The end of the year 2021 is almost here, so it's time to look for some gadgets for digital artists. Maybe you will even have a chance to get a last minute Christmas present for yourself or your closest ones.
PenPad - an intuitive shortcut panel for Procreate® artists
First on the list is PenPad, created by PenTips. Procreate users will be thrilled. PenPad is a device designed to easier your workflow, instead focusing on gestures and repetitive motions within Procreate, which can be sometimes annoying. You will be able to focus more on the painting and your creative art with these 23 accessible shortcuts.
I have already seen some wireless keyboards for Procreate and MacOS/iOS but these are usually just general shortcuts for the ecosystem, not Procreate specifically and because I have personally delightful experience with PenTips product, I can recommend it with no doubts.
The device should be lightweight, portable and should last day and half straight working before next charging.
They are currently running a Kickstarter, which has already crossed almost 250% funded mark, promising shipping from the Netherlands in February 2022.
If you are interested, grab one now or check more information on the Kickstarter page.
TourBox Neo - the ultimate controller for creators
Another device to get rid of some repetitive motion stress and give relief to your hand & wrist. This time with a focus on digital artists working mainly on the PC/Mac. Great for illustration, photo and video editing.
You can download their free software TourBox Console, available for MacOs and Windows where you can set up all your shortcuts for different software such as Photoshop, Lightroom, Illustrator, Final Cut Pro X, Premiere Pro, DaVinci Resolve, Capture One, Clip Studio Paint, Paint Tool SAI, you name it.
They have currently running Kickstarter for newer version TourBox Elite, so if you want to get it among the first ones with lower price, you can grab one here:
We, as artists, sometimes need to show of our work or if we are teaching a group of people, a small easily portable projector is a splendid gift. You can connect it to your phone, tablet and just share everything on your screen.
Apple pencil accessories
Apple Pencil holder (strap)
I love magnetic charging on the iPad but geez, how many times the Apple pencil fell down because of my movement when I'm not drawing but doing something else on the iPad. I work everywhere on the iPad so you can imagine it's not an ideal table set up situation for me.
This one is compatible with the majority of iPads, second generation of Apple pencil, you can grab one here:
Apple pencil Tips and Grip
Pen Tips are colored nibs. You slide them on your Apple Pencil Tip to reduce clacking noises and act as a protective layer. The Grip you slide on the holding area of your Apple Pencil. They ergonomically formed this to increase the time you spend drawing and writing.
I know that there are many companies over there selling similar products. But being based in the Netherlands where Pen.Tips come from, I'm glad I can support local business and share my recommendation for their products.
You can check Tips and Grip over here:
ProCase Stylus Case
This durable and stylish case will keep all your styluses and other accessories in one place. If you do not have a proper case for your tablet with all the pockets and tiny places to store these tools, it might be very handy. Or if you need to drag your styluses around a lot, this might be a very cheap and simple solution.
Good idea for a present? Check it out:
Zine-O-Matic - A monthly shipment of zines and indie art
Zine-O-Matic is more subscription based tool. If you or your friend are looking for new inspiration to develop your designs and personal style, then there’s no better source than independent art. It's hard to keep up with the art scene and especially with more underground artwork.
Zine-O-Matic delivers monthly collections of the best zines, independent art, and alternative paper goods. This subscription box challenges the norm of what we consider art while informing and entertaining.
If you like this idea and you want to have every month at your doorstep nice limited collection, you can choose from two sizes 4-5 zines or 5-6 zines here below
BillionDollarArtGallery - turn your TV into art
Let's say you are looking for something different. Showcasing 500 of the most beautiful paintings in history, BillionDollarArtGallery transforms your TV and living room into the best museum in the world. So this is a win win, gaining knowledge and admiring amazing art at the same time.
Perfect for any occasion: birthdays, Mother's day, anniversaries, graduation, retirement, Christmas, showers, office gift exchange, and the perfect gift for the person who has everything:
Go grab one of these gifts either for yourself or as a present for your friend. Did you find out anything even more splendid out there? Share it with us below in the comments.