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Review of the Yiynova MSP19U tablet monitor

Noah Bradley using the Yiynova MSP19U

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I love it.

Last week I purchased a Yiynova MSP19U, a 19″ pressure-sensitive tablet monitor. After the fantastic review by Frenden this tablet monitor has gotten a lot of internet attention. Wacom has utterly dominated the field, leaving little room for competitors. But there’s a new kid on the block.

The MSP19U is a worthy competitor. It’s not perfect. But it’s darn good.

Presentation

It’s not the greatest presentation. If you’re looking for a slick, Apple-like packaging… look elsewhere. All you’ll get here is simple instructions with more Engrish than you can shake a stick at.

Hardware

The device itself is great. It’s sturdy, well-constructed and has a nice screen on it. It’s more lightweight and portable than any Cintiq I’ve used. I was quite comfortable sitting on my bed with this thing in my lap. I’m pretty sure a Cintiq would have crushed my pelvis.

I like the colors better than any Cintiq I’ve used. I’ve found Cintiqs to have unusually dull colors (even when calibrated). The MSP19U is bright and vibrant. It leans a bit cool in color (and a tad light) out of the box, but nothing a little calibration can’t fix.

The surface is glassy smooth. Personally, I like this better than the faux-grit that a lot of current Wacom tablets have. If you really want to put some grit on the screen, you can always add a screen protector.

There are no buttons on the device. Word has it that the next generation device they’re producing will have them, but this one didn’t. I’m ok with that. I’ve never used the buttons on my Intuos and I don’t have any need to start. I prefer key commands on my keyboard—they’re faster and more reliable.

The viewing angles aren’t great. But I find when working on a tablet monitor you’re more likely to be looking directly at it than at a traditional monitor.

Software

The drivers are a bit problematic and the software interface is kinda ugly. But not a big deal. I was able to get it working quickly. And once you get it working there’s little need to touch the software again. I do wish I had more customization on the pressure-sensitivity, but I’m sure that will come as the company improves their software.

Summary

It’s not a flawless piece of hardware, but I absolutely love this thing. And I haven’t even mentioned the price: at $600, this is a steal. To get a Wacom product of similar quality, you’d be looking at 2-4x that price.

I’m not going to tell you that the Yiynova MSP19U is better than a Wacom Cintiq. But I will tell you that it’s every bit as good. If you’re in the market for a tablet monitor and prefer to not spend money for the sake of spending money, buy one of these. You won’t regret it.

Purchase a Yiynova MSP19U

4.5/5 stars

Photo courtesy of A Muse Photography

More sketches

Sorry for the lack of writing lately—I’ve been devoting my mornings to sketching rather than writing. I’ll find a balance between the two sometime or another, but as it stands I’m having almost too much fun with these sketches. Hope you enjoy.

Morning sketches

Been doing a lot more sketches lately to loosen up, try new things, and push myself in new directions. So much fun.

On His Throne

Wanted to share a newly published piece I did for Dragon magazine. Always a fun game to work on. And painting mountains of skulls never gets old.

Process for Our Grasp of Heaven

Wanted to show off some of the steps for my new painting, Our Grasp of Heaven, that I posted yesterday.

Top left you can see my initial block-in. I played a lot with the colors early on to hit a certain look that I had in mind. I try to establish all of the colors, lighting, and mood early on so I have a better idea of how the image is going to evolve.

From there, you can see in the top right image how I work in the background. The nebulae were painted by hand with a technique of brush tool, smudge tool, and a fair bit of dodge tool. Took a lot of patience, but there was something extremely relaxing about such abstract work.

Then I shot reference of myself to use for the foreground figures. Set the timer on my camera and took a whole ton of shots. Picked out the best poses and composited them into the painting itself so I could get a feel for how the end result would look. I did a lot of moving around, tweaking, and scaling to get a grouping I was pleased with. Then I began blocking in the figures and painting them. A whole lot of rendering later (and then a pass of full-body tattoos at the end), I ended up with this.

If you want a copy of this piece, it’s now available in my print store. Buy a print here.

Our Grasp of Heaven

Our Grasp of Heaven by Noah Bradley

A new personal painting. Click on the image to download a high res copy.

High quality giclee prints of this piece are available here.

