Best iPad Accessories for Artists in 2022

By Iva Mikles •  Updated: Aug 28, 2022 •  Guides

My iPad Pro is something I talk about most, recommend most, and use most myself.

So I naturally get a lot of questions about what accessories the artists should get to make the most out of their iPads. Let’s have a look!

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My iPad Kit

Here is my iPad Pro and the accessories I use for drawing and other tasks in my creative business. There are more accessory options below.

My Pick
  • Description:

    The best iPad for drawing and Procreate

    Apple M1 Processor for Next-Level Performance :: 12.9-inch Liquid Retina Display for Superior Color, Contrast, Brightness :: Light and Extremely Strong :: Premium Fit and Finish :: Up to 10 Hours Battery Life


Apple Pencil
  • Description:

    Second Generation Apple Pencil :: Best Drawing and Painting Experience :: Compatible with: iPad Pro 12.9-inch (5th, 4th and 3rd generation), iPad Pro 11-inch (3rd, 2nd and 1st generation), iPad Air (5th and 4th generation) and iPad mini (6th generation)

Screen protector
Recommended
Case
  • Description:

    iPad Pro Case with Pencil Holder, Soft Flexible TPU Back Cover, Auto Sleep/Wake, and Multiple Viewing Stand Modes


Stand
Case w/ Keyboard
Extra Protection
  • Description:

    Extra protection for my iPad Pro 12.9" with a handy charger case!


My Pick
Description:

The best iPad for drawing and Procreate

Apple M1 Processor for Next-Level Performance :: 12.9-inch Liquid Retina Display for Superior Color, Contrast, Brightness :: Light and Extremely Strong :: Premium Fit and Finish :: Up to 10 Hours Battery Life


Apple Pencil
Description:

Second Generation Apple Pencil :: Best Drawing and Painting Experience :: Compatible with: iPad Pro 12.9-inch (5th, 4th and 3rd generation), iPad Pro 11-inch (3rd, 2nd and 1st generation), iPad Air (5th and 4th generation) and iPad mini (6th generation)

Screen protector
Description:

Matte Screen Protector for Drawing, Writing, and Note-taking like on Paper


Recommended
Description:

I recommend you get them if you use a matte Paperlike screen protector


Case
Description:

iPad Pro Case with Pencil Holder, Soft Flexible TPU Back Cover, Auto Sleep/Wake, and Multiple Viewing Stand Modes


Stand
Description:

For 9.7-12.9-inch Tablets, Adjustable 4 Level Angles, Slip Resistance Parts Attached


Case w/ Keyboard
Description:

Amazing for typing and doing admin work

Extra Protection
Description:

Extra protection for my iPad Pro 12.9" with a handy charger case!


Table of Contents

I keep wondering what can make the iPad Pro more valuable and useful.

And in fact, I get this question a lot from both readers and my students – specifically:

So I thought it was about time I put together a buyer’s guide for the most important and nicest to have, accessories and addons for any digital artist with an iPad Pro – and, at the same time, the ultimate gift guide for anybody looking for the perfect present for same.

Must-Have iPad Accessories for Artists

There are a lot of accessories for iPad Pros that are nice to have, but there are a few that you have to have – basic tools which are essentially indispensable if you are going to use your Pro for creating or editing artwork, photographs, animation, video or other creative projects.

This ties directly into a few questions which seem to come up most frequently:

And, as you may have already guessed, the answers are no, no, no, and, wait for it, no. 

Best Pencil for the iPad Pro

As you can imagine, drawing and painting are impossible without a pencil.

The good news is that there are quite a few great styluses available for the iPad Pro, with excellent feeling in your hand and on the iPad screen and offering precise and accurate control.

Here are my favorites:

My Pick
Apple Pencil (2nd generation)

Second Generation Apple Pencil :: Best Drawing and Painting Experience :: Compatible with: iPad Pro 12.9-inch (5th, 4th and 3rd generation), iPad Pro 11-inch (3rd, 2nd and 1st generation), iPad Air (5th and 4th generation) and iPad mini (6th generation)

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Apple Pencil (1st generation)

First Generation Apple Pencil :: Compatible with: iPad (6th, 7th, 8th, 9th (10.2") generation), iPad mini (5th generation), iPad Air (3rd generation), iPad Pro 12.9-inch (1st, 2nd generation), iPad Pro 10.5-inch, iPad Pro 9.7-inch

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The Apple Pencil (2nd Generation) – not just because it’s an Apple, but because of its superb control and the way it feels in your hand, allowing for natural, flowing, and fuss-free creativity, which makes it one of my favorite drawing accessories. 

