Cheap graphics tablets for artists - Aiptek
If you're looking for a cheap graphics tablet to dip your toe in the world of digital art, then the Aiptek is a great starting point. As an artist painting in both traditional media and digital media I have a range of artists materials. For the digital side of my artwork I use the Aiptek PC graphics tablet. It's a computer input device that allows you to hand draw images, similar to that of using pen and paper or a paint brush. This explanation seems a little to simple for a device that provides fantastic opportunity and freedom to any artist, and coupled with software like Photoshop or Painter can offer endless possibilities.
As a traditional artist for many years I was very dubious of taking the digital route and buying a graphics tablet but when I did take the plunge it opened up a wealth possibilities.
Below is my Aiptek graphics tablet review and thoughts.
The Aiptek tablet is my cheap and trusty tablet of choice and for 3 simple main reasons. One, it's cheap, (I think it's one of the best cheap graphics tablets), two, it's a great size and three, it's performance for it's price is simply fantastic. In life, it does seem you get what you pay for but I wanted an entry level graphics tablet with a high specification and the Aiptek gives me just that.
The Aiptek graphics tablet and pen
The PC drawing tablet
If you want to try a graphics tablet before you decide to take the plunge on a more expensive model then you can't go far wrong with the Aiptek tablet. The size and working area is great for almost all applications and I found this fine for all my painting needs. The unit itself is sturdy and does the job but lacks some of the build quality of the Wacom range. The surface of the tablet does mark but is very durable and to this day does not ive me any trouble and for the price you can't really complain.
The pen feels fine to hold and use for both drawing and painting for long periods but does have a plastic feel to it and could be of better quality. Combined with the drawing tablet itself it still offers a fantastic way of working.
Sensitivity of the Aiptek graphics tablet
Using the Aiptek tablet I really did find it very much like using pen and paper. The sensitivity of up to 4000 lpi resolution and 1024 levels pen pressure meant that I can sketch away with complete freedom and I was genuinely surprised for the cost bracket this device falls into.
The Aiptek tablet itself has a 9'' x 5 1/2'' active area maximising the working space for sketching, editing and painting. Dual mode active area for PC and Notebook with either Widescreen (16:10) or Standard screen (4:3) monitors. With up to 4000 lpi resolution, the 1024 levels pen pressure provides great graphics performance for professional design, drawing and painting. Two rolling pads and 5 hotekeys support both right- and left-hand users for quick zooming in and out, scrolling up / down or left / right, adjust audio volume and switch between widescreen and standard modes. When working I find the ability to zoom in and out using the wheels a great time saver and its always good to see your work at different sizes.
The Aiptek Graphics Tablet has and still serves me well, with great sensitivity and performance at a price that will not break the bank. If you want to dip your toe into the world of digital art and illustration then you will have a great springboard with the Aiptek.
The graphics tablet must be coupled with the correct software like Photoshop or Painter and I will look at these in other pages.
To look at what I have created using the Aiptek graphics tablet, take a look at the fantasy art digital images below which have all been created using the Aiptek graphics tablet and Photoshop.
Artwork produced using the Aiptek Graphics tablet
Being an arist in both traditional and digital mediums you can see some of the work produced on the Aiptek below while using Photoshop. The link here also shows a step-by-step demonstration of how I painted a dragon using the Aiptek graphics tablet.. .How I painted a Dragon on the Aiptek graphics tablet
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PC drawing tablet, used to paint my dragon art
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