Are you an artist looking for some new gadgets? Do you want an innovative toy to give you a new burst of inspiration, let you use a digital toolset on the move – or just want a new toy to play with? For, while most artists know that more tools do not necessarily lead to better work, there’s definitely a good reason to look more widely than ever for digital tools. Take a look at some of our best selections.
Wacom Cintiq 13HD
Like all Wacom products, the Cintiq 13HD looks like an iPad without its own apps or true portability (it has to be plugged into a computer to use) it might seem like a hard sell. But try it for a few seconds, and you’ll see that what this second-screen really gives you is a level of control you’d previously need to spend thousands to achieve. With a full 1920 x 1080 display, a 178-degree viewing angle, pen input with 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity and Wacom’s patented high-quality feel, this is the best portable drawing screen in the world.
N-Trig DuoSense 2
The N-Trig DuoSense Pen 2 is a pressure-sensitive stylus tool which comes included with some tablets running Windows and Android. While you’ll have to work to find a machine that’s compatible – and ideally comes packaged with a pen – the results are very strong. With 256 levels of sensitivity, a hover mode, programmable buttons and a small, attractive form factor it has a lot going for it. We tested it on an HTC Flyer tablet, and found it to provide a smooth and tightly integrated drawing experience, though the plastic nib is a bit slick on the screen.
3Doodler 2.0 is the best 3d drawing pens that you can have with you to scribble in the air and create structures. With an excellent design and redesigned nozzle for better performance, you can create amazing doodles. The 3Doodler 2.0 is the best 3D pen in the world that lets you create doodles and sculptures from scratch.
Messograf Caliper Pen
Designers and artist will go far beyond simply recording measurements and find this to be an immensely helpful tool for getting proportions just right in a sketch. At the very least, they’ll think it looks cooler than any other pen they already own.
Moleskine + Evernote
Evernote is already a great way to collate and organise your notes – and their tie-in Moleskine notebook makes it even better. With the included sets of stickers you can automatically store your hand-drawn doodles and ideas in your phone or tablet, and keep them for later reference. It’s a great way to combine pen and paper with digital tech.
Though roughly 1/5th of the price of the previous gadget, this one is arguably even cooler! In fact, the Inkling is definitely at the top of my personal wish list. Instead of relying on a touchscreen tablet, the Inkling lets you sketch the way you’re used to sketching: on paper. The images are recorded and transferred to digital files compatible with Illustrator, Photoshop, etc. You even have complete layer control while you sketch!
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