I’ve used a lot of iPads and iPhones in the last ten years but never used one to draw or sketch, until now that is. I got an iPad Pro 12.9 inch along with the Apple Pencil and Apple Smart Keyboard as a gift for my birthday this year. Its been a busy month so it took me more than 20 days to unbox the iPad Pro and start using it. And boy do I love it! The first thing I did was download two drawing/painting apps – Paper and Adobe Sketch. Paper app really pales in comparison to Sketch and they are both free apps. I might even delete the Paper app. Next, I’m going to purchase the Procreate app – but that’s another post.
This is just my day 1 with it and I’m already in love with my iPad Pro. As an artist, here are 6 reasons that made me instantly fall in love with the iPad Pro:
- I admit I have this fear of ‘ruining sketchbooks’ and ‘wasting colours’. No more! Now I get to experiment and ruin pages and pages without ever having to worry about purchasing more paints. I already love the large 12.9 and wouldn’t ever settle for a smaller iPad Pro.
- I can have a number of versions and iterations of a single sketch without having to recreate each sketch from scratch.
- So many brushes and colours to choose from. This is my version of candy shop heaven.
- Apple Pencil works seamlessly in terms of pen pressure, even better than drawing on paper with my acrylic marker pens.
- I can create a time lapse video of how the image was drawn. How cool is that?
- I can instantly share and save my sketch in multiple ways.
Putting pen to paper is akin to reading hard copies of books. I moved on to e-books a long, long time ago. The pleasure of mixing colours, hearing the pencil scrape against the paper, smelling the scented eraser, getting paint all over your hands and face are things I just don’t want to give up. However, the iPad Pro is great and let’s you do everything you want to do minus the mess. I just hope it doesn’t wean me out of my artist apron.