I purchased a little Wacom tablet not too long ago. If you don’t know, a Wacom tablet is a peripheral device you can plug into your computer that allows you to draw pictures directly into applications like Photoshop or Illustrator. It looks like the picture to the left. You draw objects on your screen by moving the sensor pen across the tablet. I bought one to see what I could do with it.
The tablet is a very cool device, but I found that there’s a definite learning curve to using one. Moving the smooth plastic tip of the pen across the equally smooth plastic surface is hard to get used to. You also have to teach yourself the intuition of drawing on one surface while your line appears on another. I imagine using the really high-end Wacom models where you can actually draw right onto the screen provides a far more visceral experience … but I don’t have that kind of money.
Anyway, here are a few simple drawings that I managed using the Wacom.
I don’t think I’ll be giving up my Kuretake brush pen any time soon, but I don’t think these came out half bad.
I guess it should come as no surprise that my six-year-old daughter could use the tablet far more instinctively than I could at first. She’ll grow up using this stuff. It’s an exciting time to be a kid.