Y-Fi: Creative Technology

11 Feb 2016
POSTED BY Y Magazine
Technological developments are allowing creativity to flow more freely than ever before. Matthew Herbst brings you the tools every digital artist needs


Just Ink


The Wacom Inkling Digital Sketch Pen lets you doodle away as you jot your ideas down on standard paper or in sketchbooks, all the while capturing a digital likeness of your creation for use in Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator. You’ll be able to store hundreds of sketches on the Inkling receiver before transferring them to your Mac or PC via the USB port. Available at amazon.com from RO80.50.

Big Picture


Cintiq 22HD is the realisation of almost every digital artist’s dream. This gigantic tablet lets you sketch, paint, design and edit directly on the surface of the 21.5-inch HD display, allowing for almost limitless creativity. You can also adjust its position for your comfort just like an easel, but without all the mess. Available at amazon.com from RO770.50.



Pogo Connect 2 is a league above your average stylus. The Bluetooth pen enables you to draw with different line widths and also includes full control over pressure sensitivity on your iPad. It comes with six interchangeable tips, which means you can use everything from fine lines to dynamic brush strokes to express yourself as best you can. The built-in Bluetooth beacon is also a handy feature for finding lost pens. Available at tenonedesign.com from RO30.80.

Copy Cat


If you’re looking for the next step in digital printing, then look no further than the MakerBot Replicator 2. This refined 3D desktop printer takes art into a world of its own, allowing for unprecedented levels of planning before your 3D creation comes to life. Scale, move or rotate individual models or groups of models at once before dragging and dropping them right onto the virtual build space. Credited for starting a 3D printing revolution, you’ll have the power to create professional quality high-resolution models in the palm of your hand. Available at makerbot.com from RO1,117.41.


Hunting for a larger display to showcase your creations on? No need, as the Optoma Pico Pocket Projector delivers a whopping 70-inch image in a package that connects directly to an iPad or iPhone. Best of all, it fits in your pocket and is easy to use with its plug in and play functionality. For less than RO110, the hours of fun it will provide are well worth the investment. Check it out at optoma.co.uk

Editor’s Pick: Painting Perfection


Imagine painting on a tablet with an actual brush. Thats just one of the options the Sensu Artist Brush and Stylus makes possible and with it being digital, you can fix mistakes easily without watching paint dry. It’s one of the ultimate tools for digital artists looking for an authentic experience. Available at amazon.co.uk from just RO15.41.

New: Wacom Intuos pen tablets


If you’re a beginner looking for the best drawing tablet to get your career in digital art off to the right start, the Wacom Intuos Pen and Touch Tablet may be just the thing. Compared to other drawing tablets, you’ll have much more control and it comes with a textured drawing area that feels like you’re drawing on paper rather than a smooth surface. Various nibs are included and the stylus also has an eraser on the back to correct mistakes. The package comes with Adobe Photoshop Elements, so you can easily manage art projects and paint your own creations or alter photos. Available at amazon.com from RO41.92.

App of the Week: Paper by FiftyThree


Paper is a favourite sketching app amongst creatives. Its ink and watercolours engine is easy to use and allows you to create measured drawings with precision. For stunning art that is simple to create, there are few better apps out there right now. Available on the App Store for free. 

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