There has never been a better time to be a digital artist. Touch screen technology is developing at a breathtaking rate, and creatives can quickly and easily access a huge range of tools and gizmos at the click of a button.
While the early models felt clunky and mechanical, today’s graphic tablets provide all the textures and impressions of physical art, just without the paint stains and frequent trips to the art shop.
Modern drawing tablets range from the fairly priced to some really high end models favoured by professionals. So to help you navigate this artistic melange, we’ve provided this handy guide to some of the best tablets currently on the market.
Wacom Cintiq 22HD 21-Inch
Wacom are undoubtedly the kingpins of the graphic tablet industry, and are the go-to choice for most professional artists and graphic designers.
The Cintiq 22HD offers a remarkably accurate simulation of actually putting pen or paintbrush to paper. This is achieved through some advanced pressure and tilt-sensitive technology, meaning you have a great control over what appears on your digital canvas. Whatever tool you’re using, you’ll get that same lifelike experience.
The vivid, 16.7 million colour display is particularly useful for those those performing colour critical work, such as photography, illustration, and animation.
At just under £1,400, this tablet is perfect for professionals and artists who are after that realistic touch, or a hobbyist who has saved up enough pocket money!
Ugee 19″ Tablet
While smaller than some of the more popular models, the Ugee 19” tablet is a cheaper alternative, and is perfect for anyone looking to create on the move. With its reinforced, shock-proof and anti-scratch glass monitor, this is a more robust model than many currently on the market. This makes it great for travelling. Recognising 2048 different levels of pressure sensitivity, the Ugee 19” is a versatile and efficient tablet that will provide solid results for artists of all levels. Priced at just a few hundred pounds, this provides plenty of bang for your buck.
XP-Pen Artist 15.6”
This tablet comes highly recommended by hobbyists and professionals alike. With a pen that doesn’t require charging, it still manages to recognise a whopping 8192 levels of pressure sensitivity.
Its widescreen 1920x1080 screen offers a high quality picture, and provides a 178° viewing angle. With an array of customisation options, this makes the XP-Pen particularly popular with lefties.
The 6 fully customized express keys create an ergonomic and convenient work platform for artists, and professionals will appreciate the many tricks and shortcuts offered by the tablet.
The price is also set at an accessible range, making it great for hobbyists and pros alike.
By Richard Oxley