Can tech help me make bet­ter art?

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A pen tablet hooked up to your com­puter’s USB port of­fers a much more gran­u­lar level of con­trol and pres­sure sen­si­tiv­ity

AThat would de­pend on your pre­ferred medium, and what tech you’re try­ing to use – chip­ping away at a block of mar­ble with the cor­ner of an iPad won’t get you very far. If you’re a dig­i­tal artist, it’s im­por­tant to get as much con­trol as you pos­si­bly can. A pen tablet, such as the Wa­com In­tuos Pro Medium ($499) hooked up to your com­puter’s USB port of­fers a much more gran­u­lar level of con­trol and adding pres­sure sen­si­tiv­ity. Bet­ter still, an iPad Pro ($979) with an Ap­ple Pen­cil ($145), be­cause you can draw on the screen with­out the jar­ring dis­con­nect be­tween pen and cur­sor. Bet­ter bet­ter still – Wa­com’s Cin­tiq line (the $3,699 Cin­tiq 27QHD is the best) is the busi­ness, and Mi­crosoft’s painfully priced $4,699 Sur­face Stu­dio, greatly en­hanced by the $150 Sur­face Dial pe­riph­eral, is prob­a­bly the best draw-on-screen ex­pe­ri­ence go­ing.

For more tra­di­tional me­dia, GaGu has a few sug­ges­tions. Mole­sk­ine’s Pen+ El­lipse ($339) can trans­late pen sketches into dig­i­tal ver­sions which you can work on later. If you want to go the other way, why not con­sider point­ing a pro­jec­tor at your can­vas and us­ing it as a guide? Some­thing cheap like the Sony MP-CL1A ($749), is all you need – then it’s up to you to go town with the pen­cils and oils.

Speak­ing of which, there’s been a lot of tech­no­log­i­cal in­vest­ment in paint hues. Look at Stu­art Sem­ple’s ex­tra-bold pig­ments – the re­al­lyvery-black Black 2.0, made as a snipe against the ex­clu­siv­ity of Vantablack, and PINK, which is, er, pink. But so pink.

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