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How many of you guys use tablets to make digital art?

When I mean tablet I don't mean your iPad or whatever, I mean something like a Wacom Intuos or the like. I'm only recently getting into digital art and I definitely appreciate the benefits it has over traditional drawing, but for the life of me I can't yet figure out how to do it.

I tried buying a Lenovo tablet/laptop, but after endless searching and finally buying it I discovered the model I had bought didn't come with a stylus. I returned it and started looking at Wacom. Problem with these tablets is that you don't see what you're drawing in the regular sense of the word. You draw on the tablet, but you don't look down at your hand, you look up at your computer screen.

This makes things complicated for me since it requires basically relearning how to draw and use your hand-eye coordination. I was wondering how you guys got over these difficulties, if you were able to. I know it's very rewarding to draw directly in your computer instead of scanning (it's a nightmare), but the entry level, even for the cheapest tablet, is around $70 upwards. It wouldn't be super expensive if I weren't a college student, so I was also hoping somebody might convince me to (or not) to get one.

Thank you for reading!

Tl;dr: Should I get a Wacom tablet even though I've never used one? How do I train myself to use one?

5 years ago by Urbanknight4 with 8 comments

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  • scarlett
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    Yep, I currently use a Wacom Intuos pro Medium. Love it! I've used wacom tablets for over a decade now, and their product quality is excellent. Well worth the money if you are planning to use your tablet (semi-) regularly.

    The hand-eye coordination thing is not as intimidating as it seems. After about a week or two of practice it really starts to feel natural. I remember being amazed at how quickly I got the hang of it when I got my first tablet, and now it's easier to me than drawing in real life. :)

    I'd suggest starting out with a small size tablet, from their Bamboo or regular Intuos line. These are both great to get into tablet-drawing, and most importantly, not too expensive. There are tons of youtube reviews for these tablets, so if you have trouble picking one it can't hurt to watch a few.

    • Urbanknight4
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      I was thinking exactly the same thing, I'm getting a small Intuos not only because it's small and convenient, it also comes with two drawing programs. I may not need them since I have Photoshop, but ArtRage and Sketchbook might be useful once I actually figure out how to work this thing lol

      • scarlett
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        Good choice! To me nothing really beats Adobe Photoshop when it comes to software (especially if you buy some high quiality photoshop brushes for a few bucks, - check out kyle t webster brushes if you're interested in that sorta thing), but then again, I've never used artrage or sketchbook, so they might be just as good! :-)

  • westieslant
    +2

    I use a medium Wacom tablet, and the first week or two I struggle with looking at the screen and drawing on the tablet after that it became second nature. Going digital does require you not to draw with the over hand method but rather holding it like a pen. Other then that I really enjoy the experience and use it every day. The more expense option would be Wacom Cintiq.

    • Urbanknight4
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      What do you mean "overhand" method?

      • scarlett
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        • Urbanknight4
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          I had no idea anybody held a stylus that way, I assumed there wouldn't be enough traction and surface area for it to work. Thank you for the help! I thought he meant not laying your palm down on the surface because it's missing palm rejection software or something.

          • westieslant
            +2

            Yep Scarlett is correct, a lot of traditionally train drawers use the over hand method for better control. But a Wacom stylus can't tilt beyond 40 degrees.

            I never use the new multi touch so I'm not sure how the palm rejection works though.