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    New tablet user having difficulty drawing!

    I've gotten so used to looking at my pencil on the paper while drawing, and now that I have to look at my screen, and not see what my hand is doing on the tablet, I have trouble drawing the simplest things. It feels very different, and I really want to get used to it, so does anyone who experienced the same problems have any advice? Things that helped? Or is it just simply practice, practice, practice?

    I know one solution would probably be a Cintiq, but I honestly couldn't afford it, and I know people do amazing things with regular tablets, and I see no reason why I shouldn't be able to as well.

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    You awnsered it yourself, keep practicing. Working on a tablet is really different from pen and paper. Stick with it, and you'll get better at it, really.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heavy Metal Painter View Post
    I know one solution would probably be a Cintiq, but I honestly couldn't afford it, and I know people do amazing things with regular tablets, and I see no reason why I shouldn't be able to as well.
    It's not as much a solution as you might think. It's still different, you'd still have to practice. Only you'd feel extra bad because you blew even more money.

    Use your tablet for everything instead of switching between it and your mouse and you'll get used to it more quickly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vineris View Post
    Use your tablet for everything instead of switching between it and your mouse and you'll get used to it more quickly.
    Yeah, that's a good idea. I'll give that a try.

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    You'll get used to it.


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    It's true. It can be a real pain at first but if you force yourself to get used to it, it can be amazingly useful.

    The most important tip for me was this: be sure to "line up you tablet with your screen". working at an angle will make it very difficult for you to predict the precise directions of your lines. It's a simple thing but a little bit difficult to explain clearly. hope this sloppy diagram will help:

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    When I started using my tablet, I used to do just lines, curved ones, ovals, lots of them, as precisely as possible, before actually using it to paint or draw, it seemed to help.

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    Also, don't expect it to behave like a pencil.

    For example, when you sketch, sketch tonally with a big brush, not a "pencil" tool. Tablets don't give the same level of control and precision as real media do. A lot of it you can alleviate by working with broad strokes on a zoomed-in canvas. But for sketching where you need to see the whole composition - just take a bigger brush.

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    A Cintiq still has a feel of it's own that you have to get used too, it's not quite as natural as sketching on a piece of paper as you probably think, there's still a slight disconnection going on. I recently got a 21UX after 7 or so years of using an Intuos and being able to rotate the screen physically while drawing is refreshing rather than being locked into place.

    What are the dimensions of your tablet? If it's the medium to large range you could try experimenting with screen/tablet mapping area. With the Intuos I never draw with the entire tablet area, always set it to what I find comfortable (roughly about A5 dimensions) because I draw mostly from the wrist rather than the arm. Just that simple tweak made drawing on a tablet easier to grasp for me. Give it a try

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    Quote Originally Posted by PsiBug View Post
    The most important tip for me was this: be sure to "line up you tablet with your screen". working at an angle will make it very difficult for you to predict the precise directions of your lines. It's a simple thing but a little bit difficult to explain clearly. hope this sloppy diagram will help:

    -Mike
    Is that really how most people use their tablet? Damn I got used to using it on my right side... No wonder it took me a while longer to get used to it lmao

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    Eldritch, a lot of pro digital painters are using the tablet on the right side from the monitor, so I guess which position is more comfortable for you is the essential.
    But the key things I believe are to position the tablet to reduce repetitive stress of long hours of working, less force pressure apply to save your energy and switch angle of your hand often. Those things are not common for traditional method of work, but having in mind those tips will help to stick to the tablet much quicker.

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    Play games on your computer, which need hand-eye co-ordination. Using a tablet is no different.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Rusty View Post
    What are the dimensions of your tablet? If it's the medium to large range you could try experimenting with screen/tablet mapping area. With the Intuos I never draw with the entire tablet area, always set it to what I find comfortable (roughly about A5 dimensions) because I draw mostly from the wrist rather than the arm. Just that simple tweak made drawing on a tablet easier to grasp for me. Give it a try
    It's a medium, and thanks, I haven't touched the mapping area, yet, so I'll play with that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Black Spot View Post
    Play games on your computer, which need hand-eye co-ordination. Using a tablet is no different.
    Haha, I play a lot of games, actually. A number of which use hand/eye coordination, but I mean in those games the hand/eye movement is as basic as looking up, down, left, right, and everywhere in between. I wonder if I can play a game using my pen to look around, haha. Anyway, I'm not sure I know any games that require some more advanced hand/eye coordination. Anyone know any?

    To be honest, I've been doodling for a little while now. Drawing shapes, and lines, and trying to shade things in like a colouring book. I also find that I can very loosely sketch things by roughly going over each line several times, but it's different if I want single, clean lines.

    I'll just keep at it, and I won't worry about it unless after a month, or two, I don't see any progress. But I doubt that!

    Thanks everyone, I appreciate all your advice.

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    Yep -just give it a little time and keep using it - you'll get there! If you find the surface is too slidey then you could try the flex nibs (black with white rubber like tip).

    Another little tip that may or may not be related is to go to tablet prefs and under pen settings make sure the double click distance is set to off. this will help your pen strokes be more responsive especially with quick sketching or painting strokes.

    I also recommend getting a tablet-glove! I got mine from http://www.smudgeguard.com A great lady who designed them and works really well

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    Practice, trust the process, and use your other hand.... yes I know, the other hand. Your brain will understand everything more by doing this, try it.... ~M

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    Quote Originally Posted by Black Spot View Post
    Play games on your computer, which need hand-eye co-ordination. Using a tablet is no different.
    This, play Chuzzle.

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    try this little thing. Put a glossy paper under the area of your hand that is resting on the tablet. that takes some of the friction away and makes for more fluent strokes.

    I just ordered a smudgeguard and I hope it works as promised

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    You can also play with the settings. I have my tablet on "mouse" mode which I find more comfortable. I don't use the tablet mode (default), because I use only the middle to paint (you can see how the surface is completely destroyed, while the corners are virtually untouched if you tilt my tablet a bit). I don't like the other mode, because I don't paint full screen and I find it clumsy. You should also see if you have acceleration enabled. It's useful for a mouse, but you want complete control when using your tablet. The acceleration should come from your hand, not from the software, but that's up to you of course. I disabled it. Now my mouse and pen move at the speed I want them to move and don't make some unpredictable jumps.

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