So as someone who prefers to draw on a screen, Ive also been looking for the most cost effective tools for making art as well-
And what ive been able to use have served me very well in terms of being just plain good at being able to make art
- The surface pro laptop
- The Ipad Pro
Although since you already have a computer im guessing, these options might be a little different than what you're expecting.
Which is understandable, but let me make a case for the Ipad Pro in the sense that the interaction between the pen and the screen is unlike any other display tablet ive ever used in the sense that it straight up feels seamless. and the tilt control is amazing, it feels just like using pen and paper when you combine a matte-screen protector with it.
Procreate is also a cheap and robust art program, the ipad also supports clip studio paint (Yearly subscription though, which is a major con.)
So, for size and pressure sensitivity, I would recommend the ipad pro TBQH. The apple pencil tip itself is nice and firm, so you don't get that weird springy feeling when you use just a regular drawing tablet. (if the surface pro had a nice firm tip with it's pen i'd be 100% sold on it, but it doesn't )
Its also! Portable! Lightweight! durable , (ive had mine since 2016 and theres not a scratch on this bad-boy. NOT TO MENTION! THE BEST PART! Apple insurance, you pay 100$, AND using your insurance, your able to replace your ipad not once, but twice if you damage it. Not to mention, manufacturer errors are replaced free of charge! )
ANYWAY, i hope my insight is helpful at least! If you're looking for something more specifically designed for art that's cool. I just ended up geeking out about the ipad for most of my comment ( )
I hope someone else can give their opinion on art-specific tools, I only have experience with what ive used, but they're still pretty dang awesome.