Niamh would like to start drawing on a tablet instead of paper, and would like to be an animator. Where could she start? I draw a lot and I am using up a lot of paper. I would like to start drawing on something more virtual as I make a lot of mistakes. I also want to start drawing on some kind of tablet, as when I am older I would like to be an animator. Should I buy a drawing/graphics tablet or a normal tablet but use it for drawing only? Niamh (aged 12) Drawing on a graphics tablet and drawing on a tablet screen, are both very different from drawing on paper, so it’s a good idea to try before you buy. It seems to me – and I admit I’m rubbish at drawing – that it requires a lot of effort and many hours of practice to produce reasonable results. The digital products that come closest to matching the experience of drawing on paper tend to be somewhat expensive. Getting hands-on experience could be difficult. If you’re lucky, your school may have some products you can try. Could you engineer a visit to a local art college? Do any family friends have graphics tablets? Could you try some in shops? Lots of people own digital graphics products even if they have no interest in digital...