Tools of the Trade – Tablets and Peripherals

Posted on 2011/11/11 at 05:42 by daarken 79 Comments

Beginners to the digital world may not know which type of tools they should use. Whether it is from a tablet to a Cintiq, Daarken talks about the different tools he uses and which ones are good for beginners and professionals.

Fujitsu ST5112

My Fujitsu ST5112 specs:

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit
Photoshop CS2
Intel Core Duo CPU U2500 @ 1.20 GHz
80 GB hard drive
Penabled Wacom stylus 512 levels of pressure

79 Comments on "Tools of the Trade – Tablets and Peripherals"

  1. Carlos Arthur · 2011/11/15 at 23:47 · Reply

    Awesome *———*, i use a wacom bamboo, but i have to buy a intuos or a cintiq, thanks

  2. Ben Ryan · 2011/11/16 at 00:29 · Reply

    i very recently bought a wacom bamboo. they’re quite small (and i didn’t even get the smallest one) but i guess you can’t expect too much for the price. main concern is that the nib seems to wear down really fast and they’re only packaged with one or two replacements.

    • daarken
      daarken · 2011/11/16 at 05:44 · Reply

      Yeah, I think nib replacement is their new secret way of making more money :).

  3. Maurice Wrede · 2011/11/16 at 02:03 · Reply

    Heyho, first of all congrats to this nice page! I really appreciate your efforts doing all this stuff here und helping young and unexperienced artists with their outcome.

    And I also love your art! sometimes it is like this (, when I’m looking at it! It has the magic to transfer your mind into your fantasy and to make it come true – really inspiring!!! Amongst others (Djurdjevic | Kotaki) it was you that “forced” me to start improving my english and to begin working on a tablet- really!

    Enough flatteries:), I’ve already bought an Intuos 4 M and suffer from that nib flattening prob either (since the end of 2010 the newer generations got surfaces that may be less roughly – rumors;)). But besides, there is another problem
    with those “nice” new features. Did you use this illuminated labels next to your keys? If so, did you hear this really annoying high pitched sound that they produce?

    well, many people asked about it in the official Wacom forum and the only answer was to turn this labels off!? I mean, this is not the kind of answer that I’d expected from the world’s leader in digital tablets. Maybe you know something
    to use the illumination without noises or turning them off?

    I hope that Wacom will fix all this disturbing stuff with the Intuos 5.

    Keep on rockin’, Mike!

    Cold greetings from Germany, Sir.


    • daarken
      daarken · 2011/11/16 at 05:43 · Reply

      Oh man, I am the wrong person to ask about that. I have horrible hearing. Whenever I watch movies with my wife, there will be times when there are high pitched noises in the movie and my wife will start to cringe, but I’m just sitting there completely oblivious because I can’t hear it. She is always like “omg, you can’t hear that?” My response is always “hear what?” Or those high pitched apps for smart phones….I can’t hear any of those, lol. Sorry I can’t be of more help.

      As for Wacom’s response to the problem, I am not surprised in the least. Most companies tend to have that view. I have horrible crashing issues with Camtasia if you ever pause the video, and their response was “we are aware of the issue, just don’t pause your video.” Lol, so I’m not surprised Wacom had the same exact response. Companies nowadays are lazy and focus a little too much on money. Fixing bugs costs time and money, and if it isn’t a game breaking bug, it ships. Video games are the same way. Even if there are huge known bugs, if they aren’t major enough, they will ship it anyway. Their thinking is “we can always hotfix it later,” but then they never do or it takes 2 years to do it.

  4. nE0n1nja · 2011/11/16 at 03:44 · Reply

    Yeah the problem with a small tablet is that you can’t be precise, I have Bamboo size A6 I think (the old series, just a grey surface and a stylus), and it’s so hard to do tiny details or straight crisp lines >_<
    Good thing is that it doesn't wear down the nib at ALL, i've had it for like 2-3 yrs now and I've never replaced the nib.

    • daarken
      daarken · 2011/11/16 at 05:32 · Reply

      Haha. Yeah I think in 3 years I replaced my nib on my Intuos 3 maybe one time, if even that.

  5. Icius · 2011/11/16 at 05:19 · Reply

    Thanks for putting that together. When you are using your tablet PC, what do you do for keyboard shortcuts? I have a Toshiba Portege M700, and when I use it mobile I’m just using an onscreen keyboard. Just curious what you do.

