So what is a drawing tablet?

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!

readthebookhon  asked:

Hey, I was wondering what drawing tablet you used. Thanks!

monoprice 10 x 6.5 tablet!

WAY cheaper than wacom and literally the exact same thing. i always recommend monoprice over wacom. the only major downfall is that there isn’t nearly as much tech support for monoprice, so when things aren’t working it’s very hard to find a solution. however mine lasted for 6 years before finally dying and it wasn’t a huge blow to my wallet when i needed a new one. 


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!

Monoprice 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.

Hope that helps anyone having trouble.  c:

Bee’s Modest Art Arsenal

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.

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Looking for a tablet on a budget?

This is a Monoprice tablet! Mesureing at 8x6 its very big

It’s also VERY durrable.

- Ive dropped this thing so many times with no problems. 

- The pen nib NEVER wears down.

- Only need to replace it every 3+ years!

- It’s only 53$ (with FREE SHIPPING!) 

This is NOT like that turcom tablet post (i bought it and the drivers never worked)

 Ive been using this model for 6+ years and completely recommend it for artists that dont want to spend 80$ or 100$ for a tablet that they dont know anything about. 

You can also find the updated drivers with a simple google search.

Get it here!!!

im drawing digitally for the first real time in my life and…. its good…!!!

ive had 2 monoprice tablets but i couldnt ever make them work… but this is nice…!

anonymous asked:

hi!! im considering getting an art tablet (this monoprice 8x6 inch), but it says that this is a system requirement: Mac OS X (including Snow Leopard)? this is probably a stupid question, but what is this? is this smth i have to buy/download, or is it already present in my laptop (mac)? tysm, im an avid lover of your art

A *quick Google search* has informed that this is an operating system component: 

At some point I need to buy a new tablet, the one I’m using is a ten-year-old Intuos 3, the pen is missing its side button, and one half of the hot-keys haven’t worked since 2009 when my cat knocked a glass of water over on the damn thing, and Windows 10 doesn’t believe in Wacom Legacy Drivers, apparently.

Whyyyyyyy has no one but Wacom developed a battery-less wireless pen that has an eraser on the end