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    #1815

    Hey everybody, I’d like to know what kind of digital tools — hardware and software — people are using to create comics. Tablets, drawpads, styluses, computers-that-you-draw-on-the-screens, etc.; what do you think of the ones you are using, and what do you dream about having?

    I’m using a fairly old Wacom tablet with my old iMac, and the combination is serviceable, but as I get more familiar with making art digitally there are some things that bug me, so I’m looking around to see what my next move might be.

    I have a very specific question to get us started — if you had an iPad 3, and wanted a stylus to draw/paint with, what would you buy? I have been looking at the iPad Pro and the Apple Pencil, but that’s a lot of money to shell out when I have a perfectly good iPad already; I recently found out that there are pressure-sensitive styluses and wondering if I should just get one of those as kind of a starter thing.

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    #1969

    I use a Wacom bamboo that is really old now. Mostly for little things, I don’t really draw digitally. I use Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator CS4.

    I’ve more recently started doing my layouts digitally, so blue lines and borders. I also cleanup my line art and have done a little colouring, but I’m still far more comfortable with traditional mediums.

    My work machine up until a week ago was an Alienware 17″ laptop. I’ve had that for 8 years but its barely useable now and I have just ordered a new machine to do my work. I have a Dell 2 in 1 coming that I’ll be able to draw on and run all my other programs so the Alienware and the Wacom tablet will get replaced. That arrives end of January so I’m out of luck until then.

    I’d love to have either a Wacom 16″ Mobile Studio, or a Surface Book one day for the bulk of my digital jobs. We’ll see.

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    I looked at the Mobile Studio — sweet! Thanks for clueing me in! I’ve been eyeing the various Cintiq models for a while, but didn’t feel like I could justify the expense yet, given my level of use. The Mobile Studio models, though even more tempting than the Ciniq, are alas even more $$ — makes the iPad/Apple pencil combo look like much less of an “ouch”!

    Has anyone tried the Intuos Creative Stylus 2 with an iPad? I’ve seen both good reviews and “meh” reviews. Currently they seem to be out of stock:

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    #1981

    The market opened up a few years ago and there are now quite a few tablet monitors available, many that are quite comparable to Wacom ones. For more information check out Ray Frenden’s site here (http://frenden.com/tagged/review) He’s a designer and a bit of an authority on the subject.

    Personally I’m fond of the Monoprice tablet here (http://www.monoprice.com/product?p_id=14481) which seems to currently be the best bang for your buck.

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    #1982

    Thanks, Steven! Ray Frenden’s reviews are a gold mine — it will take me a while to work through those, I think. That Monoprice pen display looks pretty cool, and it’s certainly affordable.

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