Hey guys, I’m back again. This time I thought I’d talk about my new tablet that I just recently purchased. If you couldn’t tell from the picture, I bought the Wacom Bamboo Create. So far I’m really enjoying it. I was originally debating between the Create and the Intuos4, but went with Bamboo for now. Either of them are worthy upgrades from my Graphire4 that I’ve been working with for the past few years. I figured it was finally time for an upgrade and went with the Bamboo Create because of it’s 1,024 levels of pressure versus the Intuos4′s 2,048. You might think that’s crazy, but I figured it might be too much of a jump from my Graphire4 for me to get used to. I had also read about problems with the Intuos4′s nibs wearing out quickly. For those of you that don’t now, the nibs are the pen’s replaceable tips that are actually pressing against the surface of the tablet when you draw.
After using the Create for a few days, I can see that it’s also the case with this tablet. One side of the nib that I’ve been drawing on is already starting to flatten slightly. You can barely tell, but it’s there. I’m not sure how long one nib will last me, but after the three additional nibs that come with the Create wear out, I’ll have to buy new ones. It all depends on how often you draw and how hard you press down. That’s probably the only downfall with Wacom’s newer tablets, but you have to deal with it because just about all of their older models have been discontinued. The reason they wear so fast is because of the new textured surfaces of the tablets themselves. It’s not very noticeable with the touch of your hand, but when you draw it gives it a more realistic feel, as if you’re actually drawing on paper. That’s the good thing about the newer models. However, aside from the nibs issue I’ve been enjoying the tablet a lot. As I’ve mentioned, it has a much better feel and grip when drawing to help you produce better quality lines. I’ve definitely noticed a difference with the sensitivity and pressure levels since switching from my Graphire4. I’m able to draw thinner lines using lighter strokes much easier than I could with the Graphire4. This makes drawing a lot easier and it feels more natural. Overall, the Bamboo Create is certainly a great upgrade that I would recommend to anyone who’s looking for a high quality tablet. It might not have as many pressure levels as the Intuos4, but with a smaller price tag, you get what you pay for and more.
As for the Alan Wake Tribute, progress is still going smoothly. The animation is now 80% complete. It’s getting close and it feels great. I’d really like to have it done by the end of this month, but we’ll see how that goes. I don’t want to make any promises until I’m absolutely sure. For the next Alan Wake Tribute post, I’ll try to show off some screenshots and give more details about the status of it. Until then, I hope you guys enjoyed reading my thoughts on the Bamboo Create. Let me know what you think! I’ll catch you later.