• @QuietYell yeah, I looked into an iPadPro for myself but I just can't justify the cost right now.



  • SVS OG

    Wacom 24" HD cintiq and a HP PC 16 gig of ram and a decent video card. Also have a second monitor Sony IP panel 24" to check colors. Spyder 4 color calibrator. Also have a 22" cintiq for back up and a small bamboo tablet at work to doodle at lunch time.

  • Pro SVS OG

    @evilrobot Aha! I was thinking about a Spyder, but I was not sure it is worth the cost....what is your experience? My Cintiq and my monitor definitely do not speak the same "color" language - but it has been like this for such a long time that I am completely used to it. Still, now and then I wonder if I should not try to align them more....

  • SVS OG

    @smceccarelli Even with the Spyder the Cintiq and my other monitor don't match up. The blues are always off. There is a thin range I can use and if I go either way past it the blue will look too green or purple on one of the monitors. And the Cintiq is still always darker no matter what I do. So, for me it wasn't worth it I still have the same problems and just have to look at other monitors and get it where it works on all of them. That is my biggest problem with digital art never really knowing where I'm at with my colors.

  • Pro SVS OG

    @evilrobot Oh - good to know. I will not invest the money then. My problem is not that grave - my Cintiq is just a little more saturated and with more contrast than my monitor (an HP). At regular intervals I move the art between the two, just to check how it looks on both. With all the problems with matching print to screen, the mess of dealing with CYMK profiles for certain customers and the fact that as soon as you move art to yet another monitor it will look totally different anyhow, I am not sure it is worth getting too mad about perfect color consistency.
    Even for analog art, there is only the original to bear witness - as soon as it is moved into the digital space (and it needs to be moved there anyhow at some point), the same issues pop up (and with the scanning/photography issues, even more!). Also, even when I was working traditionally, I would always ramp up the contrast and correct stuff on the digital version, so for me there was no real advantage...

  • I would also say look on Ebay too, I bought my original large wacom tablet from there for about $60. if you have a computer or laptop that that could be hooked on, she could use it from there. or iPad pro, but that is a pretty expensive toy too. maybe she can work her way and earn half of the cost or something and then you can chip in the rest?

  • Surface Studio

    This is interesting... the idea of switching over to PC is not an easy decision (even with the new software subscription model)... BUT a true "all-in-one" solution is a very attractive concept.

  • SVS OG

    Yeah, this looks very cool. But the issues with pressure sensitivity would be a deal breaker for me as well. I didn't think it was that big of deal until I got my new cintiq but I don't think I'd ever want to go back to anything under 2000 levels of pressure again I can really tell the difference and the pen drawing before you even touch the screen would be a huge problem .

  • @evilrobot agreed. and the "stray marks" mentioned in the review are obviously concerning.

  • SVS Team SVS OG

    I have the Surface Book and LOVE it. I never get any stray marks. I believe they are using the same technology in the Surface Studio. Honestly that will be my next purchase, maybe in a year or two. Since its not even out yet I am sure 2nd gen will have more of the bugs worked out. I know when I first got the Surface Book I had some issues with the pen losing connection with the screen but over time with some of the recent windows updates I do not get that any more.

    I went into Best Buy one day and played around with it before I said, yeap I need this. Before the Surface Book i had a 19in Monoprice digital monitor, it was ok. I did get stray marks on that, but i was able to deal with it. I find it easier to draw/paint on the monitor vs a tablet.

  • @Chip-Valecek I have used tablets and displays and I greatly prefer the display-style drawing tools (Cintiqs and the like)... less of a disconnect... I always struggled with drawing on one surface and looking at a different surface for the results.

    I like my 22" Cintiq but actually the 13" Cintiq Companion Hybrid (functions as an android tablet when not used hooked up to a computer) has a better texturized drawing surface... far closer to the tactile feel of drawing on paper. But, I love the larger drawing surface of the dedicated Cintiq. The newer models of Cintiq may have that surface feature as well and mine is just an older model, not sure.

  • SVS OG

    This only has 1024 levels of pressure but it looks pretty cool. viao z

  • I have a 'fujitsu lifebook T5010' it has a swivel screen and 256 levels of pressure sensitivity, even comes with its own pen. I got mine second hand on ebay, very cheap, like less than $150 back then. They are several years old now. But more than adequate for getting started and learning a digital workflow. I guess it all comes down to budget and how much you are willing to invest? Just thought I would share, hope it helps.

  • SVS OG

    @RobinSlee Fujitsu was the first tablet PC I had as well and it was a good starter unit I think I got mine for around $350.00 there are some older tech models on the market that with a few upgrades would be great for someone starting out. Something like THIS

  • @evilrobot Yep that one would certainly be a good choice for a young one just starting out. Not too expensive, can still be used for 'homework', a couple of games and some net stuff. 😉

  • @QuietYell I personally use the Yiynova MSP19U, and I love it. A really great alternative to the Cintiq. 🙂

  • SVS OG

    @eleArts oh that's great to know someone that has this! I'm glad to hear that it is working good for you too!

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