It has always been a big inspiration of mine, an awesome pastime, a hobby, and a way to relax.
Even just watching cartoons and reading comics was always something I loved to do.
As the years went on and I got older, I realized that I could not only read and watch the elements of graphic design, but I could also create them myself.
I suppose that the DC Comic and Marvel universes had something to do with it.
I always spent my Saturday mornings watching cartoons and I always loved when the superheroes kicked the bad guy’s butts.
Spiderman, Superman, The Green Lantern, and Iron Man were just some of my favorites.
However, I did not only want to see the creations of other people, I wanted to make my own for other people to see.
From paper to digital
I knew that the days of drawing on pen and paper were over.
Even using a computer and that pesky computer mouse was not really an option for me; I always hated those things.
Yet, something that does work for me, as I have recently discovered, is the graphics drawing tablet.
Yes, they do still need to be connected to my computer, but the pens which these tablets come with afford awesome control and precision for all kinds of artwork, drawing, graphic design and more.
Of course, I had to find the right graphic design and drawing tablet to use, which as it turns out, proved to be quite a monumental task.
Apparently, there are hundreds and thousands of these graphic design tablets out there, which obviously makes it hard to come to a final decision in terms of a purchase.
However, I recently discovered the Huion H420 USB Graphics Drawing Tablet, an item I have been quite happy with.
So, let me get right to it and tell you all about this graphic design tablet that has served me very well for quite some time now.F
The Huion H420 USB Graphics Drawing Tablet Board Kit has some really cool features that have come in quite handy over the last few months.
Let me tell you about the most important features which this particular graphic design tablet brings to the table.
- Only weighs 132 grams – very lightweight
- Active working area of 4 x 2.23 inches
- Great resolution of 4000 LPI
- Fairly good report rate of 200 RPS
- 2048 levels of pen pressure
- Comes with 3 express keys
- No external driver needed – quick USB plug and play connection
- Pen allows for scrolling for websites and documents
- The Pen has an easy on/off switch
- Pen comes with 4 replacement nibs
- Works with virtually all major graphics applications
- Works for left handed people
- Fairly pressure sensitive for different line thicknesses
- Pretty good RPS for quick and fluid drawing
- Fairly high resolution for precise work
- Great for left and right handed people
- Small and lightweight for easy transportation and storing
- Decently sized work surface
- Express keys make things much quicker
- Great for documents and internet thanks to pen scrolling function
- Pen has an on/off button
- Pen comes with replacement nibs
- Works with most major design applications and operating systems
- Quick plug and play use
- Battery life for the pen is mediocre at best
- Some people find the working area to be a little small
- Does not function too well on Windows 7
- Pen starts to degrade after several months of use
I really like this particular tablet for graphic design for many different reasons.
Now, when it comes to the pen, there are some really good aspects as well as a couple of bad ones too.
The pen’s scroll feature is nice.
I really hate when I need to use the mouse to scroll through documents and websites when I already have the tablet hooked up, something which the pen solves without question.
It’s weight and feel seem just right.
There is no denying that it is comfortable to use for quite a long time, not to mention that it also comes with replacement nibs.
Something that I don’t really like about the pen is that it does use batteries.
The batteries can be recharged, but of course, there comes the point where the pen always dies right in the middle of my work.
The pen also seems to slow down and start to degrade after a few months of use.
That being said, it does have quite good pressure sensitivity which makes it easy to draw concise and precise lines and other things.
There are not as many pressure levels as with some other tablets, but this one is very affordable, which is something that I always like.
A beginner friendly drawing tablet
When it comes to the tablet itself, I really like the way it feels in my hands and at any other time too.
It is fairly small and very lightweight, which makes it easy to carry around and to store in a small area.
When it comes to the function of the tablet, the resolution is quite good, the LPI is good, and it has a pretty good report rate too.
Now, just so you know, the quality, especially the report rate, is not as high as with some other graphic design tablets, but this one still gets the job done for a fraction of the cost.
Something else I like is that the Huion H420 USB Graphics Drawing Tablet works with mostly all major photo editing programs.
Also, it works for most versions of Mac and PC with ease. On a side note, this tablet does seem to have some problems working with Windows 7, but other than that it is highly compatible, which is also thanks to the quick plug-and-play aspect.
For a beginner, this definitely makes for a prime choice.