Tagged: Wacom Cintiq
June 23, 2014 at 7:44 PM #6800
Some of you already know the Wacom graphic tablets and the technology behind them.
For those who are new however to digital painting or drawing on their computer, this review hopefully will help you make a clear and concise decision on whether or not you are ready spending the bucks for having the luxury and comfort of producing your artwork on a pressure sensitive Cintiq graphic tablet such as the Cintiq 13 HD from Wacom.
I bought the product via amazon.ca about a week and have been using it for producing digital content artwork such as concept designs, character designs and storyboards.
Here is my two cents on the subject.
I’ve been drawing for 24 years now so pen and paper are no secrets for me.
I made the jump on the Wacom graphic tablets and been using them ever since they came out with their first version of the Intuos. Overall I would say I’ve been using their products for 18 years now.
For the Wacom Cintiq 13 HD, so far I’m enjoying the product and it’s now an important part of my professional production pipeline when it comes to pumping out concepts and storyboards.
The size of the this Cintiq is 13” from bottom left corner to the top upper right corner.
This is the active area to which you have access to draw or paint your creative ideas.
The format is in a ratio of 16:9 Widescreen which for me is perfect since most of my storyboards are restricted to this area for drawing out action scenes or shots.
The tablet comes with a 3 in 1 wire (USB, HDMI and POWER) which you plug in your laptop or desktop computer and the Cintiq. It also comes with a neat and professional stylus case which is matching the top quality that Wacom is known for. Inside the case you have the stylus with 9 replacing nibs plus one in the pen for a total of 10 nibs.
The small ringlike tool allows you to take out the plastic nib at the end of the stylus.
You can even colour identify your stylus by adding a series of different coloured small rubber rings that fits around the end of the stylus. For those who are using different styluses this can be interesting for identifying which one is which since most of the styluses can be programmed with different shortcut keys to it’s double action click button. They may also contain different pressure levels information.
The product also comes with a small cloth to wipe your screen with. It assures a good response from the active area of the tablet to the stylus itself. An accumulation of dead skin particles, oilskin residue and dust particles can eventually interfere with the interactiveness between the tablet and the stylus. I recommend getting into the habit of wiping the active area on multiple occasions during a work day just to keep it clean and functional.
Some of you might think that the drawing dimension area of 13” might seem a little small. Surprisingly for me at least, it’s not that bad. You have to keep in mind that if you are drawing on a 8 1/2” X 11” paper, you are usually drawing on this surface and not web browsing and doing visual research. The same applies here…that’s why you have your laptop or desktop computer screen for. You do what you have to do on one monitor and the Cintiq is there for you to produce and draw your work.
The resolution on the table is of High-resolution 1920 X 1080 LED display with a 178 degree viewing angle and 16.7 million colors.
What I really like about this product is the adjustable detachable stand which offers four ergonomic positions, including three different working angles. This is important because when you draw on a flat surface, there is a slight distortion that occurs since your point of view is not 90 degree perpendicular to the drawing surface. This can dramatically affect several perspective issues or even character proportions and things of such nature without you being conscious about. So make sure that your setting is properly and adequately set up.
The Cintiq 13 HD also comes with a convenient USB port that allows you to transfer photos and access files.
There is also four customizable express keys, rocker ring and home button for easy shortcut access.
Whether you are right or left-handed, you can use this product easily by just rotating the whole Cintiq to your liking.
In a nutshell that’s basically it for Tech Specs. If you want to learn more on it, you can check on the Wacom website that I have provided for you so that you can take your time to evaluate the product per say.
As far as workflow goes, it has speed up my work and made it easier for me to pump out illustrations and storyboards since everything is done in digital. No more scanning drawings in the computer which is a huge time saver. It gives me more time to focus and work more efficiently.
For me I find this is a great product that serves my needs. I don’t always work from my home and the Cintiq 13 HD allows me to set up my laptop and Cintiq where ever I go.
For me it is an extra bonus on the exposure side of things for my company and the preproduction illustration services that I offer. By showing what kind of work I do and believe it or not, people are always curious to see that guy doing illustrations on the computer, I stand out of the crowd and increase my chances of getting more freelance jobs just by doing what I do at the local coffee shop.
The only drawbacks that I have find with this products is the 3 in 1 wire. It adds up to an already cluttered desk and I believe that Wacom could have done a better job at it. The wire is sturdy but, it’s another wire that you have to deal with. For what the product offers, it’s small price to pay.
Another thing that I find could have been improve is the brightness of the Cintiq. Maybe there is a way to change this but so far I haven’t found anything that could help me.
Comparing to my MacBook Pro laptop monitor there is a difference it the brightness. The Cintiq has less brightness to it which you have to be aware when you are doing work in colour.
You can have this wonderful product for 999$ US. This comes around 1200$ Canadian depending on the currency exchange rate.
I hope this short review will serve it’s purpose and help you in your research.
Storyboard Artist JC
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