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For the past year or so now I've been tossing around the idea of getting a Cintiq. I'm a hardcore fan of traditional pencil and paper, but am tempted to get this to speed up certain processes, comic work, and commissioned art. If any of you use a cintiq (which I know there must be tons of you) let me know what you think. I'm lookin at the Cintiq 22hd, how does it transition from traditional drawing, or compare to a Wacom Bamboo (which I use now for my photoshop work)?
Any help you good folks can throw my way would be super awesome!!
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ascendingskulls Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I had a cintiq and "downgraded" to an intuos.

Benefits of intuos: drawing not blocked by my own hand, sits comfortably on my lap or desk while I look comfortably ahead at my nice big monitor. Also a fraction of the cost.

Benefits of cintiq: You can sell it.
Lou331 Featured By Owner May 25, 2014
I love it for all my photo restoration work, and when I am working on Sign Designs 
I have the Cintiq 21UX I've had this baby since 2007 and never had any trouble with her, also
have the Intuos 3 graphics 13 tablet that I take with me when I'm in the field with my laptop.
all in all as Tony says theirrrrrrrr Gearttttttttttt.
Ultra-Sempai Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
It's an awesome investment ^^

BTW.. [link]
horror1o1 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
i've been wanting one for a while. let me know how it works for ya
Hapuniva Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
Working on screen is f"*&in' sweet, I have a buddy who owns one and I use it when I can, but if you remember the first time you used a tablet you'll remember how awkward it felt. I got the same feeling when I first used the 21. Just a matter of getting use to the hand eye coordination again.
Takes me back to the days of using a lightbox.
The only gripe I have is the working position. You sort of haunch over it like an old drawing board which gets a little taxing on the back. I have not used the 24HD but I can see the advantage of the counter balanced stand.
If you can afford it... get it. and don't forget how cool its going to make you look when you work!
amoxus Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
I suggest you go to a proper store that has demos for all the different products. You will probably notice right away certain things that are great as well as annoying when you compare them.
KevinHarden Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Professional Artist
well worth the investment. will cut your coloring time in half. it is a tax write off as well. very short amount of time to get used to it, and once you do, you will wonder how you ever got anything done with a Bamboo........
JasonTormos Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013   Digital Artist
I have a Cintiq 12WX & I love it but of course they are super expensive so here is an alternative if your cash strapped,I may get one at some point..good luck!


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VonEyEzine Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
a little late to be throwing down 2 grand for tech thats finally out there in tablet form for less than 1/4 the price! I find the samsung galaxy note 10 inch tablet to be almost it. I mean lets face it, Cintique is a glorified monitor with tablet function. they had this stuff on laptops in early 2000s but they marketed them to the business faction for power point presentations. It had limited resources to use in what was then considered a heavy program like photoshop to run on a laptop. With horrible memory and no processing speed it was pointless. They could've done a better version just wasn't cost effective.

Now with tablets becoming to norm. It would be jumping the gun to do a Cintique. I ve tried one before and the wiggliness off drawing on a slippery screen is a issue and pixels and pencil point arnt the same even though calibration is good. Only advantage is being able to run desktop applications as opposed the gimpy version of photoshop "tablet edition" that comes preloaded on samsung note 10.1. You Can toatally see that adobe is being conservative as to what they release as a 10 dollar app on android, but Ill tell you IT WORKS! Spen is wacom intuitive to some extent with pressure sensitivity and fine point flair.

hope this was helpfull
Core-Point Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
I thought it was helpful.
VonEyEzine Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
cool... that was kindaofa wild tanget, its just that I spend alot of time pondering these options, as I even had the HP touchscreen laptop and it was good but had no pressure sensibilities, well anyway it died to.
Core-Point Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
It looks like that device that you mention.. the Yiynova is actually pretty good. After reading a lot of reviews.. I think I'll try to pick one up. Piss on Wacom if they don't want to compete.
DrSizzle Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I have (at work) the HD24 and it's pretty awesome. It costs 3k :/ I would never spend that type of money at home. But for home, I'm waiting on this Windows Surface Pro Windows 8 thing. Let's you run regular Apps like photoshop, illustrator, Cinema4D etc. BUt has the Wacom pressure sensitive stylus, touch screen, HD Display port for an external screen, keyboard and mouse function and more and for $899 I'm portable.
The Cintiq is so heavy and obnoxiously big, there is no more desk space with all my other crap. And it's just a display with tablet features for triple the cost.
So I'd go with a Surface "Pro" when it comes out in 9 days. :) So excited!
Cribs Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Cintiq. All the way, no question about it - at least for me.

Takes about a week or so to get used to it, but I found after the small adjustment hump, I just couldn't go back. It's a bit more 'slippery' than traditional drawing, and I do miss the tooth of the paper against a pencil, but the versatility and speed more than make up for it. If you're on a bamboo now, you'll be much better off with the extra levels of pressure sensitivity that the cintiq offers...

