(This entry was pre-written. My tablet has arrived but I still want to publish this entry)
Well, R.I.P my first tablet.
Right now I’m currently without a tablet, though it’s nothing to worry about because right now I’m working on 3D art and have a new tablet coming for me in the mail this week. I can’t wait because not only will I be able to draw concept art and character designs and be able to edit and move parts around without having to redraw the whole thing, but this new tablet will have more features.
My new tablet will be an Intuos 5 Medium. This tablet is a class up from Bamboo. Bamboo is intended to be the starter tablet for people getting into digital art who aren’t sure if they want to go serious with it. Intuos is for the average, serious digital artist and has more features such as tilt-sensitivity and more customizable shortcut buttons. Cintiq is for rich artists in the industry who have the privilege of spending more on their tablet then on their computer. Cintiq have the screen right on their tablet so it’s like digital paper.
I don’t think a Cintiq is for me. I have the money to get one but I don’t think its main selling point is for me. I prefer not have hands in my way when drawing and with regular tablets, the view up on the monitor is unobstructed because your hand is down on the tablet, though unfortunately, the looking-up-away-from-your-hands drawing style isn’t for everyone and has taken a lot of people long times to get used to, as opposed to me where I got used to it in one afternoon.
I started out with a Wacom Bamboo. I’m not sure what size it was, though I’m assuming it was a medium. It was great and sure kept in good condition, though after a while the connection became dodgy (perhaps after sliding off my bed onto the carpeted floor repeatedly because of my casual workspace+the streamlined design). WIth the Intuos, the connector cable is on the side of the tablet so that if it falls, it won’t fall on the connection. As an added bonus, I also ordered the wireless connector so that I can leave my tablet connected to my computer when I want to move it, after all it’s not a desktop but a laptop that I own.
This Intuos tablet comes with different types of tips and a tip remover. I’m looking forward to trying a new type of tip, the felt one in specific. I always liked felt-tipped markers and sometimes imitate the sound they make on a dry-erase board. I’m also looking forward to using a proper tip remover. Till now, my dad’s been removing my tips with his freggin teeth for crying out loud.
I’m also looking forward to having twice the amount of buttons as my old tablet. Bamboo had four, this one has eight. I can’t wait to take advantage of the multi-touch feature of the tablet which means you can use your fingers to rotate and zoom in on the canvas. The tablet also comes with a code to download free software like Photoshop Elements, Anime Studio, AutoCad Sketchbook and a trial for Corel Painter, as opposed to the totally free Corel Painter Essentials from the Bamboo bundle.
I feel kind of bad it had to break instead of me just getting a new tablet, but it had a great run. I got it right after Christmas in January 2008 and it broke this week in March 2012 so it lasted more than four years, though expected of a Wacom product, from what I’ve heard. Seems their products are made of Wacomium, like how Nintendo made many of their products out of Nintendium (which became a meme where people told tall tales of getting in accidents where one would expect the game hardware be damaged but instead it’s the opposite, such as a dent in the floor). They must use Wacomium in the pens too because I dropped my Bamboo pen in a lake and it still worked (after sucking the water out of it and replacing the tip).
I’m gonna keep my Bamboo around though, just in case we can fix it and give it to someone who wants to try a tablet without buying one.