Manufacturer: Smudge Guard LLC
Date Reviewed: 12-11-11
Retail Price: $16.99
There’s nothing worse than having wet hands while trying to draw on a tablet. (Okay, I suppose there are worse things, but this is a family friendly website.) When your hand sticks against the surface of your tablet, it can impact your overall line quality.
Not a good thing.
Fortunately, there is a solution: the SmudgeGuard2 (SG2)
The SG2 is a two-fingered glove made with 84% Nylon and 16% Spandex that covers both the ring finger and pinky finger. The SG2’s material is porous, allowing your hand to “breathe” while working. The SG2 fits both left and right-handed artists and comes in XL, L, M, S, and XS sizes. (I purchased the large version.) It’s also easy to wash; just use cold water with soap, rinse and air dry. (A one fingered SmudgeGuard, which covers only the pinky, is also available.)
In my usage for the past two months, the SG2 does exactly what its says it will do. Wearing the SG2 is comfortable, particularly when working on my tablet for hours on end. The material build is flexible and durable, showing no signs of visible wear. Best of all, my drawing hand no longer sticks to the surface of the tablet. As a result, my lines are more precise and smooth. I don’t have a Cintiq, but I’d imagine the results would be just as good for users of that product. The SG2 also works well with pencil / paper, preventing undue smudges that would otherwise occur.
To summarize: if you spend a considerable amount of time drawing with a tablet or Cintiq and you’re frustrated with your hand’s friction against its surface, you owe it to yourself to buy the SmudgeGuard2.
The SmudgeGuard2 earns a solid 5 out of 5 Bob Weiners.