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A large tablet doesn't make it any more professional.
Personally, I favor the medium sized tablets.
A large one requires too much movement of my arm to make a stroke.
I can make the same stroke with just my wrist on a medium sized tablet.
Ultimately, it comes down to the way you like to draw.
Try them both out, and see what works best for you.
- Dan Dos Santos
It doesn't quite matter the size in the professional world, but I prefer using a large for comfort.
Just to put in my two cents, I was working on a 6x8 intuos3, and I just made the switch to the large intuos4, and when I had to go back for a day, it felt wrong. I like the large, and I like how it relates to my monitor setups (I had a dual monitor system at work, a wide screen at home). But it's all in what you like the feel of, go try it out.
For my first tablet I was in the same situation, I wanted a tablet, really wanted a large but money was an issue and ended up going with the medium. I think the size is perfect, it doesn't feel at all too small and its exactly the same size as my lap top so if I need to take it on the go, they both can fit in the same case.
Assume that just starting to going pro will probably take a few years and by the time you are a successful pro you can afford to buy the large and they might have a new version by then anyway. If you can't afford the large now then go for the medium, I'm very happy with mine.
I swear by my large. It's not as affordable as the medium, but i like the larger size because i work on a large monitor. The two fit together perfectly and i can't imagine being without it anymore. Agree with the above posters, if you know what you want and can afford it, go with large, if you don't, go medium. Trying them out first is a good thing, of course .
- When you cannot win a large victory, learn to settle for a small one.
The idea of a large appeals to me only because I use the same size for the Intuos 3. I enjoy the larger because the tracking of the distance to my monitor is pretty much the same. If I move one inch on my table, its pretty much one inch on my screen. Feels more natural to me.
Although the new feature to the Intuos 4 in any of the sizes is the "Precision" mode. So even if you have a 30" monitor and a small tablet once in precision mode the stroke you lay down will be totally relative as I mentioned above. Once out of that mode it will go back to the default tracking, and still save you desk space.