Post by flipfriddle on Sept 15, 2010 21:35:38 GMT -5
For doing digital retouching and drawing nothing beats using a Wacom pressure sensitive tablet. The price of entry is a bit steep, though the new Bamboo tablets are reasonable finally, but the pro-level Intuos are the best. A cheaper alternative is getting a used one; any USB tablet is compatible with any software out today.
If your using the tablet for digital drawing, I'd recommend using Corel Painter, or one of its lite versions (Essentials or Sketchpad). The brush behavior and interaction with paper textures is fantastic. I tried Autodesk Sketchbook Pro as well, and that is pretty nice too. Painter is a bear to learn though; it has so many features its a bit hard to get started.
I used to use Photoshop, but it's designed as an image manipulation and compositing tool, so I found it a bit hard to just draw in. Painter is more focused.
Has anyone else tried a tablet?
BTW, I just noticed this part of the forums and I figured I might have some useful advice for a change since I don't know how to sculpt. I've been a professional graphic designer and illustrator for 15 years. This is Mike from SSDC whose been bothering you all with Battlelords art.
Post by thebadsmile on Sept 16, 2010 0:32:15 GMT -5
I got a wacom intuos 4 and I use it frequently to draw concepts and alike. I use photoshop for that. Might get me corel painter as the videos look great and the program seems to be closer to painting than photoshop is but for the few things I do right now it's more than enough.
What is best in life ? -Sculpt your enemies, see them baking before you and hear the lamentation of their putties !
Post by PondaNagura on Sept 16, 2010 13:06:40 GMT -5
bamboo fun, saving up for one of the more recent corel painter like 9 or X primarily use Gimp at the moment, mixed with scanned drawings
yeah there are certain things that just aren't the same as regular drawing, like texture, the sweep of the direction, little inconsistencies with the medium...but i guess brushes are starting to get better at mimicking those.
one thing i notice about the pen tablet is that you should really tape down a piece of soft acrylic or cardboard over the sensor part, the nibs will last longer, and you lessen the risk of the surface getting deeper scratches
Last Edit: Sept 16, 2010 13:07:07 GMT -5 by PondaNagura