What I have been up to lately is heading up a few freelance projects which I'll be addressing more in upcoming posts.
I've been working with a good variety of Wacom products recently, like the still-kinda-brand-new Inkling and the Cintiq.
If you're looking for something that will revolutionize your sketchbook, don't buy the Inkling -- at least not yet.
There are plenty of things I like about the Inkling, but none of them make me want to use it on a daily basis. The overall layout of the packaging is great, everything you need is stored in a flip-open carrier that can fit easily into a pencil case. The easy import of drawings into Photoshop or Illustrator is also a great plus, especially if you're not generally happy with the vector-tracing features in Illustrator. Lines come in with nice weight variation and ready to edit, bezier-style. You can also separate your sketches into layers and make adjustments accordingly, a great feature that gives you a lot more flexibility.
However, there are some issues that Wacom needs to address in the Inkling's design and technology to make it must-have hardware for everyday artisting. After a couple of weeks of regular wear-and-tear from living inside of a backpack pocket, my Inkling pen no longer wanted to stay inside of its slot. It hangs loosely inside but no longer "clicks" into place on the spring, meaning that it won't properly charge while plugged in. To relieve this, I put some electrical tape and a penny over the slot to keep the pen in place.
|This is probably the best of the bunch, and the loose sketching lends itself well to the Inkling's strengths.|
|Detailed drawings don't hold up very well. It's like someone tried to trace your sketch in a moving car.|
|Again, the overall idea of the image is there, but when you look at details like the collar and face there are discrepancies.|
|As sloppy as this sketch is, this import disappointed me. Even with the loose style you lose what held the original image together.|
As for the Cintiq, it's the smallest version that Wacom makes and probably not their best but I love it. There's nothing quite like feeling like you live in the future when you're sitting on the couch next to your girlfriend doing full-color animation on your lap. Admittedly, the iPad isn't far behind with their upcoming pressure-sensitive stylus coming out in a matter of months and that screen and setup is much better, but for now I'll be more than happy to add my Cintiq to my mobile work station, something I can take with me and animate run cycles like this:
|without arms, men are basically scrotums with legs.|