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ArtPad - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
I've been goofing around with ArtPad for half an hour, and I just have to ask--to people who do real pictures with it, do you generally do them with a tablet, or do you actually have such good coordination with the mouse? Have the time, even if I know where my lines go, I can't get the mouse to stay on track!

I've gotten quite good at abstract color fields, though. I can paint the whole canvas red like nobody's business, and I swear, it means something very deep.
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durayan From: durayan Date: August 21st, 2006 10:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Tablet, definitely. Though, if pressed, I can draw reasonably well with a mouse. But moving a mouse requires using the larger muscles in your forearm, rather than the fine motor muscles of your fingers. May I recommend the Graphire tablet? You can get a simply lovely drawing tablet for around $100 bucks. If you doodle at all, you'll wonder how you ever lived without it.
akilika From: akilika Date: August 21st, 2006 10:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
The mouse mostly requires a good bit of practice . . . I used to try to make things with a mouse and MS Paint just to show that I could. (I eventually got fairly decent at it.) It'll be frustrating, but you'll get it before too long.

Also, one of those laser-mouses is better than a roller-ball mouse, 'cause it doesn't get crap stuck in it so much in my experience.

The tablet also takes getting used to, but not quite so much, 'cause it does more closely mimick the "drawing" motion. It didn't take me that long to be comfortable with it.

But I have no experience with ArtPad--just MSPaint, Microsoft PhotoPaint, Paint Shop Pro and Photoshop. So . . . uh, don't know if it's exactly applicable, I'm afraid.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 21st, 2006 11:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, yeah. I have a laser mouse at home and a roller ball at work, and man, I'd never go back.

ArtPad is just this funny little app.
andreanna From: andreanna Date: August 21st, 2006 11:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Until very recently, I drew only by mouse. The trick is patience and pratice. I was with it for over four years before I felt like buying a tablet, even then it was because it was my birthday. Things that helped me were to move more from the shoulder and elbow rather than the wrist (aids in not getting all cramped up), to zoom in when possible (i was more likely the get the line I wanted if I had more time to spend drawing it), and to make many short lines and cut away 'til I had what I wanted.

Definitely recommend an optical mouse (old ball likes to go wonky and touchpads are evil). If you're interested in purchasing a tablet, I definitely recommend a wacom (graphire or intuos). Smaller is better. You can buy 'em usually at about $100, but you can definitely get one for less online (either through discount shopping or ebay).

Artpad is a wonder :) as is MSpaint. I really would like to introduce you to oekaki (which covers several different applets) and is super fantastic. *is a complete addict* I like it better than Photoshop and OpenCanvas [/random] :D
lady_moriel From: lady_moriel Date: August 22nd, 2006 12:32 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't really draw at all, on or off the computer, although I have done some photomanipulations in the past, which did require some fine motor skills with the mouse. I guess. One thing I'd recommend, though...you want an optical mouse, obviously, like another commenter said, but you probably don't want a cordless mouse. I've got one right now, and it just...doesn't seem to work very well.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 22nd, 2006 02:28 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I have an optical mouse. Somehow or other my arcs are too short or something, and I end up with jerky lines anyway... but compared to the roller ball mouse I use for digital images at work (yes, terrifyingly, I'm responsible for much visual content!), it's brilliantly easy!
chienar From: chienar Date: August 22nd, 2006 03:21 am (UTC) (Link)
one thing with the optical mice you do need to watch for... cat hairs getting stuck by the optic...
From: cranberry_crash Date: August 22nd, 2006 12:54 am (UTC) (Link)
Here via daily_snitch, and your question just made me feel both very dumb and significantly less dumb at the same time. Tablets! Of course! I was feeling supremely uncoordinated every time I tried to use ArtPad, even knowing the limits of the touchpad on my computer. (As you can see from my icon, I'm a fan of the abstract color fields and paint splashes in ArtPad, too.)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 22nd, 2006 02:27 am (UTC) (Link)

This made the d_s? Heh, I should read my comms more!

verdenia From: verdenia Date: August 23rd, 2006 05:28 am (UTC) (Link)

As my bf's art teacher said...

...using a mouse is like drawing with a bar of soap. (a brand new one, presumably).

Just had to add that.

Good luck!
From: (Anonymous) Date: October 28th, 2006 12:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
You can also use www.Offtype.Net online drawing service:)
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