The best drawing tablets: The best graphics tablets in April 2023 (2023)

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Our expert team have assembled the best drawing tablets for all kinds of artists with different budgets.

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Using the best drawing tablets will help you to design beautiful digital artwork with ease. There is a wide range of products when it comes to drawing tablets, from those with their own screens to graphics tablets that have to be hooked up to an external monitor. Whether you're new to the world of digital art, a student heading to school or a seasoned pro: be sure that our below list of the best digital art tablets will have something for you.

Drawing on a tablet feels more natural than ever now thanks to advancing artist tech. There are three main types of graphics tablet: pen display, graphics tablet and tablet computers (and if you're not sure the difference, we have a handy breakdown of each type at the bottom of this page).

Choosing the best drawing tablet for your needs is where this guide comes in: we've put together a handy breakdown of the best drawing tablets on the market today based on a range of needs like varying budgets, connection and size so everyone from absolute beginners to seasoned pros can find the right drawing tablet for them.Most of the below picks are ones we've also tested ourselves,

This guide includes the major digital art brands like Huion, XP-Pen and Wacom, but we've also included a selection of computer tablets from the big players like Apple and Microsoft as they've developed some excellent digital art software over the years. If you're looking for a tablet for the classroom, we have a dedicated guide to the best tablets for students and the best drawing tablets for animation. If you're looking for art software to run on your shiny new tablet, why not take a look at the best digital art software. For now, let's get down to business and find a tablet fit for you!

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The best pen tablet comes with some excellent accessories


Active drawing area: 10.3 x 5.8in

Screen resolution : NA

Pen pressure sensitivity: 8,192

Connections: USB-C to USB-A

OS: Linux

Reasons to buy


Fantastic build quality


Lovely drawing experience


Accessories included

Reasons to avoid


Requires external display

The Xencelabs Pen Tablet Medium is a drawing tablet that strikes an optimal balance between power, design, portability and price, and in our opinion that makes it the best drawing tablet you can buy right now. Relative newcomers to the market, Xencelabs boast among their roster a number of Wacom alumni, who have brought their tablet design nous to this newer brand.

One of the most important aspects of a drawing tablet is the texture of its drawing surface, and the Xencelabs Pen Tablet Medium gets it bang on the money. As we said in our glowing five-star review of the tablet, the level of "bite" against the stylus feels exactly right, and it makes the tablet immensely satisfying to draw on. The pressure and tilt sensitivty are also practically pitch-perfect, and having two styluses bundled in is also great, as you can set them up for different uses (e.g. one for line drawing and one for shading) to enable quick swapping and a smooth workflow.

Our reviewer said that “this tablet is well priced, offering tremendous value for money. If it’s too expensive for your budget, Xencelabs also makes a smaller version." If you’d like to learn more you can check out our Xencelabs Pen Tablet medium bundle review.

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An incredible drawing tablet with an impressive amount of power


Active drawing area: 10.32 x 7.74in

Screen resolution: 2,732 x 2,048

Pen pressure sensitivity: Not specified (requires optional Apple Pencil)

Connections: Thunderbolt 4, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi

OS: iPadOS 16

Reasons to buy


Unbeatable processing power


Apple Pencil 2 support


New ultra-powerful display

Reasons to avoid


Very pricey for a drawing tablet

The iPad Pro offers the best of two worlds; if having the best drawing tablet simply isn't enough for you, and you need to have the best tablet all round, there's really only one choice: the all-new 12.9-inch M2 iPad Pro. It's so far ahead of the rest of the tablet market that it's not even funny.

Not only is the iPad Pro powered by Apple's blazing fast M2 chip for utterly stunning performance, it has a mini-LED XDR display with amazing brightness as well as local dimming to deliver astonishing contrast. Put the two together (and throw in the wonderfully smooth and intuitive Apple Pencil 2) and you have a near-unbeatable all-in-one system for creating digital art as well as showing it off to best effect.

So why, with all this, is it not our top pick? Well, it does depend on what you need. The iPad Pro 12.9-inch (M2, 2022) is so powerful, and so priced accordingly, that if you are only looking for a drawing tablet and won't need its many other features, it probably isn't worth it, and a dedicated tool like those above will offer greater value for money. Still, let's not lose sight of the fact that this is the one of the best overall tablets on the market right now, and one of the greatest for drawing, no question. If you do fancy a slightly cheaper alternative from Apple, we have the iPad Air lower down the list. See our hands-on iPad Pro (M2, 2022) review (opens in new tab) for an early look at exactly what this device is capable of.

