I finally pulled the trigger and ordered a lease for a Wacom Cintiq 20WSX:
The transaction was done last Wednesday but I was just too busy to write about it.
The decision to get one was spurred by my desire to ramp up the speed of my production. The current project that I am working on has a lot of freehand drawing. That meant that I had to clean up some outlines using the brush tool to give it a loose feel.
Normally, I use the line tool to draw the outlines of a character, say in the style of another Flash Series, Ricky Sprocket. That could easily be done using a regular Wacom tablet like the one I am currently using, an Intuos3 4 x 6.
However, drawing on a regular tablet is not very natural; the hand holding the tablet’s pen glides over the tablet while your eyes are looking at the monitor. In other words, you are not looking at your hand when you are drawing, which is the natural way of doing it.
I have been using a Wacom Tablet for more than six years now so I have become very adept at using it to the point that it feels second nature already. But there are times that it can be slightly frustrating when drawing in freehand. In some cases, there are angles in the drawing that you need to shift your body (or canvas) to draw the lines right. That can be a challenge when using a Tablet.
The Cintiq does away with that. It is basically a tablet with a touch screen LCD on it. One can literally draw on the screen. It is truly a digital canvas! You can even rotate it on its base to get to those awkward angles.
I am expecting delivery sometime next week. In the meantime, here is a video of the Cintiq in action that I’ve found on YouTube (you may want to turn down the volume for this):