Wacom Inkling: Ballpoint Ink to Digital Illustrations

Wacom Inkling: Ballpoint Ink to Digital Illustrations

Gregory Han
Aug 30, 2011

A good portion of our friends make their living illustrating, and whether it's for animated series, comic books or CG-related work, they all have one thing in common: tablets. So it's not surprise we noticed our Facebook feed today was filled with "OMG!", "Uh, is this for real?!", "A dream come true" across our friend feed with the announcement of the Wacom Inkling, a digital sketch pen system which works with a pressure sensitive ballpoint pen and regular paper, converting anything you draw into digital line art that can be tweaked further in an array of applications (and even set in layers as you draw on paper!).

Available in mid-September for $199, we're predicted the 3-piece Wacom Inkling (pen, wireless transmitter and receiver) is going to be a big hit amongst professionals, students and even artistic enthusiasts who love to doodle. Check out the tutorials Wacom has posted online to whet you appetite (our fingers are already itching to give it a try).

The Inkling digital sketch pen captures a digital likeness of your work while you sketch with its ballpoint tip on any sketchbook or standard piece of paper. Designed for rough concepting and creative brainstorming, Inkling is ideal for the front end of the creative process. Later, refine your work on your computer using an Intuos4 tablet or Cintiq interactive pen display. In addition to capturing your sketch, stroke by stroke, Inkling allows you to create layers in digital files while you sketch on paper. Digital files are transferred to your computer using the Inkling Sketch Manager software, and later, exported to applications such as Adobe® Photoshop® and Illustrator®. Files can also be opened with the included Inkling Sketch Manager software to edit, delete, add layers or change file formats.
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