Which is the Best Stylus for writing and drawing on my tablet?

Upward view of petticoats made of lines drawn with finger or stylus
Which is the Stylus Best for You?

What’s this? A worm’s eye view of layers of petticoats. Each petticoat was drawn with varying pressure on finger or stylus on an iPad or a Galaxy Note 8 tablet.

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Which is the stylus best for you?

Do you like a variable line?

Finger Painting

You can draw with your finger on all touch screens. (Well, provided you’re using the right drawing or painting app and settings.) Finger painting, however, gives a flat unvarying line, however hard or lightly you may press.

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Drawing Pad Painting App

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Drawing Pad Painting App

Bird painted on ruled paper
Testing the Water

Drawing Pad Painting App for Android

In Drawing Pad painting app for Android, so far you get little more than the original children’s fingerpainting box of brushes and crayons.

  • Once you’ve chosen your brush or pen in the Android version of Drawing Pad painting app, you can’t change its colour.
  • Once you’ve chosen a brush, pencil, crayon or marker here, you can’t change its width or opacity.
  • There are no blenders.
  • There are no further tools in this Android version.
  • You can’t pinch zoom.

Altogether the Android version of Drawing Pad painting app is a dead loss, wouldn’t you say?

Except that…

Even in this limited Android version, the colours you do get are gorgeous.

Your finger or stylus fairly skates along. This app is so responsive it’s hard to stop drawing.

owl butcher with sausages
Drawing Pad for for Galaxy Note goes pressure sensitive

Pssst! If you’re using an S Pen with a Galaxy Note tablet or phablet, not only does it skate along, you’ll find you can in fact vary the width of your line with pressure in Drawing Pad painting app.

Lines made with s Pen and Finger
S Pen Pressure Sensitivity in Drawing Pad

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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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