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    I think I need to master my Bamboo tablet before I even start looking at that seriously, but goddamn does it look cool and nifty.

    Oh so very nifty...

    (I like how they have separate sections on their website for comic artists, animators and whatnot)
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    thinking about it, the only thing stopping me is the lack of info about the type of ink cartridges it uses, hopefully it uses a common kind, if so i'm having the philp j fry "shut up and take my money" reaction also
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeAug 31st 2011
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    Clairefontaine had already released a very similar product. It didn't sell very well, though.
    • CommentAuthorarchizero
    • CommentTimeAug 31st 2011
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    must get me one of these... i like the way that it does not have to be thethered to a computer to be used...
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    I've seen previous attempts to do this sort of thing, and they were all "interesting experiments" that no one ever used. Now, if anyone is going to make this idea workable, it's Wacom. They have the tech (and the patents to use it) to pull this off. But even they're hedging on what it's capable of: "...for the front end of the creative process. Later, refine your work on your computer..."

    So... who likes sketching with a ballpoint pen? I don't. When working on paper I use a pencil, because it allows me to make everything from barely-discernable hints to dark and confident lines, and because it's easy to erase. A ballpoint isn't like that.

    And I already have a pretty good piece of technology for "capturing a digital likeness* of your sketch" (pencil or pen): a scanner. One advantage this device has over that is that it can capture it as vector data. But I work in raster mode (e.g. Photoshop, not Illustrator) so that doesn't do anything for me.

    I'm not saying this is going to be useless. It does offer some natural advantages over working with an Intuos or Bamboo, where you're looking at the screen while moving your stylus around on the desk. It's a familiar, instinctive tool. But I'm not sure it's going to live up to the quality expectations... the hopes... of people who want a way to have their traditional media cake and eat it digitally too. After picking up a used TabletPC for drawing away from my desk, this would be a step backward for me.

    *Note the weasel word: not "capturing your sketch"... just a "likeness" of it.
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    seems like a nice piece of tech. Could be promising but not fully convinced. I already own an intuos4 but don't have a scanner(I use a camera). Would be nice if you could just attach it to any pen and it would record the stroke data. Wonder how much the pen refills would cost? Any intuos4 users will know about how the drawing surface texture eat through the nibs. Would be nice if it could accommodate to a3 size. The thing I like is the vector data option. Even though I don't use illustrator I can see how you could upsize the vector then rasterise it as a very useful tool. Oh well, intuos4, my heart still belongs to you...
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    Yeah my qualms in the other thread were pretty much the same. Not keen on sketching with a ballpoint pen(or inking with one really). And the limited size is annoying.
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      CommentAuthorYskaya
    • CommentTimeAug 31st 2011
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    Steadtler also had a version, it didn't differ in outward product design all that much.*

    If you're used to thinking in layers (for vector illustrations) already and your art is smooth (ie no excessive crosshatching**)

    -it'll save time on post-scan clean up.
    -at art-conventions you can give your sketch away without taking a picture.
    -the refills for the ballpoint (unless they added a mod to the tube) without label and with a-label range between € 0.90 to € 2.00

    I hope it lives up to the buzz and it's allure, as soon as I can I'll give it a test drive and report back.


    *eye of the beholder
    **one can never have enough crosshatching action
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      CommentAuthorglukkake
    • CommentTimeAug 31st 2011
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    The layer thing is what grabs me the most. Since I silkscreen (and before I did, I would colour in layers like one) I'm always having to break up drawings into sections of colors after I scan in the drawing, which would be a pain. If this works, it should help eliminate that step for me.
    I also like drawing in ballpoint in my sketchbook. The going straight to vector would also make this incredibly useful for all the recent lasercutting work I've been up to. I spend so much time cleaning up my work so it can be properly used and this would save me a lot of time.

    If they can keep it at a decently low price point, I'll probably pick this up.
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    Its' going to be US$199.
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    So... who likes sketching with a ballpoint pen?


    I use a pad of A4 graph paper and a ballpoint. A nice ballpoint because I like my ink solid even if it is a scribble, but a ballpoint.

    To me this Inkling seems like a good match for my normal workflow. I'm thinking I can do my layouts on A4 and finishes in computer. Save me the cost and effort of hunting down the increasingly rare A4 doujinshi comic paper here (Hell, even the B4 stuff is getting harder to find outside of the big cities) With the original being on a piece of paper, you'll always have a back up for your digital file. And I do think that con sketchers can use it to make their own copies of what they gave away for their own uses. For people who have gone fully digital, this may not be all that useful, but who knows? I think it'd be great for people like me who are straddling the paper/digital art divide.

    The only serious failing I can see is that it may become a pain in the ass to get replacements for the ink if the product doesn't become common enough. I had to go through a few hoops to get replacement nibs for my stylus a year back and the Bamboo is pretty common.

    So far it seems to be more win than fail. But everything sort of depends on the reviews of those first few buyers.
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    The ballpoint thing definitely kills it for me. I guess I'll just stick to my scanner.
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    Hey don't knock the ballpoint...you can get some pretty nice stuff with it....

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      CommentAuthoraike
    • CommentTimeSep 1st 2011
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    I ordered one for the artist wife... delivery is 2-3 weeks. I'll let you know once we get it if it lives up to the promise. I considered waiting for reviews etc. but my trigger finger was faster than my common sense.
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    @aike
    I'm looking forward to hearing first hand what its shortcomings are. It's a tempting purchase, especially for con sketching.
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    I learned to draw with a black ballpoint. Still have a fondness for them.
    • CommentAuthorScottS
    • CommentTimeSep 3rd 2011
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    I still do a ton of idle sketching/doodling at work with a ballpoint pen. I usually end up tossing those pages away, but I can see myself saving them if I was using this inkling thing. Defintiely looking forward to seeing more reviews as it comes available.
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      CommentAuthorYskaya
    • CommentTimeSep 5th 2011
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    Aaand the first user report is in:

    Robert Hranitzky|motion Graphics Design (DE)
    • CommentAuthorevilhare
    • CommentTimeSep 5th 2011
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    Ok, I am officially impressed. I'm a traditionalist as far as penciling and inking, but this just seems too cool. I might just buy one; I used to sketch with a ballpoint all the time back in the day.

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