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Tobibrocki

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Germany
Current Residence: Home ;)

Favourite style of art: A little bit of everything.

Operating Systems: Windows 7 64-Bit and Mac OS X.

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Journal Entry: Sun Jul 27, 2014, 6:14 PM


Hey everyone,

sorry I've been so mute lately, thing is, I have a pretty busy time at the moment (work, small spare time, you know the drill). When I come home it's usually straight to bed, maybe an Anime/Cartoon Episode before that and that's my day pretty much. So, sorry that I have not been able to draw much (or at all) the last few weeks.

Currently I'm also trying to save up cash for a new tablet, I'm not sure which one I'll be able to get but I hope it'll be at least a little bit bigger than my Bamboo. I have been browsing Amazon and other sites to see what's out there and I've seen Wacom's Cintiq 13HD tablet. It has a very nice price for a Cintiq, a full HD display at 13.3 Inches and I heard it's pretty robust. I have included it in my list of possible tablets I could potentially save up enough for. 
In general I have noticed a (fairly recent) HUGE increase in products of the Built-in-Monitor-Pen-Tablets (like the Cintiq) sector from other manufacturers, usually at a fraction of the cost one would have to pay for a Cintiq. Right now I have not come across a "Cintiq killer" though, they all seem to be lacking in a few departments to the point where most are rather uninteresting for me still. Either the resolution is really low, the pen has a battery, cables are to messy or the screen has bad viewing angles amongst other things. The Monoprice 19" Pen Tablet Display seems like a good option though, at only 400 Dollars and with a (from what I heard) more accurate Digitizer than Wacom's a pretty good value overall, it's screen has bad viewing angles though and the stylus requires a charger (but a battery charge is supposed to last a long time). Definitely the best value I've seen so far.
I'm actually glad the market is expanding with more cheaper options, competition is good for business and Wacom (as much as I like their products) have had a monopoly going on for far to long and their prices could be a bit more affordable. I think this competition is only going to lead to products with better prices and in the end, we as customers can only benefit from that development.

All in all I'm not sure what I'm going to be able to afford in the end, but it's always good to have a few options on the table to choose from, so yeah, that's all I wanted to say for now. Not sure when I'll be able to pick up the pen again to do some regular drawing and stuff (like I said, busy busy busy), but when I do it'll show up here like in the past. :)

Cheers guys! =3

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ringtailmaster Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014
your style is amazing n_n
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JayZonSketch Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Hey, i liked your drawing style!
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Telaros Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014
Happy Birthday you adorable fox you!

And grats on your most amazing upgrade xD I can only dream of such a perfectly sized visual art tool to spoil myself with! <3

Have a great day and many more!
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Tobibrocki Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! ^^

Also, did somebody say adorable?

Nom Nom Chibi Fox by Tobibrocki  
Chibi FTW!! ^^

You'll get one too eventually, the prices aren't going to stay like this forever now that the market is starting to slowly get competitive. Or Wacom will come out with cheaper solutions down the line to stay in the loop and ahead of the competition. I personally waited 10 years to get my hands on one of these, so don't worry, it will happen sooner or later (hopefully sooner, they're really quite nice, overpriced, but nice). :)

You should check the Market for alternatives, Huion, Yiynova, Monoprice and Bosto are currently the big wigs when it comes to alternatives, maybe you'll find something that fits your budget a little more there? But as always with those, I would wait, they'll come out with better models one after the other, only a matter of time until there is a $400 - $500 unit with a good screen and all around good quality. Right now the Monoprice 19" is the cheapest one at $397, it has it's drawbacks though, but as they say, all cars will get ya somewhere, it's all a matter of how you want to get there.
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Telaros Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014
"and Bosto"

I stupidly bought into their promises and company made reviews. Let's just say they refused to refund me and I was stuck with a very expensive second monitor that is almost never talked about as they stick to the 19. I bought the 22HD. Took a full day and a half to work out the driver issues after I had to do a clean install and do a lot of workarounds that any normal person should never have to do such as editing your registry.

It took some time. But when you can do straighter lines with your mouse due to the screen warping the recognition of the pen to screen point being over 5-8 pixels in the opposite direction you're swiping, and the overshooting on even small curves (slow or fast even trace tests between mouse and pen showed Bosto Kingstee 22HD as being a total scam. If you think Fredinator's review was an exaggeration, it wasn't.) it made me almost break down and cry as I could of had my 13HD Cintique (not the companion, the regular tablet screen) had I just waited one more week.

