|Map Sketch made with Stylus|
I just got a Dimples Excel precision disc stylus. It is a more precise way of drawing on a tablet. Basically it works like a pen except instead of a tip there is a plastic transparent disc which gives you an idea where the line will be drawn on the tablet.
I bring it up here because I thought it would be useful for drawing maps. Currently I draw most of my maps with the mouse. I used to draw all my maps in ink and than scan them but I find I prefer the ability to erase and make changes on the fly with a digital drawing.
Unfortunately, I just did not find the precision pen to be very helpful. It is just not as precise as a mouse. Joining lines is next to impossible. I might use it for coastlines but that is about it. Maybe with some practice I will find it more useful. On the right is a quick island map sketch I did using the stylus. I used paint.net for the water fill, the town location markers and the text.
I did find the stylus to be fairly intuitive for actually drawing. I did a quick 15 minute sketch based on a photo I took in Europe on a Medieval street. It does not look like much but it is already about as good as my pencil sketches. By no means am I an artist but I like to sketch. With a little practice it will be interesting to see if my digital sketching improves.
|Sketch made with Stylus|