Continuing on, let's view some of the exercises Wacom advises in order to get accustomed to using the Intuos3. And yes, that drawing above is by yours truly.
The Practice Grid
This will probably seem a little odd, but it does make sense. Open up Photoshop (or a similar graphics editor), and create a grid. Then, draw circles with the Wacom pen at the intersecting grid lines. Then make an "X" over the circles. Finally, draw a circle around the "X"'s. Your grid should look like the following:
Wacom initially would like you to make equal spacings of about an inch, but I recommend if this is too difficult, don't do it just yet. Create a grid with equal 2" spacings, and then try. Once you become better at this, then decrease your spacing.
Mastering this little exercise will escalate your ability to draw more precisely what you want and will increase the performance of the pen itself.
Well, I have to add my own exercises which I think will help you use the Wacom Intuos3 (or any of their tablets really). The above Wacom exercise deals with precision and accuracy. The following exercises also deal with the same qualities, but in the following illustrations, I wanted to improve "long-distance" accuracy. In the first DigitalDingus exercise, let's make 3 rectangular solid boxes--two on the same level and one in between them but lower positioned. Then, let's connect them via touching the corners of Object A to Object B to Object C. Let's look at the following illustration:
DD Exercise #1: Long Distance
What this simple exercise does, is force you to make more straight lines from one object to the next, over longer distances. This exercise should be done after you're comfortable and can perform the Wacom exercise a few times without too much difficulty. In order to make this exercise more challenging, space the objects further apart in order to force you to draw longer lines over longer distances. As an interesting note to the above illustration, I bet you could figure out whether I'm left-handed or right-handed. This exercise helps you coordinate both strokes, going from left to right, and right to left.
The next page we'll be dealing with some other exercises...