Back from beyond! Just yesterday I convinced myself not to plop down $1900 on a Cintiq but rather $199 for a Wacom Bamboo Create and I am very glad that I did. It’s a sexy, sexy tool…The large size of the usable area is indispensable, and it looks like my years of using the little Graphite tablet paid off, because I was able to jump into this one rather intuitively, and my style more or less jumped from paper to screen. All in all, I really didn’t need to the Cintiq after all!
Of course, I still need work: there’s a lot of things I need to fix and improve in my style, and those things still show going all-digital (I didn’t necessarily want it not to). Plus, I’ve been playing around with some of my programs and haven’t found one perfect program to use. The included Painter 4 Essentials gives awesome, beautiful lines but the tools are very limited. I’m not quite as pleased with the brush control on my Photoshop CS2, but I am the most familiar with it and am in need of many of its tools. The newer version of Photoshop Elements provided with is somewhere in the middle (though performance was lagging). I hope it is a matter of configuring my tools right. I’ve also been looking into Manga Studio, but that’s another big chunk of change.
All of this rigmarole to choose how I’m going to draw for my next comic. What I gain from doing it digitally is quickness, near infinite “paper-space” and near infinite “ink”. And this sounds kind of silly, but adding white onto black so easily is one of the biggest gains I get to achieving the style I want, and the new tablet helps my ideas translate a lot more easily.
That said, I still don’t want to lose touch of traditional media, so I will continue to practice and create of sketchbooks using pens and copics and nibs and all that fun stuff.
Here’s a character from my new comic series which I, fingers crossed, hope to launch this year. I’ll try to post more. Otherwise, I wonder what you guys have to say about tablets and digital inking and programs…thoughts, tips or advice?