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Tablet doesn't mean skillz by HiddenxWolf Tablet doesn't mean skillz by HiddenxWolf

Post made by *KrisCynical

Why are so many younger deviants so vehemently against the idea of using a tablet for digital art? Are they trying to justify not progressing in tool use, or what? There's no point in being proud of which tool you use no matter what it is, really, but there's even less of a point in being proud of NOT using a tablet. You mind as well be proud of drawing with a potato instead of a pencil. Just because you're comfortable with something doesn't mean it's the best tool to use. Yes, it takes a lot of practice, but you're doing art. What else is new.

As a precursor, I'm a professional digital illustrator and I also teach drawing and digital coloring to high school kids, and that is where I'm coming from in the rest of this comment. I'm not attempting to convert anybody, but rather explain WHY tablets are important to digital media.

The message in your stamp is absolutely correct. Simply owning/using a tablet doesn't mean you're automatically going to be Super Artist, but if you want to get your work past a certain skill level, you NEED to use a tablet (and practice with it a lot in order to master it just like any tool or medium) and there is no way around that fact. It's the nature of the medium. You cannot draw as well with a mouse or touch pad as you can with a tablet. As I've said on other deviations like this concerning tablets, it's like cheap paint vs. expensive paint. Let me explain what I mean:

In all art supplies there's the cheap stuff and the expensive stuff (duh). Cheap paint is cheap because it's full of tons of fillers with very little pigment, so it goes on thin and the colors don't look all that great. Expensive paint, on the other hand, has tons of pigment in it with very little filler, so it goes on thick with vibrant color. If the same artist uses both kinds of paint, they will never be able to get the cheap paint to look like the expensive paint because of those differences. The same principle applies to Crayola markers vs. Copics (the ink behaves in an entirely different way), Roseart/Crayola colored pencils vs. Prismacolors (the cheap ones have lots of wax and very little pigment, Prismas are the other way around), and cheap brushes with plastic bristles vs. expensive brushes that are made of different types of animal hair according to which kind of paint you're using them for. Basically:

Certain tools and supplies have limitations to them that cannot be surpassed no matter how skilled of an artist you are. Touch pads and handheld mice are the cheap digital tools that have very specific limitations to them, and those limitations will not let you create your best work. Touch pads and handheld mice have no pressure sensitivity, which means you have absolutely no variation in line width. They're also severely limited in fluidity when drawing, so your work will always have a certain stiffness to it. Because of that, it's always extremely easy for experienced digital artists to tell when something was made with a touch pad or mouse.

Now, again, a tablet by itself won't make you a better artist, but if you want your work to improve past a certain point in skill then you MUST use a tablet. Using a mouse or touch pad doesn't mean you CAN'T draw on the computer, but you will be working under a handicap in capabilities. You will never be able to draw as well as someone who is skilled/has practiced a lot in using a tablet. It's not physically possible. My work, for example, could never in a million years be accomplished with a mouse or touch pad. That's not to diss touch pads and mice, that's just the way it is when it comes to digital art.

So you may not be meaning it this way at all, but with what I'm getting out of your artist comments, don't automatically ignore tablets just because you're stuck in your comfort zone with a touch pad or mouse. A beginner's DigiTech tablet is $30 brand new. If you have any interest in getting better at digital art, you will eventually need to get one.



:iconicamecombinedplz: - I CANT WAIT!!

-later on at home-

:icongrintwitchplz: - OMGOMGOMG!!! ITS INSTALLING!!!

:iconimspinninplz: OMG ITS DONE! SHITZ GOIN DOWN!!

-few minutes later-

:iconisawitplz: - Wtf is this... :icony-u-noplz: WHY I NO GREAT DRAWER YET!!

:icontabletplz: - Practice bro~ You need it.

:iconverynotimpressedplz: - wut...

:icontabletplz: - Practice~

:iconimrlynotimpressedplz: - .....

:icontabletplz: - U mad? :icontrollfaceplz:

:iconffplz: - FUUUUUUUUU

:icontabletplz: - :icontrollfaceplz:



Practice makes perfect, right~

I use only my touchpad on my laptop to draw. I mean look at my art, it's not perfect but just because you don't have a tablet doesn't mean you can't draw on the computer.
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LittleFellr 6 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist

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Shut up! Nobody cares.
Ilya-Kyrrian Jan 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You should make some stamp about art and art lessons. People think that when you are visiting art lessons they are free to consider your art unworthy, bcs in art class they teach you how to be a great artist, even if you have both hands left and are unable to draw straight line... this is not how it works and such people annoys me!
"Look what I painted, it costed me a lot of work..."
"Oh, cīmon! You had art lessons, I can do the same if I..."
just nooo! :iconfinegeezplz:
Mickey-the-Luxray Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It also depends on the painting program you're using. MS Paint can do very well with a touchpad or mouse simply because there is no pressure sensitivity support, so a tablet basically gets about the same results as the other two. Actually, in MS Paint a tablet is worse; I have an Intuos4 and that thing glitches like nobody's business when in MS Paint. But in something more advanced, like SAI or Ps, a touchpad is basically useless, as again pressure sensitivity is not possible.

So yeah.
julie50002 Dec 29, 2013  Professional Filmographer
My tablet is my bitch.
GoddessSpiritwolf Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree cause I don't own a tablet (didn't even know about them til like 2 years ago), and it's all about your skill level that makes you an artist, not the tool you use. Tablets can make lines easier to draw than a mouse, but your art will remain the same based on your skill level. To be honest, I don't even know how to use a tablet ^^;
Im actually looking for a tablet, the one i have is not one meant for drawing, and i only use it for uploading my traditional art. Can you recommend any good tablets?
WebkinzandMC Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
An Intuos 5 is pretty simple to learn to use, and it's wireless.
thanks but i already got an wacom :D
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