View Full Version : Mouse VS. Pen and Tablet

11-24-2000, 05:28 PM
I thought it was cool what you guys are doing with just a mouse and thought I'd post a simple demonstration of what I can and cannot do with a mouse. I have a large Wacom tablet and this illustrates the difference in what happens when I try to do the exact same thing with a mouse and with a tablet:


11-24-2000, 05:29 PM
Actually, this is even better. Both times I simply tried to create a looping pattern...


11-24-2000, 05:35 PM
ha... I am not giving anyone a chance to reply here posting so quickly, but here is the tablet I have. As you can see, I still use my mouse - I simply move the mouse to the side and pick up the pen when I want to use the pen. Some things are actually easier with a mouse, mostly because my tablet is too big (12" x 12") and I get tired of reaching so far to get to the top right of the screen - that can be fixed by putting my tablet on a pullout shelf closer to me, or buy using a smaller tablet (which is what I would personally recommend - maybe about 8" square or so)


11-25-2000, 12:52 AM
Good demonstration on the differences between the mouse and tablet. I find it very restraining to be anywhere near creative with a mouse. I try to stay far away from anything that hinders the creative process. Nothing beats a good tablet and brush/pen. I've got a tablet similar to that at work 12x12 and a 5x7 at home. I would actually suggest something inbetween like a 9x7 - more manageable but still with a decent work area.

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Little Bear
11-27-2000, 02:16 PM
Just got my first table 12x12. I LOVE it. Never used one before now and I don't know how I ever got along with out it now. I whould agree the 12x12 is a bit big and does take up a lot of desk space.


11-28-2000, 03:28 AM
Actually, I have used both pen and mouse... I love the pen, and I'd never have gone back to mouse if the pen hadn't broken (unfortunately this was a cheap tablet from Creation Station, and they're gone now). I haven't drawn since, but before I had the pen I used the mouse with surprisingly great results in Photoshop (granted it would've been easier with a pen lol)... This is a recreation of a pencil sketch from a couple years ago I did with the mouse (no tracing... only by sight).
PS. For the texture and most of the face, I zoomed in about 200-300% to get the detail, and I used Photoshop's layers all the time... ended up with 60-some odd layers. But with patience and practice, it works out great!
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12-04-2000, 10:31 AM
GREAT demonstration! Thank you. I've been considering getting a tablet and the demonstration (and size advice) really helps me think it over.

Here's an example of illustrations where I've used only (ouch!!) a mouse to color the figures...
http://www.pixelscapes.com/art/illustration/gits/motokoblue2.jpg http://www.pixelscapes.com/art/illustration/slayers/zoameldemi.jpg

I've only been able to manage it using airbrush on a VERY light setting, with lots of separate strokes so I can approximate smooth gradations and curves... So it's probably obvious why I want a tablet. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/wink.gif

-=- Jen "In convenient tablet form!" de la Cruz
http://www.BewareOfArt.com and http://www.Pixelscapes.com

12-09-2000, 01:54 AM
sorry everyone my picture above doesn't work... nbci (was xoom) is having some problems, it seems.

12-12-2000, 12:57 AM
I agree--usually. I have found that my infrared mouse comes in very useful sometimes. It allows for much more precision than your standard mouse, and is easier to use than my Intuos in some situations. I can't think of an example right now, but I use it frequently. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/wink.gif