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Mouse or Tablet
SarahN at 7:02PM, July 6, 2007
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Basically this thread was made just to see what you use, a tablet or mouse. I doubt this will get really deep, so I stuck it in WTH.

You can just say “tablet” or “mouse” or “both” or….“toothbrush”…and talk about your epic, wonderful experiences with these tools. If you use natural media than you can….say nothing or whatever you want. XP If you guys find this topic stupid or spammy than feel free to move it or lock it up or something…just made this out of spur of the moment.

I am currently a doomed mouse user.
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Cthulhu at 7:12PM, July 6, 2007
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I use a mouse, but wrong forum…

I'm going to make a pic that says, “WTH Is Not A Spam Forum”

You can't just stick anything here!
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SarahN at 7:16PM, July 6, 2007
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My bad. >_> (I guess it would just turn into spam….)
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Stark at 8:55AM, July 7, 2007
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I just bought a new Wacom XL table, I will write a short review later on.
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marine at 9:32AM, July 7, 2007
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penis is a 100% mouse drawn
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Nicotine at 9:50AM, July 7, 2007
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Mouse. My comic is handdrawn, a little mouse drawn sometimes, and colored on the computer, using a mouse. Sometimes I think tablets are a little overrated. If you work long enough with a mouse you should have no problem. It just takes a while to get things done.
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suzi at 9:59AM, July 7, 2007
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Mouse. My comic is handdrawn, a little mouse drawn sometimes, and colored on the computer, using a mouse. Sometimes I think tablets are a little overrated. If you work long enough with a mouse you should have to problem. It just takes a while to get thinks done.

Pressure sensitivity, man. Pressure sensitivity.

Since I got my Intuos3, it's joined my list of things I can't live without. Like food and water and air and bird figurines.
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usedbooks at 10:12AM, July 7, 2007
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I'd like a tablet, but I don't do enough computer drawing to warrant the cost.

I do hand drawing. I use a mouse to clean up my scans (remove blemishes, make the panel borders more tidy, etc.) – oh and for my colored pages, but the way I do coloring doesn't need a much precision.
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subcultured at 11:43AM, July 7, 2007
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recently i've been scanning pencil tones and then painting over them using my waccom
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silentkitty at 4:40PM, July 7, 2007
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Tablet, definitely. I've tried working with a mouse, and I feel pretty secure in saying that tablets are not overrated - the amount of control you gain from them, and the pressure sensitivity they give, is absolutely 100% worth it, especially for things like digital inking or coloring/painting.

:kitty:
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JustNoPoint at 5:18PM, July 7, 2007
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I used pencil and mouse forever. Then earlier this year I finally saved up the money to buy a Wacom Cintiq 21UX

It has totally revolutionized my work. Quality is better, coloring ins infinitely better, and everything is made a LOT quicker.

I was worried about getting simply a tablet because I figured the learning curve would take me too long. I wanted something more natural. It is so awesome working on the screen in real time editing and creating my work.

I know it's a bit pricey but I actually expected it to be more expensive. And I expected tablets to be cheaper when I started looking into them. Anyway, I can never go back to pencil again now :cat:
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Nimbo at 5:40PM, July 10, 2007
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I use a tablet. I tried with the mouse but seriously it killed my hand. I find it alot easier to paint, touch up and the likes with a tablet. :) But i always draw it on paper and then scan it in dunno why, but it works for me.
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deletedbyrequest03 at 6:15PM, July 10, 2007
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I use a tablet.

This year, school's full of BS!!!
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swisscheese at 8:22PM, July 10, 2007
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I use an Intuos2. Tried an Aiptek 5000 or whatever it was for the first page of my comic. Utterly despised it for drawing, but it was alright for shading and such. The Intuos2 is vastly superior. Tilt sensitivity opens up a whole new range of things you couldn't do with digital painting before. Typically though, I'm slightly faster at drawing with pencil and pen and paper, then I can scan in my inked drawings and correct/color them faster on the computer.
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StaceyMontgomery at 4:34AM, July 11, 2007
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I drew all my comics with a mouse for years. I shifted over to using a tablet a year or two ago because i was having a lot of carpal tunnel problems. it worked great! My carpal tunnel is a lot better - though it never really goes away.

I now find it really hard to use a mouse - I use the stylus for everything. Thank you, Wacom.
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FAL at 2:20PM, July 11, 2007
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Tablet here!

I'm really surprised when I find out people draw with the friggin' mouse! For coloring it can be alright, but for drawing… I would throw the damn thing out the window in 5 minutes :)
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Ocka at 10:06PM, July 13, 2007
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Hey… just a question, since this thread is talking about tablets… can someone tell me where I can purchase a cheap one that can get the job done, and is a Wacom Graphire 3 tablet good for art?

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Vindibudd at 4:23PM, July 16, 2007
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I used pencil and mouse forever. Then earlier this year I finally saved up the money to buy a Wacom Cintiq 21UX


Holy s**t. That costs more than most computers.
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JustNoPoint at 4:48PM, July 16, 2007
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Holy s**t. That costs more than most computers.
I still think it's a better deal than spending $500 to $700 on a tablet.
Save that money up a couple more times and you have a Cintiq.

Also it motivates the hell out of me to work everyday on my comic.

my thought:
“I spent $2,500 on this monitor to work on this comic. I BETTER WORK ON IT!!!”
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KamiDaHobo at 9:12AM, July 17, 2007
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Tablet user here.

Well, I use ‘user’ in the loosest sense of the term, as the learning curve is pretty steep, and I'm still trying to emulate traditional media, with not much success. Oh well, that's what practice is for.

For anyone wanting a recommendation on a tablet, if you're an entry-level user, I'd definitely recommend the Graphire line of tablets from Wacom. They don't have as many special features as their bigger brother, Intuos, but they feature enough to definitely make digital art more comfortable.
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BlkKnight at 8:30PM, July 17, 2007
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As long as I don't have to go pixel-by-pixel, I stick with my Intuos 2. It was one of the best investments I've made.
That's “Dr. BlkKnight” to all of you.
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kitsunesan at 10:17AM, July 18, 2007
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A tablet for now XD
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Gibbo at 1:14PM, July 18, 2007
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Mouse… tablets are waaay too expensive on a student budget. : T
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cs3ink at 1:20PM, July 18, 2007
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I worked with a mouse for around 12 years until they got tablets at work.

Hands down, tablets rule! I can illustrated just fine with a mouse, don't get me wrong (like I said, I did it long enough), but a tablet is so much more natural. It just feels closer to the real thing.

Later,
Chip
Creator of Terran Sandz and Broken Things, and now Dead. Check 'em out.
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acadia at 6:04PM, July 18, 2007
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Taaaablet.

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