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The best drawing tablet for students


Active drawing area: 19.5 x 11.5in

Screen resolution: 1,920 x 1,080

Pen pressure sensitivity: 8,192 levels

Connections: HDMI, USB 2.0

OS: Windows

Reasons to buy


Excellent pressure sensitivity


Fantastic price


Included wires could be longer

Reasons to avoid


Low screen res for the size


No built-in ExpressKeys

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Wacom used to have the drawing tablet pretty much all to itself, but in recent years a whole load of challenger brands have turned up to take a bite out of its lunch, especially at the cheaper end of the market. However, despite increased competition the Wacom name is still very much one to be reckoned with, and as far as we're concerned the Wacom Cintiq 22 is definitely one of the best drawing tablets you can get, especially for students who mean business.

Whilst reviewing, we found that the 22-inch display provides plenty of creative space to play with. It has Full HD resolution – not as many pixels as some newer, flashier tablets, but is more than enough for most people. You can get sharper screens on other Wacom tablets, but they tend to cost more, and this model is all about bringing Wacom quality with an affordable price tag. And let's not forget that plenty of tablets, Xencelabs' included, don't have a screen at all.

What really makes the Cintiq 22 such a pleasure to use is the Wacom Pro Pen 2, with a whole 8,192 levels of pressure sensitivity as well as tilt sensitivity. Wacom has been in this game a long time, and it’s hard to imagine an artist with any complaints about the Pro Pen 2. It just works really, really well.

An advantage of Wacom tablets for students, and those looking to break into digital art professionally, is that it’s pretty much the industry standard, so learning to use one is a very good step to take. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t consider other tablets, it’s just something to bear in mind.Find out more with ourWacom Cintiq 22 review.

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A premium tablet experience at a budget price


Active drawing area: 13.42 x 7.55 inch

Screen resolution: 1920×1080 (full HD)

Pen pressure sensitivity: 8,192 levels

Connections: USB-C

OS: Linux, Windows

Reasons to buy


Superb, updated stylus


Broad compatibility


Includes shortcut keys controller

Reasons to avoid


USB-C cable not included


No stand included

XP-Pen is one of the most well-regarded names in budget drawing tablets, and this 2022 refresh of a popular 15.6-inch tablet scored high points in our recent review. After spending a couple of months drawing with the tablet, our reviewer concluded that it has supremely solid fundamentals. Everything about the core drawing experience, from the high-quality display to the excellent X3 stylus, is very good indeed, and if you're sourcing a tablet on a budget, it's an excellent choice.

There are a few gripes, mostly to do with what's not in the box. While the XP-Pen Artist 16 (2nd gen) is broadly compatible with different operating systems, if you want to use it with ChromeOS or Android, you'll need to source your own USB-C to USB-C cable, which is a little annoying. Also, while this isn't uncommon for tablets at this price point, it's worth knowing that the XP-Pen Artist 16 (2nd gen) doesn't come with its own stand.

Our XP-Pen Artist 16 (2nd gen) review goes into detail.

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One of the most powerful drawing tablets with a screen


Active drawing area: 9.74 x 7in

Screen resolution: 2,350 x 1,640

Pen pressure sensitivity: Not specified (requires optional Apple Pencil)

Connections: USB-C, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth

OS: iPadOS 15.4

Reasons to buy


M1 chip power


Exceptional screen quality


Cheaper alternative to the Pro

Reasons to avoid


Screen tops out at 60Hz


No Thunderbolt 4

The latest generation of iPad Air, the Apple iPad Air (5th Gen, 2022) is a simply stunning tablet. It sports one of Apple's M1 silicon chips, the new processors that are currently transforming the firm's laptops, computers and tablets, making them into virtual powerhouses. The 5th Gen iPad boasts an M1 chip, a 2360x1640 IPS LCD panel that delivers 264 pixels per inch, an a maximum brightness of 500 nits. It's an absolute powerhouse.

The thing that makes the Apple iPad Air (5th Gen, 2022) one of the best drawing tablets you can buy is its Apple Pencil 2 compatibility, delivering one of the smoothest and most natural-feeling digital drawing experiences on the market. This was one of the many things we found to praise in our Apple iPad Air (5th Gen, 2022) review, where we also discussed how this tablet blurs the line between the Air line and the flagship iPad Pro series. The Pros may be better, with brighter screens and faster refresh rates, but they're also more expensive, which is why we've gone for the Air as our pick for the best Apple drawing tablet.

