And then I bought a Cintiq Companion Hybrid

So…. this happened:

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After taking a fateful walk one day and finding myself pining almost painfully for the ability to create art away from my computer… I bought myself a Wacom Cintiq Companion Hybrid (hybrid cause it also hooks up to my computer like a regular Cintiq and runs Android instead of Windows 8). It may seem like an impulse buy, but I’d been considering getting one off and on for like a year.

I’ve only had it for about five days, but my first impression is that I haven’t wanted to draw this much in a long time. And it is SO MUCH EASIER to draw while actually looking at my stylus. Like, the lines go where I want them to. Man. I haven’t been able to use it much in Photoshop (ie, hooked to my computer) because I guess my second mini HDMI port doesn’t work so I’ll need an adapter. So far though, I’m loving the mobile mode (even if the Android version of Autodesk Sketchbook can be a bit limiting, it’s still nice and fluid).

My biggest workflow hurdles so far are not having any easy way to have reference up while I draw in mobile mode, and the fact that they replaced the glorious ipod-esqe swipey ring with a buttony Rocker Ring instead, which means I feel totally gimped trying to change my brush size on the fly.

So anyway, Here’s a few preliminary sketches I did while trying to figure everything out. (And why the hell doesn’t Photoshop have a damn symmetry tool yet?)

The first one I did in Photoshop (with my monitor unplugged >.<), and the rest are in Sketchbook in mobile mode. Yaaaaaayyy for drawing on the couch!

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I’m hoping to take it out in the world with me soon and see how that goes, but haven’t had the time yet. Let me know if you have any questions!

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3 responses to “And then I bought a Cintiq Companion Hybrid

  1. I was considering of getting this for a long time but never did. I’m still on my Intuos4 that’s like… what” 4? 5? years old now? xD

    Ughhh. Okay. I need to go get mine ASAP. xD I just never had the motivation to actually buy it since my current tablet is still working, you know? xD Please tell me how good the tablet is so I will be forced to buy one ASAP! :P

    • Hey, I’d still be using my Intuos 4 if the danged usb port on it would actually work consistently. :P (Actually, I did briefly use it just the other day and it felt so weird after working on a Cintiq).

      Having had it for about 7 months now, I can say… I still love it. It is AWESOME for getting sketches done (and motivating me to actually do it). Actually, I tend to get a lot more sketches than finished work done these days since I find it a lot easier to plop on the couch with my Cintiq than to hook it up to my computer.. but I think that’s a problem with my personal setup (yeah I still haven’t solved the hdmi port problem. Laziness.)

      Mostly I feel gimped when trying to draw anything I need reference for, as well as by the fairly limited professional drawing apps on Android. Course, you could shell out the extra money and just get the regular Cintiq Companion with Windows 8 and then run PS on it..

      But gawd. It is so freaking nice to not have that “tablet is on my lap but I’m looking at the screen” disconnect. Feels soooooooo much more fluid.

      Let me know if you have any other questions! :)

  2. Awesome. haha. okay. I just need to really get that tablet ASAP. xD I’m planning to get the windows 8 one actually. :P :D

    Thanks so much for the reply! Definitely motivated me *Imagines myself sitting in the couch painting* xD

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