wacom tablet pen

anonymous asked:

What is your art setup? What pens do you use, what tablet? What program for sketching/drawing n painting n uhm do u ever free hand with the mouse thx

Hi! That’s my current setup in terms of my desk - as you can see I use a large Wacom Intuos 4L tablet and pen that comes with it, and basic nibs. My program is Photoshop CS1 (I also own CS6 but rarely use it) with Windows 7 set up to look like Win 2000 - I value minimalizm and space, and I am man of habit ;’D

I think using mouse would never give you pressure perks that tablet gives - opacity, shape, direction and flow that align to how hard you press, which direction you tilt at and so on. It’s essential to produce art style I draw with.

I use left screen for web browsers, watching streams/listening to stuff while I work, middle screen for work and right screen for extra refs or messengers. It’s very efficient for me to no longer have to need to switch between tabs or windows on my work screen.



here’s my hax! you see  this acetate sheet here?

it is a thick plastic sheets used for tracing in art schools/projectors. i use this to place on my tablet pad: like this EXCUSE THE DIRT I HAD THIS FOR 5-6 YEARS NOW:

this helps prevent my pen nibs to go blunt, i did not replace a single one!


the acetate sheets should be around 5usd for small amount on amazon!

digital Artists!! Are you tired of restarting your tablet drivers??

So as you should all know, if your Wacom tablet is acting up (pen pressure stops, it glitches, or just won’t work) then the first thing to do is: unplug, plug back in, and restart the tablet driver!!

Here’s how people usually do it:

But it’s a bit of a hassle to pull up the services app every time, especially if your computer is slow like mine, and can’t handle a lot of programs at once, the poor thing.

Here’s how you SHOULD do it:

1: Open up notepad (you know, the simplest program on windows?) and write these exact three lines. Simple!

Don’t be scared! This is basically just some simple code that will restart the Wacom tablet drivers!

 ((I have an intuos pro, so I’m not sure if the service name is different for other tablets. You can double check, but it should be the same. You can see that the service name in my text file is the same as the one in the first screenshot! Cool!)

2: Save that bad-boy as a .bat file, and don’t forget to set the type to “All Files” or else I’ll come to your house and slap you! :3c

((We want to save it as a .bat file, so that it can actually run the code!! And don’t worry, the name doesn’t matter!! Feel free to name it something silly :D))

3: Slap that sucker on your desktop for easy access, and give it a good ol’ double click when your tablet is being rebellious!! A lil black box should pop up, and voila! Tablet (hopefully) fixed!! 

This is so much nicer than waiting for the services app to pop up, and having to wait through a loading bar! You still gotta restart your art program (sadly), but this is just so much more convenient! I usually restart the drivers once every few hours while drawing, or just when it starts to get sluggish!

Have fun drawing with pen pressure, lightning speed, and all that good stuff!! <3

N*Kim FAQs

Here is a F.A.Q. (frequently asked questions) page!

What tools, programs, brushes do you use for your art?

- I use my WACOM Bamboo Tablet & Pen ($80) that I got during my college years. I don’t think they make those models anymore though. :P As for programs, I use Photoshop CS6! In terms of brushes, I mostly use the default round (soft & hard) brushes already provided by Photoshop. I also use Shiyoon Kim’s brushes, Pork Bun’s brushes and Helen Chen’s brushes. :)

Can I use your art for my youtube video/channel? Can I share you art on other social medias or blogs?

- No. I don’t like my stuff being on other sites! I like to keep my art in my own blogs! No reposts, edits, etc.

Can I use your art for my profile pic/icon/avatar (on any social medias), desktop background, phone background?

- Yes you may! Credit for my art would be greatly appreciated if you’re using it as a profile pic/icon/avatar! :)

Why do you draw so many cats, whales, greens?

- Because they (cats & whales) are my favorite animals! And greens, because I love the serenity/calmness of nature. Although lately, I have been practicing more on urban environments lol.

Who/what inspires your art?

- Norman Rockwell and my illustration professor, Cliff Cramp really inspired me to create narrative illustrations! Also, to get out of my comfort zone and seeing the more technical side of art. Currently, Celine Kim, Meg Park, Grace Kum, Shiyoon Kim inspire me to have fun and be more colorful with my work. Storytelling became a huge factor in my illustrations because of them! I have done narrative type illustrations before, but it’s impact is a lot bigger now. :) There are many more artists that also inspire me everyday (so much to really list them all lol). In terms of what inspires me: music, movies, food, children’s books, merchandises/stationaries, personal experiences are what always drives me to keep creating! :)

Hobbies? What do you like to do in your spare time?

