I am quite amazed by the new digital drawing tool from Wacom called the Inkling.
It is a pen and receiver that can attach to any piece of paper, sketchbook or whatever drawing surface you prefer and the receiver tracks your pen strokes. Inkling will save up to 50 drawings and you can create new layers easily. When you are done, you upload the drawings by USB using Wacom’s Sketch Manager software which will allow you to save the file to the format you want.
It will be available this September for $199. That’s not a bad price considering how portable it is and what it can do!
Since nothing is perfect, there are some cons:
It only uses ball-point nibs.
You are limited to only using A4 size paper which is slightly larger than U.S. letter size.
It requires line-of-sight between pen and receiver while drawing.
You can’t erase mistakes.
I don’t view these as very big cons. I would still buy one even though I have a Wacom tablet because it seems more portable. For quick sketches on the go, this is a great buy. Especially if you don’t need or want something like an iPad.
The Flow is a paintbrush for your iPad or Android tablet.
It was created by Joystickers, two engineers who say their purpose is simple, “to make awesome stuff”. I can get behind that.
They also created a Scribe and The Classics which are arcade buttons for your smart phone or tablet. I’m looking forward to their next invention!
Best Demonstrations for Using the Wacom Cintiq 21UX
Let’s say you’ve read all the reviews about the Cintiq 21UX and you want to buy it, but would prefer to try it out before buying. Well, that’s tricky. You either need to know someone who has one, take a class that teaches you use one, but that’s not completely necessary. YouTube has some great demo videos of the Cintiq 21UX. I’ve compiled a few here that I think are the best!
If you have some videos of the Wacom Cintiq 21UX in action, please post the link and I’ll add them to the list!
This video is 1 of 2 that shows off how to use the Cintiq 21UX for cartoon drawing
This is video 2 of 2
This video shows how easy it is to move the Cintiq 21UX with or without the Ergotron arm
This video shows how to use the 21UX for architecture drawing