Your really good at art , I'm going to be buying my first tablet soon which would you suggest ?
Ah yes, tablets!
That will depend!
Are you a type of person who
A) … is stubbornly persistent and doesn’t give up until they succeed at something even if it’s out of pure spite
B) … gives up after 15 minutes of something if they’re not particularly good at it and then doesn’t really have any desire to try that thing ever again?
If you’re type A, I’d say the type of tablet you should get will depend on how seriously you are into drawing. You planning on making it a career or a serious hobby? Maybe get a bigger tablet right off the bat. I have a WACOM Intuos Pro, Medium. It’s about the size of a sheet of paper and I really love it.
However, it’s quite expensive. It’s an investment!
If you don’t wanna invest, go for something less brandname such as the Monoprice!
And of course, if you want to go straight to monitor tablets you CAN! But keep in mind they’re expensive and you can STILL do basically the same stuff with them as with a pen tablet, only you can do it while looking. I wouldn’t recommend you getting that for your first tablet though.
IF YOU’RE TYPE B! …. Get a cheaper, smaller tablet like a WACOM bamboo small size or… maybe think twice before getting a tablet if you’re not financially stable.
I think the thing that people never tell you about tablets is… drawing on them is hard! There’s a learning curve! Even if you’re pretty satisfied with how your drawings come out on regular paper, you have to be prepared that your first drawings on a tablet will come out looking like… shit! Like shit, honestly.
Tablets are difficult! They are gonna set you back a bit. You won’t be able to get one and magically draw digital drawings of the same caliber as you usually would analog. You gotta be ready for that! You’ll get frustrated with it!
I know I did! I hate the learning curve, I’m a “succeed on the first try or fuck it!” type of person. But I worked through it and got used to my first cheap-o tablet that served me well for about 5 years and now I can happily upgrade and keep drawing more stuff.
It’s a device that lets you draw digitally, but it simulates the feel of traditional media, and most digital artists use them!
They usually look similar to this:
There’s the body of the tablet, which is the “tablet” part (duh), and there’s a special pen/stylus that goes with it. More often than not, the tablet and the pen will come together, as a pair. You’d also might need a USB cord. Not all tablets are the same so make sure you check out what cable you might need before you buy the tablet. One last thing: tablets have this thing called a Driver, which is basically a kind of software that lets your tablet work on your computer. You need to download a specific driver for your specific tablet make and model. Without the driver, you can’t use your tablet on your computer at all.
Some of the fanciest ones like the Cintiq can be up to $3000, but there are plenty of tablets that are sturdy, reliable and under $70! Here’s a little list I made of some cheaper tablets I’ve heard about. This is in no way an exhaustive list, but it’ll get you started on finding the tablet that’s right for you!
This Small Wacom Bamboo is pretty much the one that I have. You can get it used for like $50. I usually wouldn’t recommend buying a used tablet, but I’ve had mine for 8 years and it’s the sturdiest piece of technology I own. It’s not anywhere near fancy but it gets the job done and bonus points for being from a reliable brand.
I’ve heard a lot about The Monoprice tablet. Apparently the driver is very difficult to install, but once you’ve got it going, it works like a dream. I’ve personally never used one but for the size and the price, it seems like a great deal.
Then there’s Turcom, another brand with a few cheaper options, around $40. The cheapest one I can find is the ts-6580, which is the same size, if not a little bigger than the small Bamboo tablet. There’s also another option with a TON of hot keys. I’ve heard from a lot of people that Turcom is a good alternative to Wacom.
Well that’s all I’ve got for ya! I’m by no means an encyclopedic source on the matter, but I hope it gave you some tips for buying a tablet!
Ok, I got mine in the mail finally!!! For those of you seriously confused, I ordered a monoprice tablet a couple of days ago due to some surprisingly excellent reviews and people raving about how it’s much better than a wacom intuos, bla bla.
And yes, monoprice tablets are those random cheaper ‘knock-off’ brand sort of tablets.
BUT, I love it (so far). The reason for this post is the ONE con I can think of - installing the driver software. If you don’t do it right, and don’t take the necessary steps to prepare your PC before even plugging the thing in, it won’t work like it should.
Before I continue, I’m working on a homebuilt pc (amd athlon II quad-core processor (3 Ghz), 4 gigs of RAM, and nvidia geforce 550, running Windows 7 as 32bit, OK OK TMI, BUT I LOVE MY PC).