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One of the best digital art tablets with a unique feature


Active drawing area: 10.5 x 7-inch

Screen resolution: NA

Pen pressure sensitivity: 8192

Connections: USB-C, Bluetooth

OS: Mac, Windows, Linux & Android

Reasons to buy


Unique dial tool


Large drawing area


Great value for money

Reasons to avoid


Some reported software issues


Wheel can loosen over time

This unique tablet from budget-friendly brand Huion features the award-winning Huion Inspiroy Dial. This handy little tool allows you to quickly cycle through commands and tools that you can assign.

In our hands-on review, we found the Inspiroy Dial 2's left-hand dual-dial Quick Key panel to be the real design star. The two dials can be customised with up to three functions per dial, and cycling through the functions feels satisfying thanks to the dial's subtle clicking as it is moved.

Overal, this is a great option for both amateur artists and professionals looking for a sleek, updated device. It feels easier to use than more expensive models without skimping on quality.

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A much-needed refresh in the Microsoft range


Active drawing area: 11.25 x 7.5in

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Resolution: 3000 x 2000

Pen pressure sensitivity: 4,096 levels (with Surface Pen)

Connections: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB, USB-C

OS: Windows 10 Pro

Reasons to buy


Runs Windows 11


Superb and responsive display


Includes inbuilt kickstand

Reasons to avoid


Stylus costs extra


And it starts at $999.99

Microsoft's Surface tablets have never quite achieved the cachet enjoyed by Apple's iPad range, but the latest Surface Pro 8 feels a lot more like a challenge to Apple's dominance. Microsoft has clearly put in a lot of work to make this tablet look like a viable alternative, in terms of both looks and performance.

There's plenty of power in even the basic model, which packs a Intel Core i5-1135G7 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD, and if that's not enough for you there are even punchier configurations available, but be aware that this will drive the price up further still.When we tested it, we found the display to be excellent, with a resolution of 2,880 x 1,920 and the option to bump the refresh rate up to 120Hz. This makes it highly responsive when used with the Surface Pen stylus, though be aware you'll need to purchase this separately.

Having Windows 11 is also a major boon for this tablet, as it means you can use the full desktop version of programs like Photoshop, rather than messing about with tablet apps. If you're already in the Windows ecosystem, then this tablet definitely makes sense as a purchase. Our Surface Pro 8 review looks at this tablet in more detail, and compares it to previous iterations of the Surface Pro.

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An amazing yet affordable graphics tablet


Active drawing area: 8 x 5in

Pen pressure sensitivity: 8,192 levels

Screen resolution : NA

Connections: USB, Bluetooth

OS: Windows or macOS

Reasons to buy


Great choice for beginners


Optional wireless connection


Great colour options

Reasons to avoid


XP-Pen software isn't the most intuitive or customisable


Bluetooth connection can be tempermental

The XP-Pen Deco MW is a fantastic graphics tablet that is a great starter option for new artist. Retailing at around $69.99/£79.99, this tablet is a nice medium size that fits perfectly into a more compact work space. It comes in a pretty range of colours that includes blue, green and pink. It can connect to your main device via USB or Bluetooth too, so you don't need to worry about wires. You can read more about why we like this tablet in our detailed XP-Pen Deco MW review.

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The best tablet for graphic design


Active drawing area: 12.1 x 8.4in

Screen resolution: NA

Pen pressure sensitivity: 8,192 levels

Connections: USB, Bluetooth

OS: Windows or macOS

Reasons to buy


Great pen sensitivity


Fluid drawing


Wired or wireless connection

Reasons to avoid


Drawing area could be larger


Battery life isn't great when wireless

For creating artwork on a drawing tablet you ideally need lots of room to work with as well as a pen that feels just like the ones you'd use on paper. In which case you should opt for the Wacom Intuos Pro Large, which delivers pretty much the most natural drawing experience you can get digitally.

While its drawing area isn't the biggest you can get, it still gives you plenty of space, and the pen's 8,192 levels of pressure sensitivity make it feel as close as you can get to using an actual pen. All this is supported by Wacom’s broad ecosystem of alternative pens and Texture Sheets to give your drawing surface a distinctive feel.

