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January 15, 2013


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Wacom tablet nib help!

SigmaEleven Jan 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I really need an alternative instead of using these spare nibs!
I'm currently using Wacom Bamboo Manga. I don't know what is it
called in the states and europe but I need help! @-@
I'm already using my second nib already due to its corrosively
rough surface. Any ideas?

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habla-babla Jan 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Ive heard you can also use the plastic wire stuff used it weed whackers/edge trimmers. I cant remember what thickness, but you should be able to sand the edges to be round with a nail file or sand paper.
Vineris Jan 15, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Given that you also have wrist problems from drawing, I'm going to make a crazy guess here and say that you press down too hard with your hand. If that is the case, learning how to draw lightly will help with both your wrist problem and your nib problem. If you need help with this, use a traditional paintbrush to practice with. You can't mash a paintbrush around like a pen or pencil, the hairs are delicate and will bend.

I would be very careful with using things like toothpicks and grass trimmer cable to replace your nibs. Tablets can be easy to scratch, and once you have scratches in them you are stuck with the bumpy surface. This is another reason to learn to draw lightly.
SigmaEleven Jan 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
The wrist problems aren't caused by drawing. :D
I just had a nasty fall from a bicycle from 2 months ago.
I'm even surprised you even took time looking at my journal.
If you're worried about how I draw, I really don't use too
much force on my tablet, they create overly bold lines,
especially when always utilizing pressure-sensitive brushes.

Thanks for the tip! Feedback will always be appreciated!
Vineris Jan 16, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Ha ha, well I guessed wrong that time! :) I guess you will have to find another solution. But I would still be careful about using nonstandard nib replacements. My old tablet is very scratched up and it's annoying to use now. I am very paranoid with my new tablet.
SigmaEleven Jan 16, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Maybe you're just pressing too hard? I don't know.
rbl3d Jan 15, 2013  Professional General Artist
Ive replace it with evergreen hobby sticks on my grphire 2. It have been working that way since 2004.
puppy-dangerous Jan 15, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hm, maybe you need something soft to cover your tablet? I know you can get tablet protector things for some models.

I know some of them are really, really bad. I know people who have to replace them every couple months. Mine only need replacing maybe twice a year if I use it a ton. But I've got an ancient graphire.
SigmaEleven Jan 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
The reason behind why I won't use a soft cover is this:
-I had two tablets before; they are slippery as hell; I can't draw properly.
-I love drawing on paper.
-the paper and the nib won't work. It creates terrible screeching sounds and
my sweaty hands only makes the paper wet.

And so I decided to use rough surface wacom offered me. It's just like the
roughness of the paper. I decided I would buy a 1.65mm grass trimmer for
the alternative as suggested by the previous comments. Thanks for replying
to my post anyways! Feedback will always be appreciated!
MidNightMagnificent Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I heard you can actually use toothpicks to replace the nibs. Ah, here's a good tutorial right on this site for making your own nibs!


Have fun!
SigmaEleven Jan 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Ah yes! Thanks for the tip my good friend!
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