Schwag Learns to Draw

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By Wes J. Pimentel

I haven't been "hubbing" much lately. Sorry. I've been doing productive things with my time; namely drawing. I just got this sweet new digital drawing tablet (run out and get one NOW!). I got the Medium Sized, Bamboo Fun Tablet. It came with three programs; Adobe PhotoShop Elements, Corel Painter Essentials, and Nik Color Efex Pro. It retails for about $200.

I started playing with Adobe Photoshop Elements and I was diggin' on it a little bit. It seems like one of those programs that will generate super kick-ass images, if you're an Adobe master. I am not. I was able to generate some sub-par stuff. Sokay.

THEN, I played with Corel Painter Essentials. Dude. That program is awesome, the tutorials are easy to follow and understand and the guy who does them is this chubby old guy with a lateral lisp. He's adorable. Anyway, it's been a lot of fun. I was able to generate the picture below using it (the background was done in Adobe and I was able to slip it in underneath, on a separate layer). Basically if you can doodle, you can use this program. Another thing that makes it so fun to use is the incredible variety of media that you can use. It has pencils. pens, brushes, airbrushes, markers, etc. Then, within each tool is a range of options that will change each one. Then, there's the colors. It's so easy to maintain the integrity of your image, once you learn how to "sample" the colors and even mix them like they're paint on a palette. You guys should come over and play with it sometime.

About the tablet, itself. Wow. The design of this device is simply flawless. I have noticed no limitations, or difficulties inherent to the design. It's crazy. It feels so much like conventional drawing. If you didn't know better, you would swear you were drawing a pencil across some nice, heavy stock. The tablet is also an incredibly easy-to-use input device. It will replace your mouse and you'll never look back. At first it was really weird and foreign feeling, but if you give it a chance, you'll be navigating through all your programs and the internet, like a pro. The "pen" or stylus for it is wireless and even has an eraser at the back. As soon as you flip it and put the back end near the tablet, the programs switch to eraser mode.

 So, that's it. If you like to draw or paint and are looking for a way to digtize your art, without having to compromise the quality of the image using a scanner, you might want to consider a tablet. Another thing you can do is (if you already have some of your art scanned) start one of your projects with an image that's already on your computer. You can load it up, convert it to a sketched version of itself and work on it with anything from a brush loaded with oil paint to an airbrush to a calligraphy pen. Sweet.

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Cris A 7 years ago from Manila, Philippines

A friend of mine is an industrial designer and he uses a similar gadget. Really nifty.


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Schwag 7 years ago from Clarksville, TN Author

Thanks, man.


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Shady Lady 7 years ago from here and there

I want that!!! I love Photoshop, and use it all the time! The tablet sounds like it would make using photoshop sooo much easier! Great, now something else I want to spend money on...


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Schwag 7 years ago from Clarksville, TN Author

Shady - Aw, man. If you use Photoshop, especially to draw, you HAVE TO get one. It's addictive, too. It makes everything so easy. You'll wonder how you ever drew without it.


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agvulpes 7 years ago from Australia

G'day Wes that tablet sure looks like a nifty item. How easy are they to instal and is there any requirement to have a large RAM or disc space?

Good informative Hub.


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Schwag 7 years ago from Clarksville, TN Author

You'll need about 1.5 gigs of hard drive space for the optional programs. If you buy the tablet that I got, with the programs, that's what you'll need. You can also get one without the additional programs. For just the tablet, you'll need less than 30 MB of space, which is tiny. After you install the tablet driver (30MB), it's super easy to use. Just plug it in (USB) and use it.


Amy G 7 years ago

Sweet. If I got that, all I would be lacking is the ability to draw worth a crap. How cool can you make stick figures look? Can they be in a down 'n' dirty Mui Thai match? That's what I need...


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Schwag 7 years ago from Clarksville, TN Author

I like the idea of stick figures locked in a Mui Thai fight. That would look cool, maybe I'll draw that.


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agvulpes 7 years ago from Australia

Schwag, thanks for the info, I'll have a look around for one and let you know!


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Schwag 7 years ago from Clarksville, TN Author

Cool, man. You'll thank me!

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