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My favorite tools to create digital art!

When I first started out on my painting adventure, I had no idea what I was doing in terms of art supplies and so on… I thought that it would be better if I had a list of the art instruments that had been chosen for me. So now we arrive at this part! This section is intended to assist you in locating your preferred drawing tools.

  • You’ll save hours and a lot of stress browsing through the internet to figure out which tool is best for you.
  • You’ll save hundreds of dollars by not purchasing unused or mismatched tools.
  • You’ll know the appropriate art instruments to use at each step.

I’ll choose only the products/software that I had a good experience with or found helpful, so no fluff here!

TABLETS FOR BEGINNERS

New to digital art? These basic drawing tablets will help you with creating your artwork.

Pen Tablets

This pen tablet type has the most affordable price and is suitable for beginners to intermediate level users. Despite the lower price, you still need to connect these tablets to the computer to draw. So you need to pay more for a proper computer or laptop if you don’t own one yet.

Wacom Intuos

Beginners-Friendly
This type is ideal for use as a beginner’s tool since it is less expensive and has a high enough pen pressure sensitivity of 4,096. (I used to use an earlier model with approximately 1,000-2,000 sensitivity and can say that 4,096 is more than enough.) By the way, the tablet’s size is a little small, therefore it might not be suitable for sketching on a large screen display. In any case, it may be plugged in and used to draw with a smartphone.

Price: $104

Wacom Intuos Pro

LUNAR*’s Choice

I used to use this type, although with an older model, for around 5-6 years and it worked perfectly for me. (As an aside, I’m now using a Wacom Cintiq 16.) This model features 8,192 pen pressure levels, which is twice the sensitivity of the standard Intuos model and allows you to draw a considerably smoother line. I’m a big admirer of Wacom since their pen pressure is very clever! To be honest, I had tried other tablet brands and was dissatisfied. The drawing surface on the Intuos Pro is significantly bigger than on the standard Intuos. If you’ve just begun learning digital art and are looking for a moderate product that will serve you well in the long run, this is it!

Price: $350

Pen Display Tablets

This type is similar to the normal pen tablets that you need to plug into the computer, but the difference is that it has a screen on itself and you can directly draw on the pad. The pro is that you are able to draw on a large screen, but it’s quite pricey.

Wacom One

Beginners-Friendly
This model is a display tablet for starters. And, yes, it is Android-compatible. This means you can connect the Wacom One with your Android device! Even though the display screen is small (13.3 inches), it’s better than painting on your phone’s 5.5-inch screen. To be honest, I don’t have the opportunity to get into the details of using this model. However, according on my art experiences, its specifications with 2048 pressure sensitivity and features are enough for any beginner who has just begun their art adventure and does not need to spend a huge sum of money.

Price: $549

Wacom Cintiq

LUNAR*’s Choice
Because of the greater price, the Wacom Cintiq is best suited for intermediate and advanced users. It features a pressure sensitivity of 8192, which gives you extra enjoyment when sketching. The Wacom Cintiq comes in two sizes: the 15.6-inch Wacom Cintiq 16 and the 21.5-inch Wacom Cintiq 22. The device I’m now using is a Cintiq 16, and it performs wonderfully.

Price: Cintiq16: $888 / Cintiq22: $1,424

Touch Screen Tablets

Drawing on touchscreen tablets is becoming increasingly popular, thanks to the availability of several drawing programs. The tablets are also incredibly mobile, allowing you to carry them with you and draw from anywhere.

iPad Pro + Apple Pencil

The iPad + Apple Pencil is the ideal combo of drawing tools for touch screen tablets. I used to try drawing on the iPad Pro with the Apple Pencil and was amazed at how smooth the line is and how there is no parallax between the pen tip and the screen. Very amazing! Furthermore, you will receive the Apple M1 processor, which is Apple’s most recent powerful chip, inside your iPad! The benefit of utilizing an iPad is that you don’t have to buy another PC or laptop to start sketching on the screen.

Price:
12.9-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi 128GB: $1,099
Apple Pencil (2nd generation): $129

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MY FAVORITE SOFTWARE

Would love to know the list of my top software that helps me make digital art? I shared them with you here!

Drawing Software

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Clip Studio Paint

Beginners-Friendly
LUNAR*’s Choice

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Price: $104

Photoshop

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Price: $350

PureRef

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Price: $350

SketchUp

LUNAR*’s Choice

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Price: $350

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