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Friday, December 23, 2011

My Wacom Cintiq 24HD.... at last!

After struggling for about 3 months, and searching high and low online (most of them don't ship to Singapore) and local retail stores, I finally got whole of this 'king' of digital tablet - Wacom Cintiq 24HD!
Super excited with this. I can't wait for the free delivery offered by this local retailer, which will be after Christmas holiday.
Wacom Cintiq 24HD box set
I went straight to the distributor near Genting Lane and took this last (?) unit.
The package is crazily huge and heavy. And it was raining cats and dogs when I picked it up.
Hack! Just bring it home. This is the Christmas gift I bought for myself!
Expensive, but I think it is worth the money.

I bought the 12" version (Wacon Cintiq 12WX) last April. Ever since then, I fell in love with digital drawings. I did at least one digital sketch a week, be it personal or commissioned jobs. I was really happy with it, until one day I did the 5m width backdrop illustration for Volkswagen. The screen is just too small for it. Technically, I can zoom out to draw. However, when zoomed in, you will find the lines are not smooth, but crooked.

Subsequently, I found out that for canvas size of A3, I will tend to overlook many little brush details drawing on the little (about) 5" height of the screen. When the digital drawings are printed out, many parts are just too loose and unrefined, when they ought to look otherwise. It happened many times, and I have been thinking to get the 21" Cintiq, and then the 24" Cintiq came into the market. SInce then, I keep thinking whether it is wise to get it. I knew the 12" Cintiq will be neglected by me, as soon as I get this giant. However, I convinced myself to use the former for gigs, as it is more portable. The latter weights about 30kg, and I won't considered moving it until I shift house. Just don't want to cause any damage to it!
Wacom Cintiq 24HD box content
The box content.

Wacom Cintiq 24HD setup
First location after I unbox it and setup on my desktop, with the help of my sister.

Wacom Cintiq 24HD setup and test drive
More sensible location for it, so that it won't block my usual workspace.

comic character test sketch with Wacom Cintiq 24HD
Test drive it with an imaginary sketch. The 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity is definitely a pleasure to draw on it, vs 1024 for the 12WX. The huge screen size is stunning. Suddenly, everything looks so crisp and sharp! The adjustable arm and position of the screen to my favorite and comfortable working position is definitely a plus point for this Cintiq. It causes less strain to my neck and back, especially after long hours of working. I am spoilt by the touch rings on both sides too. Zooming and adjusting brush sizes are like a breeze. I can feel the pain in my pocket, but I am more excited and happy of owning this Cintiq. I love it!

If Cintiq is the king in the digital drawing tablet market, this Cintiq 24HD is the "King of the kings"!

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