For a good while now, I have been stagnate in a crossroad of sorts trying to figure out in what direction I wanted my art to go. Did I want to continue painting more acrylic on canvas? Did I want to continue sketching? Did I want to enhance my creativity and explore other mediums such as oil painting or watercolors? All these questions tormented my mind giving the road an unfocused glare.
Then about two weeks or so ago, while cruisin' around the blogosphere, I stopped to visit Angie over at Lariats and Lavender. Coincidentally, she had a post that caught my eye titled Reconnecting with an Old Hobby and it just so happens that in this post she talks about how she was an artist as a little girl and she went on to mention how she was gifted a digital tablet by her loved ones. She even demonstrated a few drawings she had drawn on the tablet which I thought were amazing. If you have a moment you should really check them out, they are adorable.
Immediately, my curiosity was peaked and I asked her a few questions which she so kindly answered promptly. I have heard the term digital tablet before, but that was the extent of my knowledge on them.
Is it a good resource for drawing/artwork? How can I learn to use one? What do I look for if interested in purchasing one? and Is digital drawing your preference over traditional?
"A digital tablet is basically an electronic tablet that connects to your computer or laptop via USB. You have a special stylus pen which is used on the tablet. As you draw, your drawing is instantly on the computer program you're using. It's wild! Some - very expensive - tablets let you draw right on them and than upload."
As you can very well see, Angie provided me with more information than what I expected. Thanks again Angie! I was able to do some further research, on Google, with the information provided and had a pretty good idea at the end of which tablet I wanted to go get. The morning of purchase went by so smoothly that even though I gave the right of way to the car you see behind me, the driver so kindly insisted to wait while my picture was taken.
Taking my budget into consideration, it came down between the Bamboo Splash at $79.99 which consisted of only a drawing pen and the Bamboo Capture at $99.99 which consisted of both drawing pen and touch. Below are more details on the two tablets. There really was no major difference between the Bamboo Capture and the Bamboo Create other than the additional $100.00 difference.
So, instead I did a quick drawing on paper....Not My Digital Tablet....yet!
I find drawing therapeutically peaceful. And although I think I will remain with the traditional method of drawing, I do have to admit I am both excited and looking forward to exploring my new digital table. I can't wait to discover new and exhilarating creative ideas. If any of you are already experts or have any advice and/or suggestion on digital drawing, I would greatly appreciate the feedback.
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