(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. :)

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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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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:

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Hey everyone! I hope you don’t mind me asking a small favor! I have the opportunity to win an iPad Mini from C2E2 - all I need is the most Facebook likes on this (terrible) photo of me by May 5th.

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.

Starting a portrait series for A Song of Ice and Fire; I like the show fine but many faces aren’t what imagined when I read the books. Going to combine some of Game of Thrones' costuming (one of the best things they do) with my own ideas and dreamcasts!!

WIP of Cersei, from my Instagram where I’ll be posting progress! (ASOIAF fans feel free to leave comments there of your own fancasts, anything you felt was missing from the show, character you especially want to see or have a vision for, etc.!!)

Starting a portrait series for A Song of Ice and Fire; I like the show fine but many faces aren’t what imagined when I read the books. Going to combine some of Game of Thrones' costuming (one of the best things they do) with my own ideas and dreamcasts!!

WIP of Cersei, from my Instagram where I’ll be posting progress! (ASOIAF fans feel free to leave comments there of your own fancasts, anything you felt was missing from the show, character you especially want to see or have a vision for, etc.!!)

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The new Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor and Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor series hit comic stores on July 23, 2014, but you can pre-order them today!

Titan Comics has an early bird subscription offer for the US, Canada, New Zealand and Australia (only digital copies will be available in the UK.)

If you’re new to ordering comics you can check out their FAQ here, which includes an order form to print and fill out if you’d like to pre-order the comics from your local comic book store.

You can also pre-order your subscriptions online here for Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor, and here for Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor. 

GUUUUYS GUYS I know I talked about this already a few weeks back, but I did those top two covers for the #1 issues of new DOCTOR WHO comic series!! (The bottom two are subscriber variants by Elena Casagrande and Simon Fraser.) I’m so excited, these are now available for pre-order!

And there is MORE NEWS COMING!! But… another day. :)

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.

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