I’ve been working on my animation project using the Wacom Cintiq 20WSX for almost a week now.
I am happy to report that it is performing very well. I have gotten so used to working using the Cintiq that switching over to a regular Wacom Intuos3 Tablet feels really odd.
The natural drawing position is so…natural!
However, I must admit that I did not gain any major benefit when I use it to do animation in Flash. As I mentioned in an earlier post, there is not much drawing that needs to be done in Flash animation. I only had to move elements and symbols around and let the computer assist me in doing the inbetweens (although that is easier said than done sometimes).
If I were to do a traditional style, purely hand-drawn animation in Flash, then I can see that the Cintiq’s qualities will probably be beneficial. I might try that sometime.
It was also wonderful when I was using the Cintiq to do posing work, so much so that I kind of miss working on the posing project that I just concluded. There are a lot of drawing that needs to be done in Posing work; when I threw the Cintiq into the mix, the speed in which I finish a scene almost doubled.
All in all, I am highly satisfied and I am glad I have this awesome piece of hardware in my arsenal.
Oh, and one great benefit of having the Cintiq is the huge amount of desktop space that I have right now:
As can be seen in my current set up, I have Flash launching on the Cintiq. Everything else such as the PDF storyboard, Quick Time preview and the Finder are on my 30″ Apple Cinema Display, making it possible for me to open as many applications and windows as I can without compromising the space I need to work in Flash.