Alright guys, here's the deal. I've been attempting to paint digitally and animate with a 2009 version bamboo small for three years now. I've been getting in to digital painting more recently and am at the point where I feel like my tablet is what's holding me back the most in my workflow. (some of my stuff)
I'm going to be a senior in high school this fall and know I want to get a degree in art/animation (hopefully Calarts!). I've loved drawing since the 3rd grade and really want to make it my career. I've spent the last month moving furniture for my school district 10 hours a day, and have made it out with about $1300.
I want to use this money to buy an new tablet and build a descent computer that doesn't crash when I get more than 8 layers going in Photoshop. I really want to get a used Cintiq 12, but I don't know where to find the best deal on one, and I'm not sure what kind of computer I should be building for my budget.
Any help would be appreciated!