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Nathan Kartak
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I am a man with a passion for art, music and storytelling. I'm trying my hardest to do what I love for a living.

I am also a gamer and co-host of a gaming channel called HorseFeathers! Come check us out if you'd like!

Please enjoy my gallery, or if you'd like to hear my music, check the links below:

Natahan Studios on SoundCloud!

Natahan Music on YouTube!


Also, comics! I make them. Read the one I'm currently working on, "WuWanan and the Man who Croaked", here!

You may also be interested in my speedpaint videos, which can be found here:

Natahan Studios Channel on YouTube.

Thank you for dropping by!
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About a week ago, I got a Wacom Companion (1st generation)-- something that was originally far out of my sight due to its intimidating price tag. But then I got a job -- one that pays relatively well -- and it suddenly became a very real possibility for me.

These are just my rough, initial thoughts. I will eventually make this into a full-blown review later on, complete with pictures n' such, which I think is a very important thing for me to do. It's probably not unreasonable to assume that a lot of artists fantasize about having a drawing tablet that is also a screen AND a computer. Not many of those types of machines exist out there, and those that do (such as the Windows Surface Pro series and Motion Computing's LE1700) aren't necessarily built for drawing on, at least not on a professional level. In the field of tablet monitor computers, there isn't much to browse through. There aren't many options out there, and the options you do have are going to cost an arm and a leg.



So, obviously, getting the Wacom Companion is a huge, scary investment -- one that many artists can't make right away. I feel that it is imperative to throw yet another review of this thing out there into the void, and to help illuminate this subject further, purely because it is one of the few options to pick from. So let's get on with it.

The Pros


It is powerful as fuck, for a "tablet". Beneath the hood, you have an Intel Dual Core i7-3517U CPU @ 1.90GHz 2.40GHz. That's pretty beefy for something like this -- you're surely not going to be starved for performance in any drawing program you use.

RAM is plentiful at 8GB. Absolutely no complaints from me there.

The screen resolution is indeed full HD (1920x1080). You will not feel at all cramped working with this thing (unless you've moved onto the 4K displays and have gotten comfortable with those). It's bright and has vibrant, fairly accurate colors.

Battery life is pretty impressive. You'll get 5 hours, normally. Maybe a little less with more demanding programs. Certainly doesn't feel like you're on a quickly depleting time limit the second you unplug it.

The screen is also touch enabled, which I didn't think would be something I'd care for, but I end up using it a lot for scrolling (when browsing the internet and folders). It automatically disables when it detects the pen, so it's absolutely safe to lay your hand down on the screen with drawing.

It stays relatively cool. You can hear the fan kick on when the processor begins to sweat, but it certainly does its job at keeping the unit comfortably cool.

The buttons on the left feel sturdy and are completely customizable. However, I hardly use them. I instead have a small keyboard that connects via Bluetooth.

The Cons


While the screen is bright and has good colors, a lot of it is hindered by this slightly distracting film grain over it. It's likely part of the protective coating. Normally this wouldn't be a big complaint from me, but for the price of this thing and the fact that it's made for design work, screen clarity is key.

The wireless adapter is a bit wonky. Not sure if it's software related or not, but whenever I switch it over to battery, the wireless comes to a crawl before eventually malfunctioning and requiring troubleshooting. This could be a personal issue of mine and not necessarily a universal issue with all models.

The front and back cameras are ass. A part of me was somewhat excited about the cameras because I could easily take pictures of myself for references on the fly, but holy god, they are absolute shit. You have to sit absurdly far away from the front camera in order to get your entire torso into frame and, predictably, it severely suffers in low light.

The on-board speakers are also ass. Seriously, you can barely hear them even on full-blast, and they rattle. Really cheap.

Like with many other tablet monitors, the cursor wiggles away from the tip of the pen at the edges of the screen. A minor complaint, but it can get frustrating when trying to close out a window or clicking an icon at the bottom right.

The Verdict


Aside from the grain over the screen, this machine delivers where it counts most. Beefy processor, comfortable RAM, spacious resolution, responsive pen strokes... It definitely allows you to just zone out and get work done. The only thing that really pulls me out of that zone is, again, the grain over the screen. It's just the right amount of obnoxious for me. I'd think that, for being a high-end professional company that originally charged over $2,000 for this product, they'd have gone back to the drawing board to make sure the screen was as clear as possible, since it's one of the most important aspects of this goddamn thing.

