...if, that is, I ever choose art as a profession.
I ask because for me, it's very hard to do tablet work not because of the tablet itself, but because my eyes are more sensitive to light than the average person and I have trouble staring at a screen for too long. When it comes to paper and pencil, I have no problems at all, but when I use my tablet and start getting into detail work, my eyes trip out on me and I can't look at the screen for a few minutes. My resistance begins to weaken as I return to the screen more often.
So I ask: with this massive influx of technological improvement, how essential is it to learn how to use a tablet?