How to Draw With a Computer Pen

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Digital artists use computer software to create works of art that often rival art done by hand. Drawing with a computer mouse can be challenging, so many artists take advantage of digital pens that allow them to draw with the same techniques they use to draw by hand. With a digital pen and pad, artists can sketch images the same way they would with a regular pen or pencil, allowing them to feel more comfortable with the drawing process and to create the same quality images on computer as they do when sketching with pencil and sketch pad.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer pen
  • Plug your USB connection for your digital pen pad into your computer. This is not necessary if you have a wireless digital pen.

  • Install the software that came with your computer pen. This software includes a driver necessary to allow your computer pen to work on your computer.

  • Place your digital art pad on a flat surface. The pad acts as a piece of paper. Position the pad so you can hold your pen over it the same way you would hold a pen over a sheet of paper. Ensure you're in a comfortable position for drawing.

  • Place your computer pen on your pad. Be sure you're keeping it within the marked boundary. The boundary on your pad is designated by a line that goes around the edge of your drawing surface. The area inside the boundary represents your computer screen, so if you want to start drawing in the upper left corner of a document displayed on your computer screen, place the tip of your computer pen in the upper left corner of the drawing pad.

  • Use varying pressure to change the darkness and width of the lines you draw. Computer pens are touch sensitive and respond to pressure to facilitate a more realistic drawing environment. You can use light or heavy pressure to shade and give texture to your drawings.

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