Pixel Artists, Mouse or Drawing Pad? (Or Other?)

  • I guess I've always been really curious about what others use when they draw pixel art.

    For me personally, it depends on the size of the thing I'm drawing. But I find myself using the mouse to pixel things out usually.

  • I prefer using a mouse for the precise control and it may just be me, but I always thought pixel art was intended for use with a mouse instead of a graphics tablet, due to it's root in retro/old school console games. The glory days of the NES, Genesis, SNES, etc

  • Drawing tablet for me. I dont mind using the mouse for quick edits but if I have to do anything more than a 5 minute touch-up, I'd much rather use the wacom.

  • I'd say 99.9 percent of all my professional pixel art years over the last 10 years was done completely via mouse. For high res game and illustration stuff I use Tablet monitor and n o mouse, but for really classic low res, low color pixel art, using a tablet just feels completely out of place for me.

  • I've done my pixel art with a mouse for years. I would say it's quite high resolution as well,

    Pixel art

    More pixel art

    I need to get myself a better tablet, but even then I feel like I might prefer to do most of the job by mouse.

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  • VValt Wow, for a mouse user that's pretty impressive. Usually at that scale people switch to a pad.

  • TabloidA - For me, mouse is my best friend for pixelarts. But, I'm not using mouse, I'm using my laptop touchpad to draw.

  • I've used both, but a tablet definitely feels more natural and is a more dexterous approach.

  • Wacom tablet all the way for me. I can't begin to draw anything with a mouse. I literally do like four pixels and go "arrgh screw this where's my tablet"

  • I prefer some wacom tablet, it is more agile to design. different of mouse

  • I don't own a tablet, so I'm limited to using the mouse. It's takes a little while to produce anything half decent, but I've kind of gotten used to it at this point (no idea what a tablet would be like, though I imagine it's quite a bit faster).

  • I work 10 + hours a day on my XP-Pen Artist22E graphics tablet amazon.com/dp/B01M9EURM1 . I've been using graphics tablets for over 8 years. I absolutely need one because i paint/draw for a living and these days people need things done fast soo digital is the way to go.

    I've been using XP-Pen tablets for all this time. I wouldnt recommend ANY other brand but wacom for graphics tablets. They are the best. I currently use a Medium size XP-Pen Artist22E .

    For just scribbling notes and doing minor photo touch ups I would recommend either a Small XP-Pen Star05 ( which cost about 70$ Canadian) more or less.

  • I work 10 + hours a day on my XP-Pen Artist22E graphics tablet amazon.com/dp/B01M9EURM1 . I've been using graphics tablets for over 8 years. I absolutely need one because i paint/draw for a living and these days people need things done fast soo digital is the way to go.

    I've been using XP-Pen tablets for all this time. I wouldnt recommend ANY other brand but wacom for graphics tablets. They are the best. I currently use a Medium size XP-Pen Artist22E .

    For just scribbling notes and doing minor photo touch ups I would recommend either a Small XP-Pen Star05 ( which cost about 70$ Canadian) more or less.

    Hi jieshi

    can I ask what spec computer you are using with XP-Pen Artist22E.

    What is the lag like,

    and what software you are using?

  • Mouse + Aseprite

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