Shop Forum More Submit  Join Login
The Best tablet tutorial by cabroon The Best tablet tutorial by cabroon
Always wished to have read something like this before. So I tried to include what I considered important topics you should consider when starting up your transition to digital arts with a tablet. Hope it is helpful.
Add a Comment:
 
:iconaya-sara:
aya-sara Featured By Owner May 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This tutorial is useful especially that I've bought a Genius tablet. That acid spit makes me laugh but I'll watch out for that!
Reply
:iconfurballmagnet:
FurballMagnet Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome!  Thanks very much for sharing all these great tips!
Reply
:iconkitsunechaos:
KitsuneChaos Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is really helpful. =3 
I'm considering buying a tablet with money left over from Christmas, and this helps quite a bit. 
Though some of this I know, as I am as of now drawing using a touchscreen laptop, it is useful. Think I might get a Wacom Bamboo... I'll have to see. =3 
Reply
:iconsomethingofmysyle:
SomethingOfMySyle Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
this was incredibly usefull, I dont know if Im getting my wacom any soon but this tutorial prepares me well 
Reply
:iconcabroon:
cabroon Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks. 
I say go for it. Start with a basic model of tablet.  it is a small investment, and you can always resell it if you don´t like it. or you can always resell it to upgrade your tablet model. 
Keep in mind that practice is the key to success.
Reply
:iconhhallart:
Hhallart Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Update: New tablets are available. The Intuos Pen and Touch replacing the bamboo and the Intuos Pro. I recently bought the former cuz I'm just starting.
Reply
:icondrizzledaydream:
DrizzleDaydream Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Student General Artist
I emailed this to my mom...the title reading 'Christmas gift awesomeness'

Reply
:iconcabroon:
cabroon Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ho, ho ho!!
Merry Christmas from Cabroon Claus!!!
Seriously, thank you so much for your comment.
Tell your mom to keep practicing.
Magic WILL happen. 
:D
Reply
:iconcarlyporter9:
Carlyporter9 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Really helpful as I was considering getting a tablet for my cuz who has just started digital art.

Reply
:iconcabroon:
cabroon Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
just remember. Practice practice, practice. Dont give up. Magic will happen. 
Reply
:iconcarlyporter9:
Carlyporter9 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
ha ha i'll tell her!
Reply
:iconparttimegi:
parttimegi Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013
I got a Wacom. It has issues, but I still like it. But one thing beginner should really learn is how to do layers. And thanks for the advise.
Reply
:iconcabroon:
cabroon Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And how to deselect (ctrl+d) from the lasso tool or from any selection. That single issue stopped me lots of times when I was learning photoshop. 
Reply
:iconlucy-livija:
Lucy-Livija Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is helpfull. Really
I just last weeek bought wacom bamboo, i love it very much. You are totally right about the bamboo nib
I would wand medium size, but i couldn't aford it for now, so my hand have to get used to useing just wrist, not wrist and elbow
Great first tutorial
Reply
:iconcabroon:
cabroon Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad to be of some help.
A couple of options for pen nibs is to cover the tablet surface with a less abrasive plastic. I ripped the surface of my genius tablet and put it over my bamboo and it worked wonderfully.
Another option is to buy weed cutter plastic line to replace your pen nibs or use a toothpick. Some of that topics have been issued before on the coments below. Be sure to check them.
Reply
:iconlucy-livija:
Lucy-Livija Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh thanks
Reply
:iconmech2159:
mech2159 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Helpful
Reply
:iconenbi-to-miruku:
Enbi-to-Miruku Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Student General Artist
I should have found this sooner.
I SHOULD HAVE FOUND THIS SOONER!

I abandoned my poor Bamboo for almost a year, for the same reason you stated. I SHOULD HAVE FOUND THIS SOONER, I REPEAT. This is incredibly helpful, especially the shortcut section since I never considered shortcuts' benefits before. Now that I know, I think that's actually the reason of my slow process.

