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best cheap drawing tablets

Best cheap drawing tablets: 10 for [2017-2018]

best cheap drawing tablets

Best cheap drawing tablets: our favorites for 2017-2018

Starving artist? Look no farther.

“What are the best cheap drawing tablets?” seems to be a question on the minds of many. It seems to be a good time to do this post. I’ve been lucky enough to be able to test quite a few. I’m a believer in these.

Here are top picks and links to our reviews.

Huion 610 Pro
Read Huion 610 Pro review
International customers
Wacom Intuos Draw
target="_blank">Read Intuos Draw reviewInternational customers
Wacom Intuos Art Pen & Touch
Read Intuos Pen & Touch review
International customers
XP-Pen Artist 22E

Read XP-Pen Artist 22E review
International customers
Read PNBOO PN2150 reviewUK customers
(only in US and UK right now)
Ugee 1910B
Read Ugee 1910B review
International customers
Artisul D13
Artisul D13 reviewInternational customers
Samsung Galaxy Tab A with S Pen
Read Galaxy Tab A with S Pen review
International customers
Lenovo Yoga Book
Read Yoga Book review

International customers
Lenovo Miix 320
Read about Miix 320International customers

I’ve made a list that includes othe 3 different types: cheap graphics tablets without screens, budget tablet monitors, and affordable Android tablets or cheap 2-in-1 tablet PCs. All come with an active pen.

If we were talking about traditional art supplies, I would say to spend more, because of factors such as pigment, fillers, and lightfastness. But pixels are pixels. It’s the experience of using the tablet, and its reliability, that matter the most.

An good cheap drawing tablet does most of the same thing as an expensive drawing tablet. Some might say you shouldn’t penny pinch, but the price difference can be huge.

Below I go over the differences and want to look for.

Ultra cheap pen display

I’ve tested and reviewed this PNBoo PN10 as a small ultra-cheap tablet monitor. It has Express Keys. I think this is a good choice if you’re willing to download a different driver (please read review).

A cheaper graphics tablet is the Turcom TS 6610, which is similar (with small hardware and driver differences) to the Huion 610Pro. If you use the Huion driver, you’re better off.


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Dog knows.

Cheap tablets vs. Wacom


Cheap drawing tablets, and their pens, are made mostly of plastic and thus are lighter. Parts are metal, including the stand. Expensive drawing tablets have more metal alloy and tend to weigh more.

Features and hardware

These budget brands, and most others, use EMR, which is the same type of technology that Wacom uses in their digitizers. EMR is highly sensitive, so you will not be missing out in terms of pen responsiveness.

Lower-cost tablets usually have no tilt sensitivity, no multitouch (ability to finger paint). A cheap drawing tablet won’t get pressure sensitivity in vector programs such as Adobe Illustrator or Inkscape.

For vector art, the best option is to use Clip Studio Paint, where you can get pressure sensitivity with a budget tablet. Though those files stay in their native file type and can’t be exported to .eps or .ai files.

Cheap graphics tablets don’t have a wireless kit the way the Intuos non-Pro models do (note, that costs extra).

Most budget tablet monitors lack external, customizable Express Keys. Some do, though.

Cheap tablet monitors come with a stand, but the stand doesn’t swivel the way Wacoms do.

Budget tablets usually have 2048 levels of pressure and Wacoms have up to 8192, though some still have 1024. All are fine.

Generally, a cheap drawing tablet won’t come with bundled art software. Wacom Intuoses do, though.

Wacom Intuos as a cheap drawing tablet

As you can see, two Wacom Intuoses are named as a best cheap graphics tablet. That may seem strange, but the small non-Pro Intuoses really aren’t that expensive. They don’t have all the features of the Pro line, but that’s OK for most people.  I think Medium is the best size for drawing, but it depends. With the Intuos you get bundled art software.

(See  best Wacom tablets.)