Return to Ravnica

Izzet Guildgate by Noah Bradley

Mizzium Mortars by Noah Bradley

Transguild Promenade by Noah Bradley

I was very fortunate to get to do a bunch of art for Magic: The Gathering’s new expansion, Return to Ravnica. It was a really fun set and I was given some excellent assignments.

Click here to purchase limited edition artist proofs of all these cards.

The Day God Died

The Day God Died by Noah Bradley

Just finished up this new personal painting. I had some time off from work and felt like having some fun. I wanted to play with abstract shapes and colors and lighting. And just go crazy with it.

How to Start a Painting

A good start is always better than a mediocre finish.

By learning to start well, you’re setting yourself up for making much better paintings down the road. You can render something till the end of the time, but if it didn’t start well it’s likely not going to finish well.

In this 2 hour, 30 minute video I create 6 different sketches in Photoshop while answering a wide range of audience-contributed questions. From theoretical topics to more technical details, we cover it all.

And you know the best part? It’s free! That’s right, I’m giving this video away. All you have to do is click the button below, share it on Twitter or Facebook, and the download is all yours. I’ve even included the original, high-res file so you can zoom in and check out exactly what I was doing on each of the pieces.

To follow my work or find out when I release more free content, please check out my Facebook page or Twitter profile.

The Storm Bird

The Storm Bird by Noah Bradley

Cruel as a Desert Wind

Cruel as a Desert Wind by Noah Bradley

The featured image for Dungeon 202. Really fun to play around with such an intensely red color palette on this piece.

Master Study after Albert Bierstadt

Albert Bierstadt master study by Noah Bradley

Today on Awesome Horse Studios I painted a master study of an Albert Bierstadt piece. I had a bit less than 2 hours to work on it, but I learned a ton. Bierstadt is exceptional at achieving immense depth and scale in his work. And all with such subtle colors. There’s a lot worth emulating here. You can see an insanely high-resolution image of the original painting on Google Art Project.

Click here to watch the whole video of me painting this.

Into the Open Air

South River by Noah Bradley

South of Elkton by Noah Bradley

A couple days ago I went outside. Bit of a rarity for an artist, I know. But I went out with artist & friend Armand Cabrera to do some plein air painting. I had been out of the swing of it for a few years and was aching to get back to it. Armand, on the other hand, does it professionally.

We went out for the better part of the day and each managed to do three paintings. Finding another artist that paints at about the same speed is something of a rarity, so I think we were both pleased by that discovery.

All in all the day was a success and my new gear (a topic for another post) performed splendidly. Expect to see a lot more little oil paintings from me in the coming days. If you’re interested in owning any of my originals, I’ll be selling them on my new online store. Go here to check out the originals I currently have available.

Plateau

Plateau by Noah Bradley

Last of my cards for Magic Online Cube. More to come in future sets!

Volcanic Island

Volcanic Island by Noah Bradley

Did a bit of hunting on the internet and discovered that a couple of my images were already floating around out there. So I thought now would be a great time to post ’em. So here’s another of my Magic: The Gathering cards. Thanks for looking!

Kjeldoran Outpost

Kjeldoran Outpost by Noah Bradley

I started working on Magic: The Gathering nearly a year ago, and today I can finally share some of that work! There will be many, many more to come.



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2013
May
6Review of the Yiynova MSP19U tablet monitor
April
23Announcing Noah’s Art Camp: 12 weeks of intensive art study
9How to Learn by Teaching
8My interview with Darren Yeow
2Start
1It’s just piracy
February
1213 Apps I Use Every Day
11Even More Testimonials from The Art of Freelancing
8More testimonials from The Art of Freelancing


