About a month ago, my boyfriend bought me this fabulous wacom BAMBOO pen tablet. He thought it would help with my doodles, and maybe save the time in the 3 step process of sketching on paper, scanning, then digitizing.
I have to admit, I mostly used the pen tablet this month to digitally sign the PDF contracts of my freelance jobs (though that use alone has made this an invaluable little gadget!)
Recently, I fired up my Adobe Illustrator program and gave the pen a whirl. I used to have an older, much cheaper version of the pen tablet, and it was pretty much useless. Drawing with this is a much more pleasant experience, though I haven't quite mastered it yet.
There are a lot of ways you can customize the sensitivity, smoothness, shape and size of the brushes you're working with in Illustrator, and I'm sure it's only a matter of time before I find the perfect settings that work for me. Who knows if I'll ever trade in sketching with a pencil for a fully digitized work flow, but it's definitely fun to make these little digi-doodles for no particular reason.