Drivers for budget tablet brands do not offer as much customization as more expensive ones. They can also be harder to install or have occasional hiccups.

Wacom drivers are not immune from hiccups, but the installation process takes you by the hand more. Usually I find the budget ones to install quickly, but now and then there’s a hitch.

Low-cost tablets usually do not come with bundled art software. Wacom’s do, so that adds value.

Other differences are simply in the packaging. Some budget pen displays come in plain boxes without printing on them. The manuals may not be written in perfect English or may say “works with Windows 8” when the world is on Windows 10.

Don’t worry about that. Companies keep the drivers updated even if they don’t always keep the printed matter up to date. Download the drivers from their sites.

The screen tends to be smooth; there’s no texture as there is on some Cintiqs.

Many of the budget graphics pads and pen displays come with a generous assortment of accessories such as a drawing glove, bag, screen protector, and extra pen.


A lot of the low-cost tablet brands have interchangeable drivers, meaning those from one company can work on another’s. That’s a positive. If you have trouble with a driver, you can sometimes download a driver from a different site. In some of my reviews, I’ve noted where I had difficulties with drivers and tried alternative ones that worked better.


As far as support, most of the companies have ways of reaching them online, including forums, phone, and Skype chats. Some have offices in the U.S. and other countries and some don’t. Not all have Facebook pages and Twitter, as some are in countries where those are blocked. So you may need to use email or Skype.

Buying on Amazon is probably your best bet since you will have their return policy and guarantees.

Most of these are for sale only online, except the Wacoms. You won’t find cheap drawing tablets at Best Buy or other big box stores.

What to look for (and look out for) in an affordable art tablet:

Drivers should install without a struggle. Be sure you have deleted all previously installed tablet drivers first. (If you’re on a tablet PC, you can leave the tablet PC software. Only delete drivers that you or someone else installed onto the computer.)

If you do have a struggle, contact support of that particular company. You can also try deleting and reinstalling. It seems to me that installation is getting easier.

Drivers should work well across programs and for Windows and Mac.

Ports should not be loose. Loose ports are even a problem in some Wacom tablets. Cables should fit snugly into ports.

Don’t be alarmed if the screen squeaks at first when you use the pen; rub the screen with your hands a few times to quiet it down.


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Cheap Android and 2-in-1s

I’ve included standalone, direct drawing tablets on my list too, including the Lenovo Yoga Book and Samsung Galaxy Tab A with S Pen, an excellent choice for a relatively cheap 10″ tablet.. There are some relatively inexpensive tablet PCs and Android tablets.

A lot of people want a 2-in-1. None are super powerful, though. If you want a lot of processing power at the lowest price, you may be better off using a PC with an attached graphics pad.

Students, beginners, hobbyists, and artists on a budget–including professional ones–all can benefit by saving money. Many people have been using these less costly tablets and are happy with them. I’ve been glad to have had the opportunity to try some.

You can always start out with an affordable option then move up. Or you may just decide to keep it.

You will find you can get good results without spending so much.

Read more drawing tablet reviews.

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PNBOO PN10 review

PNBOO PN10 review: pen display under $250. Testing and video

PNBOO PN10 review

Image courtesy PNBOO

PNBOO PN10 review: Amazingly affordable

The PNBoo PN10 is a small, lightweight tablet monitor with screen that costs under $250 as of this writing (Dec. 2017).  It’s just 10″ diagonal, with an active area of 8.5 x 5.3″ (217 x 136 mm). It’s amazingly affordable.  PNBoo sent me the PN10 to review.

pnboo pn10 review

Click image if you’re already ready to see it on Amazon

Type of tablet

Pen display/Cintiq alternative

You have to attach it to a computer.

PNBoo also makes the 21″ PN2150 (review here).


Active area: 8.5 x 5.3″
Pen: batteryless, lightweight
Display: HD (1280×800)
Pen pressure: 2048 levels
Resolution/Report Rate: 5080 LPI, 220 pps
ms 5

What’s in the box?

