No compromises by buying an iPad and hoping that a third-party app and a third-party stylus would do the trick. (It didn’t- there was no pressure sensitivity and the lag was terrible. The iPad eventually locked up and I never made a backup.)
No buying a used Cintiq off eBay and finding that the darned screen- the whole point of getting a Cintiq- doesn’t work. (It must have been a very old model anyway, it was clunky and looked and felt like a Windows 98 computer. It didn’t have pressure sensitivity either.)
Up until a week ago, I was sure we were going to get a new iPad Pro with an Apple Pencil, since Cintiqs were and are stupidly expensive. But I couldn’t find a second-screen app that didn’t require a monthly subscription, which is just… ridiculous. And seeing as we don’t have a regular income yet, that was definitely not an option.
So imagine my surprise that Wacom actually released a “budget” model recently. $650 is hardly “cheap” at all, and it still would have taken this long to save enough for it, but it came out slightly cheaper than the iPad, Pencil, and whatever app combined, so we figured what the heck, let’s get the real deal.
Waiting this long has been so frigging frustrating. I’m sure we would have had a tablet years ago if it weren’t for our mom borrowing money and never paying us back. (Don’t think badly about my mom, though, she’s great, but she does do things that drive me up the wall sometimes.)
And I don’t know how other people draw with a pencil and not have to clean all the gunk and erased lines from the scan in Photoshop. It takes almost twice as long to make a scanned drawing look nice than it does to actually draw it. That’s the mean reason we don’t upload art as often as we’d like to.
So it’s finally here. We can make art without all the frustrations. Faster and more efficiently. Not to mention we can use it to clean our scanned art more easily too.
Of course, we still had to wait another day for an adapter cable because our Mac doesn’t have a friggin’ HDMI port. But what’s one more day compared to over ten years?? Ugh.