Wednesday, December 16, 2015

The Best Cintiq Alternative - Amazon Fire with apps!

My previous post about a Cintiq alternative was a bit too Rube Goldberg-ish. However with this one, you can't beat ease of use and the price point. If you act now you can get a Amazon Fire tablet this holiday season for only $49.99 and free shipping. Wow!
Beautiful 7" IPS display (171 ppi / 1024 x 600) and fast 1.3 GHz quad-core processor. Rear and front-facing cameras. 8 GB of internal storage. Free unlimited cloud storage for all Amazon content and photos taken with Fire devices. Add a microSD card for up to 128 GB of additional storage.

There are some cool free and low cost art  / drawing apps you can acquire for this device that will do the trick. Here are some with high marks:


Sketchbook (free)

You can't go wrong with an Autodesk product. This is the poor man's version of Sketchbook Pro. This got higher marks than the $4.99 Sketchbook Ink also from Autodesk

Art Flow - Sketch, paint & draw (free)

RoughAnimator - $4.99

Design Creator (Free)

Sketch Guru - Handy Sketch Pad (free)

Animation Desk
(free, but may have ad pop up's)
Cool onion skinning.

Lapse It Pro ($1.99)

Can do stop motion and time lapse with this app.
For fine details use a stylus with these programs. Check the specs to see what files types they output. Some allow direct uploading to Dropbox or offloading in PNG / PSD format.
That means cross-platforming folks!!

Android Apps on PC / Mac
Bluestacks software allows you to run Android apps on your PC / Mac and the download is free.
Check it out: 

Check out our two prior posts on apps for artists:

Bonus - Get  20% off the best book on character design ever, right here:

Enjoy and Happy Holiday's!

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