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Question about drawing pads for digital art


New Member
I'm new to the forums, so I might be posting this in the wrong place, but here we go anyway.

I really want to get into digital art, but I suck ass at using a mouse. I want to get a drawing pad of some sort so I can have more control over the art, but I don't know where to start.

I found this on Amazon, but I feel like it's too cheap, that it might not be good.


Can anyone guide me to a nice quality drawing pad that works really good? Or is this one good enough?

Many thanks in advance! ^w^


Are we moomin, or are we dancer?
I use a Huion (a larger one than that, maybe ~£60 that I will never be able to get back! ). I am satisfied with it. It was difficult to set up though; it took a few hours before it was working.

Asher Grey

Probably Sleeping
Samsung tablets/ipads are the way to go in my opinion, everyone I know irl with a connectable tablet has constant issues that make it near impossible to draw at times, whether it's cords only working if they're plugged in at a certain angle, running out of pen nibs, pen batteries running out, drivers not updating properly, windows 10 being... Well, windows 10, or even just losing parts.

I bought a brand new huion(~$200) and, after over a week of customer service help, forum/server help, and taking in my laptop + tablet to a specialist, gave up and had to send it back for a partial refund. Never worked for me. One person I used to be close to had a huion also which gave them so much grief they would go back to drawing with a mouse.

I'd say, so long as you're not picky about pressure levels, definitely consider a graphic tablet. Best part about it is you don't need a functional pc with good processors just to use it. My laptop straight up won't work anymore but, since I use an ipad(saved up for months with someone to buy it, unfortunately), my ability to work as an artist isn't the least bit affected.


Well-Known Member
Honestly I prefer wacom tablets but they are a bit pricier and have heard mostly good things about Huion tablets so don't really worry about tablets being worse if they're cheaper. Especially if you do some research and check out some reviews beforehand.
THAT SAID, I strongly recomment getting a bigger tablet. Sure it seems cool that it can fit in the palm of your hand, but smaller tablets can cause a lot of strain in your wrist on the long run. General rule of thumb is that when you draw you should use your whole arm and not just your wrist, which is almost impossible with smaller tablets. I'd say go with the biggest one you can afford.


Mine is Wacoom CTL471 and honestly it was the best start into the world of digital art for me! It is pretty cheap so anyone can afford it and even if you want to go back to a mouse afterwards you will probably wont regret money. It comes with a disc inside which downloads program to your computer. After that you will have a folder where you can set settings for it and buttons on pen (there are 2). And it is all that's requred! Hovewer it is not wireless. Advantage is that it doesnt need to be charged. As people say above it has some problems with wire connection. I must say that it depends on how usual you plug and unplug it. I only unplug the side of a whire that is computerUSB, not the small tablet side. I started having those problems recently which is 4 years passed and i was moving here and there taking that wire in and out and carrying it around in a small bag. Knowing that wire trait from the very beginning will make your tablet live even longer so i strongly recommend this one to start with! Small last advantage of it that it has a beautiful green design that looks pretty cool lying on the table and it's size and weight is pretty reasonable if you want to move it around.
After half of a decade you will obviously want to change it to a better one and that's when you should be looking for professional one with a some kind of 'touch-screen' but it brings even more options for an artist which can be difficult to understand so if you are just starting moving from a mouse - i do not recommend professional and pricy ones.


Princess Bunny ♥
I use wacom intuos S but I heard huion isn't bad either, at least for starter. If you can afford and are sure you'll really use it, I would tell you to go for the intuos directly.

Some people told me they didn't like digital art because it wasn't smooth, not good, bla bla... and that's just because they used a bad tablet. I think you need to use a good one in order to decide if you like it or not. But I repeat, never used a huion tablet so I don't know how good it is x.x


The Golden Voiced Bear
I actually can intrude one of these and say I have that exact tablet and it's garbage, go with something more expensive as that one has tons of problems after a couple weeks of use.


I use wacom intuos S but I heard huion isn't bad either, at least for starter. If you can afford and are sure you'll really use it, I would tell you to go for the intuos directly.

Some people told me they didn't like digital art because it wasn't smooth, not good, bla bla... and that's just because they used a bad tablet. I think you need to use a good one in order to decide if you like it or not. But I repeat, never used a huion tablet so I don't know how good it is x.x

This is probably the best one if you're looking to have a good, reliable tablet that doesn't lag or have weird driver problems. I have the bluetooth verison of the same one, its a little more expensive but it's really nice to not to have to rely on a cord for the connection.
It is much better to invest money in something tried and true rather than waste money replacing something that was a steal at first, but later breaks.


Well-Known Member
Check eBay or similar for slightly older model Wacom tablets. There's enough artists that upgrade every so often (especially now when those damn draw-on-the-screen tablet things have caught on and are starting to sorta come down in price) that there's a decent chance you'll find a good quality tablet in good used condition for a low enough price to consider even if you're not sure about digital art.

I have an old A3 Intuos, back from when Wacom only had the Intuos and Graphire lines and Intuos was their professional tablet, and I love that thing. (Even though it hurts a bitch to drop on your face - storing it above head height may not have been the best idea!)

It's quite possible to learn to do pretty great things with a mouse such as this. (She's got even more impressive stuff done with a mouse in her gallery, but much of it is NSFW - FAIK she only started using a tablet in the last... maybe a year? Maybe slightly more? I have no concept of time anymore.) Whether you go with a mouse or a tablet, you are going to be looking at a learning curve, so be prepared for that. At this point I find drawing on the tablet while watching my monitor pretty natural, but when I started out (15+ years ago when I got my first tablet) it took me a good chunk of time to get used to.


3D Charcter Artist
From my personal experiences I would recommend Wacoms over all else, what you pay in price you also get in service and, in my experiences, quality.

I don't use these tablets to draw that much as much as I use them for ZBrush and other 3d applications and I can only say good things about them.
I started with one of their old school Bamboo small tablets, used that for about 2 years before I needed something larger and with more sensitivity, so my next tablet was the Intuos Pro Medium and I used that thing from 3rd year of university through my 2 years of grad. school (5 years total, took an extra year in undergrad), that was all with heavy use and transportation since my major throughout was 3D game art and videogame design.

It still works today, its still on my desk. and perfectly functioning. I'm only setting it aside for now, and mainly using it on the go because I'm getting ready to set up my Cintiq 24 to speed up my art (just waiting for my stand to arrive XD)

Personally I would always go with a corded device, for me it was just preference, I know that some of the Wacom tablets have wireless and an option of cord as well, that was the case on my Intuos Pro Medium, though I rarely used the wireless feature at all


Active Member
i started on a wacom bamboo. that thing has lasted something like 8? years, so you get the gist of how durable they are.

i upgraded to a huion kamvas pro 13 about a month ago, secondhand with minimal use, and it's worked perfectly for me. all the extras that came with it are actually useful, like a pen stand and a glove to keep oil off the surface. parallax is pretty minimal, pen tilt works beautifully, it doesn't get too hot even on my bare lap and the stand is easy to use. i think it's a good option if you want to try a display tablet but don't want to/can't fork out the big bucks for cintiqs and don't want to get a touch-screen device like an ipad (eg. different range of apps on pc). the only downside i really see is that the kamvas pen lacks an eraser on the end and two of the six hotkeys can't be changed, but they're commonly used actions so it's not super dire.


Late Healer Ferret
I use a HuionPro610 and it works fine. Sometimes on my old computer the drivers didn’t want to stay on but it’s flawless on my new one. It even has a scratch on the drawing area and it works fine.