I decided to get a Wacom Splash tablet and it came in the mail
yesterday. Pretty nice deal. It was something like 65 dollars. Wacom’s
are the nicest because their pens don’t have batteries. It came with
some art software, but after using it for a few hours, I found myself
back to using Gimp. The art software makes it look like paint, but
that’s not really the look I want for games. It also came with Autodesk
Sketchbook Express, which is more of a drawing program, but it had some
limitations in the free version, like no transparent background. Anyway,
most of us aren’t the best artists but there is a world of difference
holding a mouse and a pen. The pressure sensitivity is also cool.
I learned a few things while experimenting in Gimp that made me decide
to get it. The pencil tool in Gimp is non-aliased, so it works well with
the fill tool. The color picker is also nice, because you can fill and
area, select it, and then do the shading without going outside the
lines. I haven’t tried it with Inkscape yet because shading seems like
kind of a pain in it. I can get some decent looking art done in
Inkscape, I just wish the UI was a little more intuitive.
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First full scene with the Splash.