Go for it.
jkf724 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
I've done numerous projects with traditional media and the Wacom Intous. I upgraded to the Cintiq 22hd and its absolutely the best of both worlds. There is an adjustment period going from analog to digital but it is much shorter with the Cintiq.
kskillz Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Professional General Artist
I want one bad but, my issue is $$$. It cost so much and when i got my Bamboo tablet i barely used it because i couldn't get use to looking at the screen while drawing. And thats something that i would worry about, spending all that money and not being able to really work with it! Even though i know its a totally different tool!
str4yk1tt3n Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
Have a Cintiq at work and a tablet laptop for personal use. I kind of love them. It takes a little time to get used to the different feel of it, but once you do...heck, it's just another tool. I love both Cintiq and tablet PC. I don't know what to say really, other than...they work as advertised?
BaderBadruddin Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Professional Filmographer
I bought a cintiq back in 2007, the 21 UX. Its still going strong, and didnt feel I needed to upgrade or get it fixed ever. theyre very robust and last long if you treat them well so the price is definately worth it in the long run.
it took me a while to transition but its definately way better than a normal tablet (ie all those desk ones as opposed to the screen drawing ones).

I would say go for it, and you will wonder how you worked without one before
skankerzero Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
if you're scared of the price and don't want to risk not liking it, try the cheaper alternative.

Yiynova msp19u

Some info here.
joshuaotero Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Funny enough, I'm saving up for one myself.I tried the 22HD at SIGGRAPH which felt nice at the booth. I mostly work digital for deadline reasons but from what I hear from a few of my friends whom own a Cintiq tells me it helps with the following:
A: Takes care of the Wacom/Screen detachment issue in which your cursor draws but you don't actually feel like it's you drawing. (I have a Wacom Intuos 3)
B: It gives more accuracy to you digital pieces. From some I hear there is a slight lag on the cursor, but the depends on how many active programs you have and how fast your computer is.
I hope this helps.
vidgamer123 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
I really enjoy my Cintiq 12WX, but the calibration becomes spotty around the edges of the screen. I would say save up for the 24 incher, as it has way more points of calibration on it.
vakhtang Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your drawings are still great so I think it wouldn't matter :)
DrewGreen Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
Honestly, I LOVE my Cintiq, it cut my work time in half. It is absolutely the coolest, most useful creative purchase I have ever made and it was worth every penny. Totally recommend it!
mudimba Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist
I recently got the 22hd (used to use an intuos). Now I am kicking myself that I didn't get one a long time ago. I'm also a big fan of traditional media, but sometimes you want to use a lot of color and you don't want to have to clean up a big mess afterwards.
Thinktink606432 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Student Filmographer
Well, I don't know about Cintiq but having used a Wacom tablet (not the bamboo one but something larger and made more specifically for drawing in mind) for 6 months know, I can say it was well worth the investment. My art has improved ten times just from using the pen tablet. Since you already have experience with using one, I can't imagine what reason their is not to get one. Good Luck.
DmitryGrebenkov Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I have an asus eee slate ep121, wacom, but not so great as Cintiq. Anyway cos me most of time working on intuos so i feel uncomfortable with drawing on screen. Painting is even more impossible for me to do there cos colors are suck (i read reviews where people tell that that asus colors are better than cintiq). So i think it is a personal preference will you like cintiq or not. For me cintiq is not an option. So be sure that you will try it and if you will have a chance - look on your works on that screen and try to get a feeling about colors - do they look good enough?
Also if you will get one buy a glove cos without it it's uncomfortable to use it (bare hand on glass feels not cool) and that glass needed to be cleaned cos it get dirty, don't know about you, but me always pist off with dirty screen.
Kravenous Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
I have a 21, I would say you should definitely do it. I would also say do not get the 12 it will be too small. I love your pencil lines and how they look with color, I also love
Francisco Herrera' pencils with color and will be looking to experiment myself with that look myself. Having said that Sketchbook pro and my favorite Sai is wonderful to work with for thick and
thin lines that looked inked ( this is really cool cause you can undo any line your not liking ). The only adjustment for me has been working on roughs and thumbnails I can't explain it, I just find I have to retrain myself, it just doesn't feel right yet, I guess I think its also mental block as I sketch in my sketchbook a lot.
Finished stuff no problem what so ever its been awesome.
I hope this might help, again big fan of your work.
Brunsvold Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
I strongly agree with Radiant-Grey.

A friend of mine (Medical Illustrator) spent years on working on WACOM tablets. She ended up buying the Yiynova MSP19U on a whim this past holiday season and since then has been trying to sell her Cintiq 21UX to everyone she knows.

I haven't personally used the Yinova, but she swears to me that it easily beats any WACOM product she has ever used in almost every category that's important to her. (ease of use, consistent contact, cursor sensitivity, and brightness)
rem-dog Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional General Artist
Tom Richmond, MAD magazine artist and current National Cartoonist Society president, reviews the 24 HD.


