Apple is known for making stuff designers want. The first-generation iPad quickly became known for providing a pleasurable drawing experience in a multipurpose tablet. Two updates later, the iPad can do so much that it might actually be a drawback -- who needs all those distractions? But a strong fan base would probably assert that the perks outweigh the negatives (especially when the negatives come in the form of games, movies and music). When you're ready to sit down with an iPad and focus on your art, the device's strong support from the art community and tech industry means that there's a never-ending array of options. The solid hardware, light weight and portability and super-pretty display can all enhance the creative experience.
Some of the highest-rated and most popular drawing apps for the iPad, like Procreate and SketchBook Pro, are available for only five bucks. Other, more specialized apps include Zen Brush and Colored Pencils and are easy to add to your iPad for just a few more dollars. Bigger budget? You can also perk up your iPad with lighter-duty versions of Adobe's professional-quality, industry-standard Creative Suite software.
The iPad's glossy touch screen might be tempting for the finger-painting crowd, but the finely tuned sensitivity means it's also well suited for more professional accessories. Styluses come in pencil-tipped and pen-tipped options, and an array of brushes can round out your digital toolbox.