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The new 13HD
Cintiq 13HD This a the new model just came out, haven’t had a chance to try it out… The old one was already very good. They improved resolution, color fidelity and apparently the distance between the pen and the actual “drawing” as been reduced. This is a small annoyance for me on my tablet, the tip of the pen does not touch exactly where you draw because of that distance.
I strongly recommend getting a glove to avoid smudging your whole screen.
Wacom Intuos Pro Paper Edition, Medium, Black (PTH660P) A much more reasonable option, but still used by many professionals. Medium is a good size. It’s a very good product but does require some adaptation. It’s certainly not as intuitive as a screen tablet. For me it was good for painting but I could not make use of it for inking.
Wacom Intuos Draw CTL490DW: For beginner, I suggest something like this. My first tablet was not even as good as that. Perhaps consider buying used. These are very durable products.
As well as posting my comics on this blog, I’ll post some of the research I do. Here’s a fun little exercise for my daughter’s fifth birthday. Tried different colour treatments. Enjoy! All done on photoshop with my trusty Cintiq 22HD.
First (Flat colours)
With some simple line colouring. My inks are always on a separate transparent layer. Working digitally really simplifies that process. To color the lines, you can simply put a color overlay on top. I don’t really like pure black in my drawings.
Second (line art)
Kinda pop-art-y. I started from the painted version (fourth drawing) and transformed the colours into grayscale. I then applied the halftone filter and went back to RGB to paint over the halftone using lighter colour layer effect. Pretty funky.
My painted method has been the same for a while. I basically keep the brush opacity to 60% and sample to get middle tones.
If you have any questions, please feel free to ask!