About drawing tablets.
Tablets like the Wacom have been around for years, and though they can be expensive they are really the best way to go for computer generated art. If you are comfortable with drawing, it is worth your time and money to use a tablet.
I have been using a regular pro Wacom tablet for a few years now. I used to swear by a 1 to 1 ratio between the tablet and the monitor. The idea was that this provided the greatest control over the cursor, which is important when creating high end works. The latest Intuos pro tablets, however, are pretty great at any size.
I opt for the smallest tablet for portability when out of the office. These fit nicely into my laptop bag and allow me to work just about anywhere. In the office I have a larger version of the same, and moving from one to the other is pretty seamless. Using the smaller size tablet took some getting used to, but nowadays I barely notice. The technology has really improved over the last few years. I highly recommend the pro versions, as the control and sensitivity are important, but even the less expensive tablets offer so much more for artists then you can get with a mouse.
Lately I have been using a Cintiq 22 HD, which is the medium sized monitor/tablet. The immediacy and results are impressive, especially for larger paintings and detailed illustrations. I am sold and would recommend the Cintiq tablets to any artist. Wacom’s latest tablet, the 13 inch Cintiq companion looks amazing, and has me ready to give up my Ipad.
So if you don’t have a tablet of some sort, I would say find one right away. If you can afford the higher end models, you pretty much get the bang for your buck with Wacom, especially with the Cintiq. Pressure sensitivity is important, and the pro versions deliver.