery-powered, and when he would drag the stylus across the pad, the drawing would show up on the screen. But this was so long ago that this technology might be obsolete. I have heard that some people nowadays use a touchscreen tablet or something to draw with a plain plastic stylus. It's my understanding that this can cause significant wear on the touch screen if used frequently. I don't own a tablet, and never have owned one, so I don't know much about them at all. I normally despise touchscreen interfaces, but I would use it if it's the best way to draw.
Is there anyone available who likes to draw casually or professionally who can offer me any recommendations? Is a tablet overkill if drawing is literally the only thing I would use it for?
Okay, there's a lot of technologies out there. Obviously, the best is the $2000 Cintiq QHD
but lets go with an overview of the technologies.
1. Simple Stylus -- Either Resistive (Nintendo 3DS) or Capacitive (Early Galaxy Note). These are... not very good and not suitable for serious drawing applications. At best, these simple designs inaccurately tells you the location of the stylus, and that's about it.
2. Active Digitizer -- Between $80 and $300, depending on the quality and size. Wacom sells these as the "Intuos" series
. The stylus has a radio inside of it, and many sensors running across the tablet are constantly triangulating the position in a precise manner. Futhermore, the tip of the stylus is pressure-sensitive, and often is designed to feel like "a real pencil".
3. Active Digitizer WITH a screen -- Surface Pro / iPad Pro synchronize a screen to the pen, and its honestly extremely impressive that this technology is available. So Surface Pro / iPad Pro are definitely recommendations if you also want a computer. But a serious art solution like the Cintiq 13 HD is far, far superior ($800 + more for attachments and extra pens).
* Tilt Detection -- iPad Pro and "Intuos Pro" have tilt detection, so that you can "paint" with calligraphy. If you are a serious pencil artist, being able to "switch widths" by simply tilting your hand is extremely natural. Tilt-detection is necessary
for proper synchronization with the screen and maximum accuracy.
* Physical Photoshop bindings -- For example, you can buy multiple pens with a Intuos and bind them to different Photoshop tools. One pen can be an eraser, another pen can be "smudge", and a 3rd can be paintbrush, and a 4th can be pencil. The Surface Pro's pen is double-sided, with the "eraser" typically being bound to the back-end of the Surface Pro's stylus.
If you're serious about this, the Intuos is the cheapest you should by.https://us-store.wacom.com/Catalog/Pen- ... hoto-s01#/
It won't have tilt-detection or a screen-synchronization, but it should be good enough to get serious drawings done. Intuos Pro is a bit more luxurious at $250 (but including tilt-detection and lots of buttons for photoshop bindings). I'd say Intuos Pro is the entry-level for the serious art student.
In any case, you'll want to also budget out Photoshop or whatever program you plan to use. Its not like Corel Painter or Photoshop are cheap. You can get pretty far with GIMP, and GIMP works with Intuos to some degree.
allow me to draw as if drawing with a pencil on paper
FYI: $50 will get you pretty damn far with Pencil and Paper. Any reason why you aren't going to just buy a good pad of High-quality Vellum
and a set of graphite pencils and/or a nice drafting pencil
When you're done with a pencil drawing, just scan it in with an office scanner.