Sunday, March 10, 2013

Graphics Tablets for Beginners | Best Choices When Buying a First Graphics Tablet

So, what are the best graphics tablets for beginning artists?

This post will deal a bit more with differences between traditional drawing and digital drawing and editing. So, let's first explain those, even though I'm sure most of us know this already.

Traditional art and drawing implies that an artists uses a piece of paper and a pencil (or other materials of choice), to be blunt, and creates their masterpiece like that. So this is actually the old-fashioned way, which is elementary and mustn't be neglected or overlooked no matter how much we love our gadgets.

Digital art or digital drawing and editing implies, to be simple, using computers to create our art, whether we choose to use a mouse or a really neat graphics tablet with a lot of cool possibilities. That is the digital input method, which is used more and more to edit, fix, create or manipulate our art, all with ease and a lot of really great effects.

Now, if you have decided you need (or want) a good drawing tablet, then you must wonder about the differences between these two methods. Well, there are several things to keep in mind, and I will list them below.

1. Friction

You will find that drawing with a tablet is much smoother as the surface is like that to allow the stylus to simply 'glide' across it. It takes some getting used to.

2. Stylus is nothing like a pencil

While you wont have to worry about sharpening it or spending it, the stylus will not give you resistance like your good ol' fashioned pencil. And I mean very little resistance.

3. Pressure sensitivity

Each graphics tablet has certain pressure sensitivity levels which enables us to apply more or less pressure in order to get different strokes and so on. If we are used to drawing on paper, we may tend to use the same amount of pressure more or less in all our strokes, and repeat them where necessary. This aspect of the graphics tablets is maybe the best advantage, but also takes the longest time to get used to and learn to take maximum advantage of it.

Remember, finding a perfect tab is crucial if you are trying it out for the first time! Besides, you don't want to waste your money anyway, right?

However, in case you know this already, or want to know more about what exactly to consider when picking our YOUR future drawing tablet, then you need more information about graphics tablet options, possibilities and prices.

Go to this listing of top 10 graphics tablets to see exactly what I'm talking about, and find out more about best brands of tabs and see their reviews.