Best Alternatives to the Apple Pencil

Alternative Pick
Adonit Note+ Digital Pencil

With Palm Rejection, Pressure Sensitivity, Support Tilt Stylus for iPad Air 4th/3rd gen, iPad Mini 6th/5th gen, iPad 9th/8th/7th/6th gen, iPad Pro 11/12.9" (2018-2021) with iOS 12.2 and above

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Adonit Note+ Digital Pencil – Adonit produces an extremely accurate and sensitive pencil, if not on the same level as the Apple Pencil, and substantially less expensive

Also Great
Logitech Crayon Digital Pencil

For iPad Pro 12.9-Inch (3rd & 4th Gen), iPad Pro 11-Inch (1st & 2nd), iPad (6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th gen), iPad Air (3rd, 4th, 5th gen), iPad Mini 5, iOS 12.2 and above

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Logitech Crayon Digital Pencil – a fun stylus that works perfectly and just seems to inspire creativity, but without pressure sensitivity

Before we move on, I should mention that several people have asked me questions like:

Wacom Pick
Wacom Bamboo Tip

Supports iPad Air, Air 2, iPad mini 1, 2, 3, 4, iPad 3,4, new iPad, iPad Pro 9.7, 12.9, new iPad Pro 10.5, 12.9

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I love Wacom products, and the Wacom Bamboo Tip is a great stylus for artists, but it is currently more expensive than the Apple Pencil, and for my money, the Apple is better. So, there you go…

If you want to consider a different brand, the Zagg Pro Stylus below is a worthy contender, too!

Also Great
Zagg Pro Stylus for Apple iPad, iPad Pro, iPad Air, iPad Mini

Rechargeable battery; Dual Tip Stylus; Tilt Recognition and Palm Rejection; Automatic Pairing

Compatible with: 12.9-inch iPad Pro (Gen 3,4 & 5), 11-inch iPad Pro, iPad Air (10.9-inch), 10.2-inch iPad, 9.7-inch iPad, iPad mini (Gen 5)

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Best Artist iPad Case 

This, to me, is a crucial accessory, and not just because I can, at times, tend to be a wee bit clumsy… Even if you’re made of money, and I’m guessing you’re not, it is still ultra-important to protect your little baby and keep her (or, if you prefer, him) in perfect condition. 

A good case will protect your iPad from drops and bangs and keep the screen from getting scratched or nicked in your bag, which is good for appearance and helps ensure your tablet keeps working reliably for as long as possible.

And if that case has a built-in keyboard, it can help transform your iPad Pro into a much more useful portable administrative tool – ideal for working commercial artists.

Best Artist iPad Case without Keyboard 

ESR Smart Case for iPad Pro – just as smart as the Apple and decent quality, the ESR is a fraction of the price – and you get the added challenge of learning how to pronounce the name!

My Pick
ESR Case for iPad Pro 12.9" Case

iPad Pro Case with Pencil Holder, Soft Flexible TPU Back Cover, Auto Sleep/Wake, and Multiple Viewing Stand Modes

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My Pick
ESR Case for iPad Pro 11 with Pencil Holder

iPad Pro Case with Pencil Holder, Soft Flexible TPU Back Cover, Auto Sleep/Wake, and Multiple Viewing Stand Modes

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At the risk of this becoming the longest section of my whole buyer’s guide for best accessories for your iPad Pro, I want to include one more incredibly useful smart cover case.

Even if you have a case already or a smart keyboard/case, you might well want to get the slightly larger Tomtoc Portfolio Case, a protective and premium feeling waterproof case that has a pocket for your iPad Pro and compartments for cables, accessories, power banks and whatever else – or, since we’re artists – pencils, pencils, pencils and, you know…

Value Pick
tomtoc Portfolio Case for iPad Pro 12.9-inch

Protective Sleeve with Accessories Pocket, Carrying Storage Bag for iPad Pencil/Adapter/Hubs/Cables/ Magic Keyboard, Fits Surface Pro 12.3

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Value Pick
tomtoc Portfolio Case for 11-inch iPad Pro (3rd Gen)

11-inch iPad Pro / 10.9-inch iPad Air 4 /10.2-in iPad 8th/7th Gen with Keyboard, Carrying Storage Sleeve Bag with Accessories Pocket

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Apple Smart Folio – it’s not that smart… I can tell that the only real functionality is that it puts your tablet to sleep and wakes it up. But for quality, durability, protection, and appearance, this is definitely the best smart cover case you can get for an iPad Pro.

