Tablet beginner/coordination awkward

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  • Azreality
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    All good advice! Thanks! I just bought a new Wacom 4 tablet and will start using it this week for the first time. (excited)
  • Jessica Dinh
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    I hope that's a joke Hboy??

    Pretty sure I'd have some massive wrist and pointer finger problems if I tried painting my textures with a mouse xD
  • Fuse
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    Hboybowen wrote: »
    for those who think you need a tablet to be good or productive in zbrush or as a 3d artist is wrong.

    I use a mouse in photoshop and zbrush. I have zero issues

    so the industry is wrong? :(
  • ZacD
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    Better tools makes your life easier, I don't know why artist would not be willing to pay $100 for a bamboo at least.
  • aajohnny
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    Hboybowen wrote: »
    for those who think you need a tablet to be good or productive in zbrush or as a 3d artist is wrong.

    I use a mouse in photoshop and zbrush. I have zero issues


    I haven't heard anybody say you NEED to, but it is more productive using a tablet while doing 3d.
  • Rhinokey
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    Hboybowen wrote: »
    for those who think you need a tablet to be good or productive in zbrush or as a 3d artist is wrong.

    I use a mouse in photoshop and zbrush. I have zero issues

    ssoooo many issues dude
  • Justin Meisse
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    Hboybowen wrote: »
    its a preference thing. I'm sure no employer would say "wait you use a mouse" gtfo.

    @jessica: carpal's tunnel maybe and pointer is no issue for me neither is pressure sensitivity,I'd rather do it manually anyways.

    @zacd:I have a Wacom Intuose 2 XL...I never use it.

    I don't believe I've ever met someone who could produce professional level work using only a mouse.
  • Tokusei
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    Snader wrote: »
    If your tablet is large enough, try resting it on your lap, propped up against the edge of the desk. This'll mimic drawing on a sketch pad, will keep your desk free for your keyboard so you don't have to move shit around continuously, and you get to use it for shortkeys.

    +1

    I am using an Intuos4 M and use this technique, I have quick access to my keyboard and it feels the most natural way of doing it to me

    atm I'm using 2x24" 1920x1080 monitors but map my tablet to one screen and check force proportions. adds a little dead space to the bottom of the tablet surface since the intuos4 surface is 16:10, not 16:9 but it means I get 1:1 mapping for my pen position to the screen
  • Snader
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    I used to work with a mouse for a looong time. Made (but never finished) this with just a mouse. Trust me when I say a tablet is nicer. Much more natural.
  • IEatApples
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    I get a bit of a swore wrist after using a mouse for hours on end at work so it's definitely nice switching to a tablet.

    You get use to them really quickly, I couldn't live without one now. Just open up a blank canvas in Photoshop and sketch lots of lines and circles etc and it will begin to feel natural.
  • Poribo
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    I remember when I first used a tablet, I was so uncoordinated I almost gave up. I kept with it for a few more days till I got the hang of it and I never used Zbrush with a mouse since. Using a tablet definitely helps.
  • rube
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    I remember Craig Mullins saying he was using a mouse when he did the Marathon concept art. That said I think you're slowing yourself down if you do.

    To the original point, just keep using it. I found it weird when i first started. Now placement doesn't matter so much but I do like to keep it parallel to the monitor. (ie not tilted at an angle relative to the monitor)
  • Autocon
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    Its all about practice. I use my wacom to model in 3d packages, not just in photoshop and such. That really feels weird for a good bit. But now I when I use my mouse to try and do things I feel like a gimped cripple haha.

    Just keep doing it and it will eventually become second nature.
  • Rhinokey
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    well people can make good art with a frickin etch a sketch 4-america.jpg
    so sure its probably possible for someone to create good art with a mouse.

    but most likely they could create much better art with better tools. and faster.
  • Snacuum
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    Yeah it takes a shot while to get used to that hand-eye disconnect. For me the only problem I really have still is pressure sensitivity. It's often useless to me since I used to draw on paper only with hard leads like HB, so when I use my intuos 2 with it's shiny surface I often push very hard to get that tactile feel. Not very comfortable after a few hours.
  • Mark Dygert
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    ^
    You need to ease up there buddy... If not for the sake of the hardware, do it because its super super useful to have pressure sensitivity when digitally painting. Not just for opacity but for brush thickness. It's really hard for me to get line thickness variance with just a mouse, it just doesn't happen, you get one thickness per stroke like the etch-a-sketch above and that just blows.
  • Snacuum
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    ^
    You need to ease up there buddy... If not for the sake of the hardware, do it because its super super useful to have pressure sensitivity when digitally painting. Not just for opacity but for brush thickness. It's really hard for me to get line thickness variance with just a mouse, it just doesn't happen, you get one thickness per stroke like the etch-a-sketch above and that just blows.

    I know man I know. Still trying to get used to it. Paper is springy so I am very used to feeling the feedback from the paper to know how much pressure I am applying and therefore the thickness, but a wacom is flat and smooth. It got to the point that I was never sure about the thickness of my brush according to my brush presets (not helped by photoshop's default "soft" brushes that just get hard as they get smaller, seriously...) I simply change my thickness manually and trace edges. In fact if you guys watched me make any art in any program you would be horrified at my inefficiency, I so used to it that I can very quickly do things the labourious and inefficient way (ie. I really haven't customised any of my menus or even really use hotkeys)

    But I'm working on it.
  • Joshua Stubbles
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    The Inuos 4 line has a nice textured surface like paper, unlike the smooth finish of the Inuos 3's. I have a 4 at work and 3 at home, so it's quite an off feeling going back and forth.
  • Snacuum
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    The Inuos 4 line has a nice textured surface like paper, unlike the smooth finish of the Inuos 3's. I have a 4 at work and 3 at home, so it's quite an off feeling going back and forth.

    Yes I know I would love one. I heard though this makes the tip wear quicker. Not really an issue if you've got a supply of spares though. Would also be nice if Intuos were more budget priced. For my current artistic output my lowly scratched up intuos 2 will do.
  • Jessica Dinh
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    Intuos 4 surface really does wear your nibs down a lot; at the same time, the nibs also wear down that papery drawing surface in the spot where you stroke most. Does anybody know if you can create a dead spot on your tablet by wearing down that one spot too much??
  • pinkbox
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    i dont think it will create a dead spot. seeing as the pen can work through your hand. might just create an annoying dip or surface that the nib will catch on when drawing over. But.. there are replacement surfaces and nibs.
    I plan on buying some nibs soon, just worn down my first one after a few months use and noticed my surface is smoothing out where i draw most :O (Im stocking up on nibs in fear that by the time i've used all the spare ones that come with it they wont stock them in my country anymore!) tho i havent heard any news of an Intuos5
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