I’ve been working digitally almost exclusively for about 3 years, using Wacom’s Intuos 4 drawing tablet hooked up to my MacBook Pro 17 laptop. Â This techno combo has freed me from working at the studio. Â I spend my days in coffee shops and cafes working away with this set up.
The Intuos 4 has high sensitivity and drawing with it is a breeze, but notice the one drawback. Â There is no visual screen to draw on. Â You have to look up at the screen on your computer while your hand moves the pen while drawing. Â This seems akward at first but in a couple of hours your brain adjusts and it starts to seem very natural. Â I looked at Cintiqs initially but balked at the price. Â Then I read about the Chinese drawing tablet the YiynovaÂ DP10U. Â It was about $360, Â which is about a third of the cost of the smallest Cintiq. Â So I ordered one.
After messing with the Chinese instructions, they never seem to get the English just right–ha, I couldn’t get it to work. Â I ended up calling customer service and a Yiynova tech picked up the phone. Â I could hear a kid crying in the background and a television on, and assumed he was working from his home. Â He was very nice and informative and had me up and running shortly. Â Excellent tech support, based on the one phone call.
The Yiynova mirrors what’s on your computer screen. Â Drawing on it was almost like drawing on paper! Â There is a slight gap due to the thickness of the glass and the image, which you adapt to very quickly. Â If there was any lag time I didn’t notice it.
What did annoy me though was…. My HAND was in the WAY! Â I am so Â accustomed to not looking down at my Intuos tablet that my hand seemed like an obstruction. Â It’s that way when I draw in my sketch books too. Â When I work with my Yiynova, I generally don’t look down at the Yiynova screen, I look at the computer screen. Â So it seems like kind of a waste of money. Â But I’m sure as time goes on I will get used to it. Â Here’s a Youtube vid Â review of one. Â Â http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5E4IDM2tPaY‘>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5E4IDM2tPaY
Here’s a jpeg of what I was drawing on the Yiy. Â Â It’s a rough comp of a character I made up when I was in grade school. Â His name is A1. Â Yes, I named him after a steak sauce.