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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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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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ButtonCreator Featured By Owner May 23, 2015  New Deviant Professional Interface Designer
I do a lot of traditional artwork and using a mouse is just to difficult for me and im inaccurate,when I use my tablet it is far more easier for me! 
Timewap1 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015
I am totally against tablets.

Drawing in digital media is not the same as using physical media.
While art does take practice and patience, it also take feeling.
A understanding of every stroke of the hand. The make of the tool. The application of the medium. The feel of every texture being applied.

Tablets are for the "make anything for a laugh" crowd.
I'm sure professionals can utilize one but maybe for a laugh before using good old paint and brush.

Fundamentals kids, always fundamentals.
Idontknowwhoyouknow Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, this reminds me that I really miss my tablet...
Kjamesc Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Student General Artist
Thank god i'm not like that. I all ready knew it would take practice. How ever, I keep having to repractice XD
AllysonCarver Featured By Owner Edited Jan 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Back in the day I drew with a mouse, and got a tablet as a gift, but really wasn't interested in it until I finally got the whole drawing-but-looking-at-the-screen thing down, which is surprisingly a tough habit to learn. I've been a tablet user ever since! But I agree- tablets don't equal talent. TALENT equals talent.
Noviazi Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Student General Artist
Totes mc scrots agree.
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 Digital 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.
jengatower 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. :|
Drunk-On-Cake Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Student Filmographer

yesss uwu
awesomepuppy101 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014
uh ma gud I got a tublet I DROW MAH WULV OC XD
IllBuyYourOCs Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014
Everybody talks about "LAWL I HAZ A TABLIT N I IZ GUNNA DRA SO GUD1!1!!!11!1!!1!1!!11!111!1!2!!2$:7;738;$7,7;&;"

Shut up! Nobody cares.
Ilya-Kyrrian Featured By Owner 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 Featured By Owner 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.
Julie-Denka Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Professional Filmographer
My tablet is my bitch.
GoddessSpiritwolf Featured By Owner 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 ^^;
jojo72627262 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
An Intuos 5 is pretty simple to learn to use, and it's wireless.
jojo72627262 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks but i already got an wacom :D
scn71402 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I thought that this stamp says that before buying a tabled you have to attend years of art school and draw with real oil paints realistic artwork, just like Ryepin or Claude Monet.
BluDoesMinecraft Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
This. This is awesome. This.

I totally agree with you. A lot of people expect to have their ass kissed because they use a tablet. I think they do that because not many people in Junior Highs and High schools don't normally do digital artwork, so they expect to get all popular. 

I like this stamp.
Keep this stamp. 
dannnniiii Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I use the mousepad too ;_;
Probably will be another few years until I'll get a tablet, if I even wind up getting one. Art isn't my 100% priority.
PhoenixSkywriter Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I just got a tablet, but I still prefer traditional artwork. :3
JaneyKara Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I want a tablet to help practice my art...Mouse sucks for digital art. Like, seriously. (._.)

I'm not a pro with tablets yet, but that's what practicing is for.
RekaTheAmazingTaco Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013
I would like a tablet, since I'm better with a pencil than a mouse :P
Fun-dragoness Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
Oh! At first I saw this and thought "why are they against tablets?" *reads this* OHHHHHhhhhhhhhh! I get it! *insta-fave*
puppyhowler Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist
agreed a tablet does make digital drawing easier but it does not increase your art skills
KrisCynical Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist

I started skimming the description on this stamp and thought "Wow, this sounds just like something I'd say", then I saw the reference to me up at the top there. Hurr.

I'm flattered that you liked my yammering on the subject enough to use it that way! I have this stamp posted in my shout box. ^^

Vyanni-Krace-ACE Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist

Thank you!


I have a tablet because I want to do digital art and I felt that having something that at least somewhat resembles a pencil and paper might make my life easier than using a mouse or whatever.


I prefer to draw with pencils and paper and I can actually draw quite well. I know I will not be a fabulous drawer right off the bat with a tablet, and truth be told my first attempts with it are all rubbish compared to my usual standards. But I am improving and slowly learning.


I just hate it when people assume that having a tablet will give them super-drawing-powers or something. Its not that easy! It takes effort and practice and you have to have some sort of skill in drawing to begin with if you want to produce something half-way decent on your first go!


My sister borrowed my tablet once and she took to it like a fish to water. Jealousy ensues.

TheStarOfLuck Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Student Artist
I wish I could read your description :/
Game-Spirit Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I suck at traditional art.
I am just really bad at it, even though, yes, I do practice. I was doing purely traditional art for years.
The only traditional art I'm good at is pen drawings and pencil sketches.

So I went digital, and it was just so much easier and better. But I still wasn't that good because I could never get the same level of control that I can with a pencil or pen with a mouse and a touch pad.

So tablet.

And it was awesome.

I'm not saying it made me an amazing artist because I'm not. It just provided me with a way to draw easier on the comp, gave me better control in the medium I'm best at using.
KrisCynical Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist

Some artists are just better suited for some mediums than others, yep. I'm the same way: I don't care for traditional media save for graphite and my trusty little mechanical pencil with blue lead. My media of choice for coloring/finishing out my illustration work is digital (Photoshop and Illustrator in my case) because I am a digital artist all the way down to my core.

When I was in school for my illustration degree I had to take a required class called "Illustration Media" which was basically a class that covered traditional media techniques of all kinds like oil pastel, scratch board, pen & ink, watercolor, dry brushing, etc. I was "eh" in that class, hanging around the middle as far as skill went. I wasn't amazing, but I wasn't terrible. When I got to the required "Digital Illustration" class, though? OHMYGERD. Duck to water on a jet ski. :lol:

I had the same prof for both classes and he noticed that as well. He once told me that he'd observed how I was "middle of the road meh" in Media but now that he was teaching me in Digital he understood why -- I was a digital artist. I still needed to take that Media class, though, in order to expand my boundaries and learn things that I later applied to digital media. You really have to master pencil and paper before moving on to digital, and it's a shame that so many kids don't realize that fact. 

So long story short, I'm in the same boat as you. Some of us are just better suited for one media over another, and they're all just different but equal tools in the ArtBin to choose from. :)

Tagsey Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013
I've been using a mouse for the last two years, and I personally love it. You can do things you wouldn't believe with just a mouse. The only thing I'd ever want a tablet for is pen pressure that doesn't look jumpy like it does with my fake pen-pressure brushes.
Sluttyprince Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
I use a tablet, and I got used to it a week later. :T

I never liked using the mouse for hand-drawing stuff.
pyrusmerlyn Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
agreed i tried to use it well similar thing :stare: not so good
BIazekien Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
I know that because I use a tablet and my "art" is terrible.
Amphibnia Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i feel like it is definitely easier, but it wont make you a better artist xD
TheCrystalHeartLady Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have that tablet.
AmeliaGearheart Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013
I learned this the hard way :D
Now I'm doing more traditional art and it's not perfect but it feels (and looks) so much better :3
ZhaoZoharEX Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have a tablet, I usually use it more for careful editing and clean up than I do for actual drawing. I'm too inexperienced with digital artwork to upload anything drawn with it yet.
Lazy-Sheepinkie Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have a tablet, and i can draw. o.O
But i still suck. ;;
NekoGirl29 Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I had to learn this the hard way when I got my Bamboo Fun tablet. I only got it so I can draw smoother lines in my digital art.
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