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.
- LEMME GO BUY THIS TABLET!! I'LL BE A GREAT ARTIST THEN!!
- I CANT WAIT!!
-later on at home-
- OMGOMGOMG!!! ITS INSTALLING!!!
OMG ITS DONE! SHITZ GOIN DOWN!!
-few minutes later-
- Wtf is this... WHY I NO GREAT DRAWER YET!!
- Practice bro~ You need it.
- U mad?
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.
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.
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.
Shut up! Nobody cares.
I'm not a pro with tablets yet, but that's what practicing is for.
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. ^^
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Now I'm doing more traditional art and it's not perfect but it feels (and looks) so much better :3
But i still suck. ;;