I would greatly recommend a tablet. To me, the mouse just doesn't cut it for drawing, even if I draw on paper and scan in, a tablet is much smoother. Plus, you can get an entry level tablet for pretty cheap so it's totally worth it.
The only thing you should worry about is I notice you said it would save you money on paints and things.
Since you're an art student, you might want to verify that your professors are not too old school to accept digital artwork. Some schools view digital artwork somewhat negatively, so I'd make sure before you invest any of your budget into a digital art, unless you're just talking about this from a hobby perspective.
Thats a good point, but our University is fairly open to basically anything art wise. It isn't as focussed on a particular kind of art as some universities are.
Tablet wise I think I want to get an intuos 4, as I've read a whole bunch of other tablet dicussion threads and the general consencus is if you want to get a good tablet just buy an intuos wacom one. My problem now is I'd like to know what are the advantages and disadvantages between the intous 4 small and the intuos 4 medium. Other than the small one being cheaper and more compact are there any other differences? If not I should be able to get a small one by September or a medium one by December.
so-berauschtFeatured By OwnerJun 11, 2011Student General Artist
If you're not sure to get one, you could get an older second hand one first and then invest in a new one. That way you get a bigger one without investing too much and it's good for trying out. Try ebay or the resellers at amazon
Hmm.. I really need to try one these out. I think I would really like a medium one, but there is a quite large price difference between the small and the medium I geuss the only reason to get a bigger one is if you want to draw reaqlly really long lines while zoomed in, but that's kind of silly.
Hmmm, I have lots to think about. Regarding size though and the area on which you draw I was under the impression that the size of the screen was effectively your canvas. I didn't like the idea of constantly trying to work in A6 or A5, so I thought I'd need a bigger one. It seems this isn't the case, or am I wrong... how do the screens work? It would be handy to know before I decide on which one to buy.
The size of the tablet is magnified to the size of your monitor. So a single stroke on your tablet can be 20 pixels wide or 1000 pixels wide, depending on how far you zoomed into Photoshop when you used your tablet.
My workflow is to draw on pencils, scan it in. Then depending on mood, I might retrace everything on tablet, or simply just use tablet to digitally paint over the pencil lineart. I do this because I can't quite draw on a tablet. Because you can't hand-eye coordinate your lines/curves since the monitor is on one side, and the tablet on the other. But I've seen some people manage it, so it depends.
For me the main factor is pen size/weight. When you grip the thing for hours on end, you don't want it to be too fat or heavy. I haven't tried a bigger tablet (mine's 4x6 inch), but I don't think it'll really help since I still can't draw lines to go where I want to, so space is not an issue. Unless you're one of those that can draw digitally naturally. Perhaps you should try to locate a demo rig at a store to test.