Art: Drawings and Beyond, Work in Progress

What I Think About Art Tablets…


If y’all read last month’s round-up, you probably know that I got myself an art tablet. The actual model of it is the Wacom Intuos Draw tablet. It’s not the fanciest tablet you’ll find, but it is a great one to start off with, or so I’ve heard.

This was a big step for me, because this means that I finally feel like I need one to help further my skill in digital artwork. It might be a little crazy of a thought process, but that’s how my brain works. It’s like a leveled up. 🙂

Anyways, today I would like to share what I’ve noticed in the difference between drawing with and without an art tablet.

An Art Tablet Saves Time.

Especially if you’ve never used one before like me. Below is the first piece I drew with my tablet. Those of you who use Instagram might have already seen it. It took 15 minutes to draw the sketch, and an hour and a half to draw it digitally.

First Sketch with an Art Tablet

Before the art tablet I was using a mouse, and this would’ve taken about 5
-7 hours over the course of a week working on it off and on to complete it. Why? Because in the past I would get so frustrated with how much time it would take to get one line looking like I wanted it to.

It’s Easier To Experiment With The Art Program.

I first got Clip Studio Paint last year after an artist I admire mentioned it was on sale for like $25. I couldn’t pass up the deal. When I got it digitally drawing became so much easier for me, but I was still having problems with it. I didn’t feel like I could experiment with my options in the program because of all the hours I had to put into my drawing to make me be happy with it.

For my second drawing with the tablet, I redrew a piece I had posted on my Facebook page a while back. While drawing this, I felt like I had time to experiment with the brushes to find the textures I wanted for the piece to be created.

Of course, the finished digital drawing turned out a lot different from the original sketched piece. however, this one fits spooky, scary October, so I’m happy with it. It took about two hours total to finish it. (The video above is my work on it. You can see a couple of moments when I got frustrated and just drew weird shapes to calm my nerves.)

You Have More Variability.

What I mean by that is all of the brushes I used with my mouse changed when using the art tablet. Now I can change the pressure used to draw, making the art more unique and more similar to my traditional drawing. Which I love.

(Before and After)

I’ve only been playing with my new toy for a couple of weeks now, but I can already see some improvement in my digital art, which is always nice. 🙂

Have any of y’all made the transition yourself from mouse to art tablet? Got any tips for beginners? Or just a thought about this post? Please comment below.

I hope you have a great rest of the day!

Please note that this post is not sponsored, whatever products mentioned are ones I personally enjoy.


2 thoughts on “What I Think About Art Tablets…”

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