At 10/20/10 10:58 PM, MercatorMap wrote:
I'm getting a tablet next month. How much should I drop for a decent one? Any namebrands that are better than others? What should I look for in a tablet capability wise?
I'd seriously look at getting a Wacom tablet.
If it's at all possible; try some out, either at an electronics store or use one that belongs to your school/place of employment/friend. You really can't get a feel for what you're getting into until you actually have some hands-on time with a tablet.
Bigger isn't necessarily better, size is really a personal preference; some prefer to work small and others like to sweep their whole arm around on a large plane, whatever floats your boat.
Pressure sensitivity is, for most people, a must, there is also tilt control which can be useful. Unless you really need touch sensitivity or lots of extra buttons, I'd put those things in the back of the line as far as extra features go, they can be nice, but are not that important, imo.
Money is not an issue. But I would like suggestions from low rate, mid rate, and expensive rate please.
Wacom has several lines of tablets out there, basically a low mid and high end, you can get a pretty good idea as to what is what by checking out their site
I am a tad bit anxious though about how it would work transitioning from seeing my pencil draw the lines, to see it appear on a screen.
Getting adjusted to the idea of your lines appearing on the monitor is probably the easiest part of the transition, imo. You just have to focus your attention on the screen and draw normally on the tablet (in your lap or on your desk). The part that hung me up was the texture of the tablet as opposed to paper and required pressure when making strokes, but it doesn't take long to get the hang of it and develop your own techniques.
If you're hesitating about taking the plunge, my advice would be to work more with a sketch pad first, the skills are more-or-less translatable and a sketchpad and some 2B's would cost you a lot less than a tablet. Still if you're serious about getting the hang of digital art then there's no reason not to take the plunge.
I have recently acquired PS CS5. Might need some help with that in the future, as I have no experience with electronic media producing.
Photoshop is a great program for doing art, I would say that it's (for me at least) more like painting than it is like drawing on paper. There are lots of tutorials online for all kinds of things in Photoshop.
Best of luck! =]