WACOM CINTIQ 13HD

Logo: All rights reserved to Wacom, 

Logo: All rights reserved to Wacom, 

Price: £625 plus VAT

Company: Wacom

Pros: Great drawing experience. Brilliant HD screen. Very easy to take out and about. Easy to use and get used to. Pen Capabilities are amazing. Lightweight.

Cons: You need to remember to buy an adapter. Android apps for use out and about, in my opinion aren't as good as professional software when plugged into your Mac which is expected. Stand is flimsy and not as sturdy as it could be.

JNPanimation Rating: 9.4/10

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As you may have seen I have just been working on a side project called Johnny's World (see post below).

To create this illustration I was using a fantastic product made by Wacom called the Cintiq 13HD. It gives the artist the ability to create any type of artwork using minimal resources and giving fantastic end results and its all on one screen. Personally I feel that this product is as good as drawing on paper if not better in some cases as you can still achieve the 'natural' drawing look even though the work is being produced digitally.

However you will need a good design package to work with when using the tablet so that you can achieve the right styles you are looking for, my personal favourite is Adobe Photoshop, with is limitless capabilities as well as it user friendly interface I would say that both the Wacom and Photoshop work in harmony with one another. When using Photoshop or any other software the tablet will need to be plugged into your laptop as it becomes a secondary mirrored screen. All programmes in the adobe suite work really well with the Cintiq as well as other programmes such as Mudbox, Maya, and Corel Painter. 

I feel that the wires sometimes get in the way as there are quite a few that need plugging into various points and they are quite thick, one for the thunderbolt display port (you will need to buy an adaptor for the Mac which comes to roughly £20) one in the usb port, one plug socket and the last one for display HDMI port on the Cintiq. There is also a stand that comes with the Cintiq which has three tilt angles so that you can be as comfortable as possible when using it, I find that the stand is quite sturdy but it falls out if you lift the unit up to manoeuvre the screen, it is only a minor issue though.

Wacom Cintiq 13HD Multi Pressure Standard Pen including replacement nibs.

Wacom Cintiq 13HD Multi Pressure Standard Pen including replacement nibs.

The tablet also has other capabilities that allow you to use it while on the move. With a built in android interface you are able to download design apps, watch videos online, surf the web, play games and more. With downloadable programmes such as sketchbook pro available for  the Cintiq 13HD you have the freedom to use this product as your sketchbook when you are out and about, its lightweight, comes with a protective case, theres no wastage of paper and if you forget your equipment then there is no need to panic as it is all built into one screen! And with a good battery life you can take all the time in the world to produce your artwork!

The only issue that I have with use of the Cintiq out and about is that the programmes that are available don't have as many capabilities as when using it with professional software, however, it does allow you to produce work with some really good results even though the software is fairly basic. This isn't down to Wacom but to the android app store.

The Cintiq also comes with a fantastic pen, with 2,048 levels of pressure and tilt sensitivity, it's fantastic for when I produce some of my more detailed and intricate work. If you love drawing with high levels of detail, like myself you will fall in love with the pens abilities.

As an animator I also need to ensure that I can clearly see everything that I'm working on in the best quality possible, the Cintiq 13 HD, although fairly small in size in comparison to the other Wacom Cintiq products such as the Cintiq 22HD and 27QHD it still is, in my opinion, on the same level as the larger models from my use of them. I find that I am still comfortable to use this the 13 HD even after several hours working on a project, some people do find that the screen is quite small and don't stay on for prolonged amounts of time.

Overall this is a brilliant product, a MUST have piece of equipment if you are looking to develop your career as and animator, artist or illustrator and can afford to buy it. If you want to find out more about this fantastic product then visit:

www.wacom.com 

or click here to discover more about the Cintiq 13HD! 

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