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Should You Get A Graphics Tablet For Sculpting?


Yanal Sosak writes:

For many, this might seem like a hard yes. To my surprise though, in the last year that i have commenced my channel on sculpting, i got this question countless times. Do i need a tablet? Are you using a tablet? Can i sculpt with a mouse? and so on..

I understood that what might be logical to an individual, might be the complete opposite to another. To rectify this issue, i decided to make a video demonstrating the differences between using a graphics tablet and a mouse with some examples, allowing one to make their own conclusion. Enjoy the video :)


  1. Your right, I love my wacom and have it for more than 10 years now, and the logitec Mouse is great too, i've compared with a Microsoft and it take less than 3 seconds to feel the difference !

  2. A mouse ?! Before viewing this video I had completely forgotten they existed !
    Seriously, I broke mine almost ten years ago. I decided I would try to do everything with my Wacom Bamboo. Still haven't bought a mouse since then !

    • I feel ya'.

      I think, on very rare occasion, I use a mouse in 3D sculpting, if I need to make long, broad, even freehand lines.

      For sculpting, I find that particular task easier to do with mouse than my stylus, because my hand's in a rest position and I simply slide my whole arm side to side.

      And I still do polygonal modeling with a mouse, only because I don't have a Cintiq yet, and hand-on-keyboard-and-mouse is just easier for my 3D modeling (rather than 3D sculpting).

      Other than that, yeah, I feel like it should be fairly obvious that any 3D sculptor worth their salt is using a graphics tablet.

      By now, the better question novices should be asking is, "Do you know any place where I can get a cheap tablet?"

      Yep. Wacom has a low-priced Intuos (formerly Bamboo) line, and Monoprice has some cheap tablets that are literally as low as $30 USD.

  3. I feel like, nowadays, as popularized as Blender and affordable 3D sculpting programs have become, these repeating questions just shouldn't exist anymore. Even among novices.

    Get a tablet, folks. ASAP. The best you can afford. Even a low-end Wacom or a Monoprice tablet is better than nothing at all. Same answer everyone in 3D art will tell ya', folks.

    If you can get by with sculpting using a mouse, kudos to you. But practically nobody who impresses people with their 3D sculpting skills, are using a mouse.

    You'll be very hard-pressed to find mice useful in 3D sculpting. Sculpting essentially requires a stylus, for best (most natural) results.

  4. Wacom for quality XP-Pen for budget. I've had Wacom tablets for years, and I recently bought a XP-Pen Digital Tablet Deco Pro , and other than a few missing features, pan and scroll mostly, it works fine with Zbrush , Blender and sketchup . Highly recommend to anyone looking to learn and be more productive in graphic arts or 3d modeling .

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