I'm going to be building a new powerhouse PC for music (I'm gonna tempt fate and go with windows since it's what I'm used to, warts and all) and I also wanna make use of all those luscious GB of RAM and get myself doing some digital art. Ideally I wanna make fly through animation videos to go with my music in the Vue6 3D environment creator but first I'll just start with album art stills.
What I'm interested in is to hear from you digital art folks is the pros and cons of the various art software you use (painting. drawing, 3d sculpting). I'm looking at Photoshop CS3 (when it comes out) and Corel Painter X as I want to actuallly do original art not just copy and past photos together for magazine layouts. Is anyone using Zbrush, is this painting or only 3d polygon building? Can you design a 3d model and pose it in zbrush and export to painterX/Photoshop to import/paint the figure into a WIP?
I'm also going to get a wacom tablet, but i'm wondering what is the best size? I will have a 19" or 22" widescreen monitor would the 6" x 11" wide format tablet be the best for this kind of sreen? Can you scroll down on a larger painting with the Intuos pad? What are all the other buttons or pressure sensitive areas on the margins of the pad for?
Thanks for any suggestions you may have!