The PNBOO comes in an attractive white box with graphics. (Unlike some budget ones that come in plain cardboard). You can see the box at the bottom of this page where it says unboxing video (you don’t have to watch the video to see it).


PNBoo PN10 with pen, pen holder, glove, CD

Pen display monitor
1 Pen
Pen holder
8 extra nibs
1 pen page
USB cable
HDMI cable
2 in 1 cable

Like other budget graphics monitors, it has no multitouch (can’t finger paint on it), no tilt sensitivity, and no pressure sensitivity in Illustrator. Palm rejection is not an issue since it doesn’t have multitouch.

I recently reviewed the PNBOO PN2150, a 21″ tablet monitor. The PN10 is around a couple hundred bucks at this writing.

pnboo 10 small tablet


The build quality is nice. The PNBOO is really lightweight, lighter than an iPad Pro. It’s made of plastic and pretty solid, with two rubber grips along the back so you can grab it easily. There’s a raised bezel around the screen. Unlike most budget drawing monitors, there are six Express Keys that are programmable in the driver. The driver has presets to some popular drawing programs.

You can use any art software with it, including Photoshop, Sketchbook, Gimp, Blender, Illustrator and more. It gets pressure sensitivity (not in Illustrator or Inkscape though–for pressure in vector, use Manga Studio). You can’t finger paint on it, though, you have to use a stylus.

On a Mac, you will need a MiniDisplayPort to HDMI adapter.

There’s no need to plug the PNBOO PN10 tablet into a wall, which gives it a lot more mobility. I was easily able to sit on the couch and draw, and at the desk, it doesn’t take up much space.

The best thing about it (besides the price) is how light it is. The pen is very light, too. It’s thin, more like a ballpoint pen. It’s similar (perhaps the same) as the pen that comes with the ArtisulD13. The driver says Artisul, so there’s some connection there.


The pen has a more premium quality than the thick pens that come with most budget tablets. It has a chrome band at the place you can unscrew and open the two sides (though there’s no good reason to open it). The pen doesn’t need a battery or charging.

The pen is accurate, without much parallax. I did recalibrate it, but it was fine out of the box. The plastic on the screen is pretty thin so there’s not a lot of distance between the surface and the digitizer layer, thus, not much parallax. It’s not possible to have zero.


Driver installation was simple. I used the site to get the driver, rather than the included CD, since my computers lack a CD drive. It’s always better to use downloaded ones anyway, because they are kept updated.

The driver says Artisul, and as mentioned, it has shortcuts for the express keys and pen buttons. More on the driver later.



The drawing surface is plastic. It’s not too slippery. It’s a lot less slippery than the iPad Pro. In fact, when home, I find myself using this instead of the iPad Pro, which surprised me. I like that I can use desktop programs, that it’s not too slippery, and that it feels like a dedicated drawing surface rather than something that invariably distracts me with all the online temptations (even though I can on those on the tablet screen, the icons are so small on it that it’s less tempting.

Colors on the IPS LED screen are rich and bright, with deep blacks.

Changing the brightness on the computer screen does not affect the brightness or color on the PnBoo.

The pen is thinner than most budget pens. It’s like the Artisul D13’s pen.

Drawing on the PNBOO PN10

pnboo pn10 drawing

lines done in Clip Studio Paint

The pen is pretty accurate. But I found I had to press down quite hard to make a mark or select buttons, even with the pressure curve on the lowest setting. In Sketchbook Pro on a Mac, I sometimes got little blobs on the ends of lines because of having to press down.

It worked a bit better in Clip Studio Paint, but at times it would stop working and I’d have to make a line using the trackpad, then go back to the pen and it would work. So, the driver is buggy.

The pressure sensitivity works fine in the programs it should work in. (So, not in Illustrator; for vector, use Clip Studio Paint’s vector layer for pressure). I found the bugginess unsettling. I was starting to write off the tablet as more of a toy.