So, is it worth it?
I wouldn't pay anymore than $1,300 for it. The first gen is discontinued (Wacom seemingly doesn't like to keep things in production for too long), so you'll likely be getting a used or refurbished model online somewhere. I purchased mine on ebay for $1,199, gently used. It came with a Wacom brand case, which is pretty nice I suppose. The original retail price is ridiculously overpriced. I feel that Wacom has always overpriced their products, which is a shame. The digitizer technology is nothing new. It's been around for a while, and it isn't that expensive to make. Luckily, for regular tablets, there are many, MANY cheaper alternatives out there that offer the same amount of quality. But, for machines like this, well... Nobody's really trying to deliver affordable products and compete in that arena. It's a freshly baked pie that not many companies are dipping their fingers in. It's sad, really -- now would be the perfect time. We're able to make such incredibly powerful mobile devices at reasonable prices these days. The future is now, goddammit!

So, anyway, those are my thoughts. Please, if you have a question about this thing, I'd be more than happy to try and answer. More people need to know exactly what this thing can do before they make the daunting investment.

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Didi and Dawn by NatahanStudios
Didi and Dawn
How long has it been since I've uploaded something that wasn't Splatoon?

Anyway, it's late. I'm tired. I drew this for reasons, mostly boredom and the game was on my mind. For those unaware, these are characters from a little indie game called CONTRAST.My friend, Lopey, and I played it for my gaming channel. Dawn is pretty, Didi is cute. I like drawing both those things.

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Clip Studio (with custom brushes by Frenden)
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You can watch the speedpaint process of my Callie vs Marie fanart here! youtu.be/BSK4lnjxS-w
Callie vs Marie by NatahanStudios
Callie vs Marie
And so, with an excited yet heavy heart, I've drawn the final piece of Splatfest fanart I'll make for this magnificent game. Wow, this feels too soon.

Obviously, Splatoon isn't going anywhere. It's not like I'll never play the game again, but these Splatfests were very special events for me.

For the record, I am team Marie. It was a difficult decision to make, really. I had to boil it down to who I liked better in terms of design. Bright, bubbly characters haven't always been my favorite, but I by no means like the sassy types either. It was a hard choice, but I'm sticking with it.

You can watch the speedpaint process here: youtu.be/BSK4lnjxS-w

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Clip Studio
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About a week ago, I got a Wacom Companion (1st generation)-- something that was originally far out of my sight due to its intimidating price tag. But then I got a job -- one that pays relatively well -- and it suddenly became a very real possibility for me.

These are just my rough, initial thoughts. I will eventually make this into a full-blown review later on, complete with pictures n' such, which I think is a very important thing for me to do. It's probably not unreasonable to assume that a lot of artists fantasize about having a drawing tablet that is also a screen AND a computer. Not many of those types of machines exist out there, and those that do (such as the Windows Surface Pro series and Motion Computing's LE1700) aren't necessarily built for drawing on, at least not on a professional level. In the field of tablet monitor computers, there isn't much to browse through. There aren't many options out there, and the options you do have are going to cost an arm and a leg.



So, obviously, getting the Wacom Companion is a huge, scary investment -- one that many artists can't make right away. I feel that it is imperative to throw yet another review of this thing out there into the void, and to help illuminate this subject further, purely because it is one of the few options to pick from. So let's get on with it.

The Pros


It is powerful as fuck, for a "tablet". Beneath the hood, you have an Intel Dual Core i7-3517U CPU @ 1.90GHz 2.40GHz. That's pretty beefy for something like this -- you're surely not going to be starved for performance in any drawing program you use.

RAM is plentiful at 8GB. Absolutely no complaints from me there.

The screen resolution is indeed full HD (1920x1080). You will not feel at all cramped working with this thing (unless you've moved onto the 4K displays and have gotten comfortable with those). It's bright and has vibrant, fairly accurate colors.

Battery life is pretty impressive. You'll get 5 hours, normally. Maybe a little less with more demanding programs. Certainly doesn't feel like you're on a quickly depleting time limit the second you unplug it.

