July's best new tools for illustrators

We share five new – or updated – tools that will improve your life if you are an illustrator.

It's time for another roundup of illustration tools. Just like before, some of these are new to the market while others are new to me. And this time, I have a special surprise for you — an Android app. That's right!

So without any delays, let's get to it.

01. Royal & Langnickel Essentials Art Cargo Carry Bag

This art cargo bag bag is durable, lightweight and capable of storing a variety of tools for the traveling artist

For the first time ever, I'm including a cargo bag. And this particular bag is durable, lightweight and capable of storing a variety of tools for the traveling artist. There's a huge interior compartment and not one, but three detachable compartments that can be used for all your art goodies.

02. Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens

If you're looking for a new set of pens, you won't go far wrong with this set from Faber-Castell

Looking for a new set of pens? With 58 different colors, these India Ink pens come in a variety of sizes. Superfine, Fine, Medium, Bullet and Brush nibs deliver vibrant watercolor ink that is both acid-free and pH-neutral. 

03. Offex Craft Station Glass Drawing Desk

The Offex Craft Station Glass Drawing desk makes an excellent addition to any artist's studio

Continuing with the traditional set of tools, the Offex Craft Station Glass Drawing desk makes an excellent addition to any artist's studio. This multi-angle art desk features four removable side trays, heavy gage steel construction and can even be used as a light table. Sweet.

04. Forge, iPad App

If you're looking for something different, and off the beaten path, give Forge a try

OK. I suspect I'm going to get a lot of pushback on this pick, but Forge is a decent app. Sure, it may not be as powerful as some of the other digital art apps out there, but it holds its own. And, quite honestly, I like it. If you're looking for something different, and off the beaten path, give Forge a try. If nothing else, it'll be a nice distraction.

05. Sketchbook, Android

If you're going to use an Android device for drawing, I encourage you to use this app

I bet you're a bit shocked at my Android pick. It's cool. I understand. But if you're going to use an Android device for drawing, I encourage you to use this app. With a simple and intuitive layout, Autodesk has (not surprisingly) created a fantastic app for drawing on the go.

Well, that's it for this month's round-up. If you've come across some new tools that you'd like to share, let us know in the comments. I'm 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.