Now, after obtaining free drawing software, you will need a computer drawing tablet to go with it. This is not to say that you can't draw using a mouse, but there are just so many advantages of using a digital drawing tablet, that I would suggest you make it the first priority when you consider becoming a digital graphics artist.
First, I would like to go over some of the cool features I like about graphic tablets that are not available when using traditional drawing media, such as pencil or color paints, or even when using a computer mouse:
As you might have known, minor details such as straight lines, curve lines, perfect circles and other shapes are very easy to create with a computer drawing tablet digitally, but are next to impossible with free hand drawing using traditional media, unless you use tools like rulers or compass.
There are other times when you just need that random abstract sketch, and that's when a computer mouse won't handle the job (at least in my own experience creating dozens of drawing tutorials on this site).
So for me, a pc drawing tablet (it can be used on Mac computers as well) is a perfect combination of traditional free hand drawing and time-efficient digital technology. And if you are planning on uploading your digital art for sale online, this is definitely a must tool to have.
So what exact models or brand I use?
I currently use the Intuos3 from Wacom - the most popular and trusted brand for computer graphic tablets. If you never heard of them, just do some search online and you will know what I am talking about.
Wacom has been the leader in producing outstanding quality graphics tablet for a long time now. I personally wouldn't even waste time looking around for other brands and better deals - yes, they might look like a bargain by the first impression, but most people who use Wacom are very happy and satisfied customers, and that to me, is the best piece of mind when buying digital products.
With that said, I personally suggest you go after the Bamboo Fun Tablet series, which are only 3.7x5.8 inches in active area. This size might seam a little small, but in my experience, I hardly ever use the full active area from my Intuos3 tablet, which is 6x8 inches - my hands just aren't willing to go any further than 3.7x5.8 inches surface area.
So the Bamboo Fun series is in no doubt the best value for money if you're just starting out. However, if you want more sensitive response and professional extra features, like the tilt angle sensitivity for air brushing, then definitely go for more professional computer drawing tablets, like Wacom Intuos series.
The best value for money I found is the Intuos3, which I still use happily today.
And if your pocket is deep, or perhaps you're just serious about your career in graphics, and are willing to invest on it, it would be really wise to go after the top notch Intuos4 series, which will save you money in long term.
So my advice, before buying any graphics tablet, is to evaluate your own level of use and then set out the budget to match it accordingly.
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