The Intuos Pro is also available in other sizes, so if the asking price is a little steep and you’re willing to work with a smaller screen, you may want to consider the Intuos Pro Medium or Intuos Pro Small. Both of these tablets offer similar functionality to the largest version, just with smaller working areas.Find out more in our in-depth Wacom Intuos Pro review.

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Get started with this low-cost but very usable mini drawing tablet


Active drawing area: 4.8 x 3in

Screen resolution: NA

Pen pressure sensitivity: 4,096 levels

Connections: USB

OS: Windows or macOS

Reasons to buy


Brilliant starter tablet


Low cost


Easy to operate

Reasons to avoid


Four shortcut keys


Drawing area small for some

Huion's a name that's been giving Wacom a run for its money over the past few years, with a range of drawing tablets that deliver impressive features at great prices. If you're just starting out and not entirely sure whether a tablet's something you want to drop a lot of money on, the Huion H430P is the perfect way to test the waters, delivering just enough features without costing you very much at all.

Yes, the drawing area is small, but the pen is sensitive enough to give you a true sense of the creative benefits drawing tablets can bring. It may not take long before you outgrow this tablet, but it’s a very affordable way to get started.

Be aware, however, this is a graphics tablet and not a pen display, so you will need to hook it up to some kind of external display in order to be able to see what you're drawing. A monitor is ideal, though a smartphone or other tablet will do the job in a pinch. Our Huion Inspiroy H430P review explored why this small but mighty graphics tablet is a great choice for beginner artists.

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An updated version of Huion's popular medium-sized tablet


Active drawing area: 344.16 x 193.59 mm

Screen resolution: 1920 x 1080 (full HD)

Pen pressure sensitivity: 8,192 levels

Connections: USB-C

OS: Windows, Mac, Android, Linux

Reasons to buy


Laminated textured screen


Great pen technology


Excellent drawing experience

Reasons to avoid


Could be brighter


Stand sold separately

If you're looking for a good entry level pen display drawing tablet then the updated Huion Kamvas 16 (2021) is a very good option. This is a pen display that can be used for many different types of art, as well as being used as a screen for playing video games, editing video and studying.

In our Huion Kamvas 16 (2021) review we noted that this device features a full HD screen with excellent colour accuracy making it also ideal as a good second screen. Our reviewer also noted the stand for this device is sold separately but is well-worth a purchase as it's ergonomically designed to make drawing easier.

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Wacom's most affordable release


Active drawing area: 11.6 x 6.5in

Screen resolution: 1,920 x 1,080

Pen pressure sensitivity: 4,096 levels

Connections: USB-C, HDMI

OS: Windows, macOS or Android (some devices)

Reasons to buy


Great on the go


Peerless Wacom quality

Reasons to avoid


No iPhone compatibility


Small-ish drawing area

Wacom's long had a reputation for being reassuringly expensive, so it's good to see the company reacting to an influx of challengers by releasing a much more reasonably-priced drawing tablet to tempt users away from cheaper brands. The Wacom One (not to be confused with previous Wacom Ones) is a great little portable 13-inch tablet that provides a fantastic drawing experience but won't cost you a fortune.

Its Full HD display provides 72 per cent NTSC colour and an anti-glare treated film, and the tablet even comes with little legs for standing up when you're out and about and want to quickly get some ideas down. It's the ideal tablet to slip into your day bag; see our in-depth Wacom One review for more on exactly what to expect from this device.

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A highly affordable Wacom alternative


Active drawing area: 11 x 6in

Screen resolution: NA

Pen pressure sensitivity: 8,192 levels

Connections: USB-C

OS: Windows, macOS or Android

Reasons to buy


Superb value


Solid build quality


Stylus is comfortable

Reasons to avoid


Software a little janky


No iPhone/iPad support

If you're after a cheap alternative to Wacom's Intuos Pro, it's well worth considering the XP-Pen Deco Pro. It comes in at about a third of the Intuos Pro's price and, honestly, it shows in places; it doesn't quite have the Wacom's premium feel, and the software drivers can be clunky, but when it comes down to it, it delivers a solid drawing experience.

You get a smooth drawing surface and a pen with 8,192 levels of pressure sensitivity, and the overall design of the tablet has picked up a Red Dot awards. This isn't just a cheap knock-off – it's a premium knock-off, and if you're an artist on a budget, it definitely merits consideration, as our XP-Pen Deco Pro review attests.