So, thanks a lot~! :heart:

Also, may I ask how long does one Wacom tip last? I've been using for more than a year now and it's only a little bit worn. I'm still worried of its doomsday, though.

ps. and I'm still wondering what you meant by "pampering" when you talked about Wacom. It sounds adorable :meow: but I don't really understand, since I never owned any tablet of other brands :D
Reply
:iconcabroon:
cabroon Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! Me glad you found this useful.
I missed two things from the genius tablet: the gliding surface and the pen sensibility.
Since my genius tablet broke down, I ripped the plastic cover surface (it is like that clear plastic that covers some mouse pads that you can lift and place a picture underneath it) and I placed it over the bamboo active area. It is a personal preference, but since the surface is not abrasive, my first pen tip has no sign of wear after 4 months of use.

Billie Bonce (two comments below) used a toothpick to replace his pen tip.
Also I read that The plastic wire from the grass trimmers can be used as a substitute, so donīt sweat about it.

About the pen sensibility, with genius what you traced is what you got. You felt a more raw and direct response from the pen sensibility and you could see the results on screen.
With wacom I have played with the sensibility adjustments but I havenīt got that raw response. Wacom "softens" some of your actions, like strokes or pressure variations. When I first started using it, I noticed a minimal lag time -maybe to soften said actions?- . Now I am used to it and I donīt notice the lag anymore.
If you compare this difference, genius took more time and practice to get a stroke right. So thatīs what I mean when I say wacom "pampers" your actions.

Bottom line is both are great peripherials. I recommend starting with a (lower price) genius tablet if you are a hobbyist. If you learn to use it decently, you can upgrade to a wacom. You wont suffer through the transition, just minor differences.
If you didnīt liked the genius and didnīt learn to use it to a decent level, stop there and dont invest on a wacom. Most people assume that since wacom is of higher price, they will magically start making what they coudlnīt do with the genius tablet. That is so wrong. As I said before, there is not that abismal differences between those two products.

Nico de matia -A famous speedpainter featured in a lot of you tube videos- used the same tablet I first owned (and broke down because I didnīt used it). It was a genius pensketch 8x 6 .
So it was not about the brand, peripherial, price or model. It was about skill, talent, and mostly practice.
Thatīs when I decided to buy a second tablet and got my mind set into learning how to use it properly.

There is an old sayin in martial arts: "the style of martial arts, is as good as the person practicing it" There is no better or worse style. Same principle applies for tablets.

Cabroon out.
Reply
:iconenbi-to-miruku:
Enbi-to-Miruku Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you for your advice~ Again, why didn't I find this before I bought the tablet anyway? I never got the chance to try Genius tablet. I'm used to my Bamboo now, though; I wonder if I'd still be able to perform the same on a Genius.

And I never knew that the tablet's surface itself is abrasive. At first I got quite protective and I tried covering the area with paper - not because I was worried about the pen tips, but because I was worried that the surface will be scratched. Yes, I was such a noob. Anyway, after a month of doing that I realize that it made no difference - the surface was still scratched as usual, so I stopped doing that. But I did not notice the pen tip and I'm not sure if it helps covering the surface with paper. May be paper is still abrasive?

*goes read the other comment* Oh yeah, I should start reading others' comments before asking ^^"
Reply
:iconcabroon:
cabroon Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Paper is slightly abrasive (it has to be in order to pick some coal from the pencil tip) but not enough as to wear your wacom pen tip.
The wacom abrasive surface is made to emulate the feel of tracing over a paper surface. The friction limits the pencil from slipping around. It gives you more contol over your traces. So there is no real reason to put a paper over the tablet surface.
I learned to draw over a more slippery surface (the genius one), so when I switched tablets I missed it. Hence the surface cover I put over my wacom.
It takes time to get used to it.
If you want to know how it feels, try tracing with a pencil over a glass surface. It is the closest comparison that comes to mind.
In the end, use whatever works better for you.
Reply
:iconenbi-to-miruku:
Enbi-to-Miruku Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Student General Artist
Okay, I see. I tried tracing a pencil over my window glass xD that's an odd feeling.

And you know so much about tablets!~ :heart:
Reply
:iconwaywatcher461:
Waywatcher461 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
Incredibly helpful! This is just what i am looking for. Think I'll go for Wacom first.

Many thanks!
Reply
:iconblackcat76:
blackcat76 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
Thanks! I've never had tablet, but anyway thanks for the tutorial.
Reply
:iconbillie-bonce:
Billie-Bonce Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
Thank you! It is rather useful.