So here’s what I did (for those who have also heard of monoprice and are interested, or having trouble):
1. Don’t plug in anything tablet-related, don’t even put in the Monoprice Installation CD, JUST DON’T.
2. Hit your Start Menu and type in the search bar “change device installation settings.” It should pop up as an option, so then you click it.
3. Select the “No, let me” option, and then select “Never install driver software from Windows Update.”
Windows Update actually does have a tendency to select drivers that aren’t the best match or most compatible. Also, most things you plug into your PC have drivers available and easy to find online.
4. Next, go to Control Panel > Programs & Features
5. Uninstall ANYTHING TABLET RELATED. This means your Wacom tablet program and drivers and all that. Windows may prompt you to restart after each driver/feature you uninstall, but I usually select “restart later” until I’ve gotten to the last one. Then I restart.
I’m pretty sure the Monoprice Tablet driver fights with other drivers, or just is ignored if Wacom drivers are installed as well. ALSO, now that you’ve insured Windows Update won’t automatically find 'newer’ drivers for your Monoprice, you can be sure that the driver you install from the CD will be the one it’s using, and the most compatible one.
6. Once your PC has restarted and is awake again, insert the Monoprice Installation CD. DO NOT PLUG IN YOUR TABLET.
7. Follow the instructions to install the Driver(s). You’re also going to have to restart your system again once it’s finished installing.
8. NOW you can plug in your tablet, and it should work with both Photoshop CS6 and Paint Tool SAI.
i feel like people seem to be under the impression that i am spending hundreds of dollars on the tablets in the giveaway
THAT IS NOT THE CASE, MONOPRICE TABLETS ARE CHEAP!! If you are short on money and want a decent drawing tablet, I greatly recommend buying a Monoprice tablet instead of a Wacom one!
So far, from my personal experience, Monoprice tablets are far better for drawing than the Bamboo tablet, which is around the same price (if not even more expensive).
I would only suggest investing in an Intuos or a Cintiq if you either 1) have the extra money lying around or 2) plan on doing art as a career since I DO think they are more refined than Monoprice tablets as far as registering pressure sensitivity and pen strokes.
STILL Monoprice does a great job, especially given its incredibly low price. Great for beginners or people who just draw as a hobby! I bought it because I wanted a nice small tablet good for travel purposes and bringing to class, which this fulfills wonderfully!
I might even check out their Cintiq-ese Interactive Pen Display since seriously, under $400 as opposed to the $2000+ for a Cintiq? And 19 inches at that!
I recently bought a monoprice tablet to begin making digital art, and I've been searching the Internet and there aren't many sources for finding out whether an art application is compatible with monoprice tablets or not, and I was wondering if you could recommend any that are compatible? I don't know if this counts as a technical issue or if you can't answer this, sorry for any inconvenience.
Hello there, anon! Your ask actually motivated me to write up a post I’ve been meaning to for a while – so this is no inconvenience at all!
Without further ado, here are my recommendations for Monoprice-compatible art software:
[Adobe Photoshop CS2] – yes, really! Adobe took down their CS2 activation server, so for all intents and purposes, it’s free. Since this version of Photoshop is several iterations behind (and about ten years old), Adobe’s lawyers won’t be knocking on your door. Available for Windows and MacOSX.
[Krita] – open-source painting software that shows a lot of promise. Its interface resembles Photoshop’s, while its painting capabilities are reminiscent of Paint Tool SAI and Corel Painter. Available for Windows, MacOSX and Linux.
[MediBang Paint] – FireAlpaca’s successor, from what I can see – MBP was formerly called CloudAlpaca. Has comic/manga-making tools built in, somewhat like Manga Studio. Available for Windows, MacOSX, iOS, and Android.
[Adobe Photoshop] – any version from CS1 to CC. Hella pricey, hella powerful.
[Manga Studio // Clip Studio Paint] – most versions, as far as I know. About 50 bucks, but regularly goes on sale on Amazon.
*These are available via, uhh… alternative methods as well, but I’m here to help folks get their tablets working, not to give instructions on software piracy. Still, there are no moral judgments here.
