Everyone wants the latest the greatest drawing tech but there is something to be said about a good simple drawing tablet. In this article, we have come up with five reasons why a simple drawing tablet might just be the most sensible choice for you.
First things first. By now, it is probably safe to say that the majority of us have been spending a lot more time in front of our mobile gadgets—in this case, tablets. Regardless of if we are using it for entertainment purposes such as reading e-books and streaming TV shows, or for professional reasons like illustrating and animating, these screens expose us to blue light. It basically strains our eyes and negatively affects our sleeping patterns. Here is where blue light protection glasses come into play.
A little bit of a disclaimer here, we assume you love drawing on a tablet screen. You pick up the pen, you put it down, you can see exactly where that mark is being made on a canvas. It is really intuitive, but at the end of it all, you are constantly exposed to blue light. What we are trying to say is that we strongly suggest that you take this seriously and regulate how blue light impacts you (both physically and mentally) on a regular basis.
With that out of the way, let us now go over our five reasons why we think a simple drawing tablet might be the best choice for your artistic career.
Reason #1: Ergonomics
Since you are drawing on a screen, chances are you get it at a nice comfortable angle at your desk, and then you are looking down at it. And if you are working like that all day, every day, over time, it is going to hurt you. From your neck, to your back, it is most likely you are going to pay the price.
These devices, unfortunately, encourage bad posture, which is why getting up and stretching every couple of hours or so is probably really good advice for digital artists. This is also applicable to anybody who works in a normal office environment. One solution is to set a timer for every hour, so that you get up, stretch your back, and flex your wrists.
Reason #2: Cost
The second reason why it is reasonable to use a simple drawing tablet is that it is more bang for your buck. Its relatively low price point is one of the most—if not the most—obvious reasons we know most of you probably jump to it.
There are a bunch of drawing tablet brands out there that simply cover most, if not all, your digital illustration needs without breaking the bank. More often than not, it boils down to researching, comparing, and contrasting your choices.
Reason #3: Portability
Number three on the list is portability. A basic drawing tablet can fit your everyday bag, so you can easily bring them anywhere. Come to think of it, even one of the larger tablets is going to fit pretty easily into a laptop bag.
These days, they are designed to be pretty light, especially the new ones. It is also important to note that some of the newer tablets already come with Bluetooth, which takes the cords out of the equation when you are traveling around with it.
Yes, you still have to bring your laptop with you if or when you work remotely, so it is not completely portable. At the end of the day, however, there is no denying how a basic drawing tablet is more compact than its fancier, higher end counterparts.
Reason #4: Dependability
Reason number four is reliability. Either from wear and tear, or accidents, or what have you, electronics break. It happens even to the best, most careful of us, unfortunately. But these drawing tablets are not doing as many things. In other words, you are simply using it for illustration purposes. And when you are not using it as regularly as you would other devices, the chances of it breaking goes down significantly.
We cannot really speak in full detail about the durability of certain drawing tablet brands, but based on our collective observation and actual experience, the majority of these entry-level gadgets can endure the rigors of everyday use.
Reason #5: Hardware and Software
For the fifth and final reason, we have to focus on its hardware and software. In hindsight, a new, top of the line drawing tablet is not going to make your art any better. When it comes to this, the only thing that separates you from greatness is the amount of time and effort you put in.
We can confidently say that there will never be a piece of hardware and/or software that will make you a better illustrator. In most cases, things boil down to familiarity. For instance, if you are (or have been) accustomed to using a particular brand or model and have put in the work throughout the years, then chances are you can (or will) create better art with it. Again, we cannot stress this enough: it is really important to get used to and practice with your preferred hardware and software when it comes to illustrating.
We sure hope this article provides you with the necessary knowledge to make an informed decision when choosing a drawing tablet. Again, it does not matter if you choose a basic and simple illustration tool or a more complex, top notch model. As long as you put in the work, improve your craft, and practice and study on a regular basis, you are setting yourself up for greatness.