I thought I would change the pace a bit and tell you about my new toy. I got the Wacom Intuos Pen and Touch Tablet over the holidays to replace my old outdated tablet and I couldn’t be happier!
I’ve always been a fan of the Wacom tablets and since my old one has lasted me over a decade I feel comfortable saying they’re a very reliable company!
Apparently the tablets used to be called Bamboo, but they recently changed that to have all their products under the Intuos umbrella. It can be confusing with so many products using the same name, but I will say it helps that their website is very user-friendly and does a great job showing you each piece so you can tell them apart. I will say that I really couldn’t tell the difference between the Intuos Art tablet and the Intuos Photo tablet though!
Aesthetics of the Wacom Intuos
This tablet comes in a nice sleek black. It’s very lightweight and fits easily into my art bag. The things I like about it the best is that the cord is detachable, which makes for so much easier storing! Also, the drawing area takes up almost the whole tablet. Just about an inch on each side and two buttons on the top.
Key Features of the Pen and Touch Tablet
I’ve always been a big fan of the pressure sensitivity of the pens on Wacom tablets. You have control over how much sensitivity you want, and the end result is a much more natural drawing feeling. Also it comes with replaceable nibs for when you ran one down. Although I admit on my old one that I’ve used for over a decade never needed replacing.
One thing I’m really excited that this one has that my old one didn’t is a multi-touch feature! In the middle of a piece I can use my fingers on the pad just like my smartphone or iPad, to rotate, move, pinch, or pull. This is a dream when working in a digital art program.
The four buttons can be programmed to become shortcuts for whatever you want. I haven’t set them up yet but would definitely appreciate an “undo” button or a “save” button, so I’ll be doing that soon.
As I mentioned earlier it comes with one simple black USB cable to plug it in, which is very easy to use and inconspicuous. On their website they sell wireless kits if you want to upgrade!
Judging from the Wacom website this seems to only come in one size, but the other tablets come in other sizes if you really want a different size. My old one was very small (less than 5 inches) so this one feels like a monster to me at 4 x 6 inches haha. I really enjoy the size and while I wouldn’t turn away a bigger one this one works perfect for my digital art.
My favorite uses for the tablet
If you can’t tell my favorite way to use the tablet is for my digital art. I’m a big fan of vector based art which is done in Adobe Illustrator. My art is typically more graphic based with simple bold colors and strong lines. I enjoy using the tablet to create these graphics because the pen allows me the freedom to create unique lines and shapes while still giving me the same sense of control that I get using a pen or pencil. For some reason my hands and a mouse don’t connect as well to recreate what my brain sees. You can see videos of me creating art in Illustrator using the tablet on my youtube channel here.
I do love the more fluid digital painting style that can be achieved with the Wacom tablet as well. The delicate mouse sensitivity allows for fluid brush strokes and blending in Corel or Photoshop, to give a lovely illustrative effect.
The more you use it, the more second nature it becomes anyway. While I can’t really create the same graphics with a mouse – if I’m using the tablet and have to browse the web real quick for a reference picture it’s easy as pie with the tablet.
Wacom Intuos Pen and Touch Tablet: Verdict
I’m so happy with my new tablet! It’s such a step up in the digital art world from using a mouse, I highly recommend you trying one out. There’s a bit of a learning curve to get used to the sensitivity and hand/eye coordination but becomes second nature before you know it.