After looking for several months, I found a bunch of things which looked good but beyond my price range, such as Zbrush. What drawing tablet or possibly other hardware and/ or software would you recommend which works good but is under the $100 to $200 range? Please give me a review of hardware by your experience. I don't need many features, but at least be able to draw and paint conveniently at a professional level with the device.
Goals are to create 2D and 3D textures with fine detail such as custom drawing of life objects and paint skin. Modifying existing textures in advanced ways is sought by me, too, such as using the device in the art process with GIMP. Actually more, I seek to include such a tool with GIMP, Wings 3D, and Blender. Eventually, real time character animation in computer games, website design, and continued 3D work are my areas. Rendering is not my area but real time 3D and also 2D needs are, so please think computer game tools.
Background information follows. I use Wings 3D and GIMP extensively (and Blender sometimes) with intermediate to advanced results in artwork. The 2D layering, fonts, and other texture work in GIMP are examples of things which I do fairly well. Using the mouse to draw has reached its limit for me. I don't need scupting because I do that already in Wings 3D and enjoy nice results with the UV map there and texturing done in GIMP. It's good enough that I have had many 3D models accepted into a couple commerically sold simulations.
Hardware requirements and price are what gives me a challenge to find a good fit for me. I want to be able to continue only using my ordinary laptop with integrated 4000 series AMD/ATI graphics and yet have pro quality if possible. Hardware requirements have sometimes been more than my laptop can handle, it seems because of long render times. Also, some, like Zbrush, I noticed can send a person buying other things, which I also want to avoid.
To sum this request: Please help me find cheap harware which will allow me to draw, paint, and maybe bake textures, yet work with my average laptop, GIMP, Wings 3D, and Blender.
Any help would be appreciated.
Edited by 3Ddreamer, 10 September 2012 - 03:25 PM.