Hi, not really a gaming thing I know, but I am after any recommendations for a graphics tablet, preferably for under £100.
Essentially what I want it for is to colour in my line art. What I want to do is scan in my hand drawn artwork and then colour it in basically. Nothing too fancy, mostly flat tones with a bit of shading. When it comes to going for a painted look, I prefer to, you know, actually paint the pictures. I don't know why but I always think stuff that's been painted in art packages all ends up looking a bit homogeneous somehow. A bit like the way you can always spot an Unreal Engine game, you can spot artwork done in these packages. And besides all that I actually enjoy the painting process; it can be very zen like. However sometimes I think certain pictures I do would benifit better from a clean digital look. I suppose I'm looking for more of a sort of clean inked in comic book style in the colouring. It's something I have done before in the past, but had no tablet then either, and using a mouse to do it was painstakingly slow and frustrating.
I know Wacom tablets are generally the ones to want, but they cost and absolute fortune. Can anyone recommend any cheaper brands? The last time I looked several years back there wasn't much choice, however looking at Amazon now things seem to have got a bit better now in that regard. Are those cheaper £50 Wacom Bamboo tablets any good/suitable for my needs?
Another thing is what size would you recommend? Is using a smaller A5 tablet easy to do? Not that I'd want something bigger than an A4 size on my desktop anyway.
And lastly can you recommend some good software for that sort of thing. I have Photoshop CS and CS3, is there a better alternative, anything else you'd rather use instead, Painter or Art Rage for instance?
Oh and also could you recommend another word to use as a good subsitute for recommend? I had a quick peak in the thesaurus, but nothing really won me over.