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Huion’s 22-inch tablet boasts a superb screen at a tempting price


Active drawing area: 18.77 x 10.56in

Screen resolution: 1920x1080 Full HD

Pen pressure sensitivity: 8,192 levels

Connections: USB-A/USB-C/HDMI

OS: Android

Reasons to buy


Excellent screen


Great value for 22-inch tablet


Adjustable kickstand

Reasons to avoid


No touchscreen


Pen is quite basic

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Been eyeing up the Wacom Cintiq 22 further up the page but can't quite stretch to the price? The Huion Kamvas 22 Plus would like a word. It comes in significantly cheaper than the Cintiq, but this is still a quality drawing tablet with a beautiful and generously-sized display. It's 16:9 and Full HD resolution.

The big selling point is that it's made from etched anti-glare glass rather than having an anti-glare film; the end result is a pen display that feels really nice to draw on, with a drawing experience that's tactile and distinctly analogue.

With an anti-parallax design, 140-per cent sRGB coverage and ability to replicate 16.7 million colours, this is a very impressive tablet. The pen that comes with it is basically decent and will do the job – it’s a little no-frills perhaps, with only one type of nib supplied.

Overall, as we noted in our Huion Kamvas 22 Plus review, this Huion tablet is a sound buy, especially when compared to competition at this price point from the likes of XP-Pen – it has better colour coverage and a generally better drawing feel.

The best drawing tablet accessories

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01. Wacom Pro Pen 3D

+ Three buttons to pan, zoom and tumble in applications
+ Sleek design
- High price point
- Mainly an upgrade for 3D work

A third button may not sound much of an innovation, but it enables the Pro Pen 3D to support pan and zoom in three dimensions, giving 3D artists unfettered navigation at their fingertips.

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02. Bamboo Ink Plus

+ Compatible with a range of devices
+ Traditional stylus design
- Only comes with three extra pen nibs
- Stock can be hard to come by

This nifty little stylus has a range of compatibility options, meaning you can pair it up with many different tablet models. It features built-in Bluetooth for easy connection and excellent battery life.

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03. Adonit Jot Pro

+ Unique design
+ Cheaper stylus alternative for tablet users
- Not officially licensed like the Apple Pencil
- Pen nib takes getting used to

If the Apple Pencil doesn’t appeal or your iPad isn’t compatible, the Adonit Jot Pro is a stylish pen that works on any iPad (or Android tablet). The nib combines a fine-point tip with a plastic circle to register on the tablet screen.

The best drawing tablets: What are the different types?

Broadly speaking, there are three main types of drawing tablet. Each takes a different approach to the central challenge of helping you draw on your Windows PC or Mac as if you were drawing on paper.

In terms of drawing tablets, there's everything from professional, high-resolution graphics tablets, to portable tablets that cost less than £40 and fit in a small backpack. There's also a growing market of drawing tablets for little ones, and you can check out our dedicated drawing tablets for kids guide if this is something you're looking for. Want to go unplugged for a bit? Have a look at our best lightboxes for more hands-on creativity.And if you're looking specifically for a tablet for editing, see our best tablets for photo and video editing.

Graphics tablets

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If you've been around computers for a long time, this is what you probably think of instinctively at the mention of a drawing tablet: a plain surface that you draw on with a stylus, with your work displayed on a separatecomputer monitor (opens in new tab). Graphics tablets remain the most affordable drawing tablet category. Their main disadvantage is the sense of ‘disconnect’ between the drawing surface and the screen, although most people get used to this quickly.

Pen displays

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Pen displays consists of a flat-screen monitor with a pressure-sensitive surface that you draw on with a stylus. They don't have the sense of disconnect that you might get with graphics tablets, and they're more portable; however they cost more. Furthermore, you get a lot of cables between the display andcomputer (see the best computers for graphic design), and the display surfaces don’t offer the ‘bite’ that graphics tablets do.

Tablet computers

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Android and iOS devices like theSurface ProandiPad Protake on the other drawing tablets in two ways. You don't need another computer: just download an art app and start drawing with your fingertip or a stylus. Also, when you want to use theCreative Cloud suite (opens in new tab)on your main computer, these can function as graphics tablets with apps like Astropad (opens in new tab).

The best drawing tablets: Which one should you buy?

