The best bits of tech you need to take your paint­ings and il­lus­tra­tions to the next level

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If you’re new to dig­i­tal art, you’ll need a graph­ics tablet. There are a num­ber of op­tions, but the most af­ford­able are pen tablets. You plug these into a com­puter and draw on them with a sty­lus, which func­tions ef­fec­tively like a mouse. Wa­com is still the big player in this cat­e­gory and its en­try-level of­fer­ing is the Intuos Draw. This com­pact pack­ages comes with draw­ing soft­ware, plus ac­cess to on­line tu­to­ri­als, mak­ing it ideal for novices. wa­com.com


The iPad Pro 12.9-inch is the best tablet for dig­i­tal art that money can buy. It of­fers im­pres­sive pro­cess­ing power and an bril­liant dis­play. Pair it with the Pro­cre­ate app for pro­fes­sional-stan­dard art. While the mam­moth screen size pro­vides plenty of space for you to ex­press your­self, un­less you have bi­ceps like Arnie, you’ll need a ta­ble to rest it on be­fore you start sketch­ing. ap­ple.com


While the Ap­ple Pen­cil only works with the iPad Pro, this bit of kit trans­forms a great tablet into a se­ri­ously im­pres­sive dig­i­tal draw­ing tool. It also means you can fea­si­bly cre­ate fin­ished art­work on the iPad with­out hav­ing to rope in a desk­top ma­chine for the fi­nal stages. Pres­sure- and tilt-sen­si­tiv­ity, low la­tency and out­stand­ing palm re­jec­tion cre­ate a nat­u­ral draw­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. ap­ple.com


For a tra­di­tional draw­ing ex­pe­ri­ence that’s just a tiny bit more ad­vanced, try this smart notebook from Moleskine. It’s like a reg­u­lar notebook, but spe­cial page mark­ings and a com­pan­ion app en­able you to take your sketches into Adobe’s Cre­ative Cloud. Cap­ture a draw­ing from within the app and it will op­ti­mise and con­vert it into an SVG (scal­able vec­tor graphic), ready for it to be opened in Il­lus­tra­tor or Pho­to­shop. moleskine.com


The Dotspen is an elec­tric pen for cre­at­ing a stip­pled ef­fect in pen sketches, sav­ing tons of time (and your wrist). A lit­tle chunkier than your av­er­age pen, it charges via USB and works with gel ink car­tridges. There are two speed set­tings for bet­ter con­trol: slower for out­lines, or faster for filling in large ar­eas. cuttlelola.com


The re­Mark­able prom­ises the most pa­per-like draw­ing ex­pe­ri­ence of any tablet. Its E-Ink dis­play is matte and tex­tured, so it feels like pa­per and is gen­tle on the eyes. Un­like a reg­u­lar tablet, you can’t browse the in­ter­net or check your email… which could be just the thing to help you switch off from the out­side world. Its as­so­ci­ated Marker pen re­quires no bat­tery, but still has pres­sure sen­si­tiv­ity and tilt sens­ing. re­mark­able.com

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