Things to Consider When Choosing Your Very First Art Tablet

Things to Consider When Choosing Your Very First Art Tablet

One of the most exciting aspects of making your mark in the realm of digital art is the purchase of your first art tablet. While there are undoubtedly many different ways to make digital art pieces, the most reasonable would be through the use of a graphics tablet. After all, trying to use a mouse for pixel art is an acquired taste, and can take a lot of work. Making use of an art tablet allows aspiring digital artists to take their first steps into a much larger (and more creative) world.

That said, it can be quite overwhelming to try to figure out the best potential art tablet to use — especially if you have no prior experience. While most people are fine drawing on paper, the advantage of digital art is that it is much easier to erase mistakes, allowing for many more experiments without having to purchase extra art materials. Here are just some things to consider when choosing your first art tablet!

Should the tablet have a screen?

There are two types of art tablets to consider; one with a screen, and one without. The latter has a steeper learning curve, as an art tablet without a screen requires you to look at the computer screen as you draw. It can seem strange at first, but with a bit of practice, it is entirely possible for drawing on a non-screen tablet to feel like second nature.

The reason why an aspiring artist might go for a non-screen tablet is due to the price. Such tablets are much cheaper, though if you have money to spend, it might not be a bad idea to go straight for a screen tablet to have a much easier time overall.

Consider the program you want to use

Consider the program you want to use

There are plenty of different art programs out there that can help aspiring artists gain a foothold and hone their talents. For example, Adobe Photoshop is one of the most common, and provides a well-balanced lineup of features. Similar programs such as Clip Studio are also excellent, as they offer a focus toward illustrations and comics.

It would also be a good idea to keep your preferred program in mind when choosing a tablet, as not all tablet pens are compatible with every program. A little research goes a long way!

On the topic of tutorials

Last but certainly not least, there is no need to worry when it comes to learning all about the new tablet, as there is an abundance of various tutorials for just about every model of art tablet out there. There are also likely to be plenty of tutorials regarding your chosen art program alongside the tablet. There are a mind-boggling number of tutorials, which means there is no reason not to take the plunge.

Going for an art tablet is not something people typically regret, as it can prove to be instrumental in honing your skills in digital art. With enough time and patience — and a willingness to get the job done — success in any art industry is never far away.

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