    • daarken
      daarken · 2011/11/16 at 05:31 · Reply

      I use the onscreen keyboard for a few things, but I try not to as much as possible because I like to have the onscreen keyboard closed as much as possible so that I can have more real estate for painting. Most of my shortcuts are either bound to my stylus or in the way I setup my workspace. For zooming in and out and panning, I use the navigator window. I have my history palette open for undo/redo, and alt and right click is bound to my stylus trigger (alt for color picking and right click for the brush menu to resize my brush or pick a different onem). For other things like transform, I just go through the menus.

  6. Eludor · 2011/11/16 at 05:26 · Reply

    The only thing you forgot to mention are the prices :) yeah you said 2600 für the cintiq but not what those other tools cost.

    but everyone who’s interested can find them easyly through google.

    I’ve also got a wacom bamboo (old model with the circle on the top and 4 buttons) for 3 years now. the size is A5 and I’m satisfied with it – using the nob since the beginning.

    I had the chance to test the Intous3 and gonna buy it or a Intous4.

    One question:
    why is the Nostromo superior to a Keyboard?
    On the first look it definetly uses a lot less space, but what else?

    Thanks for your Vid/Info. :)

    • daarken
      daarken · 2011/11/16 at 05:36 · Reply

      Less space, less moving your fingers around which can be easier on your fingers/wrist over long periods of time, plus you can move it to the side more easily which causes it to be a little more ergonomically safe. I used to use a keyboard, but I found myself having to jump around too much on the keyboard. I guess I could have rebound the keys on the keyboard.

  7. evaxe · 2011/11/16 at 07:00 · Reply

    for the intuos 4 you can buy 5 replacement nibs for $10 on ebay

  8. solomon · 2011/11/16 at 07:45 · Reply

    I couldn’t agree with you more about intuos 3 being better than the intuos 4, I recently had a chance to upgrade my intuos 3 in my office to intuos 4 and I just couldn’t get used to the buttons. I always found the intuos 3 buttons to be very easy to remember the functionality setup than on the intuos 4 and so I gave back my intuos 4.. and got back my intuos 3, oh and Daarken? which sized intuos 3 do you use? I own a 9 by 12, and use a 6 by 8 in my office, which do you suggest is best to use?
    thought I’d ask 1 question but ended up asking two :)

    • daarken
      daarken · 2011/11/16 at 10:57 · Reply

      I just use the tiny 6×8 Intuos 3. Most people say bigger is better because it forces you to use your arm more, but I always preferred the mid sized ones. Going too small can cause accuracy problems.

  9. skulio · 2011/11/16 at 11:05 · Reply

    Really great work at this whole site, cool design, nice tutorials and huge amount of time put in answering questions/comments. Good job!

    Anyway I have 1 question, is it possible to connect your fujitsu (or the other computers like that) to the PC so it will take it’s power like ram/procesor etc? Cause I already bought very powerful PC and it would be pointless not to use 12 gb of ram in my work.
    Currently im working on bamboo and I have to say its nice tablet but during 4-5 years (I use it like 6-10 hours a day) it became deplete.
    I also save some cash for cintiq 21ux and I was about to buy it, but now im starting to wonder if I could get the same effect with less money invested. Can you give me a little advice? (the main adventage of citiq is the screen, shortcut buttons are cool too but with bamboo I learned to work without them so it won’t be a problem)

    • daarken
      daarken · 2011/11/16 at 13:54 · Reply

      From my knowledge you can’t connect a tablet pc to a desktop in order to use the desktop’s resources (RAM). Tablet PCs are completely standalone computers, unlike Cintiqs that require a computer to connect to. The main advantage of a tablet pc is the portability and price. Cintiqs will always be better in technical aspects, but can’t bring it around with you. If you don’t care about the portability, then I would say get a Cintiq.

      • skulio · 2011/11/16 at 15:26 · Reply

        So Cintiq then :) I hope it will be worth its price and it will be investition for next 4-5 years.
        Thanks a lot for an advice :)

        (And sorry for my english, I’m still working on it:) )

  10. Jason · 2011/11/17 at 10:17 · Reply

    I honestly never thought about using the Nostromo for PS shortcuts. Clever usage.

