Drawing With a Digital Drawing Tablet

Fifi and the mummy
Digital art by Steven Stahlberg

For all artists everywhere who take pride in doing putting out their skill in an excellent way, the sure way to do this is to create their own art by themselves. This means creating it by scratch: sketching it in first - with a lot of erasures to go with it - before finalizing it and putting in the final details. But artists today have to catch up with the advancement of technology. They are then asked to submit electronic files of their artwork. If you are an artist - or just about any person who might need updated tools for their trade - and want to be in the know in technology without compromising their work, then you might want to consider getting for yourself a digital drawing tablet.

With a digital drawing tablet handy, you get the ideal blend of art and technology. A tablet, such as this looks like a heavy, flat board with a large screen on it. Along with it also comes a stylus, which the user can use as an ordinary pen. With a drawing tablet, you still get the same feeling as using the old tools of pen and paper. You can automatically draw in your artwork right into the screen and immediately save yourself an electronic file of it, greatly saving you time and money in purchasing separate electronics to do the job. For graphic artists who prefer the old school pen and paper pair, they might warm up to the drawing tablet easier as it provides the same experience. And with a stylus in tow instead of a mouse, drawing in an artwork is more accurate, precise, and therefore more pleasing to the eye.

Along with the screen and the stylus, a good digital drawing tablet also has a feature called pressure sensitivity. Basically, pressure sensitivity means that the boldness and the darkness of the lines drawn in are determined by how hard the stylus is pressed upon the screen. This gives more control and more variety for both the artwork and the artist. These tablets can also be used independently without having to connect it to the computer for file saving, making it portable and convenient to carry around. But in cases that a user has to connect the digital tablet to a desktop computer or a laptop, recent designs are made with a feature of a wireless connection through the Bluetooth technology. Other tablets can also be connected through a USB port and cables.

For more selection for the users, some drawing tablets also come with their own wireless mouse, which is useful for navigation purposes. A typical digital drawing tablet can range from less than $100 to more than $1000, so you might want to shop around for a good one before making a decision. The sure thing about buying one for yourself is that it is a good investment for long-term use.

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