This gal was sketched using a Wacom Cintiq 12 tablet. While you can draw freehand on a tablet, most cartoonists scan their original art, open it in Photoshop or Illustrator, and use the tablet for inking. I think. The Wacom is fun and powerful, but you still have to be proficient in above software to make the best use of a very expensive tool.
Hopefully, the next incarnation of Cintiqs will be wireless. The spaghetti tangle of cords and converter boxes is an accident waiting to happen in a crowded classroom.
That’s my only complaint about this fabulous item. If you have a chance to use one, whether you are an artist or not, do it!
And, never fear. The third draft is proceeding. I’m fine tuning (to death) the third chapter for the writer’s group. I know they’ll be merciful! I also order a copy of Self-editing for Fiction Writers, by Browne and King.
If you’re ready, this is the book for you. If you’re half ready, like me, this book will scare the heck out of you. But, it shows you if you’re on the right track and, to my great relief, I’m closer than I thought. Hopefully.