￼Top 5 Technologies for Artists with Disabilities
Art is for everyone, and if you follow Able IT Pros on social media, you know that we are passionate about accessibility and leveraging the strengths of all people with varying abilities. Sometimes it can be hard for artists with disabilities to find art programs and technologies that are easy to use to create their artwork. So, whether you’re an artist with a disability or know someone who is, or are simply looking for ways to optimize your creative outlet, here are the top five technologies that can help you create your artwork more easily and efficiently.
Wacom Intuos Wireless Drawing Tablet
Wacom is one of the most popular brands on the market for drawing tablets. They have a huge variety of products for artists to choose from—and the best part is that their products are easier for artists with disabilities to use. If you’re an artist who has a limited range of motion, Wacom’s small wireless tablet would be perfect for you. It can connect to bluetooth, so you can put it in the most comfortable position for you to draw and you won’t have to worry about reaching too much since the screen is only a few inches. The only time you have to plug it into the computer is to charge it and it usually holds its charge for a long time. Wacom has other options too, but the Intuos wireless tablet seems to be the easiest to use.
Adobe Photoshop is a part of the Adobe Creative Suite and is the app most artists use when they’re creating on the computer. It’s one of the top apps for drawing and can be used for other things as well, such as painting, editing pictures, creating graphics and animated GIFs, and many more. Not all of the top apps are accessible, but this one is. Photoshop is easy to use with a keyboard and you can change the keyboard shortcuts to make it even more intuitive. The app can also be accessed with a drawing tablet, which is the easiest way to use it if you have limited mobility.
Procreate (with Wireless Keyboard)
Procreate is another art app that is specifically for Apple iPhones and iPads. It’s similar to Adobe Photoshop, but it’s designed for smaller screens and has a little bit less features. It still has the ability to produce quality art though. If it’s easier for you to use an iPhone or iPad, Procreate might be the best option. You can buy a wireless keyboard that works with Procreate as well. Amazon has a small keyboard that connects to the app and allows you to have key shortcuts just like with Photoshop on the computer. The keyboard makes it easier to navigate the app without having to put the buttons on the screen.
One Handed Keyboard
One handed keyboards are usually used when playing video games, but they can be useful in many more ways as well, including creating art. Instead of having to reach the regular keyboard on your computer, an artist with limited mobility can have a mini keyboard close to them to be able to access the key shortcuts in an art app. Some one handed keyboards even have the option to choose which key shortcuts are on them, so you can easily find which keys you need since they don’t have that many keys. This can help you finish your artwork a lot faster and you won’t have to worry about being able to reach all of the shortcut keys.
Manikin is a design app that’s available in both the Apple and Google Play app stores. It allows you to pose a manikin on your screen just like you would in real life. This is a great tool for artists with disabilities who have a hard time posing a real manikin. Manikins have always been used to teach artists poses and disabled artists shouldn’t have to struggle learning poses because they can’t pose real manikins. If you have a hard time with real manikins, this app is a must have. You won’t have to worry about having accurate pose references for your artwork anymore.