Conversely, there are a couple programs I do NOT recommend at all with Monoprice tablets:
[Paint Tool Sai] – My feelings about this program can be summed up thusly: Eeeeeeuueueueughh. (✿ ಠ＿ಠ)
If I had a dollar for every person who’s come to me asking for help with this program, I might have enough money to pay the developer enough to make it work properly. It’s a capricious little beast, to be sure. I know people make killer art with this program, but it’s such a pain in the ass to get it to work with Monoprices; for some people, it will never work, no matter how hard they bash it with a hammer.**
[GIMP] – Again, a capricious little beast. Works fine for some, and not for others. The developers seem burnt-out as well, so updates are slow.
** If you’re looking for line stabilization, I instead recommend [Lazy Nezumi] – it’s about ten bucks cheaper than SAI at current point of writing, compatible across multiple drawing programs, and under far more active development.
as soon as I got it to work (2 days after) I’m liking it a lot
as you can see I’ve been sketching with it a lot lately so YEAH I WOULD SUGGEST IT though if you have one I’d suggest trying everything the internet tells you to do to install it as well as everything it doesn’t
I have tried everything I’ve seen or heard of and my Wacom Bamboo will no longer register with Windows as anything but a mouse, so I’m strongly considering retiring it (it is 8 ½ years old) ((before you say anything, yes I have reinstalled drivers, installed old drivers, tried different USB ports, tried different USB cords, uninstalled the device, stopped/restarted in services, deleted stray Wacom files in program files, and!! more!!))
So what are your recs? Should I stick with Wacom/go for Intuos or move to another brand like Monoprice or Huion? What are the pros & cons? All recs appreciated.
What software do you use? Electronic device you draw on? I'm trying to figure out what to invest in & what programs would you suggest be best to use for animation, etc? Any advice would mean the world to me!!!! 🐲💓💫
Hi, anon! What program you use really depends on what you want to do. I’ll first list some options for software and devices and then describe my current setup.
You can use any raster graphics software for pixel art so long as you set a 1 pixel brush. Here are some common ones used for pixel art. They’re organized from least expensive to most expensive, and almost all of them have animation capabilities.
GraphicsGale is a desktop software specifically made for pixel art. It also recently became freeware! I haven’t used it myself, but I’ve seen some stunning work done with it. It has onion-skinning and other tools.
GIMP is an open-source image editor. It requires a bit of setup to make it suitable for pixel art, and I’m not too fond of its animation setup (layers for frames) and default UI. However, since it is open-source, you could always go into the source code and code your way into a better setup.
Aseprite’s a desktop software also tailored towards pixel art. Out of all the pixel-focused software I’ve seen, Aseprite has the most tools and the largest user base. Aseprite, like GraphicsGale, has onion-skinning abilities. It also has the ability to create brushes, which helps a lot when dithering, and some other options I’ve had yet to try out.
Pyxel Edit’s a desktop software in the same vein of GraphicsGale and Aseprite. It uses a tiled setup and has some great color options, which help a lot when starting out. It also has some onion-skinning capabilities.
These are two programs designed for digital painting, but they can be set up to make pixel art as well. The advantage of using these is that they can be used for other types of digital art besides pixel art. The disadvantage of using these is that you lack the easy layout and setup of pixel-focused software.
The art industry standard. Photoshop is very expensive, but it is certainly not lacking in any features. In fact, it has more than enough features to make pixel art. If you get it, you should probably use it for other stuff in addition to pixel art.
Wacomis currently the industry standard for tablets. However, companies like Huionand Monopriceoffer similar tablets at much lower prices. From what I have heard, these other companies tend to have less reliable customer service and guarantee of quality, although my Huion tablet has been working perfectly fine so far.
III. My Setup and Closing Thoughts
Like I mentioned above, I’m using a Huion H610 Pro. It’s been a good tablet, but it also has more features than I need for pixel art haha. I purchased it intending to use it for other kinds of digital art besides pixel art.
For pixel art, I’m currently using Aseprite. I prefer Pyxel Edit’s UI, but Aseprite simply has more utilities and is making my current project a lot easier than if I used Pyxel Edit. Pyxel Edit’s also more in a developmental stage at the moment with fewer updates. For other kinds of digital art, I’m using Paint Tool SAI, although I’m considering using Clip Studio Paint. I lack the money for Photoshop and the patience for GIMP.
Above all, don’t be too concerned with the software and hardware you use. At the end of the day, software and hardware are just tools. A good quality setup will increase the ease of creating art, not the quality of your art. Art quality is most dependent on the artist. So use whatever you want–whether it’s software best suited for your current skill level or for where you want your skill level to be.
