Looking for a real treat for your artist friend?
This year, why not treat the artist in your life to something special? Show them how much you appreciate their talent, or help empower them to create something they haven’t been able to make before. We guarantee they’ll love you for it.
(Or just treat yourself.. I’m sure you deserve it!)
Honest Disclaimer: Want the perfect excuse to treat yourself or your loved ones to a gift? Here it is:
We’ve included a few affiliate links below, meaning for every gift you buy, you’ll also be earning us a tiny commission to help support our free tutorials (at no extra cost to you). It’s not much, but every little helps – so gift away, it’s for a good cause! 🙌
Hardware & Gear
Do you ever miss the spring and feel of a real, bristled brush? This stylus is the closest you’ll get to the feeling of traditional painting. It’s compatible with most touch-screen devices, and works with almost any painting app. Just don’t accidentally dip it in paint!
If you’ve ever painted on an iPad Pro, you’ll know what all the fuss is about. Fast, accurate, and highly responsive, the smooth surface of the iPad is an absolute pleasure to paint on. It’s also incredibly lightweight, so you can take it wherever you go and paint from virtually anywhere.
Looking for a real treat? If portability and budget aren’t an issue, think about making this investment in the ultimate tool for your workstation, and become the envy of every digital artist. The responsive 22″ screen will allow you to paint incredible details, and is perfect for artists that miss working on large canvas or paper.
If you’ve painted for any length of time, you’ll know how quickly your hard-drive can become bloated with PSDs and other files. Keep everything safely backed up on this compact and incredibly affordable external hard-drive.
Having to deal with so many devices, it’s easy to run out of free USB ports quickly. This compact 4-Port Aluminum USB port will give you extra slots to comfortably plug everything in at once. No more plugging devices in and out like a switchboard!
A flexible power strip and surge protector, perfect for small studios and workspaces. You can bend it into different shapes to match the angle of your wall, devices or furniture. It also holds large adapters in every outlet – no more having to make decisions about which wall warts to put on which outlets.
Gift the freedom to work and paint from anywhere with Wacom’s new and much-coveted portable graphics tablet. This lightweight tablet will run even the most demanding 2D and 3D applications, thanks to it’s astonishing computing and graphics power.
Apps & Brushes
Hands-down our favourite plugin for Adobe Photoshop, Coolorus will revolutionise the way you pick colors. Easily build beautiful palettes with the many great features, including built-in Color Harmonies, Luminosity Lock, Gamut Masks and a much-improved Color Mixer & Sliders. Check out our recent tutorial to see just how great it really is.
Though not the only program for digital painting, Adobe Photoshop has undoubtedly become the industry standard. It’s incredibly powerful and versatile, and you’ll find far more training on Photoshop than any other digital painting program.
Used by over 100,000 artists, including professionals at Disney/Pixar, Dreamworks, Marvel, Laika, HBO, and Google (to name just a few), Kyle Webster’s brushes are incredibly popular, and it’s not hard to see why. High quality and incredibly versatile, every medium is covered: oils, inks, watercolors, even pencils and ink.
Another popular set of professional brushes, Roman Melentyev’s brushes are another great option if you’re looking for just one brush set to cover all your bases.
Books & Magazines
A beautiful hardcover book by the incredibly talented digital artist Lois van Baarle, aka Loish. Learn how she developed her distinctive style, from her childhood all the way through to her professional illustrations, and soak up the many great tips, lessons, and breathtaking inspiration.
Lot of tips and insights on how to thrive in the modern art world. Though it is partly geared towards designers, illustrators will also find lots of value in the many lessons on finding your style, promoting yourself, collaborating, and building your brand as an artist.
Catch a glimpse into the mind, thoughts and creative process of 44 accomplished artists and designers, and learn about the fascinating ways each of them develops ideas and concepts.
Lots of great tips & lessons from established artists like Charlie Bowater and Derek Stenning, who share their industry experiences and learnings for creating concept art characters.
Lifestyle & Funny
When you’re feeling stuck or low on inspiration, sometimes the best thing to do is just kick back and take a break. Whether it’s with a book, a YouTube binge or several hours on Netflix (be honest, it’s usually the last 2), this comfy foot hammock will help you relax and forget all about your creative block.
This Italian hand-made leather organiser might just be the single most elegant way to keep your tablet and digital painting gear safely stowed away. Included is the Tile Original tracking system – pair it with your phone and make sure you never lose your tablet.
Don’t forget your feet! They may not be directly involved in the painting process (please message us if they are.. we want to see your technique), but we all do our best work when we’re comfortable. And what could possibly be more comfortable than a pair of S’more-shaped, USB-powered heated slippers?
The Gift of Knowledge
Objects may break, but this is a present that will truly be forever.. What could possibly be more thoughtful than empowering a loved one to finally learn a skill they’re passionate about?
Whether it’s for yourself or the artist in your life, this world-class library of premium tutorials, workshops, and hands-on exercises is your golden ticket to mastering the art of digital painting.