Right now, we're confident in saying that the absolute best drawing tablet you can buy is the Xencelabs Pen Tablet Medium Bundle, which comes with some super-cool features and is very affordable. Our second spot goes to the powerful iPad Pro as it's easy to carry around, features Apple's excellent digital art software and has Apple Pencil 2 support. If you want a more well-known name, the Wacom Cintiq 22 comes in next. This provides Wacom's famous quality in a pleasingly large tablet at a surprisingly affordable price.

How did we choose these drawing tablets?

Our above list is based on a variation of factors. Most of the choices come from personal, hands-on experiences and extensive testing of each tablet. For the few choices that we haven't personally tested, we carefully researched reviews and opinions from other reputable sites and creatives. By considering features like connectivity, pressure sensitivity, operating systems and more, we have made sure to include a wide range of the best drawing tablets that can fit every artist's needs.

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What is a professional graphics tablet? ›

The purpose of the graphic tablet is to replace a drawing table, a pencil, a chalk or brushes and especially to simplify the life of creative people who can save or modify their work without any problem. Indeed, the graphic tablet makes it possible to transfer all the works from an "analog" workshop to a digital space.

What is the difference between a drawing tablet and a graphic tablet? ›

A drawing tablet with screen allows you to work on one “canvas” and makes it especially easy to create digital art thanks to the high-resolution screen and accurate color display. Graphic tablets, however, make it easy to see your work displayed completely because your hand never has to cover up the screen.

Do you need a special tablet for drawing? ›

A drawing tablet, also known as a graphics tablet, translates the strokes from a pen or stylus to your computer screen with much greater precision. It's far more natural and comfortable to use than a mouse or touchpad whether you want to paint, illustrate, animate in 3D, create a comic, or retouch photos.

Is it better to draw with a drawing tablet? ›

Many graphics designers prefer drawing tablets to PC screens because the tablets allow them to actually draw using a stylus pen what they intend to draw. Not only is this faster than dragging a mouse, it is also more accurate.

What is the most expensive digital drawing tablet? ›

Most Expensive Graphical Tablets
Graphical TabletPriceAvailable From
XP-Pen Artist 12 2nd Gen Graphic Tablet₹21,999Jun, 2022
XP Pen Artist 10 2nd Gen Graphic Tablet₹18,999Sep, 2022
XP Pen Deco03 10 x 6 inch Graphics Tablet₹13,999Aug, 2019
Wacom INTUOS CTL-6100WL/P0-CX 7.4 x 10.4 inch Graphics Tablet₹13,999Apr, 2019
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Are expensive drawing tablets worth it? ›

As drawing tools, graphics tablets make it possible for you to do practically anything, even stuff that you might have found difficult to do on paper. If you're looking to do lots of hand drawing and want to take your art work to the next level, then it's hard to go wrong with graphics tablets.

What is a good drawing app that doesn't cost money? ›

MediBang Paint

They all have a cloud feature, which allows you to easily store, share, and open your work from any device. This is one of the best free drawing apps you really should check out if you are looking at an affordable and easy way to start drawing.

What is the easiest drawing technique? ›

Tonal sketching

This shading technique is pretty simple and the most intuitive of all the drawing techniques. Apply pressure on the pencil where you want to place the shadows in the artwork. To create an even shaded appearance, hold your pencil slightly at an angle and lightly move it backwards and forwards.

How much does a good graphic tablet cost? ›

The average price for a pretty decent tablet, without a screen, is about 74.4$. While the average price for a high quality, screened drawing tablet is around 850$. But the average price depends on a few factors. There are a few things to look out for when choosing your tablet, let's go over them!

Why should I buy a graphics tablet? ›

Compared to regular tablets, graphics tablets are manufactured keeping the requirements of digital artists in mind, which means that you get a bigger screen at an affordable price. Most drawing tablets have bigger screen sizes compared to normal tablets, and can work easily without plugging into a computer or laptop.

What are graphic tablets most useful for? ›

Beneficial for Fine Arts and Graphic Design Students

Through a touch pen or stencil, the tablet is used to create complicated shapes and allows a more natural drawing motion than it is possible with a computer mouse.

What devices are good for graphic design? ›

  • Pen and paper. The fastest, cheapest, and easiest way to transfer design ideas from your head to the real world is to use a good old pen and paper. ...
  • Computer. ...
  • Stylus and graphics tablet. ...
  • Smartphone. ...
  • Camera. ...
  • Color space reference. ...
  • Monitor calibrator. ...
  • Storage.

