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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.



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-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.

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:icontabletplz: - Practice~

:iconimrlynotimpressedplz: - .....

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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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BeatlesandWebkinz Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I draw with a mouse because I don't have the money/need for a tablet. :|
Torchu325 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
EasierToRun007 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I got my tablet so that I can practice drawing digitally since it interested me so much via research and watching my friend use it :) 
DragonStar2197 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
So fucking true. I started using y tablet again, mainly to get a grip on different styles I use when I draw on paper. Slowly I'm getting better with it.
InfinityYellowA Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Definitely agree with this
Revonsusi Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I draw with both mouse and the tablet. But drawing fur or hair is way easier with the tablet.
mongose11 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
FatherLuna Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yup, Tablets are an evil puppy.
I love my Monoprice and Wacom, but they straight up make me look like a noob to art.
You got to practice with every medium.
Switching from pencil to tablet is like going from crayon to water color.
OhKelseyYou Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I actually give more effort to my traditional art than my digital. :B
LadySomnambule Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Quite true. It took a while for me to get used to using a tablet. Actually, my first tablet was a Jam Studio tablet way back when I was in grade school. It sucked. I always had a problem keeping the pen steady. After that, I used a mouse, and later, I got a Bamboo tablet Depending on what program you're using as well as your skill level, it works pretty well. It did come with some programs that work well with the pen pressure capabilities.

But just because you use either a mouse or a tablet doesn't mean you're going to be super good at either. And good point about the limitations. That was one thing I hated about inking my work with a mouse, and if you're not drawing cutesy chibis and stuff, no pen pressure just doesn't look right. :|
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