For someone struggling with the disconnect between eye and hand on a tablet with no screen, would purchasing an LCD tablet be worth it?


I am no professional artist, but I am able to draw pretty decently with just pencil and paper. I purchased a Wacom Intuos Pen and Touch (Small) several months ago with the intention of doing some animations in my spare time. However, I am unable to produce anything decently on my tablet due to the disconnect between eye and hand when drawing. The reason I purchased a tablet with no screen is due to the cost of products like the Cintiq, and also most reviews of said product suggest something along the lines of "buy a cheap tablet first to see if it fits your style".

That advice in mind, for someone who struggles with a tablet with no screen, would it be just as pointless to upgrade to something like a Cintiq? Did anybody else have a similar situation to this, and were you able to produce better artwork after upgrading?

3/8/2016 5:49:00 PM

Accepted Answer

As a person who owns both types of tablets (Cintiq 21UX, Cintiq Companion 2 & Intuos Pro Medium) I believe all of us who use tablets had that problem when it comes to the eye -> hand coordination at the start. I have to say that the learning curve for screen vs no-screen tablets is very similar. TBH it took me much longer to get used to Cintiq Companion than a no-screen Tablet (Intuos Pro). Although, I have never tried to use Pen & Touch due to lack of buttons on it.

Buying tablets with screens might make your eye -> hand coordination better, no doubt about that. However, don't expect to create masterpieces within a week. You will need to practice a lot to be efficient enough to create something decent.

What I would recommend for beginners would be to use Wacom Intuos Pro(as it's much cheaper option vs Cintiq). It's very light, easy to use and you can customize a lot of stuff to meet your needs. Spend few weeks/months practicing the workflow of using a Tablet by itself (with the least amount of keyboard use possible). Change your shortcuts on the tablet to most suit yourself. Then practice drawing.

Then, if you really think you want to spend much more money on your equipment, go buy something like Cintiq Tablet or Companion. By that time, you should be efficient to use Companion by itself with no need of using a keyboard (as most of the time you won't have one next to you).

Basically, if you buy an expensive Cintiq right now, and then decide that you are still bad at digital drawing, you have just wasted a lot of money.

3/8/2016 4:21:00 PM

I feel Tomasz Golinski's answer was most helpful, but I would like to add for anyone looking at this question at a later point.

Following Tomasz's advice, I began looking at Intuos Pro tablets, but the medium size tablet ranged from US $300-400 depending on new or used. Worried that I would encounter the same issue on another screen-less tablet after spending that much money, I decided to bite the bullet and purchase a used Cintiq on eBay for just a little extra money.

I was immediately able to draw at a skill level similar to if I were drawing with pencil and paper. I am happy with my purchase because I do not think I would have been able to overcome the issue, but your results may vary. As one comment mentioned, if you have the ability, go to a store and test out the different tablets for yourself before purchasing, but there were no stores in my location that offered that service.