Apple Pick
Apple Smart Folio 12.9-inch

For 12.9-inch iPad Pro - 4th Generation | Different colors

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Apple Pick
Apple Smart Folio 11-inch

For 11-inch iPad Pro - 2nd Generation and iPad Air 4th Generation | Different colors

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Best Artist iPad Case with Keyboard 

Apple Magic Keyboard – by far the best smart keyboard/case available. Expensive, but for quality and durability and the keyboard’s smooth and flawless action, it is well worth it.

My Pick
Apple Magic Keyboard 11-Inch

For iPad Pro 11-inch and iPad Air 10.9-inch

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My Pick

Logitech Slim Folio Pro Keyboard – a beautiful keyboard/case for the iPad Pro, and much less expensive than the Magic Keyboard, if not quite the same quality of feel and finish

Alternative Pick
Logitech Slim Folio Pro 11-inch

iPad Pro 11-inch Keyboard case with Integrated Backlit Bluetooth Keyboard (only for iPad Pro 11-inch)

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Alternative Pick
Logitech Slim Folio Pro 12.9-inch

Backlit Bluetooth Keyboard Case for iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd and 4th gen)

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Best Keyboard for the iPad 

And if you want a keyboard by itself – like, for instance, you want a full-sized keyboard for doing a lot of typing – you can get a lot of nice, smooth, and reliable ones for your iPad Pro.

My favorite is the original Apple Magic Keyboard which connects to your iPad in seconds. Virtually no setup is necessary.

My Pick
Apple Magic Keyboard

US English, Includes USB-C to Lighting Cable

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Apple Magic Keyboard – with big and cleverly shaped keys and a well-thought-out layout is the perfect keyboard for lots of typing at high speeds but is also quite pleasing to use for light occasional work.

It will work equally well with your Apple laptop, desktop computer, or any other computer or device, and it has a nice grooved slot along the top for setting your iPad Pro so that you can see the screen as you type.

Best Screen Protector for the iPad 

Another absolutely crucial accessory!

The important thing to remember when selecting a protective screen film is that you should get one with the best feeling when using a stylus – some of the super-smooth normal screen protectors definitely are not appropriate for drawing and painting.

The best I’ve found is the Paperlike matte screen protector.

My Pick
Paperlike for iPad Pro 12.9 Inch

Matte Screen Protector for Drawing, Writing, and Note-taking like on Paper

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My Pick
Paperlike for iPad Air 10.9 Inch & iPad Pro 11 Inch

Matte Screen Protector for Drawing, Writing, and Note-taking like on Paper

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If you use a Paperlike matte screen protector, your Apple Pencil’s tip will wear down quickly, so I recommend you get extra tips.

I have tried 3rd party tips compatible with my Apple pencil, but they wear out even faster, so since then, I have only used the originals.

My Pick
Original Apple Pencil Tips (4 Pack)

I recommend you get them if you use a matte Paperlike screen protector

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Useful iPad Accessories for Artists 

Best Drawing Stand for the iPad 

I could have easily put this stand in the must-have iPad accessories section.

Here we’re not talking about a simple stand for viewing the screen – your new case will have that built-in anyway – but a good, solid, and well-engineered stand optimized for drawing, painting, and editing, with the right angle and plenty of stability which puts it among the most useful drawing accessories.

My Pick
ELECOM Aluminum Drawing Stand

For 9.7 to 12.9-inch Tablets, Adjustable 4 Level Angles, Slip Resistance Pads Attached

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There are plenty of stands out there, but I like this one because it is stable, has four useful angles, and stays completely out of my way while I’m working.

Best Drawing Glove for the iPad 

There probably isn’t a great deal of difference between one drawing glove and another, and any is nice to have for flowing, friction-free work on the iPad Pro’s screen and to maintain palm rejection.

