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Stylus, not Just for Writing

Updated on October 25, 2013

Having a good quality responsive stylus is a must with a drawing app.

I've had Blackberry phones and PDA's in the past, and now own an iPad and an iPhone. I've never been one to use a stylus that much. I appreciate a good responsive touch screen, but my fingers are constantly hitting the wrong letters or special characters when I'm keying in text. So, earlier this year I went stylus shopping.

My first exposure to a very responsive stylus was my 16 year old Grandson's Wacom Bamboo Touch Tablet he uses for creative projects, drawing and designing.

I was amazed at the sensitivity of the stylus.

Pressing harder either caused more ink to flow, widened the mark I was making or even angled and slanted script as I wrote, depending on the type of brush or pen I selected in the optional tools on his tablet.

This got me searching for my own stylus and art app.

I started looking for an app for my iPad and iPhone that would allow me to use a stylus to draw, similar to the Wacom Tablet's features. I found ArtRage and downloaded it. Then I went shopping for a stylus.

I was pleased to find this stylus s by Bamboo. It is retractable, it has a great little cap that attaches to the earphone plug when not in use, the cap can be stored there when the stylus is in use. And the pen fit in my purse or a small pocket. There are replacement parts available on amazon.

I've attached a few photos of my drawings I've done with my stylus on ArtRage. The Bamboo Pocket Stylus is a must have for the iPad artisan. I've never had to order more tips, the original one has been in use for nearly a year and several replacements come with the original purchase.

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A nice simple tree and building scene, a sample lesson on my Wacom Bamboo app.Some trees during sunset.  A very fun evening of imagination.Simple drawing of a cookware crate in our living room.A sketch taken from a photo of our most recent motorcycle.I'm very patriotic, so this just matches my style.  Wouldn't it be beautiful framed.A star, repeated and re-colored.  I think I should go into fabric or wallpaper design.One of three versions of my freehand drawing of bamboo.Original bamboo drawing.Original bamboo drawing recolored and framed.
A nice simple tree and building scene, a sample lesson on my Wacom Bamboo app.
A nice simple tree and building scene, a sample lesson on my Wacom Bamboo app.
Some trees during sunset.  A very fun evening of imagination.
Some trees during sunset. A very fun evening of imagination.
Simple drawing of a cookware crate in our living room.
Simple drawing of a cookware crate in our living room.
A sketch taken from a photo of our most recent motorcycle.
A sketch taken from a photo of our most recent motorcycle.
I'm very patriotic, so this just matches my style.  Wouldn't it be beautiful framed.
I'm very patriotic, so this just matches my style. Wouldn't it be beautiful framed.
A star, repeated and re-colored.  I think I should go into fabric or wallpaper design.
A star, repeated and re-colored. I think I should go into fabric or wallpaper design.
One of three versions of my freehand drawing of bamboo.
One of three versions of my freehand drawing of bamboo.
Original bamboo drawing.
Original bamboo drawing.
Original bamboo drawing recolored and framed.
Original bamboo drawing recolored and framed.

These videos feature Wacom Bamboo products. I studied many of theses videos and others on YouTube before buying my stylus. I go to the drawing videos to get hints on drawing everything from trees, buildings, people and things. My favorite drawing is nature, sunsets, clouds, mountains, but I love step-by-step instruction on drawing figures and characters.

Anytime someone takes the time to pull together a demo this detailed it's worth the watch, especially if you're considering a purchase of the product.

Two of my loves combined, Photoshop and Bamboo Tablet. Using a photo to begin with and saving the finished product is an incredibly fulfilling journey.

I've tried this digital instruction video and have come pretty close to tackling it.

This is my Stylus in this video. The video that helped me make my decision to buy it.

So, here is a video that ranks all the Wacom Bamboo Stylus' in one place!

Eventually the nibs will need to be replaced, and there is a huge variety of stylus options to discover.

Wacom Bamboo Stylus Replacement Nibs, Soft (ACK20501) For 1st Generation Pens Only
Wacom Bamboo Stylus Replacement Nibs, Soft (ACK20501) For 1st Generation Pens Only

The nibs do wear down and stop functioning after a time of use. It's nice to know there are replacements out there. Replace as often as necessary. A few come with the retractable Bamboo Pocket Stylus.

 
Wacom Bamboo Stylus Duo CS110K - Dual Purpose Stylus Digital Pen and Inking Pen for Apple, Android or Graphic Tablets - Black with Brushed Aluminum
Wacom Bamboo Stylus Duo CS110K - Dual Purpose Stylus Digital Pen and Inking Pen for Apple, Android or Graphic Tablets - Black with Brushed Aluminum

There is also a stylus that doubles as a writing pen. I've had a few of these, just don't forget and use the wrong end. I really agree this is a handy stylus, as I'm always losing my pen, but more cautious about keeping track of my stylus.

 

Have you ever drawn using an app? Which app? Do you use a stylus or your fingers to draw? Let's discuss the benefits of a great stylus for drawing using a tablet program or an app.

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    • lesliesinclair profile image

      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      Years ago, for years, I had a Wacom tablet and stylus and found it fun and helpful too. Like your review.

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      getmoreinfo 4 years ago

      This is great I learned something new

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      bikerministry 4 years ago

      Thank you for all the great comments, I really have a lot of fun with my stylus. And I'm super pumped over winning the $100 challenge. The new product lens format is so awesome, glad I jumped on board for this competition.

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      Pam Irie 4 years ago from Land of Aloha

      Wonder what Picasso could have done with one of these awesome gadgets? :) Congratulations on your win!

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      RussnJo 4 years ago

      I don't currently use a stylus, but looks like something to try - Congrats on your win with this nice lens!

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      Merry Citarella 4 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Wow! Your drawings are great! Very interesting lens.

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      I own the same Wacom tablet and stylus you mention here. It really allows one to take their expression to a whole new level. Congrats on your win!

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      Michelllle 4 years ago

      We have the stylus pen duo. My son uses it for homework projects too. Congrats- great lens.