Drawing Tools and Software
On the C64 there was really only one drawing tool of choice - The Koala Pad, which was a small touch tablet, packaged with a plastic stylus and the Koala Painter software. It's cost was about £100 (A lot of money back in 1985), but I bought mine second hand for £50. I made the money back twice over with the payment from my first piece of commercial art.
There were other programs, but to use them you had to use
a digital joystick. Drawing with a digital joystick was very hard. I tried it a few times, but didn't have any success until I got
hold of a Koala Pad.
The Atari Touch Tablet (designed for their XL range of computers), was bigger, more accurate, and better designed than the Koala Pad. It included a stylus with a button on the end, so you didn't have to press a button on the tablet to draw. Unfortunately the tablet didn't work on the C64, but I did later wire the Atari stylus to my Koala Pad, so I could use the stylus button, which made drawing even easier.