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Today, together with you, we will look for an answer to the question: “Which graphics tablet should a novice artist choose?

For those who are lazy to read and understand: you can safely buy a Huion Inspiroy H950P or Wacom Intuos Draw (CTL490D), they are more than enough for a beginner digital artist.

Who wants to make a more balanced choice and understand the characteristics of the tablets, read below.

graphic tablet

But before we do, let’s put graphics tablets with touch screens in brackets – most novices just can’t afford it. As well as models with buns such as intelligent handwriting recognition and other tricks, not directly related to the creation of CG-art.

What is a graphical tablet

Usually a graphic tablet consists of a pen and a flat input panel (tablet).

The main function of the graphics tablet is handwritten input recognition. In other words, a graphical tablet is essentially the same computer mouse, only adapted to better recognize the gestures of your hand (the mouse also recognizes the movement of your hand when you move the cursor, but the pen of the graphical tablet can also recognize the degree of pressure or tilt).

IMPORTANT: The graphics tablet itself DOES NOT draw beautifully, DOES NOT increase your skull. Just its technical device and functionality allows you to create computer graphics (draw)and use free flyer mockups in a more familiar and, therefore, convenient way.

Where and how graphical tablets are used

Graphic tablets are used in the work not only 2D-artists. 3D-artists and modellers use them to sculpt and texture. 

Often, those who have long been using a graphics tablet, stop using the mouse when working with the PC in principle. There are cases when you play games with the tablet, but these are rather exceptions.

What are the tablet sizes

There are three actual (“screenless”) sizes of graphic tablets today: A4, A5 and A6.

This is the size of the workspace (Active Area), but not the physical size. There is also a frame around the working area of the tablet that increases the size of the device. For example, at an average working area of 21.6 x 13.5 cm, the tablet’s dimensions will be approximately 28 x 19 cm, although these data may vary depending on a particular model.

I cannot say for sure what size tablet will suit you. Here a lot depends on your goals and capabilities. If you are a beginner, then for some time your priority will be to study the possibilities of graphic programs, techniques and techniques. For these purposes, the model with the size of A6 is quite enough for you. Especially if you are constrained in means.

However, you should understand that the small size of the workspace greatly limits the freedom of gestures.

For a professional job, I would recommend a minimum size of A5.

Which manufacturer should you choose?

At the moment there are only two main graphic tablet manufacturers on the market – Wacom and Huion.

Specifications of devices are not so important, so if you see two tablets with the same parameters – feel free to choose the one that is cheaper.

If you touch the question of reliability – here I prefer the Japanese corporation Wacom: their products have long been on the market and have proven themselves perfectly. Including a long service life and technical support.

In general, it’s a matter of taste. Previously, I did not look in the direction of Chinese Huion, because with their devices came Pen charge cables. That is, it was necessary to constantly charge the pen. In the latest models of Huion is no longer so.

Therefore, the devices of both companies are almost equal.

  • Wacom Intuos Draw White
  • Wacom Intuos Draw

We use Wacom Intuos Draw tablets in white and Huion Inspiroy H950P in black.

  • Huion H950P
  • Huion Inspiroy H950P

They are perfect for those who are just beginning to learn the skills of gaming 2D-artists. Also this model is not constrained in the work of those who already know how to draw digital art, and look tablets, agree, stylish.

So what to choose after all

Well, so we got to the final part. Now you can generally make your choice without me, but I’ll sum up a little.

So, when choosing a tablet, I will give preference to a model with a pen that does not require charging and sensitivity to pressing 1024 and above.

In an effort to save money, I would focus on the cheapest version of the model with the A5 (Medium) working area without the new touchpads and Bluetooth.

If I had a high-resolution monitor, I would focus on the high LPI (5K+) in the characteristics of the tablet and the larger workspace size of A4.

If I had no experience at all, or if I was very constrained in my means, I would take any available A6 size. For training it would be good, but for professional work I would need size A5 or larger.

