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diane555
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Posted Mon Apr 2, 2012 5:17AM
That's too bad. I just got mine on Friday so I haven't used it a lot yet but I have has very good luck so far. Maybe it's because I tend to draw slightly larger (about 50% of the page). Yesterday I drew a dragon which has tons of tiny scales and there were some more issues with that than my first attempts but nothing too terrible. I posted my experience on my facebook page but I'll try to update my Wordpress page later. So far Sketchbook Pro 2011 has been my favorite software to import to although Illustrator has done okay.
pinkpig
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Posted Mon Apr 2, 2012 8:16AM

Yip Diane- I think that's the crucial thing- draw big! Unfortunately it's not my atural way of working.


It is fun to use, I have to say- and I had a bit more luck with it this afternoon, but not sure it's worth the investment yet. WIll have to play with it more.


I've updated the review again


 
Chris3fer
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Posted Mon Apr 2, 2012 9:37AM
I'm a small drawer by nature. It started in grade school when I had to hide my sketches from my teachers. Never grown out of it. However. I am going to try drawing larger, because I believe it is essential to making the inkling more effective. I'm disappointed so far in it.
bortonia
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Posted Mon Apr 2, 2012 12:15PM
Great review pinkpig, very informative! Thanks for sharing!
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Posted Mon Apr 2, 2012 12:30PM
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Posted By bortonia:
Great review pinkpig, very informative! Thanks for sharing!



You're welcome!


Ispoke to support this afternoon by the way. The Wacom guy said that it shouldn't matter how small your drawings are- the Inkling should record it. He suggested making sure my hand was not sometimes blocking the sensor as I drew- as although it may still record something- it would be distorted, or missing.


However, I did a few more experiments, drawing small scale-making sure I wasn't blocking the sensor- results really really bad unfortunately.


Will get back to Wacom tomorrow and let everyone know what they say.
kristijanh
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Posted Mon Apr 2, 2012 12:42PM
I'd say that the guy from the Wacom support didn't give you much of the advice. It's all backwards. If you have to twist yourself while standing upside down, than it's the tool, it's not you.

Sometimes I draw small drawings, and that happens when I'm out of my home studio. I always carry my mini drawing setup. And sometimes I draw very large drawings. And I like them both. I wouldn't like to quit using my mini setup, because it suits me just fine in certain ocasions. If the tool forces me to change my habits... well, there are other tools too. 
bortonia
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Posted Mon Apr 2, 2012 1:52PM
I was *this* close to having someone pick me up the Inkling in the US (they haven't been distributed in Canada yet). To be honest, I'm happy I didn't. When I sketch it's usually very small: Just quick doodles, really. So it sounds like the Inkling wouldn't be for me after all
NilouferWadia
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Posted Mon Jun 18, 2012 4:48AM

I can't believe I searched everywhere for 'real' reviews but didn't think to look here, - the people who really know  


I'm not sure who inkling is PERFECT for but I guess it's not really for us istock vector artists, who really need 'perfect'.  I had been fantasizing about hours of work cut out, o well....
bortonia
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Posted Wed Jun 20, 2012 9:22AM
In the end, I bought a good stylus for my iPad rather than going with the Inkling. Saved quite a bit of $$, too!
bamlou
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Posted Wed Jun 20, 2012 9:38AM
just curious, which ipad app do you use for vector?
Susan_Stewart
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Posted Wed Jun 20, 2012 3:23PM
I use Adobe Ideas to directly create vectors - my last three illustrations submitted to istock were, apart from closing up all the open paths, entirely created in Ideas. From Ideas you can get a layered Vector file that opens straight into Illustrator. But all the objects will have open paths that need to be dealt with! It's a pretty simple app, basically just the blob brush tool, with no pen sensitivity, but allows layers and varying opacity and variable brush width. For reference sketching, Paper 53 is my favorite for pencil type sketches or Art Rage or Brushes for colour doodles. They produce raster illustrations.

I think I've tried most of the drawing apps. They all have their little quirks and strong points. Paper 53 has the best fake pencil engine by miles. Brushes is really simple to use and with the Mac has an app which replays the drawing strokes on a larger scale so you can resize up, more or less losslessly. Art Rage does a similar thing if you have the desktop version (which I do) and has good watercolor and paint blending emulation. Sketchbook pro gives decent results, but I find the interface clunky (but maybe if I used the desktop application it would be more familiar). There's another vector app from the guy who made brushes, called Inkpad which is a more pentool based application. But as that sort of drawing is easier done on the desktop, I find that I only use it occasionally for doing things like guidelines which Ithen use in one of the other drawing applications.

The nice thing about all these apps is that they are cheap enough that you can try them all. I've got 8 or 9 and wouldn't have spent more than 50$ on the whole lot!

(Edited on 2012-06-20 15:24:01 by Susan_Stewart)
NilouferWadia
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Posted Tue Jun 26, 2012 9:37PM

Susan_Stewart, I didn't even know you could do art of such precision on an Ipad - not that I have one. Awesome!


 
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