Here are a couple of my favorites, which will work on either hand, are flexible and comfortable, won’t harm your precious tablet’s screen, and glide perfectly across the surface:

My Pick
Huion Artist Glove for Drawing Tablets

One Size, Good for Right Hand or Left Hand

Get it on Amazon
Also Great
Mudder Thickened Artist Glove for Tablets

Drawing Glove for Graphic Tablet, Art Creation and iPad Pro Pencil

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Best Portable Projector for the iPad

Lots of people ask me about projectors, and especially questions like:

  1. What is the best screen projector for the iPad Pro?
  2. Does the iPad Pro need a screen projector?

And I have to say that for displaying your work – in a gallery or show, for a client or just in your own studio – or for multi-media work, tracing and copying, creating murals and all other kinds of things, a projector is an incredibly useful thing to have, and I am amazed at how much I use mine (the cool, tiny ViewSonic below). 

My Pick
ViewSonic M1+ Portable Smart Wi-Fi Projector

With Auto Keystone Dual Harman Kardon Bluetooth Speakers and HDMI, USB-C Inputs

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ViewSonic M1+ Portable Smart Projector – this incredibly tiny and amazing little projector has great picture quality and sound quality and works flawlessly. And, did I mention how tiny and cool it is?

Also Great
Mini Projector for iOS and Android

WiFi Movie Projector with Synchronize Smartphone Screen, 1080P HD Portable Projector Supported 200" Screen, Compatible with Android/iOS/HDMI/USB/SD/VGA

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Elephas Mini Portable Projector – not nearly as small or as cool as the ViewSonic, it is about a third of the price and still has a great picture. Provides both wireless and wired connectivity.

Best Power Bank for iPad 

My Pick
Anker USB-C Power Bank

PowerCore Essential 20000 PD (18W) Power Bank, High Cell Capacity 20000mAh Portable Charger Battery Pack for iPhone 12/Mini/Pro/Max Pro/11/X, Samsung

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If you use your iPad Pro outdoors and on the go, at some point, you will be really glad to have a good, large power bank.

The Anker PowerCore Essential is the best one I’ve seen, with enough stored juice to nearly triple your Pro’s usable battery life and exceptional material quality and durability.

Best Headphones / Earbuds for the iPad 

I’m no audiophile, but I have tried a lot of different headphones and earbuds, and to me, the very best sounding ones are still the Apple.

I think this is true with their wired in-ear buds, Bluetooth buds, and the normal over-the-ear Apple headphones, and when you factor in the trouble-free compatibility and use, they are all easy recommendations.

Apple EarPods

With Lightning Connector

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Apple EarPods Wired Earbuds – the least expensive option, but with brilliant sound

Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case

The original and one of the most popular and critically acclaimed wireless Bluetooth earbuds ever made - affordable, but with superb premium sound and material quality



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Apple AirPods Wireless Earbuds – for the freedom wireless allows, especially when I’m in the zone, the Bluetooth AirPods are definitely worth the money (though I have the wired ones too…)

Apple AirPods Pro

In-ear wireless Bluetooth buds which have a remarkably rich and clear high fidelity sound, good with all kinds of music



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Apple AirPods Pro Wireless Earbuds – the best sounding Apple earbuds, and amazingly popular given the admittedly premium price

New Apple AirPods Max

On-ear wireless Bluetooth headphones that can be used wired as well - sweet, musical and quite powerful, for a true audiophile experience



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Apple AirPods Max On-Ear Headphones – an incredibly luxurious pair of headphones that are built as well as any product I’ve ever used and sound absolutely out of this world

Best Music Service for the iPad 

I think people might not take me seriously when I recommend a streaming music service as an important accessory for artists, but I got to tell you that when I’m working, there is nothing better than to have great, energizing music playing.

Especially if I don’t have to be interrupted or distracted by selecting songs, restarting playlists, or being jarred out of my space by suddenly too loud or too soft tracks.

I increase productivity, and I can work longer and feel better.

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My favorite service is focus@will – not a familiar name, I know, but a specially engineered music streaming service with content specifically chosen to improve focus and mood, reduce stress, and increase productivity. This link will let you try it for free, with a complimentary 2-week trial.

Other than that, when I want to discover new music styles, Spotify never disappoints me!

I hope my guide helped you choose the accessories for your iPad and you will have a lot of fun drawing and painting on your iPad.

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Hi, I am Iva (rhymes with “viva”). I am an artist, illustrator, founder of Art Side of Life®, and Top Teacher on Skillshare. Since 2009 I've worked as an illustrator, character designer, art director, and branding specialist focusing on illustration, storytelling, concepts, and animation. I believe that we are all creative in infinite numbers of ways, so I've made it my mission to teach you everything I know and help either wake up or develop your creative genius. Learn more about me.

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