Who uses graphic tablets? ›

A graphics tablet is an optional electronic input device for computers, generally used by architects, engineers, artists, and others who want to correctly measure pictures. It includes two main components, i.e., a flat, rectangular pad on which to pull and a stylus applied to locate shapes on the pad.

Do all drawing tablets need to be connected to a computer? ›

It's therefore natural to ask one pressing question in your pursuit for the best equipment – can drawing tablets ever be used without a computer? Lucky for you, the answer is a resounding yes.

Do you need a drawing tablet to be a graphic designer? ›

Drawing tablets provide more precision than standard mice while working with graphic design which is why it's a necessary tool for graphic designer professionals. It's much more natural than using a mouse to illustrate, paint or retouch photos .

What is the best surface for sketching? ›

Artists sketch and draw on many different surfaces, but the most popular is cartridge paper.

Can I turn my iPad into a drawing tablet? ›

Can I use iPad as a graphics tablet? Of course. One of the best uses of iPad and iPad Pro is for drawing and digital painting, whether that's for graphic design or digital art. The new Apple Pencil 2 is one of the best stylus around for iPad art.

How do you start drawing digitally for beginners? ›

You don't need to start with a high-performance computer, try using what you have and practicing drawing digitally until you can shift to a better set-up. You will gradually understand what you need for drawing a better illustration, such as a more pressure-sensitive pen tablet or a less glossy monitor.

What are the disadvantages of drawing tablet? ›

9. Graphics tablet
Advantages of graphics tabletsDisadvantages of graphics tablets
It is much more natural to draw diagrams with a pencil type implement (the stylus) rather than with a mouseNot really suitable for general selection work such as pointing and clicking on menu items
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How hard is it to learn to use a drawing tablet? ›

Drawing tablets are not hard to use but are less intuitive than a pencil and paper. To clarify, drawing tablets with screens are easy to use. But drawing tablets without screens are hard to use at the start.

What do I need to draw digital art? ›

The only things you need to get started with digital painting are a graphics tablet, and painting software of your choice. Don't worry if you're unsure where to begin – in this guide I'll walk you through it all step-by-step.

What size tablet is best for digital art? ›

The best size for a drawing tablet is a ~13in display or 9 in x 13 in. For most users and desks this is easy to manage and provides more room to draw. The best size for drawing tablets without a screen is closer to your monitor size so on average that would be ~21 in.

What is the best digital drawing? ›

Review of Each Drawing Application
  • Procreate (iPad)
  • Adobe Fresco (iPad/Windows)
  • MediBang Paint (Windows/macOS/iPad/iPhone/Android)
  • Paintstorm Studio (Windows/macOS/iPad)
  • GIMP2 (Windows/macOS)
  • Affinity Designer (Windows/macOS/iPad)
  • ArtRage 6 (Windows/macOS)
  • Adobe Illustrator (Windows/macOS/iPad)

What is the most used digital drawing software? ›

The best digital art software available now
  1. Adobe Photoshop. Still the industry standard, for good reason. ...
  2. Procreate. A powerful iPad drawing tool. ...
  3. Affinity Photo. The best alternative to Photoshop. ...
  4. Corel Painter 2023. ...
  5. Rebelle 6. ...
  6. Clip Studio Paint Pro. ...
  7. Artweaver 7. ...
  8. ArtRage Vitae.
Mar 10, 2023

What is the oldest drawing tablet? ›

The first home computer graphic tablet was the KoalaPad, released in 1983.

What drawing has the highest price? ›

This is a list of the highest known prices paid for paintings. The current record price is approximately US$450.3 million (which includes commission), paid for Leonardo da Vinci's Salvator Mundi ( c. 1500).

How long do art tablets last? ›

Drawing tablets usually last for up to 5 years. Moderate use can increase this time-frame to 10 years. The same tablets can last indefinitely if seldom used. Standalone drawing tablets tend to have a shorter lifespan, about 3 years, due their fragile screen.

What is the #1 drawing app? ›

Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop is a go-to tool for aspiring artists, students, and professionals.

What is the app that everyone is using to draw? ›

Sketchbook is an award-winning sketching, painting, and drawing app for anyone who loves to draw. Artists and illustrators love Sketchbook for its professional-grade feature set and highly customizable tools.

What is the toughest shape to draw? ›

Let's face it: drawing circles is hard. Our minds are programmed to love the symmetry of the shape, but our hands just can't make it perfect.

