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Nicole K
Artist | Hobbyist | Digital Art
United States
I've been drawing since I was 5 yr old (maybe younger if you count the scribbles in my parents books) and started drawing digitally around 18 yrs old. I use a Wacom Bamboo Create and Manga Studio 5 for my inks. Sometimes I use Paint Tool SAI for coloring and occasionally Photoshop CS4.

I'm married (since 2003) to Aremke and own 3 cats. I recently moved to Cheyenne WY from Texas. So far I'm enjoying the area! I hope to get a new job here soon and make some friends. :)

My hobbies are drawing, wasting time online, reading books, watching comic book movies, and occasionally bicycling (when weather permits). I've been with dA since practically the beginning but you'd never know it by my page views (heeh).

Happily Married by MissLittlewood From Far Away Stamp - 01 by AngelicPara Favs stamp by ankewehner

Beloved Journal Entries About Cheap Wacom Tablet Alternatives:
Monoprice 12 x 9 Graphic Tablet ReviewWelcome to my review of
Monoprice 12 x 9 Graphic Tablet

and lots o' text too!
Problems with your Monoprice Tablet? Read my FAQ!
Check out some alternatives to Cintiqs!
I ordered directly from Monoprice's website, and received my item in 4 days using UPS ground. They accept Paypal and Google Checkout, so no credit card required! :)
12x9 Tablet: $87.00
Extra Pen: $9.60
+S/H: $8.03
TOTAL: $104.63  
Wacom Bamboo Connect (Small Size) $65.00+
Wacom Bamboo Create (Med Size) $170.00+
Wacom Intuos5 Touch (Medium) $330.00+
The Box: It's Square!
They packed the box well and I like that they used easy-to-recycle paper instead of that stupid peanut stuff... Danny approves.
Yeeeep. There's t
Monoprice Tablet FAQ for Windows 7If you are looking for a specific problem but don't want to read through the whole FAQ, press "Ctrl + f" in your browser. This will allow you to search for specific words (like "jitter" or "Paint Tool SAI") in the FAQ.
Got Windows 8? Head over to Jeremy's FAQ for Windows 8! (Note: A fix for Windows 8.1 is now available!) (Note 2: He's not currently troubleshooting. You can read his journal and read comments to see if he's already answered your questions though.)
Got a Tumblr account? Consider asking Morg for help at The Monoprice Messiah!
Searching for: Someone who knows Apple systems and can help Monoprice users on Mac systems!
All the Monoprice Graphic Tablet line are re-branded UC-Logic Tablets. This me
Cintiq AlternativeI'm sure we all remember the first time we read about the Wacom Cintiq. A monitor you can draw on... a dream come true. Then you look at the price tag and your heart breaks a bit and your wallet wheezes. The smallest, a 12.1" TFT monitor, is $900. Anything bigger, like the 22" goes for $1,900 and up. For many of us, that's a paycheck, or a couple of months of paychecks. It's not really feasible.
Of course there are alternatives. It's possible to build something like a Cintiq all on your own. Of course, the risk to doing these kinds of things is that you could screw it up and end up with a broken monitor AND tablet.
So what to do? Give up?
NO says I! Just find another way!
It turns out that there are genuine alternatives to Wacom Cintiq out there. And they don't cost an arm and a leg.
First there's the Yiynova MSP19U. It's 1

Other Fun Journal Entries you Might be interested in:
Be a Digital Artist, without Pirating or Starving!Journal Updated: Feb 13, 2014
It use to be, in ye olden times, it was difficult to break into the digital art field without some serious cash. Everyone insisted you needed Intuo (but you settled for a 4 x5 Graphire) and Photoshop or Painter was the way to go (which you pirated because you didn't have $500+ lying around). Having a computer that could run a resource heavy program like Photoshop was often difficult too (you dealt with it).
That was then, this is now. Breaking into the Digital Art field is a whole lot easier AND cheaper.
First, you don't need expensive computers. Still using Windows XP? Vista? That's OK. Use what you have. (You're pushing it if you still use Windows 98/95 though. Might as well upgrade to a free Linux distro like Ubuntu.)
But if you're in the market for a new computer, why bust the bank? For under $600 you can get a decent desktop with a 19" monitor which you can upgrade later or go under $500 and get a 15.6" laptop to take your drawings on the go. I
How to Make Authentic Tasting Japanese CurryI lived in Japan for 4 years. I've tasted various kinds of Japanese curry and then attempted to mimic them at home. After many many MANY failures, I finally found the "sweet spot". I now share it with you, so that you TOO may enjoy a bit of genuine Japanese cuisine at home. ;)
First, you need the right kind of curry mix. The most common curry found in the US stores is Golden Curry. It tastes OK but is salty and sort of heavy on the palate. Vermont Curry is my preferred choice. It's got a milder more balanced flavor. The problem is I can't find it in stores! I buy it from in packs of 10. (And, no, Indian Curry is not even remotely the same as Japanese curry. You must get actual Japanese curry for this recipe.)
Here's your ingredients: 
4.4 Ounce Vermont Curry - 2
Potatoes, Med - 4 to 6
Carrots, Med - 1 to 2
Onions, Med - 1
Beef steak* - 1 pound or so
5 Cup

My Tumblr Account is where I put all my unfinished and WIP art. I also put a lot of back-story information there too.

I just needed to vent...this happens too often!

Journal Entry: Tue Apr 8, 2014, 4:47 PM
I am quite proud of my Monoprice FAQ. It's one of my most glorious online achievements. My FAQ is usually on the first page of Google for anyone looking for answers to Monoprice tablet related problems. It has a whooping 40,000 views. People go out of their way to tell me about fixes so I can add them to my FAQ, because they know if they get it on my FAQ, people will see it. I'm proud of what this FAQ has accomplished!

But..... there are still people who don't bother to read my FAQ. They skip the whole thing and decide to ask me personally for help.

These kinds of people really really annoy me. Everything related to this FAQ I do out of my spare time. When people don't bother to do any of their own research, or even just spend 10 minutes reading through my FAQ to friggin' figure it out for themselves, it's like they're saying they don't care about the fact that they're sucking up my time with their stupid time-wasting questions.

So. Damn. Intellectually. LAZY. And. SELFISH.

When ever I get someone asking me a dumb question I just wanna let them have it! I just wanna be like "STOP ASKING ME STUPID THINGS AND READ THE DAMN FAQ, YA LAZY BUM!" But it's entirely unfair to vent at one person for "the sins of the many", ya know? So I don't. Even though I want to. I REALLY want to.

So that's why I'm writing this. Even if I can't really give people what they deserve in my FAQ, I can vent about here. You know why? BECAUSE I'M NOT BEING PAID TO PUT UP WITH OTHERS STUPIDITY SO I CAN SAY WHATEVER I WANT SO THERE!


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Null-Entity Dec 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Danke for faving ^_^
SkunkShampoo Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Monoprice is coming out with a Cintiq alternative next month. Uses the UC-Logic technology. Around 400 bucks.
draw2much Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yep, I learned about that a few months ago. I'm skeptical of their choice of monitors (the quality of the monitor is going to make or break that tablet) so I'll need to hear first hand accounts of how well it works before I can comment one way or the other. :)
BurrellGillJr Oct 29, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks for the watch!
KuroKageKowaii Oct 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for watching me
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