You can’t go wrong if you’re continuing to make art.
I made a comprehensive list of all the stuff I typically use to make art as of right now. It’s not meant to be an end-all-be-all for art supplies by any means, just… stuff I like! And it’s largely affordable whenever possible, yay!!! Some of my favorite art products I find completely on accident or in unlikely places so never be afraid to give it a shot if it calls to you! My list is under the cut, and ofc, all photos are not mine and used purely for educational purposes.
Hi scout! So I want to start doing my drawings on a computer and was wondering if you knew any good drawing tablets for beginners? Also any tips in general? Thank you! You are amazing btw
i’ve heard good things about monoprice tablets for beginners. it’s affordable, and it looks like the one i linked you to is a newer model that they’ve released! this huion also looks like it’s worth looking into. depending on what you use it for, i’d suggest looking up some youtube reviews.
anyway, right off the top of my head, i’d say please not be daunted by the enormity of digital work. it’s every single medium, combined into one. just like with traditional, some brushes will be a better quality for you than others. some things make other things easier. take it one step at a time, experiment, and find out what you want to make. digital is my absolute favorite to work with, but it certainly wasn’t at first!
Part 1/ I've been whatching your work for a while and you made me realize I want to start drawing again... however it's frustrating for me because whenever I have time to do that I only have pencils and they make me feel like I'm not good at all.
Although a tablet would expedite transitioning from traditional to digital, it’s not strictly necessary; there are plenty of people who draw with a mouse using brushes to account for limitations in movement (Andrea Koroveshi for one). As for programs, there are a lot of free alternatives :
Drawing Programs : (edited w sugestions from the replies!)
MSPaint (Windows) | Free
Gimp(Mac/Windows/Linux) | Free : Reminiscent of MSPaint but actually has a lot of Photoshop-equivalent tools.
OpenToonz (Mac/Windows) )| Free : Open source version of Toonz (used by Ghibli). Currently incredibly buggy. +Animation capabilities.
Photoshop (Mac/Windows) : I’d recommend you get one of the earlier single-payment versions if you can find it rather than paying a monthly fee for cloud. +Animation capabilities but it’s incredibly painful for any versions below CS6.
Programs with excess capabilities (+ well-designed user interface!!) will ease your process but ultimately the result is in the abilities of the artist.
As for myself, I’ve been using Photoshop CS5 for the majority of my experience, but I can attest to Sai + Krita as popular, decent alternatives. For hardware, I’ve used a 9yr old Wacom Intuos 3 tablet for the past 6 years- so a pretty reliable long-term investment if you can afford some expenditure (you can get it for half of what I paid for it anyway, on Amazon). I’ve also dropped it an incredible number of times without replacing any parts or needing to buy extra nibs; it’s pretty sturdy!
There are however alternative + much cheaper tablets as well :
Drawing Tablets : (edited w suggestions from the replies!)
As for pencil-work, although the result may not be as readily satisfying if you particularly admire digital art, in the end, it really is the penultimate medium for rapid visualization, iteration, and getting your ideas down on paper. Consequently, it is the fastest means to approach studies, which will only help you in experimenting to find the best possible solution/foundation for an image/design. These developed skills and eye for design are then transferable to any medium you end up using in the future.
Matt Nava, probably my overall favorite, has beautifully communicative, seemingly effortless pencil sketches. Here are some excerpts from the Journey artbook :
Hi I'm in High school turning 15 soon with only $100 to my name is their any free or cheap digital art programs or supplies you could recommend since.I want to get better at drawing but also want to figure it how to do commission so I dont have to get a real job one day thank you
hello! sorry for answering your ask so late, i was busy with school!
but anyways, here are a couple of good free digital art programs for you:
as for cheap tablets, i heard that a 10x6.5 Monoprice tablet costs like 48-50$. ppl say that they break pretty quickly tho, so i would recommend getting a Wacom Bamboo tablet!!! i still have mine and it still works very well
hope that helps!!! good luck friendo!!!! may ur programs never crash b4 you save and may your pen never get lost!
heyo, might i pitch in that huion tablets are p great? the one i had for 5 years was like 60 bucks at most, and that was when it was new 5 years ago. you have to be careful with their usb, but theyre good!
heres a good addition!! thank you for your contribution :>