Hey fellow art-makers! I’m having a sad day: the USB connection on my Intuos Pro drawing tablet just broke, meaning my tablet is currently a big, flat brick. I could potentially fix it with a Wireless kit, but since I’ve got a little bit extra saved up, I’m considering finally upgrading to a display-tablet option.
I know the Cintiq has been the gold standard for some time now, and I’ve always wanted to go that direction. I do a lot of digital illustration and design in Photoshop and Illustrator, and I’ve invested a lot in these apps (both in terms of experience/knowledge, and custom brushes/tool presets).
In the past, I’ve dabbled with illustration on the iPad, but it never really compared until the release of the iPad Pro and the Apple Pencil. My experience with the Apple Pencil actually feels much better than anything I’ve done on an Intuos tablet. Thing is, I’d still want to use the iPad as an actual tablet, connected to my Mac. I’ve heard good things about how the Apple Pencil works with Astropad, but does it compare to using a Cintiq?
Both options are roughly the same price-wise, so I’m just trying to decide what might fit my needs best for the ability to do professional-quality digital illustration, both on the go and and my desktop. What are your experiences with either option?