5 top new illustration tools for November

From books and pens to a handy workstation, we round-up the best new tools for illustrators this month.

October came and went; and we spent a good deal of that time reviewing more tools for artists and illustrators. So whether you're working from home or in a busy creative studio, here are some useful tools to help fuel your creativity and get your work noticed.

01. Show Your Work! 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered

An older book, but certainly worth the read, is this gem written by Austin Kleon. Here you'll discover how to get yourself out there, and how to get your work noticed. Kleon's 10-step approach provides a blueprint for self-promotion and self-discovery, and it shows how success is using the network versus 'networking'.

02. Masterclass Premium Sketchbook

Who doesn't like a good sketchbook, right? The Masterclass Premium 9-inch is perfect for sketching your next idea. The acid-free paper is perforated, so if you're looking to pull out and save some of your favourite ones — or pass them out to people you know — it's absolutely possible. If you do a lot of sketching while you're away from your desk, you'll come to appreciate its hardcover, which acts as its own mini-desk.

03. Staedtler Triplus Fineliner Pen Sets

This set, which is endorsed by colouring book artist Johanna Basford, consists of 36 colours ranging from black to neon pink. Each pen has a super fine 0.3 mm porous point and contains acid-free, non-permanent, "dry safe" ink. If you're like me, and forget to cap the top, your ink should be good for a few days.

04. OneSpace 50-CS01 Craft Station

While I do not personally own one of these, the reviews speak volumes as to its overall quality and usefulness. Prior to my move to primarily digital work, one of the things that bothered me about drafting tables was their lack of a place to keep supplies when the table was set at an angle. The OneSpace 50-CS01 Craft Station addresses this problem by utilizing built-in compartments to hold your tools. Hands-down, it's the most useful feature I've seen.

05. Paper Mate Profile Retractable Ballpoint Pens

Really? An assorted pack of retractable ballpoint pens? Yes, really. Today, we have access to some of the most high-end tools around, but there are times when it's nice to just return back to the basics. Recently, I spoke at Úll, which is held in Killarney, Ireland. You can read about my experience in Ireland, and see my random sketches here.

During the conference, I spent a lot of time sketching, using the hotel's free pens and pads. I must tell you, doing this unleashed a fury of creativity which has recharged my desire to create. So, yes... ballpoint pens. Give them a try, especially if you're feeling a bit disconnected from your creative source. 

And this concludes another round-up of new illustration tools. So what are you waiting for? Go out there and give these a try!

By the way, if you'd like to share an illustration tool you've been using, let us know in the comments. We're always looking for something new.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tammy Coron is an independent creative professional and the host of two podcasts – Roundabout: Creative Chaos and Invisible Red. She's also the organizer of Indie DevStock, and the founder of Just Write Code, a small independent production company based in West Tennessee. In addition to working on her own projects, Tammy is a contributor on Creative Bloq, Lynda.com, iMore and RayWenderlich.com. When she’s not earning a living, Tammy enjoys spending time on her farm with her husband and their two sons.