But… I found a solution!

Since the driver that came with this says Artisul and thus has some connection, I decided to try the Artisul D13 driver from the Artisul site. Sure enough, it recognized the PN10, and this driver works MUCH better. No more issues with pressing down hard. No more little blobs. The initial activation is about similar to a Surface Pro. A great free solution.

Hopefully PNBOO will fix the native driver. The previous PNBOO driver, on the 2150, was an improvement over what it seemed to be based on (the usual very basic ones). This one seems to need some tweaks.

PNBoo PN10 review: the verdict

In short: I do like the tablet except for the driver issues. If you have problems with the driver it comes with (I can’t be sure everyone’s computer will have the same issues) I suggest you download the Artisul D13 driver on, as described above. I haven’t tried every single program, but I’m satisfied with it now that I switched to the other driver.

I’d recommend the PNBOO PN10 for people who want something small, light, and cheap, who want to use desktop programs as opposed to apps. The PNBOO could be a good travel pick if you are working on a larger Cintiq type of tablet but can’t bring it with you. It also could be good for a starter tablet for a student. The size makes it more like a sketchbook.

Here’s a quick pen test from the outside of the tablet:

Here’s my unboxing video.

See it on Amazon: click for US

See on Amazon: click for UK

News from Tablet Pro Windows app

A word from Tablet Pro Windows app

Tablet Pro app will be adding new features. The app will be on sale before prices goes up Dec. 4.

… posting this for my buddy Justice over at Tablet Pro. Tablet Pro is an app available in the Windows store that provides a robust on-screen menu for artists. It lets you stop using your keyboard and mouse and just use your screen.

Check out the Tablet Pro site

They’re going to add features like pen-button remapping, layout switching and more. Because of all the new features and their concentration on this app, they’re going to increase the price. But if you get it before next Monday Dec. 4th, it will be discounted.

This is one of the very few Windows apps out there for tablet artists. If you have a Surface Pro or other tablet PC, it’s well worth a try.

Here’s the update:

Next Monday we are going to be changing our pricing. The new price of the total package will be $54.99. This is a big jump and I’d like to explain our thinking.

In order to further develop Tablet Pro, we need to increase our funding. I believe the end goal is to have the best software possible, that means adding a number of exciting new features (like automatic layout switching, built in pen button remapping, custom button colors and a host of new awesome improvements)

Here is the idea for the price change. We are wanting to increase revenue while doing our best to give our users the best possible deal.

Pricing will look like this next Monday. Artist Pad $19.99 (doubles in price) Fullscreen and Gesture $14.99 ($5 additional) Touchzoomdesktop $9.99 Gamepad $9.99 ($5 additional) Total Price Valued @ $54.99  Full package bundle price $34.99

This is a good discount for the whole package. Most of the time however, we plan on putting the discounted full package price at a steeper discount at $27.49 (50% off for a limited time). In practical terms this is a price increase of $1.50 over the current full package price of $25.99.  We feel that this price will more effectively convince new users to opt for the whole package with more confidence in its value.

So, why am I telling you? It occurred to me that some of our current users may have bought one or part of our software and upgrading from a single purchase to the Full package doesn’t make sense as the price doesn’t adjust to compensate for your previous purchase.

So this week only we are doing the Full Package for $9.99  It’s important to me that we honor and do our best to treat our current and future users well. I hope this pricing change makes sense to you. Our goal is to increase profits enough for Takashi to make improving Tablet Pro his full time job. This will benefit all of us greatly.

Please share this sale with as many people as possible (Reddit) and any news sites or social communities you feel would post an article. We want to grow and continue to develop Tablet Pro at an increased speed for everyone’s benefit!

Thank you for being a fantastic community to serve, Justice Frangipane


HP Sprout Pro G2 hands-on with inventor Brad Short

HP Sprout Pro G2: overview and video demo


The first HP Sprout was launched two years ago (with Windows 8) after a development period of about 4 years. This article shows the HP Sprout Pro G2 in action. The non-Pro Sprout is quite affordable, at about the cost of a laptop.

