Monday, January 23, 2012

Tablet discussion and New Galaxy Nexus sketch!

So it appears that my last update was back in Oct 2011.  Before you all go judge me and call me a slacker realize that this has been the longest rut of creativity I've had since taking on art as a full time occupation and hobby.  And I'm glad I'm starting to slowly gain back some ground.

Over the holiday, I picked up a Galaxy Nexus, and along with my Targus stylus gave Sketchbook Mobile another shot.  Ever since I used to sketch on my Nintendo DS I have been unable to find a decent medium to digitally paint on.  I have long since stopped using my DS, so the next device to try out was the iPod touch.  Unfortunately it was too small and so was my HTC Desire.  That plus the lack of pressure sensitivity was enough to discourage me from trying again any time soon.  For about 2 years I've been waiting and wanting to find a replacement..

My Nexus, however, has the biggest and brightest screen of all my previously owned devices, and I'm glad to say that this makes up for the lack of pressure sensitivity for my device.  So perhaps this is the role that can be filled by the over-saturation of Tablets in the market.  With this in mind I have been waiting and researching the various tablets out there, finding the sweet balance between cost and usability.  As long as the tablet has Honeycomb on it, Sketchbook Pro can be used with pressure sensitivity.  That's right, capacitive touch input, WITH pressure sensitivity.  So far the best deal I've seen is the Thinkpad Tablet, even though it's not marketed to designers or artists.  How silly.

I'm still struggling to find the niche for which the tablet may have with a digital artist.  While it might be nice to doodle and sketch on the move, will my Nexus be enough to cure that itch?  Mobile sketching and painting is purely hobby, and it's not as if the tablet will replace any Wacom attached to my PC anyway.  That being said, Samsung may have an answer for this as the Galaxy Note is coming out and will not only be even bigger than the Nexus, it will sport a pressure sensitive stylus.  This might be the answer, but would we really want to have to carry around a 5" phone just so we can sketch on the go?

The new tablet technology coming out certainly is exciting, and for some reason it's hard to find discussions from what can arguably be the biggest market and niche for the entire tablet industry -- artists.  Hopefully someone will read this and see, yes we need tablets, with pressure sensitivity.  Let's give the Wacom cintiq a run for their money.

Sketched on my Nexus

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