After more than 35 years working as an illustrator and product designer, I've come across a few 'Favorite Things'. These are the tools I personally use and love. I think you will too.
This is hands down my favorite program for putting together a new design. It's intuitive, responsive and easy to use. Plus, it's super affordable. Unlike most design programs (looking at you Adobe) you pay once and it's yours forever. At $49 it's one of the best design investments you'll ever make.
Forget having to spend a fortune to get a functional drawing tablet. This little baby is a rock star, and at $29 a total bargain. I use it for all my digital illustrations. If you don't want to spend hundreds on a tablet, this one's for you.