My tablet came TWO DAYS earlier than expected!! WOO!!! I was so excited that I didn't even eat breakfast, I just went straight to doodling. ^_^
I sketched for about six (probably more) hours today. I'm already accustomed to watching the screen instead of my hand while I draw which is, supposedly, the hardest part to get used to. The tablet is right in my peripheral vision though so it doesn't feel like that big of a change. And, when I was first learning to draw, I used to do "blind" drawings where I couldn't look at my paper at all, I could only look at the subject. All those years of training finally payed off. :D
There are some things that feel awkward like simply not being able to smudge a line with my finger. The eraser is clunky, especially after being accustomed to years of a kneaded eraser! The effects options are very much overwhelming but I'm hoping that after enough practice, I get to know only half a dozen or so and work solely with those.
Colors are going to be a hang up for me. I didn't know my colors all that well in traditional media and it looks like I'm going to need to know my colors a whole lot better on the tablet. Lots of blending one color with another, patches of color side by side to create a varied hue (definitely a weak point for me!). The painting technique itself is also very different. I'm used to working in a relatively detailed style from the beginning. On the tablet, I'm supposed to lay in masses of color and then refine them from there. Very different. I'm already trying to figure out a way around it so I can paint the way I'm used to. :P
Overall though, I am totally addicted. I love that I can rest my hand on the tablet WITHOUT worrying about getting skin oils on the paper! And it is pretty nice to make mistake after mistake and still be able to erase it with no damage to the surface.
These are some of my sketches from the first day. I really want to stay up all night and draw until I can't see straight. :)