As any computer artist will tell you, trying to draw well with a mouse is nearly impossible. A pen tablet is a vast improvement, although there is a definite disconnect between moving a pen on a tablet in your lap and watching the results appear on a desktop monitor. Wacoms Cintiq 21UX ($2,499 direct) interactive pen display bridges the gap by merging the tablet and monitor.
Digital Drawing at Its Best: Wacom Cintiq 21UX
Review: Using the Wacom Cintiq 21UX interactive pen display is as close to the real thing as digital drawing gets. The Cintiq's flexible work modes and splendid design make it a joy to use.