(Sorry if you've received this ask like 14 billion times before, but I didn't see it in your FAQ.) What tablet and drawing software do you use? I'm sure that the quality of art doesn't have that much to do with just those tools, but I'm curious. :)
Hi! You’re right, I do get this ask a lot. But then I realized it’s probably because I haven’t officially answered it anywhere. So I am going to answer this tablet question ONCE AND FOR ALL and give you all way too much information.
This is the tablet I use most often - a Wacom Cintiq 21UX. The Cintiq is a type of drawing tablet that doubles as a monitor - basically, it lets you draw directly on the screen. Like so:
It’s the most “natural” way to draw digitally as there’s no disconnect with having to look at a separate screen while drawing on a different surface. The Cintiq is the tablet you see in most of my WIPs because it’s my main one, the one that sits in my home office. It is absolutely a great piece of equipment and many professional artists and studios use them. I LOVE my Cintiq. However, there are downsides:
It’s completely NOT portable. So if you have a laptop and are hoping to draw on-the-go, a Cintiq can’t be your only tablet. The thing weighs 20lbs (although mine is an older model, the newer ones might weigh less… and they have Cintiq Companions now, which are sort of portable computer-tablets.) But in general, the thing will stay chained to your desk. Mine is ACTUALLY chained to my desk - mounted on a moveable arm. This is the reason why I own a separate small tablet, so I can work when traveling with my laptop.
It’s pricey, and ultimately not NECESSARY. This is why I’ve been hesitant to answer the tablet question, because a lot of people automatically think that “oh, I need that tablet to create work like her!” Like anon said - the quality of your digital painting doesn’t improve with a Cintiq, just perhaps your efficiency. I don’t recommend dropping thousands of dollars unless you can absolutely afford it and are already comfortable with a regular tablet. And not that anyone asked, but my Cintiq was a generous gift from my bf years and years ago; it’s not the tablet I started out with (or would have started out with.) I have created, and still create, tons of paintings on this $99 Wacom Bamboo:
tl;dr Cintiqs!! I use one! Great but $$$! Don’t feel pressured to get! Buy cheaper tablet if you are beginner! Upgrade only when ready money-wise and commitment-wise!! And remember:
The reason I’m asking is for my boyfriend - he’s a med student and a couple of weeks ago, someone STOLE his iPad out of his white coat while he was working at the hospital. He was absolutely crushed about it and I would really love to surprise him with a new one. So please, if you have a second to like this photo, I would SUPER appreciate it.
EDIT: Contest ended! Thank you SO, SO much everyone who clicked for me, and we’ll see what happens!! :D
AHHHHHH LOOK we won!! Thank you to C2E2 and thank you to everyone who clicked for me, my bf is eternally grateful to you guys (I told him that my followers rallied for him!), he was super excited and amazed.
I will do a number of giveaways of prints and goodies within the next few days, as my own thank you to ya’ll! Seriously, you’re awesome.
Would've followed you and bought prints if you weren't such an asshole to people who requests drawings. I get it you get a lot of those but there are other ways of denying people than making them feel like shit.
Oh, and for everyone who’s been asking about my latest paintings as prints, they’re up now! I’m working on updating the shop (it’s a slow process, considering how many products Society6 now offers…!) but yeah, let me know if there’s absolutely something you want enabled and I’ll do my best to get it up by this week!
Skillshare reached out to me awhile ago and I’m supposed to like teach people and come up with a class syllabus or something and I’m just
SO… I thought I’d ask you guys… what would YOU want the class to be on? What sort of digital art topic would you want me to demonstrate/talk to you for a few hours about, in exchange for $25-$30 of your dollars? [ EDIT: It’s a pre-recorded video class, so you could take it whenever and work at your own pace, it’s NOT LIVE!! No worries! ] What sort of class assignment (that could be completed in a couple of weeks) would you actually WANT to do, and would MOST value my feedback on (be as specific as possible)?