I am seriously considering this as an alternative to buying the Cintiq. Many artists already consider the Cintiq to be a staple of digital media for their careers but shlubs like me that remain just outside of the “career field” can’t justify the cost and thus shelved such ideas, keeping with our old Wacom tablets or pen and paper.
I was born a traditional artist that needed to learn how to go digital, and I personally could never quite console my inability to draw using a tablet. I have always had to first draw an image on paper and then scan that into my system to color it using the tablet and a really old copy of Photoshop, and an old Illustrator for outlining. Drawing an image directly into an art program was always beyond my ability and the Cintiq promised to eliminate that disconnect…for the low low price of about $1200-2,000. However, prices have been dropping on the smaller Cintiq model over the years to around $800 on Amazon now. Reasonable, but I still wouldn’t buy it since I wouldn’t make that money back in a year of selling artwork.
One thing I never quite understood was why Apple didn’t utilize a pressure sensitive pen for use with IPad, and that they were missing a golden opportunity. I’ve recently become aware that they indeed have tapped into the artists desires and have released a pressure sensitive pen, the Apple Pen, for use with the newest IPad…the IPad Pro, which comes in a larger size just shy of 13" which is around the size of the smaller Contiq…with a price tag at $725. That’s not a huge difference compared to the Cintiq BUT an IPad has it’s standard computational utility of housing IOS games and apps, as well as internet functionality, movie watching, web browsing etc. The Cintiq is and only can be used as a plug-in to your PC…an art pad, nothing more. It can’t be taken with you anywhere away from your PC. An Ipad I can take everywhere, enabling me to sketch on the road, in bed, outside, etc. So many times I’ve been stifled when it came to art because I had to sit with my desktop and only do art (at least the coloration part of it) there.
Of course, we have to add on the price of the Apple pen for this artistic wonderfulness to happen, and the pen is not cheap…at $100. The ProCreate app is about I don’t know…$5-10 which I’m not even bothering to add to the tally but it’s like Photoshop. But for all intents and purposes, I don’t see why I should get the Cintiq at this point. For the type of art I do, it looks like the ProCreate app with the IPad Pro and Pencil will suit my needs. I can’t justify a dedicated $800 art tablet but I CAN justify an updated IPad which comes with everything an IPad does on top of what the Cintiq offers.
I created this thread mainly to share this news I’ve found to other artists out there.