How a drawing tablet differs from a graphic tablet

graphic tablet

The main difference between a tablet PC and a graphic tablet is apparent in the fact that Tablet PCs have screens you can draw on. While graphic tablets do not and further require a computer to run with but there are a few fine details that you should know. This article will discuss these differences.


Example of a drawing tablet

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Example of a graphic tablet

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What it means for you as an artist

Normally artists start out practicing in traditional art. The next logical step there is a graphic tablet that allows you to work faster and save your work or fix your work in a way that wasn't possible before the digital age. Nowadays the last step for the modern artist is a monitor tablet or a tablet PC. If you're a beginner it would be easier for you to start drawing on a tablet PC however these are slightly pricier than their graphic tablet counterparts. It would be easier because there is a certain disconnect between your ability to draw on the graphic tablet and having to look at a monitor instead. For me, it took 2 months to get used to it but I know there are others who still struggled with it even after months and eventually upgraded to a monitor tablet instead. This is not to say that drawing with a graphic tablet is hard. It isn't. It just takes practice and getting used to.

Graphic tablet benefits:

  • Express keys ( mechanical keys you can attack functions to like erase or fill)
  • Cheap Price
  • Great Life Span
  • One of my friends is still using a bamboo and she's doing great work with it.
  • No Parallax
  • They are built to last unlike their screen counterparts
  • You never block your vision with your hand

Tablet PC benefits:

  • See where you draw
  • Easier to draw
  • Portable, sketch as you go


Generally, tablet PCs are not made for drawing but nowadays we see more and more tablet manufacturers also trying to capture the essence of a graphic tablet. As always we want to emphasize that it's not the tools that make the artist. It's the artist that makes the tools show their potential.

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