I do a lot of drawing and design using Photoshop and other computer art programs, and I also use a digital drawing tablet for this work. This tablet enables me to work in the style similar to drawing on a piece of paper, only the digital drawing tablet lets me send this directly to the computer for editing using PC tools. The image does not show up on the tablet, unlike on a tablet PC, and instead is only viewed on the screen of the computer it is attached to, via USB. This tablet has really helped me in my artwork on PC, and it is a great tool for any artist. However, they often cost quite a bit, especially if bought from a company like where I bought mine, Waccom. Yet, there still exists some really good deals out there for a bargain priced digital drawing tablet, if you know where to look. If you’re an artist, and would like a decently priced digital drawing tablet, then fear not, as you don’t have to break the bank to get one of these tablets.
I bought my tablet from the big drawing tablet company, Waccom.Com. Mine is a small drawing tablet, but it still cost a pretty penny at roughly $100, not a cheap price by any means. However, it came with some good software, and works quite well. It plugs in via USB, and came with Adobe Photoshop Elements, the full version, and some other useful programs. Still, it was expensive. So, when my friend asked me to help her find a drawing tablet, at a reasonable price, I started looking-but not on Waccom.Com
Instead, I went to the mother of all online bargain stores-I went to eBay.com, the big online auction website. I did a quick search for ‘drawing tablet’ and came across a bunch of drawing tablets for sale, most under the label of ‘DigiPro Drawing Tablet.’ They were priced far below the normal price of a big, brand name drawing tablet like a Waccom tablet, running around only $20-$35 a piece. I did a little research, and found that these bargain priced drawing tablets had some decent reviews. I inquired of my friend, and she was happy to buy one of these. It came with some trial versions of many popular drawing programs, like Corel Painter and Adobe Photoshop CS. This Digipro 4” by 3” drawing tablet comes with came with 512 levels of pressure sensitivity, USB plug-in, Mac and PC support (of course, right?), support for MS Office, and MSN Handwriting function and much more. Ok, so it did not come bundled with full programs, like my Waccom did, but if I had the choice, I probably would have bought one these, thanks to it being a much cheaper price, than my Waccom. The reviews from other websites seem to be positive of this little drawing tablet, and I am pleased with this purchase, as is my friend. So, if you want to try your hand at some drawing on your PC, consider getting a Digipro tablet, from an online auction house like eBay, or from another online vendor. Now, if you want to spend a lot, go with Waccom, but if not, try and stick with something like the cheap little Digipro tablets. Happy drawing!