DIGITAL ILLUSTRATION 101 || TOOLS FOR BEGINNERS

DIGITAL ILLUSTRATION 101 || TOOLS FOR BEGINNERS

I get asked this question a lot; How do you know how to draw? What apps do you use? Can you put me through digital illustration? Well, guys, I decided to answer some of your questions regarding digital illustrations. Today, I’ll be sharing some useful tools to get you started as a beginner.

Before I continue, I want to let you know that I didn’t start out with any fancy gadgets, rather I started out using only my mobile phone. Yeah, it’s very possible to start with just that and as time goes on, I’ll try my best to share the knowledge I have on digital illustration.

Here are some of the basic tools you need to get you started; from the hardware to the software(apps). And keep in mind that some of these apps are free while some also paid for.

 

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TOOLS

DIGITAL ILLUSTRATION 101 || TOOLS FOR BEGINNERS

1. A SMARTPHONE

A smartphone can work for you but one thing I’ll like to point out is that you should use a smartphone with good storage space because some these apps take up a lot of space and you don’t want it to start lagging or crashing while your drawing (talking from experience).

2. TABLET DEVICES

There is a couple of different kind of tablets out there and one thing I’ll advise is that you get one that matches your budget and also that has a good storage space. One thing I love about tablet devices is the screen size which is usually bigger than a smartphone and this gives you more room to draw with ease. Some of the tablet devices out there are;

• Ipad & Apple Pencil

• Wacom tablets

• Samsung Tabs & S-pen

3. A LAPTOP OR COMPUTER

This is something I haven’t used before but most people use a computer or laptop if they are using a Wacom Tablet. So if you’re thinking of getting a Wacom then you’ll probably use it with a computer( that’s if the one you’re getting doesn’t have display screen).

APPS

Now that you know what you’ll be using to help you start drawing, you’ll need an application or software and I have a few that I’ll recommend and these have their individual differences so you have to try most of them to see which ones you’re more comfortable with.

1. ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR DRAW

 

illustration 101 tools for beginners

 

This is my first love when it comes to digital illustration and this has been where I make 99% of my illustrations (for clients or even personal works). I love the simplicity of this app and it’s also beginner friendly. You can create free-form vector designs with illustrator draw. So if you’re thinking of starting out, then I’ll recommend this app for you. The app comes with 5 Brushes(including the Eraser Brush)

PRICE: Free

COMPATIBILITY: Andriod / IOS

Click here to download this app for Android & IOS

 

2. ADOBE PHOTOSHOP SKETCH

 

DIGITAL ILLUSTRATION 101 || TOOLS FOR BEGINNERS

 

This app is almost similar to the Adobe Illustrator Draw app the only difference with this app is the brushes which are more natural like pencils, pens, markers and watercolour. So you might find that your drawing style works well with this app, also It’s beginner friendly and easy to understand. The app comes with 5 Brushes(including the Eraser Brush)

PRICE: Free

COMPATIBILITY: Andriod / IOS

Click here to download this app for Android & IOS

 

3. INFINITE PAINTER

 

DIGITAL ILLUSTRATION 101 || TOOLS FOR BEGINNERS

 

I recently tried this app out and they offer a 7 days free trial for you to get a feel of it first and I can say that it’s a pretty good app. One thing I love about this app is the variety of brushes and it comes with nearly 200 brushes.

PRICE: $7.99

COMPATIBILITY: Andriod / IOS

Click here to download this app for Android & IOS

 

4. AUTO DESK SKETCHBOOK

 

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The app is another great app with lots of brushes and the best part is that it’s FREE! Previously, the full version was paid for but the developers made it completely free. The app is packed with a lot of features so it’s something worth checking out.

PRICE: Free

COMPATIBILITY: Andriod / IOS

Click here to download this app for Android & IOS

 

5. PROCREATE

 

DIGITAL ILLUSTRATION 101 || TOOLS FOR BEGINNERS

 

This is one app I have heard so much about but unfortunately for Android users, this app is only available for IOS. It’s also not a free app but it’s an app worth every dime. This works with only an iPad but they have a mobile version called “Procreate Pocket” which works well for iPhones(iOS 11 and above). It is also packed with 100+ brushes (pens, pencils & abstract tools)

PRICE: $10

COMPATIBILITY: IOS only

Click here to download this app for iPads & iPhone

 

DIGITAL ILLUSTRATION 101 || TOOLS FOR BEGINNERS

 

These apps all give you an unlimited way for you to express your creativity, all you need to do is to find the one you most comfortable with and START!! It’s that easy

Was this post helpful? Have you heard or tried any of these apps? Will you be downloading any of these anytime soon? Please leave a comment, I’d love to hear your thoughts. And also, let me know what areas you’d love for me to cover as time goes on and I’ll try my best to do so!

Till next time

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