Testing Out My New Graphics Tablet

So I ordered an Adesso cybertablet from Best Buy a bit over a week ago and it finally arrived on Friday, and I spent the weekend messing around with it, seeing what it can do. At first I wasn’t overly impressed with it; it doesn’t have any way of adjusting how much of the computer screen it operates with, so I end up using mostly only the left-hand side of it. It also doesn’t have software that allows for fine-tuning the pressure sensitivity, and for a while I found it difficult to use with any kind of precision. These are the first doodles I made with it:

The whole thing was making me kind of grumbly, but decided to keep at it. I figured I just needed some practice and getting used to tablet. I went to the library and checked out some drawing books to help me practice, and by Saturday evening I’d finally figured out how to properly use my new tablet. Turns out that the trick, with me anyway, is to turn it to about a 45 degree angle rather than try to draw on it straight (which makes sense given that I always hold my paper at an angle from myself when I draw.). I also turned the sensitivity all the way down as far as it will go and now I can draw semi-steady dark outlines. Here’s some of what I did on Saturday:

Still have a ways to go learning a steady hand with the tablet, but things are looking up.

Finally, here’s a sneak-peak at the Gimp painting project I started last week.

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