For those who love to doodle nowadays, I have a really fun recommendation. Get a drawing tablet! What is a drawing tablet, you ask? It’s a periperal that hooks up to your PC (via USB nowadays) that let’s you draw, and have it show instantly on a screen. Architects and other high-end professionals have been using stuff like this for a while, but in recent years, it’s been used by more and more artists than before.
Yes, I’m really exalting the virtues of spending a few quid on one of these? Because they’re FUN! Once you get all the control options set up, it’s very nice and natural. It’s like sketching on a real piece of paper, so you don’t have to scroll about if you don’t want to, but you have MUCH more control! If you have the proper software (like Corel Painter X or Photoshop), then you can really go at it whole-hog!
I like the Wacom 9×12 pad because it’s slightly larger than an 8 1/2×11″ piece of paper. These have buttons and scroll-bars on them, so you can assign certain tasks to them, as well as the buttons on the pen. Do a search on YouTube for these things, and you’ll be amazed at how much they can actually do.
I’ll have some of my first sketches online here soon, so come check my Imagery section from time to time, and see what you think!