Ya, It's kind of like that. Why was Christmas as a child, so much fun, and as an adult it's so damned blah?
Any who, being that I like to draw, there are a number of things that I'm interested in getting this year for Christmas, that won't blow the budget. In fact, many of them are down right cheap. Let me tell you about them.
I've discovered a hand crank sharpener that's very small, has replaceable blades, and it adjusts during sharpening, to get a better point, as well as reduce the risk of snapping off. This is especially important to me for my colored pencils, since they seem to break more frequently. I am talking about the Kum AS2 or AS2KM, Two Hole Automatic Long Point Pencil Sharpener. It costs like $7.00, so no biggy here.
|Drawing Tablet and Scanner|
The Wacom I've been looking at is, Wacom Intuos Pen Small Tablet. Wacom recently discontinued its Bamboo line, which was its former play pen line, and has replaced it with this $70.00 version. It's very similar to the old Bamboo, and comes with Autodesk Sketchbook Express and Art Rage 3 Studio. I'd kind of like to get it. And if no one buys it for me, I will likely buy it for myself, eventually.
This next one is a two-fer, and I find it very hard to believe anyone will buy it for me, but here goes. I don't get to draw nearly as much as I'd like to, but I had a revelation one night when I learned that many people draw on their tablets. So, I was thinking, if I could find one that wasn't too pricey, but could still do all of the things that I needed, maybe, just maybe, some kind soul would have pity, and buy it for me. Then I'd need to buy the right stylus for the drawing part.
The stylus I chose is the Adonit Jot Classic Fine Point Stylus for Touch Screen Tablets. This is an amazing stylus specifically designed for drawing on capacitive touch screens. It's designed to draw accurately at any angle, and give artists the freedom to draw like they would on paper. It costs around $20.00, so it's in the ballpark.
If you have an artist in your family who you still need to buy a gift for this holiday season, take a look at this article on Squidoo, What To Buy the Artist In Your Family For Christmas. It'll give you some ideas to help you get started.
Anyway, I hope everyone's shopping is going great, enjoy.