Since then I've had to move into a bigger house. Bills are pretty high at the moment. So it really really hurts me when I'm reminded of my blind faith in wacom alternatives. I honestly should of gone with the Yiynova. But I think I'll never truly trust anything not wacom, personally. Though I did see the review on the new Huion. Though I'll stick with cintique as to just avoid any potential disappointments. I don't think my heart could take another loss and with responsibilities I can't risk bad investments.

But I hope to someday have a nice small tablet to work on. Thanks for the kind words and the heartmelting little messy eater. <3 really helped bring a smile. I just super wish Wacom had some nice 500-600 10 to 14 inch digital tablets. Someday though I hope to own something like a Companion. Small and cable free where I can work away from the computer.

*hugs*

Nice to see you're breaking it in well ;3 looking forward to more of your works!
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Tobibrocki Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I heard of Bosto's bad Customer Service, seems to be that a bit of luck has to be involved when purchasing their devices as some on YouTube seem to be quite happy while others aren't. Sucks that the 22HD didn't work for you, they don't seem to do much Quality testing of the devices, just package them and send them out, cutting costs at every corner. Couldn't they at least replace the Unit to a working one if they didn't want to give you back the cash? =/
As far as Manufacturers for Cintiq Alternatives go, Huion and Monoprice seem to be having the best customer service from the bunch with Yiynova also somewhat in the boat. Who knows, maybe these names will one day be on the same page with Wacom, but with the difference that it's about good products for less money.

Coming back to the Wacom's Cintiq though, to be honest, anything lower than 12" is to small in my honest opinion, 13" is already borderline for me in terms of surface space (get's a bit difficult to do finer details smoothly without zooming in for example, noticed that just yesterday while coloring something that will hopefully be finished soon, when zooming in, the paint wasn't everywhere in the corners or along the lines), if anything Wacom should lower the digitizer quality from 2xxx pressure levels back to 1xxx (if that helps to make it more affordable), reduce the fancy rubber coating on the thing (that dirt and stuff seems to stick to like glue) etc. but not the screensize and resolution, a "Cintiq Basic" for under $500 would be a real kicker for hobbyists like myself! All it needs to be is be of a good enough quality to last several years and be all around solid and practical, it's a tool afterall, but off course it shouldn't look like something cheap, you have to see it a lot when you work with it, might as well give it a nice smooth design. ^^
Wacom could pull it off if they wanted to do it, but I think, as long as the 13HD exists it most likely won't happen, but they could always gradually lower the 13HD's price tag as the years go by, slowly turning the 13HD into the affordable unit hobby artists always wanted.

I'm not sure if I'm correct here but I think the Companion seems to be a standalone device, not like the Hybrid that can be also used as a Cintiq on a Desktop PC if I remember correctly. You might want to look that up if you plan on hooking it up to a PC too!

Also, glad you liked the Chibification! ^^

PS.: I have actually four serious complaints when it comes to the Cintiq 13HD, I thought it would be good to let you know about them:

1. Cursor Jump Issue: Yes, it happens to me a lot, I try to reach a small menu point at the screen bottom in photoshop and when I reach the last few pixels of sensitive screen area, the cursor will diappear from the bottom and reappear at the screen top, if I click in such a moment I drag the program out of "maximized" window mode which is really annoying. It also happens when scrolling with the cursor, suddently I scroll in the opposite direction because the cursor has jumped to the top because I reached the screen bottom. This happens only when pressure sensitivity is active, if you use it on the desktop or in a browser it won't happen. =/
I made this quick image for Wacom's Forums so that I could give them a idea of the issue:
Wacom-Cintiq-13HD-Pen Cursor Issue by Tobibrocki  

2. The Stand is flimsy and pretty bad, setting it up is annoying, I would've preferred it if there was a metal stand you could order from Wacom that can be angled via the push of a lever or button like with other Tablet Monitors.

3. No Screwholes or attachement to mount the device to a Monitor Arm!! You have to cobble something together yourself if you want that. =(

4. Cable is pretty thick and short and it comes out on the side which can get in your way pretty easily. Wacom should offer a longer cable and a "corner" connector that you can rotate and/or twist so it is out of your way, this would be very helpful if ones desk is small.

That's all the things so far that I have noticed with the Cintiq 13HD, great device, but not perfect. =/
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YellowNinja123 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
Happy Birthday:D
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Gretsch1962 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014
Happy Birthday! God bless! Vinyl Scratch The DJ PON-3 
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Aka-Taa-Moi-Tok Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I hope your happiness, happy birthday!
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MedusaArt Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Student General Artist
Happy birthday! :cake:
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