  11. Chris Maddox · 2011/11/17 at 21:50 · Reply

    I have a Intuos 3 6 x 11 and love it, the size is just right.
    Saw Amazon still sales the the model i have.
    Looking forward to more great videos from you daarken.

  12. Jordan · 2011/11/18 at 11:00 · Reply

    Do you use any special type of stylus on the Fujitsu Stylistic ST 5112? Or just the stock one that comes with the tablet? Ive been playing with the ipad as a cintiq substitute, but there just isnt any accuracy with the stylus available, and the screen is horrible to paint on.
    Also, Ive heard that the cintiq screen wears down from stylus use. Do you find this problem with the Fujitsu?

    • daarken
      daarken · 2011/11/18 at 15:30 · Reply

      Yeah I just use the stock stylus. I have a screen protector for my Fujitsu (like the iPhone screen protectors) so it doesn’t damage the screen. I have heard about problems with Cintiqs from a few people. Maybe there are screen protectors for Cintiqs too? It might be worth researching.

      • Sammy · 2011/11/22 at 01:29 · Reply

        I actually just talked with Wacom this weekend at CTN, and their advice was to brush it off with a microfiber cloth before every use, because small pieces of dust can build up that will wear down, or scratch the screen.

        • daarken
          daarken · 2011/11/22 at 09:09 · Reply

          Hah, pretty lame excuse in my book. If dust is the problem, then why don’t the Intuos 3 tablets have that problem? I had the problem with the 4 straight out of the box. Thanks for the info though!

  13. Wes · 2011/11/19 at 09:11 · Reply

    I noticed the wearing down nib on my intuos 4 after like 3 days.

    I actually found a way to fix it though. I took the nib out of my old intuos 3 pen and put it in my intuos 4 pen and it holds up WAY better.

    I think the self destruction depends on both the new nibs and the new surfaces.

    • daarken
      daarken · 2011/11/19 at 09:19 · Reply

      Haha, really? I always just assumed they were the same. Thanks for the info!

  14. Lucas Leandro · 2011/11/19 at 17:25 · Reply

    Daarken, I am your number 1º fan!!! I’m new in Digital Painting and CG, and I would like to know if a Bamboo Pen & Touch it’s good for beginners?? because I bought one of these as my first tablet and sometimes I have a big problem when I need make little details and I need to rotate the tablet to do it….

    • daarken
      daarken · 2011/11/20 at 02:13 · Reply

      I’ve only used a Bamboo one time for about 10 minutes. I forget which model it was. I would think they would be good for beginners, but I don’t have much experience with them. Hmm, you shouldn’t have to rotate the tablet to draw. I would try rotating your canvas instead.

    • skulio · 2011/11/21 at 05:22 · Reply

      i think bamboo fun m (i checked, they dont produce it anymore) would be better. I use it for few years and not only for amateur work but also as a freelance and by now i works pretty good. The “& touch” series are worse in case of sensitivity thats why i would prefere pen only tablets :)

  15. pip · 2011/11/20 at 06:11 · Reply

    Firstly, wonderful site, really appreciate you taking the time out to ‘not only produce all this content’, but also taking the effort to reply to everyone’s questions. I worry, you’ll get less time to paint! :)
    For those wanting a Cintiq, here’s my opinion: I Have a Cintiq,had it for 2 years, its lovely but it hurts my eyes, its huge, i had to buy a special table for it and I never did find a comfortable way of drawing with it. So, I draw on it, upright and my arms ache. You can buy fancy arms for them and attach them to a table or a wall, but my DIY skills went about as far as sawing the legs off my table to get the height down :) Recently i bought an Intuos 4 medium, and I feel like I’ve improved. Its nice to paint and draw and sit back and see what you’re doing from a distance. My Intuos is a medium, and its great, i love it! I bought it second hand from ebay, and so far, its all good. I can even put it on my knee’s if i want, which is cool. Also use an Asus Eee Pad Transformer – like an iPad but cheaper, and that’s great for plein air when I am sat in airports waiting for flights and sitting on trains when i work. I am not a prof artist, i have what my mother refers to as a proper job! ( boy how i hated that attitude to art!) – but I love my time spent painting and creating and thanks to Daarken and his blog and tips and hints, I hope I am improving. So, yeah.. Cintiq, lovely but massive and hard to draw upon laid flat unless you have a good chair and table that adjusts ( lots) and very bright on your eyes and quite a slippery surface. The Intuos would be my choice :) Of course, its only my opinion.

