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Eagle GodHeart
09-04-2015, 08:51 AM
see im trying to get an art tablet but IDK what kind to get, i mean there are SO MANY to choose from.... basicly im just looking for one that you can draw with, with a pen and of cource something in my price range but of cource can make some decent art. but yeah my price range is a VERY low $150

Tiger
09-04-2015, 10:42 AM
For tablets, I always recommend Wacom. My three tablets I've had over the past 10-11 years have been Wacom and they were/are really good. For a cheap one, check out the Wacom Bamboo (http://www.wacom.com/en-cn/products/pen-tablets/bamboo-pad-usb). They offer wireless, but in my experience the wireless capabilities aren't that good, so I'd go with usb.

Eagle GodHeart
09-04-2015, 04:33 PM
thanks.

Umbra_Exe
09-04-2015, 04:55 PM
I've heard Monoprice (http://www.monoprice.com/search/index/?category_1=Accessories&keyword=Tablet) makes some affordable tablets too, if you're willing to get something non-Wacom. I don't have a Monoprice or a Wacom myself though, so I can't provide a comparison. Might wanna read some reviews on them, and you should probably check other websites as well for more reviews and different prices.

rbartrop
09-04-2015, 06:22 PM
Intuos is really the way to go, but if that's out of your budget, look into getting a second hand one.

Antumbra
09-04-2015, 06:56 PM
Intuos is really the way to go, but if that's out of your budget, look into getting a second hand one.

This is what I did. Even refurbished is a hell of a lot cheaper than new if you are tight on cash.

piņardilla
09-04-2015, 07:32 PM
I've heard Monoprice (http://www.monoprice.com/search/index/?category_1=Accessories&keyword=Tablet) makes some affordable tablets too, if you're willing to get something non-Wacom. I don't have a Monoprice or a Wacom myself though, so I can't provide a comparison. Might wanna read some reviews on them, and you should probably check other websites as well for more reviews and different prices.

OP, remembering your previous threads, I still think you should spend more time with traditional media. But if you really are dead-set on getting a tablet, Monoprice makes decent entry-level models. I've yet to replace mine.

Just don't expect it to be a magic bullet for your art struggles. It's almost the opposite, really.

rbartrop
09-04-2015, 08:03 PM
OP, remembering your previous threads, I still think you should spend more time with traditional media. But if you really are dead-set on getting a tablet, Monoprice makes decent entry-level models. I've yet to replace mine.

Just don't expect it to be a magic bullet for your art struggles. It's almost the opposite, really.

This. If you can't draw with a pencil and paper, you won't be able to draw with a tablet either.

Kurk2288
09-04-2015, 08:25 PM
I gotta agree with Pinard, those things will hinder your progress or potentially frustrate you. One major handicap for new people with graphics tablets, including LCD displays. Is the disconnect between you, the tablet, the PC, and the LCD screen "gap" or thickness. Then there minor expenses like nibs and sheet/screen replacements. Life/longevity isn't an issue, but tablets also don't last forever and the same goes for soft/hardware support.

Regardless of that, there's no point in spending too much on a graphics tablet, since you're starting out. The best tools aren't necessary, and you don't want cheap stuff either. Go with a decent or used (make sure it works) Wacom, or other brands people have suggested.

Edit: Take note of rejected brands, but don't avoid it.
Just ask questions and look into it before you take that risk.


Please do not get Huion.

Why not?

maugryph
09-04-2015, 08:58 PM
Just don't expect it to be a magic bullet for your art struggles. It's almost the opposite, really.

Very true. Beginning artists seem to have this illusion that a drawing tablet and photoshop/sai/ etc will make their drawing better, but in the end it usually causes more frustration. Learning to draw on a tablet is a skill in itself.
OP, It's the artist's skill level that makes a great drawing, not the tool. I've seen some paintings that made my jaw drop and they where made in MS paint.

Umbra_Exe
09-04-2015, 09:08 PM
Please do not get Huion.


Why not?
I think he's had quite a bit of trouble with the drivers in the past. It took me a while to get mine working properly as well.

As for the topic of traditional vs. tablet, I would also advise practicing with traditional methods first. Fancy tools are nice, but they won't necessarily make you better. I think I've said it before to others, it's not about what you have, it's what you do with it that matters!

