Everyone should try a wide variety of tools to discover what works best for them, but here are some tools that I like.
I prefer the Apple ecosystem, personally. The price is worth the quality and ease of use.
I’ve tried Wacom tablets. I’ve tried Cintiqs. I’ve tried the Mobile Studio Pro. In my opinion, nothing compares to the digital drawing and painting experience of an iPad Pro paired with the Apple Pencil and the Procreate app. I highly recommend this device.
It’s the industry standard for image manipulation. I use it every day for all kinds of image editing and creation. It’s really a must have for artists in this digital age.
This app is underrated. It can be a paradigm shift working with vectors instead of pixels, but I’ve been using this app since 2008 and I can’t stress how useful it is for design work. My flyers, business cards, mailers, personal branding, and more have greatly benefitted by this valuable tool.
I come from a graphic design background, so I was kinda forced to learn this tool and I’m so glad I did. If you want control over your book layouts and PDFs, you gotta learn this app.
This is another app that I can’t live without. It’s basically a super-powerful catalog of all my images that lets me make lossless edits to them on the fly. Makes for easy organization of my images, too.
Adobe After Effects
I use this app all the time. It’s very helpful for creating tutorial videos and time-lapse videos. Also, I do lots of animation so it’s great to have this tool under my belt.