  16. Max Vu · 2011/11/21 at 10:30 · Reply

    dear Daarken,

    Thanks for create such a nice site for everyone can learn from your fantastic ability.

    I have really interested in to use the Nostromo to my workflow and have found 1 app call Controllermate that can reprogram the Nostromo while Lion is not support its driver.
    you can check out the link below:

    Thank again for such generousity to create this site and share your experiences.

    fan of you work,
    Max Vu

    • daarken
      daarken · 2011/11/21 at 17:28 · Reply

      Awesome, thanks for the link!

  17. Jordan · 2011/11/24 at 09:38 · Reply

    Could you upload a video of a behind the shoulder view of you working on the Fujitsu ST5112? I am very much considering getting one but cant find anywhere to actually try one out or find a video of someone painting with the device. Is there much lag? Do you find the resolution, colors, screen quality to be comparable to a high quality screen? i.e. iMac screen? Do you finish your freelance work on the Fujitsu or do you usually color correct/fine tune on a larger screen?

    • daarken
      daarken · 2011/11/24 at 09:58 · Reply

      I can try. The only problem is I don’t have a good camera, so the quality might be pretty bad. I do all of my work from start to finish on the Fujitsu. The color and screen quality is pretty good. I don’t have any problems when I go to print. Usually when I look at it on my Mac screen things are a bit more saturated and contrasty, but not by much. I’ll see what I can do about doing an over-the-shoulder tutorial.

    • daarken
      daarken · 2011/11/24 at 12:21 · Reply

      I actually just filmed two over the shoulder tutorials. I plan to release them in about two weeks. I hope you like them!

  18. Jordan · 2011/11/24 at 13:49 · Reply

    Awesome! Looking forward to the new videos and thanks for the reply. Think Im just going to get one of the Fujitsus, looks like a great way to work.

  19. Mick2006 · 2011/11/25 at 11:43 · Reply

    Hi Daarken Im a big fan of your art I also have a question about the Fujitsu tablet PC. You mentioned that you upgraded the ram on your Fujitsu to 4Giga Bytes is doing this complicated do you have to open the tablet with a screwdriver to install the ram to the motherboard? or are there ram slots at the back of the tablet where you simply insert the ram sticks into? I tried google and youtube but I cant find any info on how to upgrade the memory.
    Thanks in advance

    • daarken
      daarken · 2011/11/25 at 12:40 · Reply

      Installing RAM on laptops is super easy, at least the few that I have upgraded. Usually there is just a door on the back that you unscrew and then you pop the RAM stick into the slot, done.

  20. Mick2006 · 2011/11/25 at 13:54 · Reply

    Thanks Im gonna upgrade to 4gb for sure now

  21. Mick2006 · 2011/11/25 at 14:06 · Reply

    Oh I forgot to ask you what Operating System are you using on your Tablet PC Windows XP,Vista,Windows 7????

    • daarken
      daarken · 2011/11/25 at 14:10 · Reply

      Windows 7 :). I actually just added my specs to the description above.

  22. Mick2006 · 2011/11/25 at 14:16 · Reply

    Thanks again:)

  23. Mick2006 · 2011/11/25 at 14:32 · Reply

    Ok final question (and I dont mean to be annoying im just curious about the fujitsu because I bought one on ebay and it hasnt arrived yet) anyway to my final question. Does the Penabled Wacom stylus come with the Fujitsu Tablet PC or does it have to be bought seperately?

    • daarken
      daarken · 2011/11/25 at 14:43 · Reply

      It comes with it, or at least it should! Haha. It is a lot smaller than the Intuos stylus, so I put one of those squishy pencil grip things on it so that my hand doesn’t get as cramped. The ones I have I bought from the Kinokuniya store. Plus they smell like Cola!

