After posting my 'man cave' collage picture of my new den, people were largely horrified and shocked to see that there was no tablet, cintiq or what have you on my desk. No, dear readers, I... wait for it.... colour with.... a ... (*whispers*) ...mouse!!!!
*Pauses for a moment while everyone takes an inward gasp suddenly*
Now I *do* actually have a tablet. A few years ago I bought a little 4x5 Wacom Graphire for $100 thinking that this was the bees-knees and that because everyone else had one, so must I.
I gave it a shot and man... what a disaster. I could barely select a freakin' tool with it properly much less do much colouring as I tried to co-ordinate everything, so after a few hours I put it away and went back to the mouse for another year or so. I've pulled it out now and then to give it another shot but with largely the same results.
So I tried it again tonight after watching
generally kick-ass with her intuous as usual the other night. It took me 30 minutes
to colour a section of a leg (on a velocity cover by ken rocafort and
btw...) with the wacom, with less than satisfactory results and then I made a new layer and did the same thing with my usual skill and brilliance (
) in 5 minutes!
So I simply don't understand WHY everyone insists that a tablet is the way to go. I think they suck majorly and are more trouble than they're worth. I tried colouring like Nei with a layer set to screen mode with the wacom but can't for the life of me get it to do what she does. I have no idea how to set up the pen and brush. I went back to normal mode and tried the usual gradients and style that I colour with but using the wacom and had some success but it was sooo slow that I'd still be colouring this picture 3 months from now if I kept it up.
Now don't tell me that Oh, you've just got to stick with it and give it a chance...
That doesn't help. I want to know how the frack you're meant to use this thing otherwise it can go in the drawer forever! Until then, it's mouse-power for me. Sure it takes more layers and a hell of a lot more clicking and selecting of stuff and overall (assuming I could use the wacom) it's slower but stuff that. I work just fine with it.