Currently in my collection of Wacom tablets I have the first one I ever bought – Wacom Intuos 1, but I don´t remember if it ever was called “1″. And of course Wacom Intuos 3, and Intuos 4 and now most recently WACOM Intuos PRO (5). How great all these tablets are for creating art with CorelDRAW, Corel PHOTO-PAINT and Corel PAINTER. Poetry in motion kind of.
Picture,(official from wacom) showing the Wacom Intuos PRO, (5). Pic for reference links to the Wacom store.
All these tablets have evolved beautifully and are quite frankly – quality through and through. I hope Wacom never ever move away from their quality product thinking. Artists need their stuff, their tools to work full stop – and today they do. And let artists create with quality and joy. Emphasize the word “quality”. Thats why artists come back for more tablets and become loyal customers. Simple equation really. And with other brands out there the emphasize on quality and inovation will make Wacom to continue produce products customers whant.
Can´t thank the Japanese inventors of Wacom tablets enough really. Had been fun to shake their hands and say “Thank you”.
Initially I kind of bumped into the Intuos 1 many moons ago. I wasnt really prepared. And when I bought it, I had just missed it on a sale, but one of my brothers employes hadn’t. So he sold it to me for the sale price. And just before Intuos 2 came out I believe, I kind of looked at it and wondered if I really needed it. If I had spent my money wisely – kind of fun to think about many years later.
It took me a few days to get used to it, to sit and draw without looking at the surface I place my hand on. But today, this is the way I prefer to work when I use a Wacom. Yes, the Cintiq´s are truly wonderful products to create art with, no doubt. But they tend to cost way more than a Wacom intuos. With all the new models of Cintiqs coming out, maybe artists, professional and hobbyists are getting uncertain on wich one to buy. And with the money investment it is in buying a cintiqe, maybe some feel inferior if they buy a Wacom Intuos.
They don’t have to. The Wacom Intuos PRO tablets are great and are not inferior to the cintiqs when it comes to quality of final art made in their favorite computer software such as CorelDRAW, Photo-Paint, Corel Painter – and other programs such as Gimp and Photoshop. Maybe the only thing I come to think about now that might be on the negative side, are the touch & buttons I tend to touch when I dont intend to. But I guess I will get used to that like I have done with my Wacom Intuos 4. With Intuos 3 the buttons were placed diferently on the tablet.
Picture showing the Cintiq 24HD
The most obvious visual difference is in the screen the Cintiqs are based on so to speak. In the beginning when Cintiqs came out they did not have the same high-resolution and other technical specifications of the Intuos models. But today thats another issue. You could argue the Cintig models are on par. But artistically no difference, that belongs to the individual artist. Personally I still prefer Wacom Intuos models because not having my hand or arm in the way so to speak when I draw and paint or image adjust, is great. It means I can see more of the work area. And I like that.
Cintiqus come in many various models and if you would go with a cintiq, its really up to you on wich one to choose. Who knows, in the end you might go with the Wacom Inkling instead or both.
Illustrator, artist and graphic designer
User of CorelDRAW Graphics Suite, Corel PHOTO-PAINT and Corel PAINTER