Review of the Wacom Inkling

CrazyTalk Animator users might be considering buying the Wacom Inkling, if they were looking to make their own artwork content library for a unique production. The Inkling is kind of like the motion-sensing Kinect, but works for your pen rather than for your body…

It’s understandable that a creative might want to find a more natural shortcut to making vector drawings for CTA. Since the unintuitive drawing tools of the vector-drawing software require a way of working that’s often utterly unfathomable, to anyone schooled in normal Photoshop style bitmap drawing. But the UK’s respected 3D World magazine has a useful new review of the Inkling, which concludes you might be better off just getting a normal Wacom pad…

“Most of the time it did a good job of capturing the majority of the drawing. However, there were always lines missing, or lines that were slightly off in placement or direction, that would need some cleaning up. [...] you would get results just as good using a decent pen and sketchbook, and tracing your sketches with a [normal] Wacom tablet.”

Of course, these days you don’t have to just use the old-school drawing tablets. Wacom now has drool-worthy drawing devices like the Wacom Cintiq where you actually draw directly onto the screen, just as if it were paper…

The drawback is the huge cost. Even the smaller version of the colour Cintiq costs as much as a new PC (£828 in the UK), or about six times as much as the cost of the £150 Inkling or a good-sized Wacom Intuos tablet.