Not only does an Artist Glove protect your hands from getting dirty, but they also assure a long healthy hardware life for your drawing tablet and iPad!
For this reason, it’s very important to have an artist glove. This way you won’t dirty up your drawing tablet and you’ll have a much more comfortable drawing experience!
You can read more on what exactly is an artist glove and how important they are right here.
But which drawing glove should you get? There are different styles and options to choose from and different factors to have into account.
Worry not though, for I’ll show you my favorite artist gloves in this article, so keep on reading and find your next drawing glove!
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It’s no secret that I’m a fan of Huion and, in fact, I’ve recommended their gloves before! One of the reasons I particularly like this glove is its seams.
They’re very soft and minimal. This means you’ll barely feel them. Even though there’s a seam to the side, it is soft enough that it won’t bother you while drawing.
The material of the glove is also very comfortable and fits very well. Personally, I dislike wearing gloves in general because I feel they interfere with the movement of my hands, however with this glove, I almost forget I’m wearing it!
I really think it’s a very good drawing glove for the price. The only disadvantage of it is the size. It only comes in one size.
The glove is very elastic and will fit most hand sizes, however, if you tend to have smaller hands, then it will probably feel a bit big for you.
Again, personally, this does not bother me, but if it’s a problem for you I’ll have other options, so keep reading!
Dimensions: 7.87 x 3.15 inches (20 x 8 cm)
Who’s it for: This is a good option if you’re on a budget and want a very light glove that will avoid smudges on your drawing tablet.
Something I learned only recently is that… you can find colored artist gloves! I know this isn’t the most important aspect of a drawing glove, but I still think it’s a nice extra.
With the eZAKKA gloves, you can not only have one colored glove, you can actually get a pack of 4 gloves, each in a different color.
This way you can match your drawing glove with your outfit… or just wear the color you like the best today!
But onto more practical aspects of this glove: it is made with touch screens in mind.
Now, if you draw with a screened drawing tablet or on an iPad, then you know the struggles of moving things around just because the screen detected your hand and decided to take action.
You can change some settings on your tablet for it to not identify every single touch as an action, however, it still happens sometimes.
With this glove, you don’t have to worry! The eZAKKA drawing glove will reduce attrition between your hand and the screen.
So, if you’re looking for a drawing glove for your screened tablet or your iPad, this pack is the way to go.
Dimensions: 8 x 3 inches (20.5 x 7.7 cm)
Who’s it for: this is the perfect drawing glove for artists that use screened drawing tablets. No smudges and no accidental movements or strokes while drawing!
Although I personally never tried these gloves, there’s a very good reason to add them to the list: different sizes.
That’s right, most drawing gloves will come in only one size. This isn’t particularly problematic, since they’ll fit most hand sizes.
However, if you’re like me and have smaller hands, you’ll notice that most gloves will not fit them perfectly. There’s always too much glove for too little hand.
For me it’s always the tips of the fingers, they’ll never fit and be very loose at the end. This doesn’t bother me too much, but I understand if you do prefer to have something that will fit perfectly or at least almost perfectly.
So XENCELABS gives you 3 options: you got the small (7.75 x 2.95 inches), medium (8 x 3.38 inches), and large size (8.77 x 3.7 inches)
Simply check your hand size and decide which one would fit the best.
Material wise it’s very similar to most drawing gloves and they can be used in both the right and left hand.
The great thing about drawing gloves is that you don’t have to worry if they’ll fit if you’re left-handed because they can be used in both hands, no problem!
These drawing gloves will also reduce the attrition between your hand and the screen, so they’re good in both non-screen drawing tablets, and touch drawing tablets/iPad.
Dimensions: Small – 7.75 x 2.95 inches (19.7 x 7.5 cm)
Medium – 8 x 3.38 inches (20.5 x 8.6 cm)
Large – 8.77 x 3.7 inches (22.3 x 9.4 cm)
Who’s it for: If you have some trouble with the gloves sizes and want a specific size, this glove is a good option. 3 sizes to choose from, so the glove fits comfortably!
