I’m trying out my new graphic tablets with some Pluto sketches. I used Manga Studio 5 with Frenden’s “The Natural” inking brush for each sketch.
Here’s my thoughts for each computer. I absolutely love the Yiynova 19” monitor. It feels great and the large drawing space gives me room to draw more expressive lines. I had no problems installing drivers and getting the tablet up and running. Manga Studio works great. The only problem I ran into was Paint Tool SAI. I’ll talk more about that later.
I also set up the Surface Pro 2 for sketching on the go. I had to install new drivers to get pressure sensitivity with my art programs such as Manga Studio but after the initial set up it worked fine except for Paint Tool SAI. The Surface Pro 2 doesn’t feel as good as the Yiynova mainly because of the small size. After sketching on the a 19 inch monitor, the 10 inch feels cramped. I had more problems with parallax, the pen and line not matching where I thought it was drawing. My lines were messier with the Surface than with the Yiynova. Part of that is just learning to have better control of the lines and not the fault of the machine.
The only software problems I ran into was with Paint Tool SAI. SAI is a great little program I like to use for vector art. Even though there have been recent updates to the programs, it doesn’t work well with new drivers. It kind of works on the Yiynova but doesn’t have pressure sensitivity and has some problems switching from the mouse to the pen. It won’t work at all with windows 8.1. It has to do with not switching from touch screen to pen. It won’t recognize the pen at all. I researched and tried various solutions and nothing worked. The new drivers broke SAI but they make everything else work. I can use SAI as a vector program on windows 7 and hope someone makes a patch for getting it to work with windows 8.1. I’m going to be using Manga Studio most of the time anyway.
So far I’m very happy with my purchase. I am enjoying drawing on the Yiynova and love how the lines are turning out. It has eliminated many of the frustrations I’ve had with digital art and it’s going to make my work flow so much faster.
Here’s a baby dragon. Cuter than the new ninja turtles.
I don’t think I’ve seen a bunny doing the magic. Maybe he’ll pull a magician out of the hat.
"What are we going to do tonight, Brain?"
World Domination 0%
Gotta get busy…
I have quite a few changes in the works for the rest of this year. I went ahead and bought a Yiynova and will be upgrading my desktop to run it. I’ll be getting the new equipment set up by frankensteining parts from an old desktop. I’ll keep you posted on how it goes. I’m also planning a new fiverr page that will offer illustration work. I’m really excited about that. I love doing illustration and cartooning so I’ll be posting more work here soon.
It’s just a little over a month away from release. Very excited for this one.
Child of Light looks absolutely stunning. I love Ubisoft’s art style with games like Rayman and this one. The watercolor effect comes through beautifully.
While digging through a box of old equipment to be sold on ebay, my husband found his old tablet pc he used for note taking in college. It had died and refused to turn back on so it got stuffed in a box of old parts. It was junk for all we knew but it was worth a shot at seeing if it came back on. It did. Somehow it came back to life after sitting unused for years. I had an interest in learning digital art so I took it and have been using it. It’s not the best thing to use for art. It was never intended to be used as an graphics tablet but I used what was available and it helped me learn the basics of programs like GIMP, SAI, Photoshop, and Manga Studio. Now that I’ve gotten some basics, I want to do finer more nuanced work and this tablet isn’t going to cut it. It’s starting to lock up, over heat, and shut down. Sad to say my resurrected tablet is going to be replaced.
I’m looking into actual graphics tablets and have narrowed down my choices. At the high end are the Wacom Cintiq tablets but the price is a bit much for my budget right now. A couple of promising choices are the Monoprice 19” Tablet and the Yiynova MSP19U. Either one of these would be bigger than the Toshiba PC I’m using and I don’t have to worry about being spoiled to something high quality. I’ve never used extra buttons so that doesn’t matter to me. I do like drawing on screen and want to make sure the pen is responsive. Doing a few searches I found more people saying they love the Yiynova. One review said it works with Windows 8 and will work with SAI after some minor tweaking. There were a ton more complaints about the Monoprice. Both tablets have complaints that there are issues with the drivers. The Yiynova seems to not be that big of a hassle to get up and running. The Monoprice however seems to have major issues even though it is cheaper of the two. I’m leaning toward the Yiynova unless I find out something different. I’m open to suggestions and recommendations if you have more information to share with me.
Anyone up for a second Shaq-fu? Anyone?
Mario Rock Star!
I made a thing for Drak’s Mario Career Collaboration (link). The career I chose was rock star so here’s a rocking Mario concert. I thought it was only fitting that Luigi plays the keytar.