|Inkling example on a good day.... these lines|
were fairly accurate.
The product looks and feels really nice, but the technology is just not consistent enough. To test and improve the accuracy, I've tested it on an normal sketchbook, and compared it to the inkling and the paper taped onto the table. Below are experiments to see if the paper and device movement is the problem for the inaccuracy. I drew the grid first, then filled each box with a circle, one row at a time from top to bottom. Then I added an triangle to each, then crossed the circles. Lastly I drew an X on the top of each triangle, roughly connecting the sides of the triangle. This is to see if accuracy is an issue coming back to a specific spot, after using on parts far from the previous spot. The results were the taped version was better, but still inconsistent and can be off. See bottom rows of each, and you can see that the further the worse the accuracy gets. These are roughly 8x5 papers.... any bigger than this, the lines will be pretty consistently bad.
|Inkling and paper taped onto a table, to insure|
that nothing moves. The inaccuracy is still
present, but not nearly as bad as using on a
sketchbook. See the inaccuracies on 5A, 6A, 8D etc.
If these inaccurate lines happens to be on the important parts of your drawing, such as face and eyes, that just sucks, as a millimeter off can change the expression completely. At $200 price tag, it's a bit hard to justify something that isn't working perfectly. The inkling was marketed to clip onto a sketch book, but it really is better when used on a non-moving surface. So it's not the portable device that it promises to be. When you're sketching on the sketchpad, you can see the inkling bouncing around, no wonder it's got accuracy issues. I started to use a clipboard with the inkling and sketchbook.... but this defeats the whole purpose of the inkling.
I was fairly happy after a handful of good drawing came out of the initial tests. But the next dozen drawing were so off, that not many were really worth salvaging. At this point, I can only hope that next version would be more reliable and can be something truly a portable digital/traditional device. What I think Wacom should have done, is to use their normal positioning technology, and just sell a clip board that you clip any paper to. The clipboard is just a normal Wacom tablet that tracks the pen's position, and records your ink lines like the inkling, but with the accuracy of Wacom's tablets.
On a side note, if anyone is wondering about refills... I found these pen refills at Staples, they are a dollar or two a pop, and work well with the inkling. The ink and feel is about the same as the ones that ships with the Inkling.