Another colorful pack. The SENHAI gloves come in a 3 or 5 pack, each glove in a different color. Having into account the price, it’s definitely worth buying the bigger pack.
For just one more dollar, you get 5 artist gloves that will last you for quite some time.
Did you lose or overused a glove? No problem, there are still 4 more gloves to go through!
Again, the fabric is very similar to all the other drawing gloves and there’s only one size.
Unfortunately, these work better if you own a non-screen tablet since they won’t prevent much attrition between your hand and the touch screens.
However, for the price, quality, and quantity I think it’s a great option if you’re on a budget and just need something to let your hand slide comfortably throughout the tablet, without smudging it!
Price: 9.99$ for the 5-pack and 8.99$ for the 3-pack
Dimensions: 7.8 x 3.1 inches (20 x 8 cm)
Who’s it for: Artists that are on a budget and are looking for a comfortable artist glove to use with their non-screen tablet.
The Wacom drawing glove is very similar to the others I mentioned here in terms of price and quality. However, there are two details that make it different and why I think it’s worth adding to this list!
First, according to their product description, this glove is made out of 90% recycled material.
It always feels good to find eco-friendly products, so I think this is a pro. Not only that, it will still feel as good and comfortable as any other drawing glove. So, double the points!
The other thing is that the Wacom drawing glove has its tips cut off.
Now, this might sound weird at first, since these gloves usually cover both the pinky and ring finger completely.
But I do think this can be a really good option for people who can’t find a glove that will fit them perfectly.
With the tips cut off, it won’t be too tight nor will it feel loose at the tips.
Another advantage of this is if you’re drawing on a screened tablet or an iPad, with this glove, you can still use any touch commands and the glove won’t interfere.
Some touches require at least 3 fingers and when the tip of your ring finger is covered, chances are the screen won’t recognize your touch. This way, it will!
The Wacom drawing glove is also made with touch screens in mind.
So even though you can perform any touch command with this glove, everything else that is covered won’t interfere with the screen and perform any accidental action.
All in all, I think it’s a very smart and interesting design and worth the try!
Dimensions: 7.6 x 3.3 inches (19.4 x 8.3 cm)
Who’s it for: Artists that can’t find a glove that will fit their hands comfortably or that don’t like having their fingers completely covered. It’s also a good option if you use screened tablets to draw and want to perform touch commands comfortably.
Why Should You Use An Artist Glove / Smudge Guard
But I’m going to lightly cover it here as well.
Artist drawing gloves are a very useful tool and something any artist should get into the habit of using it. Even traditional artists!
I admit I tend to be a bit forgetful at times, but I really do think it’s very advantageous. Our skin produces oils constantly and those oils will get on your drawing tablet as you’re working.
At first, you won’t feel any difference. But with time, you might start feeling that your pen won’t slide as smoothly as it did before.
If you look attentively, you’ll also start noticing smudge marks on the tablet itself.
In short, you’re lowering your tablet’s life expectancy by not guarding your hand.
Of course, it takes some time to notice any difference, but better safe than sorry, when it’s so easy to avoid!
This is especially true with screened tablets, where you’ll see and feel those smudges much quicker.
If you’re using a drawing tablet with a screen or an iPad, it’s very common to perform touch commands by accident just by letting your hand rest on the screen.
However as we’ve seen in this post, many drawing gloves nowadays prevent this from happening!
Lastly, if you tend to draw traditionally, you know that you can very easily smudge the paper with your hand. You’ll get both the paper all dirty, and your hand as well.
So sometimes, it can be useful to use a drawing glove to help reduce some of that smudging, and hopefully, fewer accidents will happen!
Alright now that you have your artist glove ordered, let’s start making some drawing tablet exercises, which you can read about right here!
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Patricia Caldeira is the main writer here at Don Corgi. She's an art teacher with over 20.000 happy students across many platforms and courses!
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