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HP Sprout Pro G2 3D image capture in action

HP Sprout is a dual-screen PC that runs Windows 10 Pro. It’s meant to allow an immersive computing experience that breaks the boundaries between physical objects and the digital world.

It’s got an i7 processor, a camera/projector, an amazingly thin, flexible 20-point touch screen with 2,048 levels of pressure sensitivity (HP Active Pen included), and a scanner that scans both 2D and 3D objects.

Brad Short,  HP Distinguished Technologist and the inventor and creator of the HP Sprout, showed off the HP Sprout Pro G2 at CES Unveiled NY 2017. I was on hand to watch and try out the drawing touchpad.

Here’s the creator himself doing a demo of the Sprout Pro G2.

Drawing demo on the HP Sprout touchpad. The included pen gets 2,048 levels of pressure.

What can artists do with the HP Sprout?

What can we not do? Artists can draw on the touchpad, scan objects and immediately place them into a 2D or 3D image, create 2D and 3D art, edit music and video, and send files to a 3D printer such as a Dremel. We can incorporate blended reality, VR (virtual reality), and AR (augmented reality).

It’s not just for artists. Short says blended reality will soon be a common way of communicating. Instead of a photograph, people will take a 3D scan and post it on social media. The HP Sprout isn’t meant for super-heavy-duty 3D scans but to create something that looks nice and is manageable in many apps. Here, Brad Short demos creative uses for 3D scans, such as putting the images into a video or into PowerPoint 3D. (Microsoft Office now supports 3D).

The Sprout runs Windows 10 Pro, has an i7 processor and 21.3″ HD display.

Basic specs:
Windows 10 Pro
i7, Intel HD graphics 630
21.3″ screen, HD 1920×1020
wide viewing angle
full keyboard
Ports: SD media card slot, 4 usb 3.0, HDMI 2.0, RJ-45, audio, controller

Bottom monitor:
Intel HD Graphics 6305
discrete NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
wireless mouse, active pen that uses Wacom
camera: HP High def 14MP
Top screen is touchscreen

The Sprout has real-time tracking of the object. You can move it around and it will capture.

hp sprout pro 3d capture

HP Sprout Pro G2 captures objects and creates 3D scans.

The camera somehow ignores your hands and fingers, if you are holding up the object. If you’re holding it and you put down the object or otherwise let it lose tracking, it easily regains it.

At the end of the scan, you can see a mesh version with superimposed high-res photos of the surface. The files are .obj files you can open in surface mesh editing software, or AR and VR programs. The files are not very large at all.

You can also open the files in Photoshop and 3D Builder in Windows Creator. Short talks about how “fun” is an important part of Sprout ,and the idea of bringing 3D to everyone. “Sprout is a creative product for creativity,” he says.


The HP Sprout Pro G2 captures an elephant

Accuracy: The 2d aspect is more accurate than the 3D in the camera used here; here, the 3D has 1mm accuracy. But if you use the the other 3D scanner that comes with the HP Sprout Pro G2, which is a higher-end, professional one, you get a high 10 to 15 micron accuracy.

You can then print it on a 3D printer such as a Dremel. You can also use it to create textures for your own 3D creations. You can quickly drag it to the touch mat and draw on it using the Active Pen or your finger on the touch mat.

Using it with Microsoft Creator Studio, you can integrate it into their videos or add your own 3D objects to libraries. You can edit music and video.

The HP Sprout is a tool, but also can be a fun a toy; a kid can use it.

The HP Sprout Pro G2 is a remarkable machine with a ton of potential. I find the flexible touchpad to be amazing.

The HP Sprout’s main use has been in the educational and manufacturing areas, but as it evolves, and consumers are more used to using 3D, AR, and VR, we could see more of these machines in homes. For artists who create game art, 3D models, or use AR and VR, it’s already extremely useful. Paired with Microsoft’s 3D tools, the Sprout may become a household word.

