Why artists shouldn’t get drawing tablets before mastering traditional art:
1. It appears to inspire, but does not inspire
I’ve read about many artists who feel disheartened after getting brand new tablets. A good number of them believe that getting a tablet would improve their skills in art. Unfortunately, like many things in art, skills do not just happen. Getting a tablet does not immediately mean that beginners turn into professionals. There are many other aspects to consider such as honing Photoshop skills. And then when one becomes disheartened, they might just abandon the tablet and that would just be a waste of money…
2. The easy way out
Owning tablet would mean owning a graphics editing program which would also mean things are a lot more easier. For example, let’s say Photoshop since I’m not familiar with SAI, Gimp and such – you can flip images (to check for mistakes whereas drawing traditionally you would have to use a mirror or sunlight), edit layers separately (something you cannot do on pen and paper) and press undo as many times as you want (and that would probably screw up someone’s confidence when they’re drawing on paper).
3. Are you ready, guys?
Okay, so a tablet is a tablet and you don’t really have to psyche yourself up for one because you’ll probably be too excited that you just can’t think of anything else but art… However! I think most people make excuses to buy tablets (i.e ‘it’ll make me a better artist’, ‘it’ll put an end to my art block’, ‘everyone owns one’). A better alternative would be to ask yourself if you really need one (hey, it’s just like shopping for basic needs!). That way, maybe one could become more inspired to improve to master a certain type of art media before moving on to the next and maybe one would appreciate the tablet more in the future.
If you’re wondering if I have a tablet (and if you didn’t read my adventures), I don’t! I’ve mentioned getting a tablet several times this year, but I realized that there are plenty of amazing artists out there who don’t own one and can still create beautiful pieces. I have a lot more to learn about art, so I think I will just focus on traditional art before I move on. At the moment, buying a tablet is not within my college budget. Boo.
Also, the title of point #3 may or may not be an anime reference.