Looking for anyone who has experience using a variety of drawing-tablets to answer some basic questions about their usefulness.
My girlfriend is gifted with the ability to produce magnificent drawings/videos which she digitally enhances using the Adobe suite on her MacBook Pro. She almost completed her study in this field. Her birthday is coming up and she never experienced drawing on any kind of drawing-tablet, so I wanted to purchase one for her to get her used to the fact that any future job she will get will likely involve using one of these drawing-tablets at some point (is this assumption correct? Why does this study not include this?)
She currently uses her touchpad! on her MacBook Pro to digitally draw besides what she does on paper. Watercolor and line-drawings on paper which she scans using a simple scanner to digitally enhance her art.
What I found
Most websites recommend a WACOM tablet for any kind of (semi-)professional work. Some websites recommend a iPad Pro for a good middle-ground solution, I'm skeptic that this will ever reflect in any kind of graphics designer job.
Is this WACOM recommendation actually a requirement for working on a MacBook with the Adobe suite?
Is my assumption of requiring prior experience with a drawing-tablet to perform well in a future graphics designer job situation correct?
What are the chances she will find a job involving drawing on a WACOM tablet or any drawing-tablet?
Should this tablet contain a built-in screen? Is having the built-in screen the standard for professional use?
She uses alot of paper for her drawings, would having the WACOM Paper Edition be just as good as having the built-in screen? Having doubts here because she might need to order the ink from WACOM to refill the pen every time.
I have been calling some local design businesses with the odd request that she can try out one of their tablets, no luck here. I think I'll just order one drawing-tablet that seems to be the best fit, most shops will refund anyway.
If you have more information I should consider please let me know, I have no reference points besides her, and I don't want to spoil the surprise by directly asking her about it.