wacom graphire

Another digital painting from Mushishi Zoku Shou episode 4 (I have 3 more scenes I wanna draw from this episode LOL) after Saturday I won’t be posting as much until a week later due to final exams/performances/gigs/auditions so I hope the next few sketches will help you guys relax your mind when you’re stressed out! Good luck to those who will be taking their final exams soon! :D

Time: 2 hours

Tools: Photoshop CS6, Macbook Air, Wacom Graphire Tablet

Mushishi belongs to: © Urushibara Yuki


This is my lovely Wacom graphire 4. It’s 8 years old but still going strong. The pen is a little grody and the tablet is very clunky compared to the ones available now, but otherwise it’s perfect for a digital artist who is just starting out!!

Dimensions: 10.5" square, active area 6" x 4". Weighs just over 2 pounds. Ultra long cable measures almost 5 feet!

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Yesterday my trusty Graphire 4 went to join the cripples at the edge of the herd. Its Day One for this new secondhand Bamboo, and I just noticed it has no preset buttons on the tablet, just the two on the pen itself. The pen itself is slippery, no cushy padded part that helps with the grip. And the active surface is ever so slightly textured, like I’m running the nib along the finest sandpaper. Do you like drawing on sandpaper? I do not.

The plus side is I got my pressure sensitivity back! See the above Terras for comparison. The right one is the Bamboo, and the lineart looks much better (to be fair, I was trying harder too).

So I guess I’m adjusting to the new tool, though I don’t like it much. It’s a stopgap measure until I can save enough for that fancy Cintiq or a scanner to incorporate more hand drawn linework.

Btw, did you know its pronounced “wack-com”? I’ve been saying “way-comb”.

ice-queen-mayu  asked:

Hello! First of all I wanna say I really love your art and I look up to you as an artist. That's why I wanted to see if you could help? I'm looking into buying a drawing tablet, so which one would you recommend?

Hello! Thank you very much, you are really too kind!

About the tablet uhm, I can give you some info about the types…
Know that Wacom Tablets are for the tablets what Apple is for smarthphones: they are the best around, professionals use them and they are expensive. There are basic tablets and super cool expensive ones with screens and a lot of cool stuff. And of course there is the not-wacom counterparts, that will do the same work, at half price.

The real question is how much serious are you into starting digital drawing. Because it will be a shame to spend more than 100$ in something that you will use for a week and then leave it in a closet.

My best advice is start with the super basic tablet you can find, like the Wacom Intuos (Draw), or its other-brand version, and see how you feel with it. Know also that it takes weeks and months to get used to digital drawing, so you your first tablet should keep you company for at least a year or something. Then you can decide to do a level up, and get a better one (a intuos Pro or a cintiq) :D

I’m using actually a wacom Cintiq 12wx, after an experience of 5 years with a Wacom Graphire 2 and 3 yrs with a Wacom Bamboo (all of them are currently out of production), and never had a problem with them (not that Wacom is problem-free though, I know a lot of stories of malfuctions and stuff), but I know that other brands are good too, so it really depends on how much you want to invest in a drawing tablet :D

Hope it could help!