What is the easiest body part to draw? ›

Hair can be one of the easiest parts of the human body to draw, so keep it simple! While most body parts are fairly similar to draw, the huge variety in hair styles, lengths, and even textures can make drawing human hair an interesting challenge and creative exercise for any artist.

What are the 5 basics of drawing? ›

The 5 basic skills of drawing are understanding edges, spaces, light and shadow, relationships, and, the whole, or gestalt. These 5 basic skills of drawing make up the components of a finished work of art when put together.

How do you learn to draw fast? ›

Speed comes by practicing drawing with shapes, recognizing spacial relationships, drawing with a larger muscle group, using the right medium, and omitting unnecessary details. So start improving your drawing speed (and accuracy) by drawing as many different things using these concepts.

How do you draw the most realistic drawing? ›

Tips to Improve Your Realistic Drawing
  1. Know and prepare your art supplies. ...
  2. Always start with a light initial sketch, focusing on largest shapes first. ...
  3. Keep in mind that in realism, there are no visible lines. ...
  4. Create gradual, smooth transitions between your different values.
Aug 29, 2018

Are drawing tablets good for graphic design? ›

Drawing tablets provide more precision than standard mice while working with graphic design which is why it's a necessary tool for graphic designer professionals. It's much more natural than using a mouse to illustrate, paint or retouch photos .

Is a drawing tablet worth it for graphic design? ›

As drawing tools, graphics tablets make it possible for you to do practically anything, even stuff that you might have found difficult to do on paper. If you're looking to do lots of hand drawing and want to take your art work to the next level, then it's hard to go wrong with graphics tablets.

What do most graphic designer use? ›

Some of the computer software programs used in graphic design include Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver, Paintshop Pro, and Corel Graphics Suite.

What is the difference between a pen tablet and a graphic tablet? ›

There are some major differences between pen displays and graphics tablets which can make them more or less useful for someone, depending on the type of work they do. The main difference is that one has a screen, whereas the other doesn't. A pen display is both an input device and a monitor.

Is it better to use a tablet or drawing tablet? ›

Drawing tablets offer creative professionals a digital substitute for paper and pencil. And that's pretty much all it is—a drawing device. However, the iPad is a general-purpose tablet that can do much more than draw. So, when you buy an iPad, you get more than a drawing tablet.

What tablet do artists use? ›

Wacom Intuos Pro

Wacom is one of the industry leaders when it comes to drawing and graphics tablets. With virtually no lag and 8,192 levels of pressure sensitivity in the included battery-free Wacom Pro Pen, the Wacom Intuos Pro is the best drawing tablet on the market for professional artists.

Do I need a computer to use a drawing tablet? ›

It's therefore natural to ask one pressing question in your pursuit for the best equipment – can drawing tablets ever be used without a computer? Lucky for you, the answer is a resounding yes.

Do I need an expensive drawing tablet? ›

Although owning a drawing tablet is great, as a beginner, you shouldn't buy an expensive one as it would be better to first learn the fundamentals on a cheap one to see whether or not it is for you. I'll tell you some budget options and about some fields that don't require you to have a drawing tablet in this article.

What do I need to start graphic design? ›

There are a few key steps to starting a career in graphic design: learn the principles of design, enroll in a graphic design course, practice graphic design tools, work on projects, and build your graphic design portfolio. The first and most obvious step is to learn about graphic design theory and elements.

Which type of graphic design is most demand? ›

They use visual effects, graphic design, and animation to bring their creations to life. Motion graphics designers are most in-demand at AI companies, the entertainment industry, startups, marketing firms, and creative agencies, digital journalism organizations, e-commerce platforms, and the automotive industry.

What is the difference between a graphic designer and a graphic artist? ›

Graphic designers must determine the clearest and most aesthetically pleasing way to present words and images within a specified space. They use problem-solving skills to encourage viewers to interact with the product. On the other hand, graphic artists focus more on communicating feelings than solving problems.

What are 3 things a graphic designer does? ›

Graphic designers typically do the following:
  • Meet with clients or the art director to determine the scope of a project.
  • Use digital illustration, photo editing software, and layout software to create designs.
  • Create visual elements such as logos, original images, and illustrations to help deliver a message.
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What are the two main tools of graphic design? ›

The two main tools that graphic designers use are Photoshop and illustrator. Without these two tools, the creativity of the work of the graphics designer is incomplete.


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