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What tablet for sketch drawing?

Discussion in 'Graphic Design & Digital Art' started by AxlOz, Sep 5, 2021.

  1. AxlOz

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    Hey guys/gals, I'd like to get into a tablet for sketching as I find I churn through paper and use a lot from doing revisions of sketches.
    I sketch building designs - plans, elevations, perspectives - typically black and white 'sketchy' drawings for quick communication and testing of ideas. Nothing overly 'artistic' perse, but I like the sketchy look.

    Any suggestions for what hardware to look at?

    iPad pro is what most people say, but they're super exy..

    I have an old iPad Air but I figure something slightly bigger would be better.
     
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    anything that uses the Apple Pencil
    • iPad Pro 12.9-inch
      (3rd, 4th and 5th generation)
    • iPad Pro 11-inch
      (1st, 2nd and 3rd generation)
    • iPad Air
      (4th generation)
     
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    i THINK i recall Huion being sold at Aldi (during one of those weekly specials)??
     
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    Ah, interesting.. I'll keep an eye out for them!

    I'd ideally get a new iPad pro with the pencil but they're soooo expensive..
     
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    You can use Apple Pencil 1st gen on iPad 7th ed
     
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    I'm pretty sure mines a 6th gen and the pencil works, I think 5-6 was when they made it compatible.
     
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    Isnt that a streaming device..?
     
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    toshiba z20-t is a low key surface competitor with wacom tech... no tilt support but other than that its a steal at like $300-400
     
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    Remarkable 2 is pretty good.
     
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    The Remarkable tablets look great!

    I've been thinking more about this, and looking up the variosu options you guys have been posting (thank you!). I think what I'm after is something that just allows basic line drawings, which many of these will do nicely, then I just need to export that to JPG or PDF and I can work it up with colours and notations etc on my desktop.

    One other thing I'd like, and I'm not sure this exists - is sketch software that gives me a grid to work on that I can use to scale my drawing from, but can be switched off when I export the sketch to PDF/JPG. If anyone has any knowledge of that sort of thing I'm all ears. The software/app may actually determine what tablet I get..
     
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    So are you after something portable? or something wired that connects to a computer

    The stock standard apple notes app does this.
     
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    It doesn't have grid paper on my old version (iPad air), but I can draw in the Notes app. I like that it has a ruler too, but its pretty basic overall - which isnt a bad thing...
    I've been toying with the Autodesk SketchBook app on my old iPad and its quite good. I might be best to just get an iPad with the Apple pencil and keep using that as an app..
     
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    It does. Have you updated the notes app from the app store?
    42372DB1-A89A-4B82-A977-B86762D5206C.jpeg

    If you want a mobile tablet. then ipad pencil is the best experience out of all of them
     
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    Updating my old clunker ipad now ;)

    So the apple pencil is the best stylus/tablet-pencil-thingy around? If thats the case I may be best to just get a new basic iPad and then get the pencil as well..
     
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    Dropping a mere few weeks ago - the 2021 version of the XP-Pen Artist Pro would be my pick. 500 bucks with free shipping to Oz (introductory price - usually 630) Its a combination of a few recent good products (the innovator 16 & the artist 15.6 pro)

    https://www.storexp-pen.com.au/buy/132.html


    Reviews are scant so far - but be aware that XP-Pen hasnt made a bad product for many years now & from talk on forum boards, the new pen, with its higher sensitivity, is a bit of a wacom killer.

    edit: Found one





    Comes with everything you need & some you wont if you have usb-c port capable of directly powering it. Only thing missing is a stand (this is common at this pricepoint) so you need to purchase something separately, like the Parblo pr100 for instance. You can get a stand from xp pen, but if you have prime, that Parblo is almost the same price & far, far superior.
     
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    Still depends if you want mobile or wired. Mobile = ipad/pencil. Wired = Wacom
     
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    I liked the look of that thing but it really isn't transportable. Having to have it plugged into a power source all the time is a killer especially for one of the uses I want one for. I can make a small battery set up, it's only a 5V/2A power source but I wouldn't have thought I'd have to. I thought the idea of these things was you could take them with you? Is this lack of mobility a common thing with these tablets?
     
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    It's a "Drawing Tablet". which means a display with a pen input. Doesn't work without a computer attached
     

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