O-o using tablet itself to draw isn't hard... u just need to stop staring at whr u are drawing, but instead at the screen... i'm not so sure abt other tablet, but the one i'm using right now is perfect for speedpainting and stuff, which i couldn't do traditionally. i'm only gd at mech pencil + kneedable eraser +blender for traditional drawing ._.
Just using a mouse and touch pad right now myself. I'm looking at pads right now hoping to get the same control I have with a pen. Heres my first attempt using a mouse and touch pad with a photo shop program.