Judging by his review, If you have the dough, do it.
Radiant-Grey Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hold on there Blitzy--Wacom has exactly one competitor that I know of in the large format pen-display market. It's a few inches smaller, under $600 and it comes highly recommended here: [link]
Jekell Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
I was actually looking for this exact review to post here. A friend of mine bought one about a month ago or so and he loves it. But he never got use to a cintiq. But its like they say ignorance is bliss.
Radiant-Grey Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ditto9 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I actually helped a friend out the other day with Cintiq-ness (she was recieving a bit of negativity towards buying one) so I'll copy past the link and you can read it. I research Wacom a lot and have my own Cintiq so I'm a little bit nerdy about all of this haha.
RopeyLopey Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional
AN ABSOLUTE MUST! i would never go back, best investment i've ever made. DO IT, you won't regret it!
Teh-Dave Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
Do it.
It's certainly not like traditional drawing, but it's far better than a standard tablet.
chitobein Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
Convinced my bosses to get one for the and its fantastic. Beats my tablet 3-fold, though comparing a 21" screen to 8-inches of tablet work space isn't all that fair. The intuitive feeling of having one hand on the dial at eye level while working is second to none.

My only issue is with small detail work. Even with zoom, the combination of a tiny round plastic stump (at the end of the pen) and the thickness of the glass pane can create a little feeling of detachment between pen and canvas. It is a minor gripe about an otherwise amazing tool.
Feugan-666 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love my cintiq, but I am still getting use to it and how I want my settings. If you end up getting one. Just be prepared for some adjustments and don't give up. :)
kevinsheppard Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional Photographer
Well I have a Cintiq and have not looked back since after buying it, though i use mine for photo work mostly now i can say it well be a wise investment..But if you don't have or want to lay down that much cash here is an article on a cheaper version of it that sounds promising [link]
DanielAraya Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I bought the 22HD a few months ago (my first Cintiq) and it was easily the best purchase I've ever made. Absolutely no regret
JKLind Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I've had the 21" model for several years, and have also used the 12". The 21" is the more comfortable of the two, not just because of its size & resolution, but also the screen's texture - it feels almost paperlike for drawing, while the 12" feels like drawing on glass.
Eyth Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional General Artist
I tried the 12", it was definitely an improvement over a digital tablet, but soooooo small it was painful. Felt like I need a magnifying glass to use it effectively. But you're goin larger, so it should be digital bliss. Looking forward to hearing your testimonial.
blitzcadet Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Professional
Got the 22hd cintiq a couple weeks ago man.. at first it was so weird, very different then using a bamboo, and very different from drawing on paper. But addictive!.. now I'm hooked I cant stop playing with it, and it gets easier and easier.. and makes things go very fast! If the opportunity presents itself I highly recommend it!=
Eyth Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
Great news on the Cintiq update, thanks. Hope to see some new posts that show your results.
I'll be curious to see if there's any detectable style/technique variations from your pre-Cintiq
work. Sure hope not. Your work is so dang outstanding. :beer:
blitzcadet Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional
yea from the demo videos the smaller ones looked a bit restricting, but the price looked pretty friendly. I cant imagine trying to draw so tiny though... if I go for it I'll definitely let you know what I think! cheers man
RussCook Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
If the costly price tag is not a factor then BUY ONE IMMEDIATELY! I bought one almost three years ago and it's greatly improved my digital drawing and painting experience - the novelty hasn't worn off after all this time later - it's a real blast! - a great toy for the adult artist. The main and obvious advantage over tablets is that it's totally intuitive - working straight on the monitor feels great. I'm not that experienced with Bamboo tho' I'm sure that if you are then with experience you've overcome a lot of the hand-eye co-ordination issues that the Cintiq's active monitor would overcome. If you also have software like Sketchbook Pro then you can achieve a truly natural drawing feel - better than photoshop for line work, IMO. Also, it will speed up vector-based artwork.
Don't be put off by tales of it getting warm with extended use - it's nominal and certainly not a discomfort. However, here's a caveat: if you get one, be careful with how much pressure you put through the pen onto the screen - the surface can build up with fine scratches, which, while not a major problem for general artwork, will become noticable when trying to read small text like emails. After checking on line tho', this seems a rare problem. I use a thin piece of clear vinyl on the screen to absorb any potential damage - it doesn't affect the sensitive nature of the pen tip at all.

Good luck - ya won't regret it!
blitzcadet Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional
Thanks man! your much appreciated reply is just what I was hoping to hear! cheers!
RussCook Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
You're welcome - just promise to keep creatin' yer great art on it if you get one.
blitzcadet Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional
you bet man! hopefully at a faster pace ;)
Reashi Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional Filmographer
If you can afford it do it, the hd is amazing, I tried it out at siggraph and wish I could afford it. :O
blitzcadet Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional
Thanks for the feedback! I cant really afford one, but it seems like the kind of thing that would pay itself off pretty quick if I made it happen...[ fingers crossed ;)] Cheers!
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