How good, REALLY, is the UX of making on w/drawing tablet? I have aspiring artist fam in need of gear, but:

* we're both broke af
* they are rural w/poor internet
* they're not tech savvy
* reading lots of text is exhausting for them

Thus:

* tech support after delivery isn't feasible
* the hardware & software need to work right & be stable
* art software I preload must have an ecosystem of video visually-oriented ebook tutorials

Is this possible? Remotely realistic?

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Followup to who use Linux: are there brands of inexpensive drawing tablet that work best on Linux? Whatever I get needs to a) work right all the time b) be inexpensive c) be durable and able to survive a lot of dust/dirt/etc (this is a working farm more or less with no special space for art)

@deutrino I've only used it briefly, but IIRC Wacom stuff just worked for me? Probably a bit too rich though...

@calvin lotsa people are saying Wacom, yeah. at some point, if Wacom gear Just Works(tm) free of bugs and hassles, it'll be worth it to scrounge and dig until I can get one of those vs something offbrand that isn't reliable.

@deutrino Wacom Intuos are easy to use for beginners and relatively cheap when bought from third-party. A quick search shows prices around $70 and up.

@deadsuperhero yup. I don't do any visual art myself, so I'm not sure if there's been a huge profusion of tablets beyond Wacom... last time I was looking some of them still had serial ports ><

@deutrino I have a Wacom Intuos Pen Small (i think the model is old and they changed the names). It's similar to this one:
us-store.wacom.com/Catalog/Pen

It's good, works well on linux and stuff.
It's not inexpensive, it's like 70 bucks.

Now I'm thinking on buying a Cintiq 13HD but that's like 900€ and... hehe

Many linux artists use Wacom, there are community drivers which work well.

@ekaitz_zarraga
Thanks. Yeah Wacom really does sound well supported and well loved. Reliability and durability are most important for this use, then cost, and only then features.

@deutrino Durability and Reliability extend the life of the product so the operative cost goes down.

Never forget that ;-)

@ekaitz_zarraga
Oh believe me I know. Especially in this case. I have almost no capital though so it inevitably weighs in.

I'm reminded of cast iron vs Teflon cookware though. Cheap and durable af 😅

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