Although I normally paint in watercolour my blog illustrations are drawn on a tablet with a stylus. My first tablet was an Android, the Motorola Xoom. I tried a lot of drawing and painting apps for Android and the one I liked the best is Fresco. I didn’t even have to buy the pro edition, the free one works so well. Motorola Xoom with Fresco Lite (and Targus stylus)
Then I got an Ipad as a gift and couldn’t get Fresco (for androids only) so had to start again in finding an app that I liked (I’m picky). Art Studio works well for me. I bought the pro version but the “lite” (as in free) works well too, especially if you’re starting out.
I wish you could try all of them before purchase but that’s not always the case. I’d suggest finding one with a free version with option to upgrade. I had bought another app, Procreate which to me is more for the fine artist if that’s what interests you. However for illustration which is all I do on the tablet, ArtStudio is my app of choice, followed by Sketchbook (another app that comes with a free version that works well too). For the actual drawing there are several brands and types of stylus on the market. I use “Targus” which is the only one I could find when I started out on the tablets http://www.targus.com/us/productdetail.aspx?sku=AMM01US . After searching the web I’ve found others. There is one with a fine tip called the “Dagi Pen” that I might buy one day. It has a fine point with a shield on the tip to protect the screen.
On computers and laptops I use Adobe Photoshop (first edition) for drawing. I know it’s a photography program but it works well for drawing (at least for me anyway). Wacom is a company that has a lot of neat products for computers and laptops. I’ve still got the very first stylus tablet called Graphire that I guard with my life because they don’t make them anymore. But the newer ones, bamboo and intuos work well and are actually more advanced . You can check these all out here http://www.wacom.com/ (this is a fun and interesting website to visit!)
I still prefer to do my fine art, (horse and pet portraits) the traditional way on paint and paper. But the way things are going (sad to say) there will come a time when paper, pencils and all the art materials we take for granted will go the way of the film camera (I still have my old Nikon SLR for sentimental reasons, the adventures we had!)
I hope this information is helpful and if anyone has any questions please ask me, I’ll be more than happy to help!