2012
December
7More sketches
November
28Morning sketches
26Testimonials from The Art of Freelancing
20On His Throne
2Our First Love
1Disconnect
October
31Exceed Expectations
30Stop Overthinking It
29Failure is Quitting
25Fake it
24Find more time
22Find your inspiration
9Process for Our Grasp of Heaven
8Our Grasp of Heaven
5Remove negativity
4Take care of yourself
3Stop waiting for inspiration
2Start often, finish well
1A few words on Style
September
28Don’t ride the waves of freelancing
27Do Impossible Things
25Charge more
21Live and Live Fully
19Communicate Well
18Return to Ravnica
14Do one thing
11Don’t listen to everyone
7On the Importance of Traveling
July
23The Day God Died
9How to Start a Painting
June
21A year, a month, and a day
17For my dad
6Consume, Create, Recharge
May
14Love the Process
9Savor the Freedom
8Successful Drawing by Andrew Loomis
7It’s Dangerous To Go Alone
4The Storm Bird
3Keep Going
2Cruel as a Desert Wind
1I bought a painting
April
28Master Study after Albert Bierstadt
26Into the Open Air
25Making Art isn’t just about Making Art
24Plateau
23Volcanic Island
19Kjeldoran Outpost
16Slow down
March
14I’m back
February
1The Art of Freelancing
January
18The Desperate Lamentations
6Ur Draxa


2011
December
19Chief of the Ways
16Painting Rokugan: Kyuden Hida
15Painting Rokugan: Yasuki Palaces
14Baba Yaga’s Dancing Hut
13Painting Rokugan: Carpenter Castle
12Painting Rokugan: Suitengu’s Torch
November
19Painting Rokugan: Kalani’s Landing
16King of the Proud
October
13Painting Rokugan: Hidden Falls Dojo
12Painting Rokugan: The Aerie
11Painting Rokugan: Shinden Asahina
4Painting Rokugan: Shiro Chugo
3Painting Rokugan: Midday Shadow Court
2Painting Rokugan: The Temple of Death
September
30Painting Rokugan: Plains of the Maiden
29Painting Rokugan: The Khan’s Estate
19Recorded livestreams now available for download
16War College
15Painting Rokugan: The Shadow’s Lair
14The Death of Dreams
14Painting Rokugan: The Spider’s Web
13Painting Rokugan: Keep of the Dead
8When in doubt, return to the basics
6Painting Rokugan: Foothills Keep
5Painting Rokugan: Watchful Eye Dojo
August
31Painting Rokugan: Shiro Shiba
30Painting Rokugan: Waystation of the Path
29Painting Rokugan: Temple of Purity
26Break Your Routines
25I Hate Your Portfolio
24Painting Rokugan: Eternal Victory Dojo
23Painting Rokugan: Shamate Keep
22Painting Rokugan: Halls of Memory
20The First Ever Livestream Critique!
19You’ve gotta start somewhere
17Painting Rokugan: Kyuden Otomo
16Painting Rokugan: Journey’s End Keep
15Painting Rokugan: Pillars of Virtue
13Painting Rokugan: The Golden Plains
12Painting Rokugan: Koshin Keep
11Painting Rokugan: The Otoro Estate
10Painting Rokugan: Steel Soul Dojo
9Painting Rokugan: Library of Rebirth
8Painting Rokugan: Halls of the Forgotten
6Paintings of Nature, Rokugan, and Pretty Ladies
5Painting Rokugan: Dragon’s Breath Castle
4Painting Rokugan: Law of Darkness Dojo
3Painting Rokugan: Kyuden Kitsune
2Quality begets quality
July
30The Weekend Review: First edition
29The Eternal Student
28I don’t know
27…But don’t beat yourself up
26Don’t kid yourself
24Noah’s 2-Step Program to Being an Awesome Professional Artist
15How to be an Artist Without Going to Art School
13“Daggerdale”
11“The Regrets of Tomorrow”
1Surviving Student Loans
June
308 Great Anatomy Books for Artists
287 Things I Hated About Art School
277 Things I Loved About Art School
25Livestreamin’!
23Stop Whining, Start Working
22Painting “The Iron Wolf Barbarians”
175 Marketing Essentials for Artists
16Hitting the Ground Running
1510 Books Every Artist Must Read
11I’ve got a mailing list! Also: free prints!
May
25Studying the masters
24The Forgotten Temple
13I’ve been interviewed!
April
26What it all really looks like
25Painting “Sages of Ioun”
23The Harbor
22You should go to conventions
21Painting “Strange Gods”
20Painting “Till the Day We Die”
19Painting “As Darkness Rises”
17A fresh beginning


2010
September
19Painting “The End of Sorrow”
August
11Painting “The Trials of Devotion”
8Painting “The Hook Horror”
July
15Painting “Blind Faith”
3Painting “Where Once We Met the Giants”
2Painting “The Journey Ahead”

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