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July's best new tools for illustrators

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 (opens in new tab)

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

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 (opens in new tab)

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

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 (opens in new tab)

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

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 (opens in new tab)

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

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 (opens in new tab)

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

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.

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Tammy is an independent creative professional, author of Apple Game Frameworks and Technologies (opens in new tab), and the maker behind the AdventureGameKit (opens in new tab) – a custom SpriteKit framework for building point and click adventure games. As an innovative problem solver and industry leader, Tammy enjoys working on projects from content creation – including books, tutorials, videos, and podcasts – to the design and development of cross-platform applications and games. For Creative Bloq, she has written about an array of subjects, including animation, web design and character design.