We use Photoshop for just about anything and practically everything. This is the best all around program/software/app and we’ve been using some version or other for nigh on two decades. We use it with photography, for instance converting our NEFs (RAW Nikon files) to jpgs, and making photo collages. We use it for editing scans of pencil sketches, colored pencils pieces, and family photos. This is the program Lisa paints and draws in as well for her digital paintings, coloring books, and more. We also use it for creating content for this site and social media, as well as all our books, business cards, Critter Express Products, and so much more. If you are a creative this is one program to get for sure. We highly recommend it.
Wacom Tablets or Pen Displays
Wacom Cintiq 13HD Pen Display: https://amzn.to/2sTADoF is my essential Digital Drawing Pen and Display which is used for just about everything on the computer, especially drawing and painting digitally
As ours is an older model here is a newer version Wacom Cintiq 13: https://amzn.to/2Mu80XT
Traditional Drawing and Coloring
Derwent and Faber Castell
Art Tutorials and More
Lachri Fine Art
Lisa over at Lachri Fine Art creates some excellent tutorials if you want to create art or color our line art. She has hundreds of tutorials on her YouTube Channel for colored pencil, graphite, acrylic paints, watercolors, Graphitint, Inktense, and more along with more in depth videos on her Patreon. I highly recommend watching her videos if you want to learn how “to get your darks, dark enough, and lights, light enough.”
Aaron Blaise is a fantastic artist and a great teacher… kind of like “The Bob Ross of the digital age” in my opinion. He has a wonderful YouTube Channel called ‘The Art of Aaron Blaise” where I (Lisa) just love to watch him paint and draw in his timelapses and livestreams. He also offers plenty of tips and advice for drawing, painting, sketching, and animation. He made some things click in drawing for me. His website also offers exclusive tutorials like “How to Draw Bears” which is a well done series of tutorials and quite appropriate as Aaron Blaise was one of the directors of “Brother Bear” and an animator at Disney for many years. If you enjoy digital painting he also has a bunch a handy Photoshop Brushes.