      Stylus Grip

  24. Mick2006 · 2011/11/25 at 14:52 · Reply

    Thanks again

  25. Carlos Arthur · 2011/11/29 at 05:55 · Reply

    I bought an Intuos 4, and I’m scared now because of the nibs xD here in Angola do not sell accessories for the Intuos or to another type of tablet, and I can not shop online -.-”, also have to wait until travel to buy the nibs pack without saying that it is hard to find :C

    • Ben Battiste · 2011/12/30 at 00:12 · Reply

      I wouldn’t be too scared of the Intuos 4. I went from a Cintiq to the Intuos while I was deployed to Afghanistan, and while the buttons were different, once I got used to the wheel over the touch strips, I fell in love with it. I really regret that my Cintiq doesn’t have this feature. Both could use a softer button press, but it is what it is. As for nibs wearing out, yeah, I burned through one every week or two for the first six weeks, and then I had rubbed off all that “paper” texture, and it is as smooth as my Cintiq or Intuos 2. I haven’t had to replace but one nib over six months of continued painting. The new nibs seem to be softer then the old white ones, so that might also be part of the issue. I think anyone who can put in the time to get used to the new button setup, however, will find that it is great, and will want it on all their equipment.

  26. joel portillo · 2011/12/03 at 14:37 · Reply

    I’ve been a fan for a while…I don’t yet understand or comprehend how you seemingly paint these images so easily. I’m a graphic artist by trade not by choice (animation was my study of choice) and I am trying to find different ways to supliment my income via an illustrator etc. freehand job. I purchased a Motion Tablet le1600 off of ebay and sold it after a few months. It was too hot for my hand after working on it for an hour or so. Do you have any problem with heat on your tablet pc? Also, I prefer mac over windows. I noticed you originally used mac…do you miss it with your slate? I hate the bugs and random programs running in the background with windows. How do you work around this? Thanks for the site! It is nice to look over your work and tutorials.

    • daarken
      daarken · 2011/12/03 at 16:01 · Reply

      Nope, I don’t notice any heat problems with my tablet pc, but I hear people having problems like that with their Cintiq. I also prefer Macs, but my tablet pc is great. I am running CS2 on it with Windows 7. CS2 and CS3 are both extremely stable. Windows 7 is also really stable. I hardly ever have any problems and I almost never run into any crashing. My tablet pc is only for work, so I don’t have any games on there, music, movies or anything else. I only have Photoshop and a few other programs that I need for work (ftp client, acrobat, etc.).

      • Joel portillo · 2011/12/03 at 19:20 · Reply

        Thank you for the quick response. How long do you normally use your machine? Was it hard and pricey to upgrade? Do you think the new asus ep121 will be any good in comparison?

        • daarken
          daarken · 2011/12/03 at 20:00 · Reply

          I use my machine anywhere from 60-80 hours/week depending on my schedule. RAM these days is really cheap. I don’t remember how much I paid, but I think it was less than 100 to upgrade to 4 gigs of RAM. I’ve been looking at the EP121, but some reports say it only has 256 levels of pressure, which makes me hesitant to try it.

          • Joel Portillo · 2011/12/05 at 10:13 ·

            That is a lot of work hours. Does your wife ever get mad at you for spending so much time on the machine and with work? Does she have a similar job? I don’t have very much luck with laptops. I buy them brand new and even when taking care of them they burn out in one way or another after two or three years. Something minimal but expensive to fix its just better to buy something brand new. So I don’t know if I could go with buying the fujitsu knowing that it is an older machine. I’m surprised that it is going strong for you. I looked on their website and only found the newer tablets they created…but I can’t find what type of digitizing system they are using (wacom or ntrig) and how many levels of pressure. Same with the new Asus…supposedly its good but it is using an older i5 core processer and burns up to 3 to 4 hours on battery. After using the Le 1600 I’m afraid to get burned, quite literally. I am curious also on how you acquire your illustration jobs. Is it entirely through word of mouth now? Do you have to worry about contract negotiation? Bobby Chiu stated in his latest book that sometimes you have to tell the client the number of revisions in a particular assignment. How do you determine what a revision is and if the client has used the revision number up? I admire your hard work and honesty greatly. Very few people in any industry are willing to wholeheartedly reveal their secrets. Thank you for that.

          • daarken
            daarken · 2011/12/05 at 13:51 ·

            Some contracts state the number of revisions that you are required to do before you can charge extra. Most of the time clients are allowed 3 separate sets of revisions before you can charge them extra. Some clients will not pay for revisions, they want what they paid for and they want it regardless of how many times you have to make changes. Some clients will just increase your deadline if they ask for a major revision. It all depends on the client. If I am working on a private commission, I always include a clause in the contract that states they are allowed up to 3 small revisions before I can charge extra. Other times I charge by the hour, so the more revisions they want, the more money I make.

