Equip, Lifestyle

Equip: 12 Essentials for Digital Artists, Week of April 5th

Martin Banks

If you’re reading this article, you’re probably shopping for someone you don’t completely understand. Whether they’re a relative or a friend, this person spends hours in front of a computer or bent over a tablet sketching, painting, and creating. What could you possibly give the digital artist in your life when it seems like they have everything they need?

Well, consider your search for the perfect gift complete. Below, you’ll find a comprehensive list of the most interesting, trendy, and useful items for 21st-century artists, regardless of how deep — or shallow — your pockets are.

1. Aidata UM003B Mouse Platform

Does your favorite digital artist have an under-desk keyboard but no room for a mouse? Gift them a mouse pad that keeps everything on one level. Simply clip this bad boy onto the desk and work away. The platform rotates 360 degrees and has a built-in cable to keep the mouse in place and create a more ergonomic workspace.

$25 from Amazon

2. Frase Subscription

Is your digital artist a blossoming entrepreneur looking to sell his work? A subscription to Frase might be the perfect gift. This app uses artificial intelligence to increase click rates and web traffic by boosting the webpage’s rank on Google. The higher their work is on the page, the more they can earn by selling their work.

$45 per month from Frase

3. Cell Phone Lens Camera Kit

If the artist’s go-to form of expression is photography, they’ll certainly appreciate a cell phone lens camera kit. This 11-lens kit includes everything they need for any and every situation. Upon receiving it, they’ll be able to take higher-quality photos and even enjoy a more mindful lifestyle. 

$28 from Amazon

4. Capacitive 4-in-1 Stylus Pen

Different types of art require different types of brushes or, in the case of digital design, different styluses. Luckily, this pen comes with four tips, plus one extra brush attachment so they’re ready to create everything from mountain peaks to bicycles.

$27 from Amazon

5. Shortcuts Keyboard Cover

To anyone else, this keyboard cover might look like complete gibberish. However, a hardcore digital artist will see this shortcuts hotkey cover as a huge time saver. Choose from Photoshop, Final Cut Pro X, Lightroom, and more depending on your artists’ go-to program.

$7 from Amazon

6. Desktop Organizer

Most artists’ minds work faster than their hands, which can result in a messy workspace. Help your favorite digital artist keep their desk clean with a handy dandy organizer. Store stationery, styluses, phones, chargers, and more in this durable, high-quality tray.

$35 from Apollo

7. Vertical Wireless Mouse

Creating digital art often requires repetitive wrist and hand movements that can take a toll on your muscles. However, an ergonomic vertical wireless mouse can relieve pain and help your artist work more efficiently. This one features a scroll wheel and the ability to switch between three screen resolution sizes.

$46 from Appollo

8. Huion Artist Glove

Working with touchscreens can be difficult, especially when the side of your hand creates unwanted smudges and scratches in your art. Luckily, a two-finger glove like this one can minimize friction so the artist doesn’t have to go back and erase the damage caused by their working hand.

$9 from Amazon

9. Body Kun DX Set

Finding a human model that’s willing to pose for hours is a major challenge for all kinds of artists. However, there’s no need for models if you have a Body Kun DX set. The kit includes two action figures, extra parts, and a few random accessories so they can practice sketching the human body.

$55 from Amazon

10. 1TB Portable External Hard Drive USB

If your artist seems to create something new every other day, they’re probably going to need a backup storage device. Luckily, this portable hard drive has a whole terabyte of space so the recipient never has to worry about running out of storage.

$45 from Amazon

11. Nix Mini 2 Color Sensor

Digital artists have an eye for color schemes, often taking inspiration from their surroundings. Now, they can find and save their favorite hues with the Nix Mini 2. This intuitive sensor scans any color to find its paint match so artists can use the same shade in their art.

$99 from Amazon

12. Wacom Cintiq 22 Drawing Tablet

If money is no object, consider gifting your avid creator a new drawing tablet. This version comes in two sizes and provides them with the clarity to see every detail of their work. Plus, it features an adjustable stand, detachable pen holder, three replacement nibs, a nib removal tool, various cables, and an AC adapter.

$1,200 from Amazon

Just Ask 

If you still aren’t sure what to gift your family member or friend, just ask them. Odds are good they’ll be more than happy to give you a list. Plus, you’ll rest easy knowing you gave them something they wanted and needed.

Martin Banks