Blogs were buzzing yesterday about the new Wacom Inkling, which is set to release in mid-September for $199. With 1,024 levels of pressure, it’s the perfect drawing device for anyone who loves sketching. If you’ve ever used a Wacom tablet before, you know that the majority of the time you’re applying a pen to a blank plastic surface while looking up at the screen to see what you’re drawing. This process comes with a significant adjustment period and doesn’t really feel like drawing on paper. With the Inkling, digital drawing feels like old-school drawing because it in fact is (but better!).
Another substantial difference in this tool is that the pen captures every nuance in your drawings and can store thousands of pages. Once you’re done drawing for the day, you simply connect the receiver to the computer via USB and browse your drawings, exporting the ones you like to Photoshop or Illustrator.
Drawings can be rasterized at print resolution, or better yet, you can export them as a vector illustration and rework your lines in any way you want. Plus, with vectors you are able to scale up a tiny doodle and print it onto a billboard with no loss in quality (for those of you who want to dabble in billboard design).
I am all too familiar with the fact that scanning artwork can become very tedious. With the Wacom Inkling, illustrators and designers have the ability to create layers by simply tapping a button. No joke, all you have to do is tap a button and you can start a new layer right there in your sketchbook. Pretty ridiculous. This is Jetsons type stuff that I wouldn’t dream of being able to do in my lifetime.
It’s not often I go crazy over gadgets, but I am definitely marking this one down on my Christmas list once the holiday season rolls around. Imagine how much faster working on a graphic novel would be when you could load storyboard sketches onto the computer with a few clicks of a button. Mmmm, a girl can dream…