            All of my work is through word of mouth or from repeating clients. I actually have never had to go out and look for work, even in the beginning of my career. I have always had clients come to me.

            My computers usually last a pretty long time. I bought my Fujitsu used, and I’ve been using it for a few years now. Hopefully it will keep going. I know my wife misses me when I spend so much time working, but I think she understands that it is necessary in order to pay the bills.

          • Fester · 2011/12/30 at 02:38 ·

            Hi Daarken,
            1st of all: thank you so much for the awesome videos / tutorials on your site. You’ve really inspired me to return to art.
            2nd: I’m surprised that the Asus’s 256 levels of pressure held you back when your current tablet only has 512 levels. I’m really nervous about the Fujitsu’s maximum RAM being only 4 gigs and tiny processor.

          • daarken
            daarken · 2011/12/30 at 10:27 ·

            Even all my desktops only have 4 gigs of RAM, so that doesn’t really bother me.

  27. joel portillo · 2011/12/05 at 14:17 · Reply

    If I had your mad skills I think my wife would be totally ok with me working as many hours as you do. What you describe as the work process makes sense. I had an idea about it, but no one (from teachers to professionals) would give me a straight honest answer. Thank you for the info. I generally work as a graphic designer and only now doing flash animation for casual games. sketching and inking are as far as I go with my work, but to be able to paint the masterpieces you do…that would be awesome. I’ll be looking forward to seeing your work and tutorials. Thanks again for everything.

  28. Joel portillo · 2011/12/09 at 01:28 · Reply

    Hey guys….meaningeveryone here…found this litte site pertaining to the asus ep121. Like most here, I would like a fujitsu but I can only find them on ebay. I bought a nice le1600 there but it had a dead battery on arrival and it could not hold a charge. To say the least I sold it to someone else and now im trying to convince the wife to allow to save up for an asus. Lol

    • daarken
      daarken · 2011/12/09 at 10:56 · Reply

      Nice! Thanks for the link. It looks awesome, but I still wish I could try it out first before spending $1100 on one.

      • Joel · 2011/12/09 at 11:09 · Reply

        Same here. If you get a chance to work on it, I’ll trust your review simply because you know what to look for. I suggest you look at the “heat” it gives off on your drawing hand and the hand that may hold it underneath, the surface….and well you know what to look for. I trust you. lol

        • daarken
          daarken · 2011/12/09 at 11:16 · Reply

          My buddy Tyler Jacobson is an extremely talented artist and he actually has one. You might want to ask him about it. Although last time I spoke to him I think he said he only used it for studies and speed paintings, not professional work.

          • Joel · 2011/12/09 at 14:46 ·

            Thanks. I’ll give him a shout. I’ll tell him you said hello.

      • Joel · 2011/12/09 at 11:10 · Reply

        And I just need to see where I can get 1100 to spare…time to beg on the street.

  29. Julian · 2011/12/09 at 09:26 · Reply

    Great idea with the nostromo. Always had one but never really thought to use one as for photoshop. Perhaps you could upload your profile for the nostromo keys.

    • daarken
      daarken · 2011/12/09 at 10:57 · Reply

      I actually mapped it out a long time ago on my blog. Check it out if you want.

  30. Johnny · 2011/12/20 at 22:59 · Reply

    Hey Daarken I was wondering if you have any experience with the bamboo, specifically the bamboo create, and would you reccommend it.

    • daarken
      daarken · 2011/12/20 at 23:52 · Reply

      I used a Bamboo once for about 10 minutes about a year ago, but that was before they had any buttons. It was ok for the price, but I really didn’t use it enough to really get a good feel for it. If you plan on working professionally, I would get an Intuos.

  31. cellolott · 2012/01/04 at 09:09 · Reply

    Ha! Thanks for all dAArken! I don’t really have a question, or I have tons, but wanna thank you for all you share here. I’ll remember your advices when I’ll buy a tablet,in this life or the next. Meanwhile, I’m colouring some pencilworkz with mouse&patience (…). Your wonderful art and tutorials are great source of inspiration.


