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    Hello all. I wasn't sure where to ask this, so here I am. My daughter's 14th birthday is coming up and she's an amazing artist (as far as I can tell) and she loves doing her drawings on her PC. She has a drawing desk that she uses regularly, but when she draws on her PC, she uses the mouse because she doesn't have a tablet. I gave her an old Wacom from a friend a few years back and she couldn't get used to the fact that she has to look at the screen while writing on the pad. It's ridiculous because she still uses a mouse for ideas and a lot of designs. But when she's at her desk drawing is where she shines. I want to buy her a nice tablet for her birthday, but I wanted to get her one with a screen that she can draw directly to. I know she would love to have one like that, but I wanted to get to know more before I bought something.

    ​I can't afford the $1000 Cintiq. My budget is about 600 bucks, give or take. I was looking through the reviews of the HUION KAMVAS 156HD V2 and the GT-220 V2 and it seems like a good choice, but I'm not positive on what would be best for her. I was looking at the X-Pen and Ugee brands too. She likes to draw animations and flipbook style cartoon characters. At the same time she'll draw realistic animals with all nice shading and shadows, etc. Her go to favorite softwares are Sketchbook and she wants to start using Toon Boom. Also, the more screen space I can get for the money, the better, as long as it doesn't take away better features for the price.

    ​I wanted to see what options I should be considering based on what she'll be using it for. Another question I had was do they make a nice tablet this style that lets you draw things away from the PC? Even if it's something cheaper that she can use to sketch or come up with ideas that I can kind of just add to her birthday gift as an accessory. I'm that kind of dad that has no idea what I should be getting her, but I want to encourage her artist interests as much as possible.

    ​Sorry for the long first post. Thanks though!

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      I just bought a HUION KAMVAS GT-221 Pro and am quite pleased with it. I've had Cintiq's in the past. It cost $799. with no tax or shipping costs.

      For standalone I'd recommend an iPad Pro with pencil.

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        Thanks for the input. I got some more money and said screw it, she's worth it. I pulled the trigger and ordered the gt-221 pro. Seems like a good starting point for a 14 year old. She can't compare it to the Wacom so she should be happy with it.

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        • #5
          FYI:

          The pressure sensitivity on the pen is very good but it's a bit firm. You can adjust it however, in driver.

          The color settings right out of the box aren't good but they can be adjusted via the monitor controls and the color profile in your system.

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          • #6
            I would recommend looking at Wacom Intuos Pro digital graphic drawing tablet. It sells for $349 on Amazon.

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