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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:
[Cheap] Alternatives to Wacom Intuos ProThis is a companion journal to go along with me "Cintiq Alternatives" entry. While Cintiq's are amazingly cool, and so are their alternatives, they are still $300 or more. A lot of people just DON'T have that money. So this journal focuses on drawing tablets that compare to Wacom's Intuos Pro line.
Note: This is a US based perspective, so most links will be referring to North American customers. However, many of these brands are available internationally!
There are several brands that offer up alternatives to Wacom tablets. They are Huion/Turcom, Monoprice, and Ugee.
Things to keep in mind with ALL of these tablets. They all come with battery powered pens. Either rechargeable or ones you need to manually replace (usually AAA batteries). I've never heard of the weight (from the battery) bothering anyone. The q
Cintiq Alternatives - Many and Varied!Updated: 5/3/15
I'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 costs $800 and is 13" (as of this writing) and everything else is $999 and up. No mattter how fantastic a piece of hardware may be, it's really hard to justify that price tag. (Especially considering how old most the tech is that Wacom is using.)
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 ano


Review and FAQ:
Monoprice 12 x 9 Graphic Tablet ReviewWelcome to my review of
Monoprice 12 x 9 Graphic Tablet

NOTE: LOTS O' IMAGES!
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! :)
THE COST:
12x9 Tablet: $87.00
Extra Pen: $9.60
+S/H: $8.03
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TOTAL: $104.63  
COMPARE:
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 7I will no longer be providing active support in the comment section or through Notes, nor will I be updating the FAQ. I just don't have the time or energy anymore. What you see here is what you get. If you read through it carefully, you should find answers to your problems! If your exact problem is not listed, look for one that is similar!
REMEMBER MOST PROBLEMS ARE DRIVER RELATED!
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If 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 trou


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Be a Digital Artist, without Pirating or Starving!Journal Updated: March 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. (If you're using Windows 98/95 or XP you should seriously consider switching to a free Operating System like Ubuntu or Linux Mint. They're likely to work faster and more securely than either of those operating systems.)
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 w
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 Amazon.com 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.
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This is a companion journal to go along with me "Cintiq Alternatives" entry. While Cintiq's are amazingly cool, and so are their alternatives, they are still $300 or more. A lot of people just DON'T have that money. So this journal focuses on drawing tablets that compare to Wacom's Intuos Pro line.

Note: This is a US based perspective, so most links will be referring to North American customers. However, many of these brands are available internationally!

There are several brands that offer up alternatives to Wacom tablets. They are Huion/Turcom, Monoprice, and Ugee.

Things to keep in mind with ALL of these tablets. They all come with battery powered pens. Either rechargeable or ones you need to manually replace (usually AAA batteries). I've never heard of the weight (from the battery) bothering anyone. The quality of the pens vary from model to model. None the pens have the "eraser" and "tilt" functions. (If you don't know what those are, then you won't miss them. If you do know what those area, you likely still won't miss them...)

Driver compatibility can be an issue, depending on your OS and what drivers are already installed. Wacom drivers and Windows default tablet drivers are notorious for interfering with alternative-brand drivers. You must completely purge your system of Wacom drivers, old alt-tablets drivers, and turn off as many default settings with Windows as you can before installing alt-tablet drivers. And ALWAYS install drivers before plugging in your alt-tablet!

If by some small chance you're using Ubuntu (or a derivative) these tablets ought to work natively with that OS. However, getting it to work under WINE might be tricky. Just thought I'd give the Linux users some love. ;)

Huion offers tablets that are 4x2, 8x5, 8x6, and 10x6.  The most people tablet from the Huion lineup is the H610 Pro. The H610 gets good reviews across the internet and comes highly recommended from "people in the know". The active area is 10x6, 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity, and it comes with a nicely designed rechargeable pen.

If you look at the Turcom Amazon.com store front, you'll notice that their tablets are either very similar or EXACTLY like Huions. I know that the two companies are technically different, but I wonder if they get much of their hardware from the same source. I imagine some of the tablets have drivers that could be shared between the brands (though probably not all). The main difference seems to be the pricing. Turcom is about $10 cheaper (as of this writing) than Huion.

Monoprice is another big name in alt-tablets. Monoprice tablets with the product number 10594 and 10593 are essentially rebranded Huion tablets. My husband has the 12x9 Graphic Tablet, which is the biggest on the market for alt-tablets (it only has 1024 pressure sensitivity though, which is on the low side for alt-tablets). If you're transitioning from paper-to-digital, this size might suite you best. There other models are OK, but personally I'd just stick with Huion.

Lastly is Ugee. The company itself has been around for some time but only recently started making strides in the Western market. They have a very nice offering of tablets, similar to Huion in size offerings and sensitivity levels. The difference between the two brands is that Ugee tends to have more robust drivers (for Windows, anyway), uses a different kind of pen, and has a more streamlined look. The Ugee M708 would be the main competitor to Huion H610 Pro, though it lacks a rechargeable pen.

So which one should you buy? The specs are all very similar, with the differences mostly being in appearance and what kind of pen you get. What really matters in the end is customer service and driver support. Both Huion and Ugee keep their drivers updated, meaning they fix bugs and keep up with newer OS support. The customer service support seems to be very hit-and-miss though. Turcom's reputation seems to be middling at best... though they do keep up with their drivers (they have Windows 8 support at least). Monoprice has excellent customer service but, unfortunately, poor driver support.

Ultimately, what tablet works best is a personal decision based on your actual experiences. I generally recommend people try one of these alt-brands before buying a Wacom. Buy from a reputable retailer with a good return window and return policies, so that if the tablet doesn't work for you, you can get your money back. Go cheap and only go more expensive when the cheap brands don't work for you!

Also, each brand and model of these alt-tablets has online reviews for them. They're often fairly extensive too. Through other people's experiences, you can find out whether the tablet meets your needs or if the customer service and driver support is any good.

Lastly, many problems people have with these tablets comes down to the drivers. I have a FAQ that talks about almost every single problem that you can encounter with these tablets. It is an old FAQ, for Windows 7, and it's not updated any more. BUT certain bits of advice are pretty well universal and can be applied regardless of OS.

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Sorry about the late reply, but thanks for the :+devwatch:!
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Happy b day for Team mythic knight .. we hope u have a great b day 
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draw2much Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! :D
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