  32. LarsonJ · 2012/02/22 at 16:59 · Reply

    Any recommendations on what computer to get? right now i use my macbook and it just cant handle photoshop very well

    • daarken
      daarken · 2012/02/22 at 17:29 · Reply

      Well I guess it depends on what kind of computers you like (Mac or PC), what you are going to use it for, if you want one that is portable, etc. I have a MacBook Pro that I use from time to time and Photoshop is fine on it. Mine is a few years old too. Personally I would recommend a tablet PC because I like being able to work in different places other than my table, plus you have a lot more control as opposed to working on a tablet, but of course they aren’t as powerful as desktops. If you play a lot of games then I would go with a PC. If you don’t play games I might recommend a Mac. I do all of my tutorials on my iMac. I also have a Dell that I used to use before I got my iMac and my tablet PC. Currently I do all of my pro work on my Asus EP121 and all of my tutorials on my iMac.

  33. Nabeel · 2012/05/04 at 11:42 · Reply

    Dude, your digital paintings make me inspire to do these kinda works but i doesn’t have creativity or any talent to draw these cool artworks,.,.,.,can i learn these things….?
    or if i can dan wat drawing tablet do i choose + i’m on a tight budget but i have all softwares….:D

    PLzz sir….u’r the only HOPE for ME…:)

  34. Nabeel · 2012/05/05 at 08:52 · Reply

    You always reply to others….!
    am i your enemy or something, y u no replying me….?

    • daarken
      daarken · 2012/05/05 at 10:29 · Reply

      Sorry I haven’t replied yet. To my knowledge you just posted your comment yesterday. I do not always have time to immediately reply to everyone. Just because I didn’t reply a few seconds after you submitted your comment doesn’t mean I don’t like you, it means I am busy. In the video at 7:52 I mentioned the Bamboo tablet, which is a cheaper option from Wacom. Some are only around $79.

  35. ghosty · 2012/06/05 at 19:57 · Reply

    Your videos are very helpful, have you ever used a Vistablet, they offer some decent starter tablet at an affordable price. I would love to see how it holds up against some of the pricier models.

    • daarken
      daarken · 2012/06/06 at 00:50 · Reply

      Hmm, nope I have never used them before, sorry!

  36. blmd · 2012/07/30 at 16:10 · Reply

    Thanks for the video, it was very helpfull! And also thanks for this site and your educational activity, I learned a lot from you and your videos, and hope to paint as good as you some day!

    I actually bought used a bit Intuos 4 in the smallest size, and was suprised with the surface, it was very slippy! I exepcted something realy gritty and it was a big suprise for me. It even took some time to get accustomed to it, after my Bamboo One. I want to be understanded corectly, of cource it has traces of use in the middle of the working space, but the rest of it is slippy too, it’s like smooth plactic when you touch it! I can make a photo if you’re interested. I like all the buttons and touch ring and this awesome circular menu, I set up all tools and commands to them, and now i don’t touch keyboard at all :D

    Sorry, for possible mistakes in my speach and grammar, I had no practise for a long time.

    Cheers from Ukraine!! Hahah.

  37. Jason · 2012/09/09 at 20:04 · Reply

    Hey Daarken,
    I love the site man, you are super talented. I was wondering if you have ever tried the Fujitsu T5010. I’m really thinking of buying one because it is 64 bit I believe. Any thoughts?


  38. Mike · 2013/04/18 at 09:12 · Reply

    Hey Daarken,

    Very informative video. And I love the website. =D

    I just wanted to add that there is a place in NY were you can try out the cintiq. I think they also have the inutos out on display as well.

    There is a computer store for School of Visual Arts (SVA) students, though anyone can go in an purchase stuff. Its located on 23rdst and 2nd ave.

    You can open up photoshop and take the cintiq for a test drive there.

    • daarken
      daarken · 2013/04/18 at 10:45 · Reply

      Oh cool, thanks for the info! Too bad I live in CA. Hah!

  39. Solz · 2013/05/04 at 02:47 · Reply

    First off, awesome work! Digging around the internet for this tablet issue of mine, I was pleasantly surprised that you are using a similar setup(ST5112 and cs2). How do you set up the stylus for cs2? Every time I attempt to the draw anything or shade, the stylus just opens up the brush settings menu. I mainly use Sketchbook Pro for lineart and basics, which the stylus works flawless, but when I get it moved to cs2 I been having to use my old intuos. Any info you could pass to this nitwit would be greatly appreciated.

    • daarken
      daarken · 2013/05/05 at 09:53 · Reply

      I have the bottom trigger set to the eyedropper tool and the top trigger set to right-click.

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