About a year or so ago now I’d guess, I started getting (back) into Blender in a fairly big way.
I followed tutorials and build some fairly naff stuff, but I got better I think.
One of the things that helped immeasurably was that my Mum had a Wacom Intuos 3 that she wasn’t using a great deal and, to my eternal gratitude, passed on to me.
I’ve been very thankful for that ever since, but may not have expressed it as much as I perhaps should.
What got me thinking about this was that I’ve been practicing sculpting recently and for a change of pace, decided to try doing the base mesh by hand to as great a level of detail as I could manage, with no reference images or sculpt tools allowed.
So using only the mouse and keyboard I got this far:
Then checked out what it looked like subdivided:
And it was at that point I said “right, enough is enough, lets get those sculpt tools out”, grabbed the stylus and got cracking.
About two minutes later I had this:
So, thanks Mum! 😀
I guess I’ll never know how far I’d have progressed in my work/play/practice/learning in this field without the tablet, but I can tell you with some certainty, I would very likely have given up.