See the Amazon listing for more about the HP Sprout and HP Sprout Pro G2.


2017 Digital Artist Gift Guide


It’s that time of year ago when we take time out to remember the artists in our lives who bring us so much cheer year-round. There are many fun gifts out there, a lot of them tech gifts.

The best artist gifts are inspiring, personal, and will last a while (or, are edible or drinkable).  We may not be mind-readers, but there are certain things that any digital artist or any artist at all would love to receive.

Life-Phorm All-in-One Positioning Device for iPad 3, iPad 4, Tablets, Smartphones and Cameras

Life-Phorm All-in-One Positioning Device for iPad 3, iPad 4, Tablets, Smartphones and Cameras

This extremely adorable “positioning device” is turns your mobile device or camera into a character, and is useful as well. See it on Amazon


Prop ‘n Go Slim Lap Desk

A lap desk is a terrible thing to waste… when it could be used to draw on. This one has grooves so you can set your kickstand at different angles. Others have features such as slideout keyboards.

This angled one from Halter Desk is pretty cool too, and you don’t need a kickstand. Click image to see more info.



PNBOO PN10 10.1 Inch Drawing Monitor (under $250 as of Dec. 2017)

This super-affordable tablet is a small, solidly built Wacom Cintiq alternative that I have done a full review of. Please read my PNBOO PN10 review if you’re considering it.


Wacom Bamboo Spark Smartpad Digital Notebook

Draw on paper with a regular pen while the Spark (below the paper) digitizes your drawing. Save it to the Cloud. Digitize your handwritten notes. A cool way to carry a sketchbook and open your drawing later on your computer or tablet.


Anker 20000mAh Portable Charger PowerCore 20100 

Ultra-high-capacity power bank for Samsung Galaxy, iPad, iPhone and more. Power banks are getting better and better. This weighs about 12 oz. and delivers a serious charge to your tablet or phone. Can charge iPhone almost 7 times, iPad mini 4 two times, Galaxy S6 five times. Comes in black or white.

See it on Amazon

Anker 20000mAh Portable Charger PowerCore 20100


 Natural Light Desk Lamp by Verilux

This LED desk lamp casts full-spectrum light, which reduces eyestrain and fatigue. Adjustable and dimmable. The base has a USB charging port so you can keep your tablet juiced.


Tecboss 3D Printing and Drawing Pen

Have doodles of fun drawing, writing, and sculpting with a 3D printing pen. This is great for kids (with adult supervision) and artists of all ages. A thin stream of plastic comes from the tip and lets you create your dreams.


Apple 29W USB-C Power Adapter

This 29-watt charger from Apple turbocharges your iPad pro 12.9 and Macbook, with this 29-watt charger from Apple. It charges the iPad Pro (ONLY the 12.9 inch models, do not use it on smaller iPads) way faster than the charger the tablet comes with.

Sadly, the cable isn’t included. Apple brand USB-C to Lightning cable. The Apple one has a chip that’s needed. Your iPad Pro 12.9 should charge in a few hours (mine takes about 3 hours)  instead of overnight.

Three-Piece Fintie for Apple Pencil cap holder / Nib cover / Lightning cable adapter tether

3-piece kit fixes multiple Apple Pencil annoyances: the silicone rubber cover keeps the Pencil’s cap from rolling away like a meatball. The nib cover protects the Pencil tip. The Lightning cable adapter tether secures the cable to the micro-USB. Comes in a rainbow of colors.


Virtual Reality System

A virtual reality system immerses your artist’s mind in a whole new universe. These systems that include headsets, controllers, and sensors. Draw and paint with 3D painting apps such as Google Tilt Brush. Watch 3D movies or play games in an alternate reality. You may not want to come back!