I have the same experience of comparison of Genius and Wacom, and there is one thing which I repeat here and there - if they tell you that there is only one brand of tablets (Wacom), you should spit at their face. They lie. Genius has some advantages, and those who look for the cheapest solution, may try it and be happy (at least, in my part of the world Genius is several times cheaper than Wacom).

Say, the pressure sensitivity of Genius was much more comfortable for me, than the one of Wacom. The free software that comes with Genius is much more useful than the one that comes with Wacom. IMPORTANT: during installation Wacom's driver uninstalled drivers of Genius, and then conflicted with them during my attempt to reinstall them. Wacom registers as one and the only tablet device.

In 2008 pen tips for Wacom completely disappeared from stores, (and to my great surprise and disappointment, from Wacom service center, too). To buy a new tablet?

I successfully use a wooden toothpicks as tips for Wacom Bamboo since 2008. Not very nice, but it works!
Reply
:iconcabroon:
cabroon Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are right about many things.
And hereīs a tip for your pen tips. I read that you can use the plastic/nylon fiber from the grass cutters/trimmers as a substitute for pen tips.
Just need to match the widht, buy a roll in home depot and cut them to size. Voila!! infinite spare tips!
Reply
:iconbillie-bonce:
Billie-Bonce Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
Thank you very much for the tip! Certainly I'll try it very soon (just recently I bought a roll for a grass trimmer)
Reply
:iconcabroon:
cabroon Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wikipedia knows it all: " Fortunately, being made of nothing more than plastic, nibs can be replaced by a short length of nylon 'wire' (approx 0.065 inches or 1.7mm diameter) like that found in grass trimmer or 'weed-eater' refills, suitably straightened out by hand and smoothed (rounded off) at one end with abrasive paper "
Reply
:iconbillie-bonce:
Billie-Bonce Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012
Perhaps, wikipedia doesn't know that wooden toothpicks can be used for this purpose, too!

I was happy to find that the nylon 'wire' which I bought for grass trimmer a year ago perfectly fits to Wacom Bamboo pen. "Straightening out by hand" in my case had to be done over a kitchen gas-stove, and the wire still doesn't want to be perfectly straight. However, a nylon nib made of this wire is noticeably better than a wooden toothpick which I used before
Reply
:icontorpedo585:
Torpedo585 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
If ever I make the leap to digital drawing, I'll certainly remember this :nod: Many thanks for the helpful insight :handshake:
Reply
:iconcabroon:
cabroon Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You wonīt regret it. And youīll save some trees in the process. :)
Reply
:icontorpedo585:
Torpedo585 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Heh...but for now I'll stick to my paper & pencils...at least most of it is from recycled materiel :nod:

But as one who has barely dabbled with electronic drawing, I fear the learning curve :O
Reply
:iconcabroon:
cabroon Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I didnīt knew anything about photoshop when I started.
My inspiration came from those speedpainting videos on you tube.
If you ever do the leap, I recommend you start with simple cell shading.
Once you feel confident, you may try other tricks.
You canīt imagine the amount of study and research it took me. I learned a LOT from the tuts here in DA, you tube, and I recommend live stream so you get that "I can do that" feel.
Now that I am working digital, I only go back to traditional media to sketch some ideas on pencil and paper.

"Once you have painted with light, there is no turning back"
Reply
:icontorpedo585:
Torpedo585 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Only thing I ever tried was an old MS paint programme that came with my old (and long defunct) Emachine...I found I have not threshold when it comes to using a mouse to colour with :O
Reply
:iconrexart35:
Rexart35 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG thank you!
Reply
:iconsenchou-senchou:
senchou-senchou Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I could use this. Thank you, man!
Reply
:iconphairet:
Phairet Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nicely done!
Reply
Add a Comment:
 
×


More from DeviantArt



Details

Submitted on
June 11, 2012
Image Size
2.9 MB
Resolution
1512×9449
Submitted with
Sta.sh
Link
Thumb

Stats

Views
16,143 (1 today)
Favourites
132 (who?)
Comments
37
Downloads
511
×