How to draw faster with your Wacom Cintiq 13HD

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Last week I bought some felt pad to stick under a table so it wouldn’t scratch the floor. I realized then that the heavy table actually slide easily on the ground. So we wouldn’t even need any wheel.

Later on, I started to sketch on my Cintiq 13 HD and kept frustrated with the adherence of the tablet to the table surface. (Rubber below the tablet)

I suddenly made the connection and stick some Ikea felt pad under my tablet. Let me share with you how you can also increase your speed in digital sketching.



felt pad ikea under wacom cintiq 13hd

The felt pad from IKEA.


It’s a simple trick that definitely  improve a lot my drawing speed and process. Feel free to try and let me know your feel in the comments !

See you !



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If the sketching methods I’ve acquired aid me in my life and in my career, I believe that they can also help you to learn, and help you with your projects. Whether Design is a job or a hobby it doesn’t matter, so long as you do what is important to you.


  • Odolyte

    Reply Reply February 9, 2016

    Hi Chou-Tac !

    I have another hack that will cost you nothing : you can turn your canvas with two fingers on your tablet and rotating them ! You can also zoom in or out with the pinch gesture like on smartphones. Of course you need to have touch enabled on your tablet (cintiq or intuos (for the recent models)).

    You don’t need to move your tablet, just turn you virtual workspace !

    • Chou-Tac

      Reply Reply February 14, 2016

      Hello Odolyte,

      Yes, nowadays we can rotate the workspace, even Photoshop ! Something that users of Intuos was waiting for super long!

      Yep, my tablet 13HD doesn’t have the touch option.
      Actually I do have it on my 22HD, but I deactivate it. I never use the Touch as it bother me. Sometime, I do some conflict with my pen so it’s pretty irritating. Hehe.

      One of my friend who is designer and in love with Cintiq also never use the Touch option for the same reasons.

      I guess it’s also because we started to draw on tablet before the Touch option exist, so it’s hard to change our habits. 🙂

      Thank you for sharing the tip Odolyte.


  • rooben

    Reply Reply January 14, 2016

    Thanks Chou.I kind of like the sliding feel between the nib and tablet.The intuos seems to be a lot harder to have proper control than i previously thought.I use a lot of the touch input to rotate,zoom features and its pretty quick.

    Also i’ve noticed that most tutorials on youtube doesn’t seem to rotate the canvas,not sure if its the best way to draw.

    • Chou-Tac

      Reply Reply January 19, 2016

      Yes the Intuos will take you about a week for your brain, eye, pen and screen to be calibrated together. It’s super awkward at start, but keep going, it’s a normal thing as everybody need to go through with such tablet.

      Maybe people on Youtube do not rotate the canvas, maybe for a demo purpose or they are just not used to it.
      If you master well the shortcuts and is able to use the rotate canvas function. then great ! 🙂 I recommend you to carry on, especially with an Intuos.


  • rooben

    Reply Reply January 13, 2016

    Hi Chou,any tips on how to draw faster using wacom intuos? thanks

    • Chou-Tac

      Reply Reply January 13, 2016

      Hello Rooben,

      For Intuos, about the rotation, you will need to rotate your canvas itself. Impossible to rotate the tablet or you are going to become crazy :P.

      I got a tip not to draw faster, but to get used to your Intuos faster.
      When I started with an Intuos, I was disturbed by the “plasticky” contact between the tablet and the nib. So it was sliding super fast. So I taped a piece of paper on it to get back to the grainy surface.

      I guess nowadays the new Intuos have a felt nib by default. Feel free to try both alternative and let me know what is best for you 🙂

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