Today, together with you, we will look for an answer to the question: “Which graphics tablet should a novice artist choose?

For those who are lazy to read and understand: you can safely buy a Huion Inspiroy H950P or Wacom Intuos Draw (CTL490D), they are more than enough for a beginner digital artist.

Who wants to make a more balanced choice and understand the characteristics of the tablets, read below.

But before we do, let’s put graphics tablets with touch screens in brackets – most novices just can’t afford it. As well as models with buns such as intelligent handwriting recognition and other tricks, not directly related to the creation of CG-art.

What is a graphical tablet

Usually a graphic tablet consists of a pen and a flat input panel (tablet).

The main function of the graphics tablet is handwritten input recognition. In other words, a graphical tablet is essentially the same computer mouse, only adapted to better recognize the gestures of your hand (the mouse also recognizes the movement of your hand when you move the cursor, but the pen of the graphical tablet can also recognize the degree of pressure or tilt).

IMPORTANT: The graphics tablet itself DOES NOT draw beautifully, DOES NOT increase your skull. Just its technical device and functionality allows you to create computer graphics (draw)and use free flyer mockups in a more familiar and, therefore, convenient way.

Where and how graphical tablets are used

Graphic tablets are used in the work not only 2D-artists. 3D-artists and modellers use them to sculpt and texture. 

Often, those who have long been using a graphics tablet, stop using the mouse when working with the PC in principle. There are cases when you play games with the tablet, but these are rather exceptions.

What are the tablet sizes

There are three actual (“screenless”) sizes of graphic tablets today: A4, A5 and A6.

This is the size of the workspace (Active Area), but not the physical size. There is also a frame around the working area of the tablet that increases the size of the device. For example, at an average working area of 21.6 x 13.5 cm, the tablet’s dimensions will be approximately 28 x 19 cm, although these data may vary depending on a particular model.

I cannot say for sure what size tablet will suit you. Here a lot depends on your goals and capabilities. If you are a beginner, then for some time your priority will be to study the possibilities of graphic programs, techniques and techniques. For these purposes, the model with the size of A6 is quite enough for you. Especially if you are constrained in means.

However, you should understand that the small size of the workspace greatly limits the freedom of gestures.

For a professional job, I would recommend a minimum size of A5.

Which manufacturer should you choose?

At the moment there are only two main graphic tablet manufacturers on the market – Wacom and Huion.

Specifications of devices are not so important, so if you see two tablets with the same parameters – feel free to choose the one that is cheaper.

If you touch the question of reliability – here I prefer the Japanese corporation Wacom: their products have long been on the market and have proven themselves perfectly. Including a long service life and technical support.

In general, it’s a matter of taste. Previously, I did not look in the direction of Chinese Huion, because with their devices came Pen charge cables. That is, it was necessary to constantly charge the pen. In the latest models of Huion is no longer so.

Therefore, the devices of both companies are almost equal.

  • Wacom Intuos Draw White
  • Wacom Intuos Draw

We use Wacom Intuos Draw tablets in white and Huion Inspiroy H950P in black.

  • Huion H950P
  • Huion Inspiroy H950P

They are perfect for those who are just beginning to learn the skills of gaming 2D-artists. Also this model is not constrained in the work of those who already know how to draw digital art, and look tablets, agree, stylish.

So what to choose after all

Well, so we got to the final part. Now you can generally make your choice without me, but I’ll sum up a little.

So, when choosing a tablet, I will give preference to a model with a pen that does not require charging and sensitivity to pressing 1024 and above.

In an effort to save money, I would focus on the cheapest version of the model with the A5 (Medium) working area without the new touchpads and Bluetooth.

If I had a high-resolution monitor, I would focus on the high LPI (5K+) in the characteristics of the tablet and the larger workspace size of A4.

If I had no experience at all, or if I was very constrained in my means, I would take any available A6 size. For training it would be good, but for professional work I would need size A5 or larger.

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