Oculus Rift + Touch

International customers

HTC Vive

International customers


Copic Ciao markers

Copic Ciao markers are permanent, nontoxic markers great for manga, adult coloring books, and rendering. They come in zillions of colors. They are highly blendable, especially if you use the Copic clear blender marker. Though pricey, Copics are refillable and the nibs are replaceable. They come in different types and quantities, individually or in a set.


The Manga Artist’s Workbook: Easy-to-Follow Lessons for Creating Your Own Characters

Master the basics of the most popular style of cartooning with The Manga Artist’s Workbook by Christopher Hart, a bestselling author in the field of art instruction. 

Yearning to become a manga artist? Learn proportion, action, hair and costume to create unique manga characters. This is a set with both an art instruction book and a workbook with blank pages, tracing paper, and exercises.


iPad Pro 10.5″

Need I say more? The iPad Pro has become the main or only digital art tool for many illustrators and fine artists. The 12.9 is a great size for drawing, while the 10.5 is newer and big enough.

Etch A Sketch Classic

Who could forget the Etch-a-Sketch? I think all that time playing with one as a kid may be the reason I got hooked on art tablets later. It looks like a computer and is interactive, but it’s filled with sand. Glad these are still around. (By the way, I’m also a huge Wooly Willy fan–a super fun stocking stuffer or Secret Santa gift!).

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 with S Pen

samsung galaxy tab a with s pen

This popular and affordable drawing tablet has a pressure-sensitive Wacom pen with tilt sensitivity. The Galaxy Tab is an Android tablet, so that gets you access to all the apps in the Google Play store. That includes lots of art apps. See our review

See it on Amazon

Pencil by 53

This stylish Bluetooth-enabled stylus will supply pressure sensitivity on a non-Pro iPad or any touchscreen tablet or phone that has Bluetooth. This one’s made of real wood; they also come in metal.

Aeropress coffee and espresso maker

Who wouldn’t love Aeropress? Long a geek favorite, it’s a fun, dynamic way to make a strong coffee or espresso really, really fast, so you can get back to that drawing. The coffee won’t have any grit, and the plastic has no BPA.

Streaming media player

Nothing like having your favorites on while you paint. Streaming media streamlines the process, connecting your devices to make something like an entertainment complex.

Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote

Powerful streaming media stick has Alexa Voice Remote, so you can say, “Launch Netflix” like a boss.There are tens of thousands of channels, some by subscription. You can also order food, play music, and more. If you have an Amazon Prime membership, you’ll get access to a ton of movies and TV. Plug the Fire Stick into any TV’s HDMI port and fire up Wi-fi.

Roku Express Streaming Media

In the same vein as the Fire stick, the Roku is aweseome.


SwissGear Travel Gear 1900 Scansmart TSA Laptop Backpack

This TSA-friendly backpack opens up to speed you through airport security. It has compartments for laptop and tablets and places for water, keys, and drawing utensils. It’s weather-resistant and ventilated.


A4 Ultra-thin Portable LED Light Box

Working off the computer? Well, you can still have some light. Transfer and trace drawings, do scrapbooking, stenciling, animation etc. with this thin, lightweight LED light box.

Tran Economy Artist Portfolio, 24 by 36-Inch

When you get that call from an art director or design client that says “I’d like to see your portfolio, please come in,” you’d better be ready. This simple, attractive, portfolio will show your work in a positive light.


Tombow Dual Brush Markers

It’s always good to get away from the screen for a while. These Tombow markers make art a lot of fun with beautiful watercolor-like effects. The set comes with a colorless blender. Each brush has two tips, one soft and flexible, one fine tip. You can also add water using a paintbrush.

Schpirrer Farben colored pencils.

A woman into coloring sourced the materials herself and had them custom-made. They are oil-based pencils that achieve rich effects. Users love them.





Alas, there’s no “corncob pipe” brush.

Creative gifts are awesome, whether they’re for others or yourself. They’re an investment that keeps giving for years to come.