If you purchased a drawing tablet, you might want to consider buying a tablet glove as well.
Especially if you are working on a bigger tablet or an expensive one, using an artist glove is crucial for keeping the active area clean and prevent any scratches.
A tablet glove is similar to a regular glove but with three fingers cut off. A regular drawing glove only covers the ring and pinky finger. This allows your remaining three fingers that hold the pen to be free.
Why You Need a Tablet Glove
There are many reasons to buy and use an artist glove.
For example, they can prevent any smudging if you are working with traditional media such as colored pencils or charcoal.
When you are using a drawing tablet you of course won’t have that problem. But there are still plenty of reasons to use a drawing glove for digital art.
Let’s take a look at them one by one.
Just like regular paper, your hand and the surface of the tablet will constantly be in touch. Because you will be constantly moving your hand this can lead to a lot of friction.
If you bought a drawing table with a big active area, you want to be able to use it fully by making wide strokes from one corner to the next.
Especially after working with the tablet for a long period of time your hand might get sweaty and stick to the surface of the tablet. You will probably be lead to many mistakes and you will end up pressing the undo button quite often.
A tablet glove can prevent all of this by minimizing the friction between your hand and the tablet surface, such that you will be able to make those nice smooth lines without any problems.
Keeping Your Tablet Clean
Our skin naturally excretes small amounts of oil and sweat over time. If you are working with your tablet a lot, this will eventually build up on the tablet screen. Since it can be a pretty slow process, you might not be able to see it initially though.
However, this buildup might affect your tablet’s performance in the long run. Smudges and stains on the tablet screen will make it more difficult to work. In particular, direct tablets were you can draw directly on the screen are sensitive.
A drawing glove will absorb most of the excrement and protect the underlying surface. You will be able to naturally rest your hand on the drawing surface without having to worry about making it dirty.
A tablet glove shouldn’t be a nuisance. It should be flexible, lightweight and most of all comfortable. It should allow you to smoothly glide over the surface with next to no friction, without leaving any marks behind. Additionally, a washable glove is definitely a pro as it will make it more durable.
Keep in mind that some drawing gloves only come in a free size. Meaning that artist with exceptionally big hands might find them uncomfortable. In that case look for a brand that sells gloves in different sizes.
Moreover, some tablet gloves can be used on either hand, while others are just for right or left-handed users.
Some of the famous brands that sell drawing tablets also sell artist gloves for drawing tablets. Examples are Huion and Ugee.
If you bought a Wacom Cintiq or a Wacom Intuos you might be looking for a Cintiq glove or a Wacom glove. However, although there are many Wacom tablet accessories available, they don’t have any tablet gloves. So you will have to buy one from a different brand instead.
In general, we would recommend the Huion Artist Glove. Unlike some other drawing gloves, this one is specially designed to be used on graphics tablets. The black fabric is soft and comfortable to wear and is anti-fouling as well. Additionally, the Huion Artist glove can be used on both hands.
The Huion Artist Glove it free size though. Perfect for any artist with average hands. If you have rather small or big hands you might find them to be a little uncomfortable.