In South Africa, tablets can be pricey, but luck struck me back in 2015 when I was able to buy my Wacom Intuos 5 Pro Touch and Pen Tablet at a fairly reasonable price. I’ve been using it ever since for most of my work.
I’m Lourens Swanepoel and I’m an illustrator. I work full-time at MDOT, a design agency based in Somerset-West, Cape Town. All my illustration work in the studio is done with the same drawing tablet. On the side, I create my own drawings too. Check out my Instagram or view my portfolio.
Unlike the models prior to the one I own, this model has touch gestures and also the ability to operate wirelessly. So convenient. It also comes in three sizes and, like most artists, I went with the popular medium-sized model.
The tablet allows me to draw directly onto my computer, giving me instant digital drawings. I no longer have to scan in my artworks, which on the upside saves plenty of time; but on the downside, leaves me with no original and traditional artworks. They can be printed, of course. That won’t bother most artists, as drawing tablets were invented to improve productivity in creative studios to quickly create concept artwork, ideas and storyboards. It also saves paper. But, there’s a catch – you still need to be able to draw. It’s not a wand, even though it sometimes feels like it.