The screen is also touch enabled, which I didn't think would be something I'd care for, but I end up using it a lot for scrolling (when browsing the internet and folders). It automatically disables when it detects the pen, so it's absolutely safe to lay your hand down on the screen with drawing.

It stays relatively cool. You can hear the fan kick on when the processor begins to sweat, but it certainly does its job at keeping the unit comfortably cool.

The buttons on the left feel sturdy and are completely customizable. However, I hardly use them. I instead have a small keyboard that connects via Bluetooth.

The Cons


While the screen is bright and has good colors, a lot of it is hindered by this slightly distracting film grain over it. It's likely part of the protective coating. Normally this wouldn't be a big complaint from me, but for the price of this thing and the fact that it's made for design work, screen clarity is key.

The wireless adapter is a bit wonky. Not sure if it's software related or not, but whenever I switch it over to battery, the wireless comes to a crawl before eventually malfunctioning and requiring troubleshooting. This could be a personal issue of mine and not necessarily a universal issue with all models.

The front and back cameras are ass. A part of me was somewhat excited about the cameras because I could easily take pictures of myself for references on the fly, but holy god, they are absolute shit. You have to sit absurdly far away from the front camera in order to get your entire torso into frame and, predictably, it severely suffers in low light.

The on-board speakers are also ass. Seriously, you can barely hear them even on full-blast, and they rattle. Really cheap.

Like with many other tablet monitors, the cursor wiggles away from the tip of the pen at the edges of the screen. A minor complaint, but it can get frustrating when trying to close out a window or clicking an icon at the bottom right.

The Verdict


Aside from the grain over the screen, this machine delivers where it counts most. Beefy processor, comfortable RAM, spacious resolution, responsive pen strokes... It definitely allows you to just zone out and get work done. The only thing that really pulls me out of that zone is, again, the grain over the screen. It's just the right amount of obnoxious for me. I'd think that, for being a high-end professional company that originally charged over $2,000 for this product, they'd have gone back to the drawing board to make sure the screen was as clear as possible, since it's one of the most important aspects of this goddamn thing.

So, is it worth it?
I wouldn't pay anymore than $1,300 for it. The first gen is discontinued (Wacom seemingly doesn't like to keep things in production for too long), so you'll likely be getting a used or refurbished model online somewhere. I purchased mine on ebay for $1,199, gently used. It came with a Wacom brand case, which is pretty nice I suppose. The original retail price is ridiculously overpriced. I feel that Wacom has always overpriced their products, which is a shame. The digitizer technology is nothing new. It's been around for a while, and it isn't that expensive to make. Luckily, for regular tablets, there are many, MANY cheaper alternatives out there that offer the same amount of quality. But, for machines like this, well... Nobody's really trying to deliver affordable products and compete in that arena. It's a freshly baked pie that not many companies are dipping their fingers in. It's sad, really -- now would be the perfect time. We're able to make such incredibly powerful mobile devices at reasonable prices these days. The future is now, goddammit!

So, anyway, those are my thoughts. Please, if you have a question about this thing, I'd be more than happy to try and answer. More people need to know exactly what this thing can do before they make the daunting investment.
Team Night Owl by NatahanStudios
Team Night Owl
Spent a little more time on this one since I was able to. Had fun with the lighting.

Back in the day, I used to be a Night Owl. Staying up till 5am was the norm for me. But then I got a job!

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AzakiShimo Featured By Owner May 22, 2016  Student General Artist
hello i was wondering if you could do a request? if not i  understand sorry to bother you~
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NatahanStudios Featured By Owner May 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I unfortunately don't take requests, sorry!
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Airkane Featured By Owner May 4, 2016
Thank you for the fav and happy birthday !
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Rengade2345 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy Birthday!
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NatahanStudios Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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Black-Sweater Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Have a happy birthday dude! X3
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NatahanStudios Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks, I will!
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Black-Sweater Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Boooy!<3..ahaha hope you have an awesome one XD
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Darkesper Featured By Owner Edited Mar 28, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Man, I am absolutely in love with your art work and comic. I'm so happy I was able to find you! Keep being awesome, my man!
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NatahanStudios Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! It means a lot to hear that, and it means even more that you like my comic.
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