I love to draw. I wouldn’t consider myself a master of art, but more like an advanced yellow belt with two orange stripes. I love using technology to draw flyers, designs, characters, and cartoons. Sketching is one of my favorite ways to express myself. You could get me a pad of paper and some sharpened pencils for Christmas and I would be happy.
So, naturally, I would love to blend my love of art and my love of technology. What better way then to take a seven inch mini computer that you can touch and use it for artistic purposes. After a few Amazon searches and some meccas to Best Buy, I came to this startling conclusion: There really is no market for semi-pro digital artists.
Don’t get me wrong. I know all about the Wacom Cintiq and the Wacom Bamboo tablets. Those are great tools for drawing. The problem is not that there are no tools for a digital artist. The problem is that there is a gaping hole between buying a pad of paper and buying a $1000 artist tablet specifically for drawing.
You have an overflow of tablets coming out of every nook and cranny. They all boast great social media, blazing fast internet, and convenient Netflix usage, while neglecting your house duties. But if you were to look up any of those tablets for the purpose of being an artistic designer, you would find yourself very disappointed. At one time, Samsung, Toshiba, and Asus were boasting their pen tablets. I even owned a 7-inch Samsung Note Tab, which I stupidly sold to pay for a car bill (idiot!). If I ever needed a place to throw away $900, I would buy a Surface, but I might as well get a whole computer.
Now when I look up these tablets on Amazon, it seems their decreasing popularity makes them ridiculously hard to find. Even Best Buy doesn’t offer their Samsung Note Tabs on display anymore. You might be able to find a previous generation one sitting in an old warehouse, or have to get the 10-inch mega deluxe tablet for the price of a small baby. Also, it is worth noting that tablets with a stylus are very hesitant to mention that you can use that pen for art, meaning they don’t even believe that they should be used for that.
In my journey, I tried to find some way to use touch screen technology as an outlet for drawing. I had purchased Autodesk Sketchbook and Infinity Paint apps, which are probably the most professional on the market. There are three workarounds to turning your tablet into an artistic sketch board.
The Smart Stylus:
The smart stylus is lingering in technology markets like a creepy guy in an unmarked van. These styli use battery power and blue tooth to make the tablet think the tip of the pencil is like your finger. Most are made for only Apple, but there are a few companies that support Android and Windows. I bought a Lynktek Apex Stylus for my Acer 800A. After much scribbling and scribing, I noticed that the pen was inconsistent at best and very inhibiting at worst. I actually got more value over an $8 dumb stylus then a $50 smart stylus.