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> I can code the entire thing but it's going to look awful. I have spent hours trying to get better and I just don't have that gift.
You need more experience. I was the same when I started my indie development "career"; can code in my sleep, but can't draw for shit.
Keep at it and you'll get better if you really want to. Also, get a drawing tablet. You can't "draw" anything other than pixel art with a mouse.
...and unfortunately I'm busy with my own projects at the moment so I can't help out. Wish you luck though! It's always refreshing to see that there are other game developers at FIU!
EDIT: woops, this is /r/Miami not /r/FIU. Well, maybe you do go to FIU :P
I have the Huion H610 Pro, and I've compared it side by side with the WACOM equivelant and it is nearly identical hardware wise. I believe the specs aren't quite as good, but as a student that is just learning it's great for the price.
One like this? they might work for other people. But I find them a pain to work with. I have to look at my line is where I draw :p
I got the Huion H610PRO it was $77, and so far I love it. Does most stuff a wacom will do except cheaper. It doesn't have hand touch sensitivity if that's something you want, but personally I like it more without because I'm one to rest my hand on the paper while drawing. Here's a link to the amazon page I bought it from.
That's the one you're looking for, I think. I'm picking up one for myself closer to Christmas. Wacom did some really shady rebranding last year when I was looking at tablets, and I don't want to support them if I can help it.
Hey OP, I just got one of those the other day as a beginner as well ([link]) and it is really amazing. Would totally recommend
After a bit of research I got this one the other day from Amazon, the Huion H610Pro.
Kinda love it, but I'm comparing it against a bamboo I played with years ago when I was like 14.
My bf has a cintiq with a display driver (screen) too that seems neat but I don't think I need to shell out that much.
I'd say I got off pretty damn well for less than $100.
It's well worth the investment if you're interested in doing art. I bought this one about 2 years ago:
Hasn't broken or had any major problems yet and it's an incredible bargain for its size and sensitivity. I'd recommend getting their battery-powered stylus, as I've had problems in the past with the rechargeable ones breaking.
Just out of curiosity... how does the Huion compare to the Wacom Intuos Draw? What will I miss if I opt for the Huion instead of this one?
Real life! AWESOME.
Tablet's are actually pretty affordable if you don't get a Cintiq or a Wacom. I've got this one. I've only used it a few times so far but it's pretty nice. Can't beat that price for that size either.
Have you considered picking up a second hand monitor? The extra real estate might be handy to have.
I'm no expert, but I just got my first drawing tablet, so I'll recommend the one I have. I've got a Huion h610 Pro. Personally, I like it. Works well with Photoshop Elements 10. The pressure sensitivity works pretty well. It works better with my desktop than laptop, though I think that's just me installing the driver wrong. It's normally a $150 tablet, but it's on sale on amazon right now. I'd check compatible programs before committing, though, to see if it'll be good enough for you.
I recently got this and think its great. If you install the drivers for him, its pretty much plug in and go.
Its larger than a medium wacom intuios, performs the same functions and is 1/10th of the price.
I have an Intuos 4 at work and just bought a Huion H610 Pro at home. Can't tell a huge difference but I don't use it every day. I'm very happy with my purchase and saved a bundle.
I am just starting out. I had an old Genius tablet that I bought a long time ago but never really used. On trying it, I discoved it was broken. So I shopped around and eventually settled on the Huion H610 pro.
I have never had any experience with a Wacom to judge against, but the Huion has been great. I work in Linux, so I had to use a third party driver. Got all 8 side buttons working + 2048 levels of pen pressure. For $72 you get a 2048 levels + 6" x 10" working space. Seems like a good deal. I got it at Amazon ([link]).
Hope this helps.
I just got the Huion H160PRO yesterday, and I absolutely love it! I've been a Wacom user for years, and had the privilege of using Intuos 5 tablets in high school, but this tablet really met my expectations. It's about the same size as the Intous line, and it was delivered in 3 days with free shipping through amazon.
Huion H610PRO Painting Drawing Pen Graphics Tablet [link]
I mean it's just freaking awesome.
Check out the Huion H610. Bamboo tablets are great, but you are paying a bit of a premium just for the brand. I got the Huion for my wife and she's been very happy with it.
Huion 610 pro been using it for almost 2 years now never had a problem. Has charging pen and a pretty good hover distance. If you do end up getting it use the CD drivers not the newest ones online since with the CD drivers you are able to set area portions easier. [link]
> If you can pick up a cheapo tablet off ebay or whatever it will make your life a million times easier.
Huion H610Pro is a decent cheap tablet: [link]
I have used mine for a few years, and performs like a several-hundred dollar Wacom.
> I dont know if we can justify paying over $50 for one.
Draw tablets easily exceed that price. That being said, I paid $75 for my Huion, which is the spitting image of this one.
I feel like they are inflating the level of sensitivity and that it's the same model. At this price point, you can expect the draw pad to stop tracking mid-stroke, and for the pressure to scale dramatically as it guesses the appropriate level of pressure.
With drawing tablets, you very much get what you pay for.
I've been reading that but I've also stumbled upon this: [link]
It has significantly better specs I've seen from most wacoms that arent over 200 dollars, good surface area and from what I understand very much desired LPI and pressure sensitivity. And also a lot of amazon reviews that used wacoms recommend this, what do you think?
I use this huion tablet. I'm using a PC, but it says it's compatible with a mac also. Works great for me.
It's not as bad as all that.
Huion makes a perfectly decent tablet for under $75. It's not as intuitive as working on a screen tablet like the Cintiq but it's not as hard as learning to draw all over again.
There's lots of free software but if you decide to go with Photoshop it's only $10 a month and you'll have the latest version of it.