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Drawing Tools for Animating:

By Steven Mussey, M.D.
When animating with a computer, you have several options:

1. Draw the picture on paper, scan it, clean up and color the image on the computer.
Advantages:
Good for folks who still prefer the feel of paper.
Cons:
Post-production work needed.
Not as smooth as drawing straight into the animation program.

2. Draw the picture using a standard Wacom Tablet attached to a computer.


Advantages:
Inexpensive.
Wacom tablets offer quality pen on “paper” experiences.
Cons:
Unless you opt for an expensive Cintiq, you must learn to draw with your hand in one
spot while the drawing appears in a different spot.
Not very portable.
Ties you to a desk.

3. Buy a Windows Tablet PC.


Advantages:
Highly portable.
You can draw and watch your image in the same place.
You can draw anywhere.
Cons:
Can be expensive.
Hardware choices confusing.

So, what about buying a Windows Tablet PC? This is NOT the same as an iPad or Android Tablet. This is actually a laptop computer running Windows 7 and using a convertible screen that is also a Wacom Drawing Tablet.

As of September 2011, this is the list of current tablet pc’s to consider:

Tablet PC’s with Intel Integrated Graphics:
Fujitsu Lifebook T731
HP EliteBook 2760P
Lenovo ThinkPad X220 Tablet

Tablet PC with additional Graphics co-Processor:
Fujitsu Lifebook T901

In a later post, I will review the Fujitsu T901 as an animation platform.

Hint: I really like it!

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