Are you an artist looking for some new gadgets? Do you want an innovative toy to give you a new burst of inspiration, let you use a digital toolset on the move - or just want a new toy to play with?

This is a good place to start.

For while most artists know that more tools doesn't necessarily lead to better work, there's definitely a good reason to look more widely than ever for digital tools.

Whether it's the latest Wacom graphics tablets, handheld computers with accurate stylus inputs, amazing new computer monitors or something a bit more experimental, there's something for every creative person in the art world.

Take a look at our selection of the best new artists' tools for 2013 below.

And if we've missed any out let us know in the comments.


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  • Wacom Cintiq 13HD

    <a href="http://uk.shop.wacom.eu/products/cintiq/cintiq-13hd/cintiq-13hd/541?sCoreId=6abf0797510279a198d1219edc8a084f" target="_blank">Like all Wacom products, the Cintiq 13HD does not come cheap</a> - and at £749 for what looks like an iPad without its own apps or true portability (it has to be plugged into a computer to use) it might seem like a hard sell. But try it for a few seconds, and you'll see that what this second-screen really gives you is a level of control you'd previously need to spend thousands to achieve. With a full 1920 x 1080 display, a 178-degree viewing angle, pen input with 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity and Wacom's patented high-quality feel, this is the best portable drawing screen in the world.

  • Eizo ColorEdge CG276

    The new Eizo ColorEdge CG276 is expensive - at least £1,300 - but it's also the absolute best colour monitor for artists in the world. It has a resolution of 2560 × 1440 pixels on a 27-inch display, with absurdly accurate colour reproduction. And while it's chunky - even ugly - it's also the most <a href="http://www.pcpro.co.uk/reviews/monitors/381835/eizo-coloredge-cg276" target="_blank">"staggeringly"</a> accurate and brilliant monitor you'll ever use.

  • Paper by 53 (iPad)

    While it has comparatively few features and no true compatibility with Photoshop, <a href="http://www.fiftythree.com/paper" target="_blank">Paper by 53</a> is our favourite sketching app in the world. And while the iPad's App Store is full of great art applications, this is probably the most wonderful of them all. Its ink and watercolours engine is second to none, allowing for imprecise but gorgeously coloured and measured drawings. Yes, it will be immediately obvious what program you used for your work - but nobody will care, because it will look stunning.

  • N-Trig DuoSense 2

    The <a href="http://www.n-trig.com/Content.aspx?Page=DigitalPencil" target="_blank">N-Trig DuoSense Pen 2</a> is a pressure-sensitive stylus tool which comes included with some tablets running Windows and Android. While you'll have to work to find a machine that's compatible - and ideally comes packaged with a pen - the results are very strong. With 256 levels of sensitivity, a hover mode, programmable buttons and a small, attractive form factor it has a lot going for it. We tested it on an HTC Flyer tablet, and found it to provide a smooth and tightly integrated drawing experience, though the plastic nib is a bit slick on the screen. Just make sure you choose the right apps - we haven't found anything approaching Paper's level of intuitive design on Android, which mars the experience.

  • Moleskine + Evernote

    Evernote is already a great way to collate and organise your notes - and <a href="http://vimeo.com/48642945" target="_blank">their tie-in Moleskine notebook</a> makes it even better. With the included sets of stickers you can automatically store your hand-drawn doodles and ideas in your phone or tablet, and keep them for later reference. It's a great way to combine pen and paper with digital tech.

  • Sony Xperia Z Ultra

    Sony's new, massive phone has a 6.4" Full HD display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 800 processor with 2.2 GHz quad-core CPUs and a lot more besides. But for artists the standout feature is that you can use <em>any</em> pencil or pen to draw on the screen and write digital notes. We haven't personally seen this in action yet, but it promises a level of artistic flexibility that we haven't seen in any other gadgets.

  • Wacom Bamboo Stylus Duo

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/05/21/wacom-bamboo-duo-stylus-review_n_1533071.html" target="_blank">We once declared the Wacom Duo the best pen in the world</a> - and we stand by the hyperbole. The idea is simple. Wacom has essentially stuck a simple ballpoint on one end, and an iPad stylus in the other. But what makes this different is the quality of the stylus - which is still unmatched for an unpowered model - and a truly excellent feel. This stylus is perfectly balanced and engineered for everyday use.

  • Optoma Pico Projector

    <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Optoma-Pico-Pocket-PK120-Projector/dp/B005F5CJQS/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1373029005&sr=8-2&keywords=pico+projector">The Optoma Pico Pocket projector delivers a 70-inch image</a> in a package that connects direct to an iPad or iPhone, and fits in your pocket, for less than £200. For artists it's a brilliant way to display the fruits of your labour.

  • Makerbot Replicator 2

    If you're looking for the next frontier of digital art, it's likely that <a href="http://www.makerbot.com/">MakerBot</a> will have something to do with it. One of the world's first and only mainstream commercial 3D printers, this gadget takes digital art into the third dimension. It's still an emerging tech, but the possibilities are endless.