- Lately, I’ve gotten into stretching and exercising/building up my stamina. I also gotten back to playing my PSP lol. My sister and I have drawing trips every week. Love going for walks. 


I worked on something quite different than usual :)
I’m happy with the result. It reminds me of those old school comics(lines and colors).

I want to thank heterotopian for being so kind and open on letting me use one of his photographs as a reference for this scenery ^_^
You can check the picture in this link : heiko’s photograph

please check heterotopian‘s tumblr page for more of his work :)

p.s. Heiko, I hope you like what I did with your piece. I tried my best!


I haven’t updated my blog for a long time, but since a lot of people followed me for my art I want to come back here to share this new painting.

After I went to my first IAMX show last October all I could think was “I have to paint him.” So I did. (”him” being Chris Corner, my new favorite musician, please check out his incredible music.)

This painting was a huge challenge for me. For the first time I decided to create my own depiction of the person instead of recreating a photo. So I did a lot of research, and ended up using +200 photos. Every single bone, muscle, vein, etc. is referenced from a photo of him, to make sure it is a depiction of him alone. This painting stretched me to my limits in terms of anatomy, lighting, and realism, and I grew SO MUCH as an artist.

I had to make this my best work because otherwise it would have failed in its purpose, which is to convey my respect and love for this genius who inspired me so much with his art. I plan to print this on a canvas to gift it to him in a meet and greet whenever IAMX tours again.

It was painted in Photoshop with a Wacom pen tablet, and as usual is entirely done by hand, not traced, no photographs exist anywhere in the file. Please zoom in, there’s lots of pretty details!

Hacking a Cheap Wacom Tablet

When I received my Intuos5 in 2012, I expected it to turn me into a drawing grand master with all the cool extra functions it had.

I was a bit disappointed to find out that it drew exactly like my old Bamboo, except the pen was nicer to hold. Since then, I’ve tried not to throw more money at Wacom than I absolutely have to. 

I’m currently using a medium Wacom ONE, which is Wacom’s cheapest tablet. The pressure sensitivity is great, and it draws perfectly well. However, it’s less comfortable to use compared to my previous Wacom tablets. Since I do use the tablet for hours every day I decided to do a bit of DIY!

1)     Changing the nib

The Wacom tablet pen comes with the default plastic nib which works but I like the other nibs better.

I found that the white-tipped flex nibs are nice for smooth, worn out tablet surfaces. I used them a lot last year when I did digital painting.

Nowadays, I spend a lot of time sketching and doing detailed lineart on the computer. I find the grey felt tips more suited for this task, for they provide a more pencil-like texture.

The nibs used to be marketed as only compatible with professional range tablets. Honestly, though, they work with any cheap Wacom tablet! I’ve tried these nibs on my old Bamboo Pen and Intuos Draw and they fit just fine.

2)     Protecting the surface with Bristol Board

Ever since I started working on my comic in 2015, I spend around 3 hours using my tablet every day. I managed to create a smooth shiny bald patch on this tablet in a month.

I couldn’t find any good surface protectors on the internet so I experimented with different types of papers.

So far, my favourite is the Bristol Board. It has an extremely fine paper texture that comes pretty close to the original surface texture of the tablet.

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i-i-i thought the whole “don’t put pasta in your wacom tablet pen” was a joke or some kind of meme i wasn’t aware of

not an actual debunking of an actual post 

thechelseydee  asked:

Oh my gOD your art is AMAZING. I want my walls covered in it. What program and supplies do you use out of curiosity?

Thank you so much!! I’m flattered…/// Primarily I paint with Paint Tool SAI, it feels like drawing on paper because it’s so handy! (I use an intuos wacom pen tablet) I like to add cheep effects with the free software  paint.net, I really like the effects it has to offer and they are very easy to use… because I can’t tame photoshop, haha. Photoshop is only used to add some brushes and unique blending effects if I feel like it; or more likely to finally understand this thing…
 ( º言º) *mumbles*

Me: I’d like to draw with my wacom tablet.

My Dog: Tablet pen eaten.

Me: understandable have a good day.

(for those of you who don’t get memes my dog ate my tablet pen. I’m not dead, I’ll get a new tablet in a week or so I had to save up for family stuff. also i’m going to stop using royalty free music in my videos. I don’t really care if I can’t monetize royalty free music doesn’t have the sound i like.)

Wacom Intuos Pen and Touch Small USB Tablet CTH480 Excellent Condition | eBay
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Just listed this guy as well! I severely overestimated my drawing abilities when I bought this thing and barely used it. Still in its original packaging with every included. There are so many talented artists on here, so I thought I’d share it :)