The best tools for digital illustrators

When we say 'tools used by digital illustrators', we don't mean pencil, paper and scanner, or even caffeine. We mean tools that can help you create artwork entirely digitally, while still working with your hands – things that can genuinely make you more productive. Fortunately there are thousands of them, so let's sketch out a few of your options.

Before you go out and buy stuff, note that you might have a decent little digital sketchbook in your pocket already. Samsung's Galaxy Note tablets come with a stylus, and while most people would want more power and flexibility, it can be good enough for jotting down some quick initial ideas.

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