Open Discussion: Digital Art & The Tablets That Make It

DigitalArt

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Hi! I’m glad you stopped by. I wanted to discuss the ever-increasing popularity of using digital art as a preferred medium, because I’m seriously considering trying my hand at it. I don’t need one on a professional level, nor am I looking at becoming the next big thing on Deviant Art; I would just like to create more original works for my blog posts and About.me background.

Ever since I started blogging, I’ve grown more and more frustrated with the lack of finding ‘the right’ image for my posts that matches the idea in my head.  Instead, I end up settling for the one that’s simply ‘close enough’ and that’s after searching for many, many hours!  It turns blogging into a time-consuming chore most days.

I’ve watched a couple of YouTube videos and read some articles by digital artists on which graphic tablets they recommend.  Some even go as far as providing a full rundown on all of the tablets available. Correct me if I’m wrong, but it seems that it really just boils down to your budget and which method of art you prefer to use (i.e. painting vs. sketching)? The more expensive tablets, of course, have far more features and then there’s the debate on whether or not you need/prefer a stylus (or pen) that has an eraser.  It can get pretty mind-numbing reading through all of the specs, but why pay for something that’s not going to work for your style of art, right?

Wacom

image source: letrasetblog.com

If you were to look at the sketches I have under my Where Words & Art Collide page, you’d think that I’d only need a small, drawing tablet – but in all honesty, I would much rather have the ability to produce colorful, painted images. I think I’m leaning toward the Wacom Bamboo… or, the newer version called the Intuos.

Does anyone have a Graphics Tablet they prefer using? Any they’ve had bad experiences with?

The next step, I guess, would be to discern which software to use with the tablet once I do get it, but I haven’t done that research quite yet and might save that for a later post – unless anyone feels like commenting on it now – please, feel free if you do! I understand that most of my answers may only come from personal experience, but I do appreciate any and all pointers from those who have any.

Thanks everyone!  Happy Tuesday!

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