Got myself a new toy for my digital workflow!

BinaryOrangeBinaryOrange Posts: 244Member
edited August 2016 in General Chat
Two nights ago, I made an impulse purchase on Amazon.  :-X <br /><br />The product that I purchased was the relatively new wireless graphics tablet by Huion, to use for my interest in pixel art, and digital painting in general. <br /><br />My eventual goal is to produce game art, which I would probably sell at a very low cost for people to use. I'm specifically thinking about doing tilesets, since I enjoy designing them so much!<br /><br />I'm using Aseprite and Pyxel Edit mostly, although I really prefer Aseprite as it doesn't crash nearly as much as Pyxel Edit, and doesn't require Adobe Air to run. <br /><br />So far, I've been using the tablet for a few hours and it performs amazingly well, much better than the Wacom Bamboo I was using.  :P <br /><br />I don't have any art to showcase yet but I will be keeping track of it on my blog. <br /><br />Does anyone else here use a tablet for their digital artwork? I'm really impressed with this tablet so far, and for only $160 it's well worth the investment!<br /><br />

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  • RossRoss Posts: 199Member
    $160 impulses . . . yikes :P In what way does it work better than the Bamboo? How is the response time, is there any lag, or can you make quick, repeated strokes without losing any?
  • BinaryOrangeBinaryOrange Posts: 244Member
    on 1464125933:
    <br />$160 impulses . . . yikes :P In what way does it work better than the Bamboo? How is the response time, is there any lag, or can you make quick, repeated strokes without losing any?<br />
    <br /><br />Yes, I don't usually splurge more than $50 on myself but this was just too nice to pass up!<br /><br />I seem to be having some issues with the wireless functionality, so I do have it plugged in at the moment. Otherwise, it performs better than my old Bamboo because the drivers are actually up-to-date and work well. For some reason it seems Wacom had discontinued the Bamboo product line, and thus also the driver support. <br /><br />It also has 2048 levels of pressure, whereas the Bamboo only sported 1024. <br /><br />Since I do mostly pixel art at the moment you can't really tell, but lines are very smooth when I draw them, and the response time is solid. So far, the only issues I've had have been with the wireless receiver. It works 90% of the time, and I have yet to figure out why the other 10% of the time it doesn't. I think it has something to do with the settings.
  • RossRoss Posts: 199Member
    Cool. Hah, yeah, Wacom's drivers are notorious. <br /><br />They swapped around names a bit a few years ago. The new "bamboo" they're calling the intuos, and the intuos became the intuos pro. I never had issues with my own Bamboo drivers being out of date myself, in fact it was always risky to update. :P But if the Huion is more reliable that's pretty awesome.
  • MegalomaniakMegalomaniak Posts: 2,507Admin
    yeah, some years ago I made a "impulse" tablet purchase too... the 12" cintiq was on sale for €800 since it became EOL product - it's just sitting in a box and my old Graphire 4 classic is still in use since my desk is too little to fit it on there together with all the monitors, keyboard, mouse and other usb gadgets. :'(<br /><br />(I guess this is meant to be a warning to others: Don't buy something expensive unless you're sure it's going to be used too! It sure is shiny though...)<br /><br />Good news is I bough the material to build a new desk, just need to get around to finishing it too. :p<br /><br />The idea of a wireless tablet is certainly an interesting one though. Hope you get it working 100% of the time and report back. :)<br /><br />edit: one quick extra thought: is it 'failing' as a wireless tablet when the battery is low-ish?
  • BinaryOrangeBinaryOrange Posts: 244Member
    on 1464226552:
    <br />yeah, some years ago I made a "impulse" tablet purchase too... the 12" cintiq was on sale for €800 since it became EOL product - it's just sitting in a box and my old Graphire 4 classic is still in use since my desk is too little to fit it on there together with all the monitors, keyboard, mouse and other usb gadgets. :'( <br />
    <br /><br />Yes, I am finding a need to get a bigger, non-glass-top desk soon. This tablet takes up a good 15 inches across, and the desk is only two and a half feet wide, so yeah, need to get me a bigger desk...  :P <br /><br />As for it failing, it's very sporadic, and it can't be the battery as I keep it plugged in at all time for the moment. I googled the issue and it seems to be something with Windows 10 and pen tablets in general, so I'm waiting for Huion to release a driver update. I'm sure if dug around enough I would get it working but I just haven't felt the itch to spend the day on it.  :P <br /><br />Oh, and here's a not-perfect tileset I made today with Aseprite and the tablet. Shadows and highlights need work, but hey, this was only a test!<br /><br />CjWS6iFUgAATqP4.jpg:large<br />I will be posting updates on my blog (link in my profile), as well as on my twitter feed.
  • MegalomaniakMegalomaniak Posts: 2,507Admin
    another thing to perhaps consider is where you plugged the wireless usb dongle, might there be some interference/signal-shielding? Perhaps the PC is interfering with the signal if it's plugged to the back of the PC, or so...
  • BinaryOrangeBinaryOrange Posts: 244Member
    Something could definitely be interfering with the signal. I tried a few different USB ports to no avail. I wonder if my WiFi router (it's ancient) might have something to do with it, perhaps I should try disabling it temporarily.
  • MegalomaniakMegalomaniak Posts: 2,507Admin
    unless it's directly in the middle of the tablet and the receiver, I doubt it however not impossible I suppose.
  • alexaualexau Posts: 4Member
    Im sure there will be a couple, from the two new Toy Story shorts that will be before Cars 2 and the Muppets.
  • BinaryOrangeBinaryOrange Posts: 244Member
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    <br />Im sure there will be a couple, from the two new Toy Story shorts that will be before Cars 2 and the Muppets.<br />
    <br /><br />I'm sorry, I can't seem to wrap my head around this. What is it exactly you're trying to say? I'm not animating or even drawing anything even closely related to Disney/Pixar IP... :P
  • KioriKiori Posts: 246Member
    Welcome to the wonderful world of art, join in on the fun!<br /><br /> /><br />Videos 5-8 are about pixel art.<br /><br />Krita is OSS btw.
  • BinaryOrangeBinaryOrange Posts: 244Member
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    <br />Welcome to the wonderful world of art, join in on the fun!<br /><br />https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrmvsnDiAuc&list=PLhqJJNjsQ7KE3FLHIE31UgmLdcqsZfXTw<br /><br />Videos 5-8 are about pixel art.<br /><br />Krita is OSS btw.<br />
    <br /><br />Oh my gosh, Krita looks AMAZING. It looks like exactly what I was hoping to use to eventually move to hand-drawn 3D textures... perhaps I can do that a lot sooner than I originally anticipated!
  • KioriKiori Posts: 246Member
    Krita offers everything, from pixel, to digital, with effects, to seamless texture creation.<br />It's all setup for a lot of case scenarios and it keeps getting better every year.<br />Visit their website and watch out for kickstater campaigns where you can even voice what future features you want the most.
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