There are two types of digital artists: those who prefer to scan their art from a traditional canvas and those who have adapted to digitally sketching directly on a tablet. While this method takes some getting used to, it has its benefits. You can see how your art appears on a digital canvas while you sketch it up, you have an “undo” button and you have access to a variety of brush strokes and sizes. Everyday, more devices used by professional animators and illustrators are entering the marketplace:
Wacom Intuos Pro Pen and Touch Tablet
The Pro Pen provides a comfortable and extremely accurate drawing experience. The wireless pen responds to 2,048 different levels of sensitivity and has tilt recognition. With its multi-touch function, you can place the pen tip exactly where you want and start drawing when you want. You can also customize it with a variety of grips and pen tips.
The tablets come in three sizes: small (12.6 in), medium (15 in) and large (19.2 in). Just like the pen, the tablet is also wireless and reversible, working for both left and right-handed artists. The controls on the side allow you to quickly make adjustments without distracting you from your work. Through the controls, you can adjust things like brush size, but you can also set them to your favorite shortcuts for specific software. The tablet also functions with the same touch and swipe gestures of Mac and Windows computers.
The Intuos Pro will work with Macs running OS X 10.6.8 or later and Windows Vista SP3/7/8. While it is compatible with a variety of photo editing and illustration programs, the following software packages are included for free download: Adobe Photoshop Elements 11, Autodesk Sketchbook Express, Anime Studio Debut 8, Corel Painter (13-30 day trial) and Nik Color Efex Pro 4 Select Edition.