First Tablet Experience

First Tablet Experience art

Dec 28, 2013

For Christmas I got a drawing tablet, which was a welcome surprise. It's a Wacom Intuos, which is the successor to the Bamboo tablet. I have the medium version, the basic. It's all I needed for what I do.

I was always told that using a tablet takes some getting used to, but I really didn't experience that at all. I opened it up, plugged it in, and started drawing away. I did change a few configuration options for Photoshop, mostly the pressure sensitivity. Drawing with it was almost immediate.

For those of you who don't know, prior to this I've always drawn with a mouse. It's not a special mouse, just a mouse like any other. Patience is virtue when your tools are limited, but over time I started getting annoyed that I couldn't get the texture exactly right when drawing. I like to draw long, thin lines very repetitively when I use pens and pencils. That's something that's much more difficult to do with a mouse. I got around it for years by using the smudge tool in Photoshop to extend my lines and make them thinner.
Behold! The unfinished process!

The subject and anatomical errors are not important. The important thing is the amount of detail I was able to get in the face, because working in 300dpi is no longer the most pain-staking thing on earth!

Needless to say (well, not completely needless), I'm pretty happy with my tablet and hopefully will be using it more and more. In fact, the tablet was a large part of the reason why I started redoing my portfolio! This way I can post process pictures like this one!