I have a tablet but I don't use it, my fiancé uses it instead and he really loves it. In fact he very rarely draws traditionally now because it's more convenient for him to just sketch, ink and colour all in one place. No scanning involved. Our tablet is a Wacom Bamboo and it cost about £60, it's a great little tablet.
I wouldn't. You have to run before you can walk. If you do get one, realize that it won't make you a better artist AT ALL, but will only add some convenience to the art that you're already creating. It won't give you anything you lack already.
Wacom bamboo tablet. Gosh... one you get used to that thing is impossible to let it go. I have been using it for a month. It takes time to get used to the fact that you have to coordinate between the screen and the tablet, but once you get used it saves time and art supplies in the long term.
BlackTigress-TLB, a Wacom Bamboo Capture is an excellent graphics tablet, and comes with Photoshop Elements which is more than sufficient for a beginning digital painter. It retails for about $100, but I'm sure it can be found discounted on sites like Amazon. You don't need an Intuos to start with, and many professional painters continue to use the Bamboo line long after they can financially justify the 'professional' Intuos. You certainly don't need a Cintiq to start painting. If you're interested in a tablet device (different from a graphics tablet in that it is a stand-alone computer that accepts pen input), there's a fair amount of choice. The iPad is good, and has a huge variety of art apps. The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 has fewer apps (though it does have Sketchbook Pro, which is one of the best) and it has the advantage of having a dedicated Wacom stylus (much better than the styluses you get with the iPad because it's more precise and has pressure sensitivity). There are also Windows tablets like the forthcoming Surface Pro, though that's twice the price of the iPad and Galaxy Note. Hope this helps.
Just realize that you may have a hard time getting used to it. More than a few artists have given up on using them over the years. I definitely wouldn't go high end on it until I got used to it enough to know that I could use the thing.
Other people have very little trouble, I think it may have something to do with how one is used to drawing and how much patience one has in learning the different hand eye coordination needed to use a tablet.
Look into the 'Yiynova MSP19U'. Its like a Cintiq but costs around $570 instead of $2,000. A Cintiq is basically an Intuos with a screen on top of it lol . I know Amazon.com sells them but they sell out fast.
if you want a regular tablet (without a screen) Id look into Monoprice tablets. Theyre very cheap.
I say it really doesn't matter as sometimes the tool doesn't make a good artist, but sometimes with tech there is som faultyness reliability . Like getting a kindle tends to be cheaper, but sometimes there isn't apps for it, or know stuff.
The thing for digital, is that its a one time pay until you get another tablet. That means you make one payment for apps, pens and tablets, and then you never have to buy too many mediums again. So in the long run, its cheaper then traditional.
I know that art rage and sketchbook are good apps to use with the tablet. And a nice thing if you can get a pen, and a even nicer one is brushes for tablets.
Get a drawing tablet (such as something from the Wacom Bamboo line), not something like a Kindle Fire or an iPad. The latter will not really benefit you much, whereas the drawing tablets are more oriented towards the artist. You can use them in programs like Photoshop, Corel Painter, SAI, and GIMP, and oftentimes digital programs like those have tablet options!
[link] Though there are other brands, too. I just don't know them as well.
The displays (Cintiq) are used primarily by professionals. The Bamboo and Intuos lines are external tablets that plug into your USB drive, but allow you a surface to draw on. You look at your computer screen while you're drawing and eventually it becomes second-nature.
Your options with a kindle fire type tablet are incredibly limited compared to an actual drawing tablet such as a wacom. You can do it, I've seen great works made on Ipads, but a Kindle Fire will be more limited than an Ipad. The programs you can get won't be as good as the ones you could get on a computer, and you may find it hard to transfer into digital art starting that way.
"They've been around longer than Ipad type tablets as well, I think. Not 100% sure though."
a brief history:
1888 - first flat information input/output display (teleautograph) 1950's - first analog graphics tablets 1960's - first depictions of modern computing tablets in science fiction 1970's - first digital graphics tablets 1983 - wacom founded. dunno when they actually started selling graphics tablets, though. 1999 - first actual computing tablet 2010 - first ipad
Hi, The bamboos are not any more shaky than the intuos tablets. (The person who made that comment probably hadn't learned to use it properly.) You can find hundreds of reviews for bamboo and intuos tablets on amazon.com to get a more informed idea about them.
People who are really motivated to learn art often learn to love a tablet but people who are less motivated, usually get frustrated and stop using it.