I'm gonna answer my own question here and say yes. I work in graphic design and back in the day, we did everything on paper. And hey, I still love to sketch on a real sketchpad.
There's always something visceral about drawing with a real medium like a charcoal pencil, ink pen or bright pastel on actual paper. And I have a few favorites that I always keep around the house, in my car, and at work, just in case the mood strikes me.
But all artists should go digital for a drawing pad because the technology is there, it's fun, and there's no reason not to use a nifty tool like this if it's available. There are many options out there, including ones that cost under $100. Great gift idea for kids, right?
The digital drawing pad, sometimes called a graphics tablet, typically comes with a stylus pen and will plug into a monitor. You'll want to consider size when buying.
For the casual artist, a small tablet will be fine but more avid users will want a larger surface area.
Ah, the Strathmore
A small Huion
The ol' Moleskin
A sleek Slate Smart
The Moleskin mainstay
“If you love sketch pads, you'll love the digital versions!”
In New York there are a limitless options for exposure to art and culture. When I am feeling restless and looking for inspiration, I always return to the MET, armed with my pencil and sketchbook in hand.