Drawing on a Tablet

HOW DO YOU DOODLE

on a desktop computer?

Not very easily – if you try to use a mouse!

Animated computer mouse twitching whiskers

The computer rodent was never meant for the artistic life. Drawing with this early digital doodle tool was a bit like drawing a cobweb with a brick.

If you really want to draw and paint on your desktop computer and this is something new for you, you need to get a graphics tablet. The star brand Wacom produce a range of tablets from simple for the occasional office doodle to the fully equipped Cintiq line. The Cintiq tablets have programable buttons and multiple styli for fine digital art.

Using a stylus with a more basic Wacom tablet is drawing on a tablet – but only at one remove. You don’t draw directly on your monitor. The desktop tablet sits at the side of your computer or laptop.  At first writing, painting and drawing on a tablet like this feels odd, but it’s much the same kind of displacement you get with a mouse. You soon get used to it.

A desktop graphics tablet remains tethered to your computer even if connected wirelessly, since it has no screen of its own.  You can however pick it up to draw on.

What’s the advantage of painting on a hand held tablet?

It’s hand held!

Drawing on a tablet directly is like drawing on a hand held sketch pad. Freedom at last!

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