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Lately I've been thinking about how a Wacom might help me with my pixel art. I know it will probably not help much with the usual 50*50 pixels ones I try to do each day, but...

From want I've seen in pixel tutorials, for bigger art, they simple make a doodle and... pixel trace it? Which is were the Wacom enters the scene.

The thing is I don't know anything about Wacom tablets, so I kinda need to know which one is best suited for me.

I probably won't do anything bigger than 800*800, or maybe 500 * 500... I dunno....

What do you guys think? Should I give it a go? What model would you suggest for a newbie that wouldn't do anything too big?




In other news, it's raining like crazy over here! It hasn't stopped in days! And for the first time in my life, I've seen things ruined by water (not counting the stuff that got ruined in Bristol)!

Trees knocked over, big branches dangling precariously over my head, and minor flooding! With my OWN eyes! In my own neighborhood! To you guys this might not seem noteworthy but this is Spain, we get so little rain we almost forget what it looks like! Which probably explains why we are so ill-prepared for it....
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From:demongoldfish
Date:May 24th, 2007 02:32 pm (UTC)
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totally totally worth getting a wacom. you will wonder how the hell you lived without it.

if your on a budget or unsure if you will use it [trust me you will] go for the small graphire 4 x 6? its what i have and its used almost daily and is really plenty of space.

http://www.wacom-europe.com/int/products/graphire4/index.asp?lang=en&pdx=11
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From:thundakat
Date:May 24th, 2007 05:00 pm (UTC)
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My suggestion would be the Bamboo for the first tablet, its their new budget one (retailing at about 60 pounds over here).

http://www.wacom-europe.com/bamboo/?lang=en

Tablets are good for using as a mouse too I've found, no worry about wires or charging batteries :)
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From:tanukitsune
Date:May 24th, 2007 05:35 pm (UTC)
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Is it like the Graphire4?
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From:bunnyman_
Date:May 24th, 2007 05:06 pm (UTC)
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What!! You haven't got a Wacom!!

Get one soon, not only will it help you draw easy er on your computer, it also prevents RSI and believe me you want to have a wacom before your wrists start to hurt (personal experience).

You can start with a A6+ wacom (Grahire not Intuos), those are cheap and once you're used to it you'll never want anything else except maybe a bigger one.

good luck.
From:kinakomochi
Date:May 24th, 2007 05:26 pm (UTC)
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I had a 12x12 Intuos2. Waaaaaaaaay too big. I think for pixel art you can get by with a Graphire just fine, and not need the features of an Intuos3. They have Graphires in 4x5 and 6x8, and the Intuos3 in 4x6 and 6x8.

I personally want a 6x8 Intuos, since I do a lot of coloring and PS on images I make. But then again, I used to be in graphic art. (^-^)b
From:kinakomochi
Date:May 24th, 2007 08:11 pm (UTC)
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Oh, about the rain... isn't it mostly on the plain? (^,^)\
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From:nick_101
Date:May 24th, 2007 06:34 pm (UTC)
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Hope the rain stops.

And I say give it a shot, though 800 x 800 is much too big and time consuming. Probably 500 x 500.
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From:akilika
Date:May 24th, 2007 09:42 pm (UTC)
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Just wait until you have to make things for print.

Fortunately, that probably isn't that much of an issue with pixel art. ^_^ :D
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From:tanukitsune
Date:May 24th, 2007 09:54 pm (UTC)
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Because they demand a higher resolution? But yeah, you can't really change the resolution of pixel art, the low resolution is the whole point!
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From:akilika
Date:May 24th, 2007 09:59 pm (UTC)
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Yeah. My friend Pat (for whom I'm interning) gave me a list of necessary resolutions, depending on what it is and what you want to do with it.

It reads:

Web: 72 or 96
Gray: 266+
Color: 400+
Bitmap: 600 dpi


:)
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