Kurk2288
09-04-2015, 09:36 PM
Thank you for the reply Umbra,

In case OP ever gets a Wacom, and has problems with bugs or the drivers,
http://us.wacom.com/en/support/drivers/


my price range is a VERY low $150

Wacom Bamboo Pad: New, 40 USD
https://store.wacom.com/us/en/product/CTH301K/
Black or Assorted Colors & Wireless: New, 60 USD
https://store.wacom.com/us/en/product/CTH300K/

Wacom Intuos Draw White: New, 70 USD
https://store.wacom.com/us/en/product/CTL490DW/?_ga=1.262885708.1115458787.1441410722

Wacom Intuos Art Black: New, 100 USD
https://store.wacom.com/us/en/product/CTH490AK/?_ga=1.262885708.1115458787.1441410722

Wacom Intuos 4 SMALL: Used, for around 125 USD
http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B001TUYTZM/ref=dp_olp_used?ie=UTF8&condition=used

Wacom Intuos 4 Medium: Used, for around 250 USD
http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B001TUYTZW/ref=dp_olp_used?ie=UTF8&condition=used

You can always save up your cash too,
if you really want something bigger or of finer quality.

maugryph
09-05-2015, 12:54 AM
Driver support for Huion is inexcusably horrendous. There is also little tech support online despite it being known that they're drivers are not optimal and even Huion themselves could not help me in some instances. I had to have Runefox help me over TeamViewer and even he was blown away by their incompetence. The hardware is fine.

That has always been the bane of Huion tablets. Good Hardware, lousy drivers.

QT Melon
09-06-2015, 01:27 PM
I will also agree with learning to draw with simplest tools at your disposal before confusing yourself with more complicated ones.

It would be like telling someone who hasn't drawn much how to paint. You are are basically learning to draw again with a tablet, and if you can't draw, you kinda can't tablet. As tempting as it is to have access to all these neat digital tools it is in high doubt you'll pick up drawing faster just because you have access to them. While having something new and shiny will definitely attract you to drawing more, it may be a short time thing and your tablet will eventually gain dust if you didn't have the original passion and willingness to go through much trial and error for drawing.

I guess the short of it is, get a tablet because it's an evolution of doing what you love and not getting it because you think it will help you keep drawing.

Dekei
03-28-2016, 07:55 PM
I have used wacom and genius. You get similar results from both, so genius isn't bad, but it uses batteries for the stylus and they don't seem to last as long, on the other hand I always hear that people upgrade their wacoms before they show any sign of breaking down.

So, as far as I know wacom is still the best option. But if genius is all you can find in your area (not a problem if you are in USA) then it will do the job.

bakertoons
03-31-2016, 11:44 PM
I use Monoprice tablet. They're cheap (I got mine for about $50), and it does its job really well. I recommend it, personally.

Gnarl
04-30-2016, 09:49 PM
I completed a masters in painting back in 1991 and a masters in drawing back in 1993, i had never done digital until i went for it last year! When i did, i went big time, i purchased a Wacom Cintiq 24 HD touch, and a Dell 17" Studio computer, and then got the Corel painter 2015.... i love it! But not something you can travel with! And you need serious financial spending cash to do it!

PoisonAlice
05-01-2016, 01:22 PM
It was already mentionned a couple times, but my first tablet (that I had for like 3-4 years I think) was a monoprice and worked perfectly well, the only thing I struggled with was installing the drivers for the pen pressure but once it was done it worked just as well as a wacom i'd say.
Actually I had to change to wacom because of college, they only had wacom drivers installed and it was really a pain to have to go borrow a tablet before each class (but then again wacom have different drivers for some models so that dosen't really solve all problems)
So yeah all in all my monoprice and my wacom (intuos pen small) were pretty equivalent in term of tablet quality itself.

kuraou
05-24-2016, 09:30 PM
My first tablet was an XP-Pen 10 years back, and it wasn't nearly as comparable in quality and durability as the Wacom Intuos 4 that I've had since 2010. I highly suggest saving up for at least an Intuos model now (I think Bamboos are now Intuos'), because even if it's a bit pricey, it'll be worth it in the long run. You can abuse it as much as you'd like and there are still plenty of replacement parts for it, that's for sure XD