If you are an artist and you aren’t already working from your computer, (which is hard to believe, especially knowing the times we are in) pretty soon you will be. For those of you that are just now going to start working digitally as an artist, it can be confusing knowing what to look for and to find the right laptop that will support the type of artist that you are you’ll have to know to choose the right computer hardware. This is how digital artists choose computer hardware.
Having the right computer and tools would make a big difference in how you approach working each day, you can either drag working because you know your laptop is crappy or you can excitedly get to work because your computer and tools are cool and fun. The good news is unless you will be outputting 3D animated renderings then you won’t have to put out a large amount of cash buying the most high-end system, and still be able to get a sufficient setup (but If you have the money and are willing then go for it. You won’t be disappointed).
For starters, three categories have to be broken down so ask yourself whether you want a laptop, desktop, or tablet. These days there you can get a laptop that turns into a table, with a pen so you can also go that route.
For RAM (Random Access Memory) the ideal to go for would be between 8-16GB, again you can go higher if possible. Rams are where your software is loaded, as you open your files they get stored in the RAMs. It is easy to run different software on your laptop easily without any lag with 16GB RAM.
For some laptops, you can purchase higher RAM to install so if you already have a laptop and aren’t looking to buy a new one see if you can get a professional to install new RAM for you. Nowadays computers come an equipped ruth RAM-based drives instead of hard drives which are called SSD (Solid-State Drives). It is highly recommended that you also purchase an external hard drive to backup your work.
SSD is recommended but not required, like I previously mentioned they are being incorporated into computers these days. If you find that the laptop you’re getting has one then great, if not then no sweat.
For accessories, you might consider getting a second monitor for home computers, which work great for displaying your art as you are creating. You can’t travel with a monitor, but you can always connect your laptop to it. Another accessory that is worth grabbing would be the external hard drive as mentioned above, and a stylus pen. Some pens come included with the purchase of a laptop, others you have to purchase separately. A graphics tablet is an accessory pad that allows you to draw with a stylus pen. This is for people whose laptops don’t already have a touch screen with a pen. You can find some affordable graphics tablets on amazon.
I would say the screen is important since you’ll be working long hours staring at the screen, so get something that has a resolution of a minimum of 1920 x 1080 pixels, try not to get anything below that, and at least a 12 inch Full HD screen. A 12-inch the minimum required size, it’s just the perfect size laptop that would make sure you’re able to carry it around without much problem. Being able to see what you’re working on without too much struggle is always a plus.
Portability is also a really important factor, there are plenty of times that you’ll have to carry your laptop out of the house to school, on a trip, to a friend’s house, or a coffee shop. There are artists out there that work better being in different environments once in a while, they find inspiration out of their comfort zone. To do this as comfortably as possible, the laptop has to be portable enough to take around. The thing about portability is that some of the smaller computers don’t have enough of the specs that are required for digital artists so you want to find a nice medium.
These are a couple of ways that digital artists should go about choosing their computer hardware. Always think about the type of graphic art you’ll be doing and do the research, and read reviews to find out which laptops best handle the programs you will be using. Always know that RAMs are always important as a digital artist, the bigger the RAM the better. Hopefully, this helps you narrow down some aspects of the elements that are needed to show how digital artists choose computer hardware.
Written by: Edwige Freitas