Dave Bras­galla

The artist re­veals why and how he uses Ap­ple’s lat­est tablet

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What drove your de­ci­sion to buy an iPad Pro?

I’ve loved fin­ger-paint­ing on the iPad from the very first model, but as I re­turn more to tra­di­tional art as well as dig­i­tal, I’ve found my­self crav­ing that feel­ing of a pen or pen­cil in my hand. There’s a def­i­nite dif­fer­ence in mark-mak­ing be­tween us­ing one’s fin­ger and us­ing a sty­lus. The com­bi­na­tion of the larger screen Pro with the prom­ise of the Pen­cil was ir­re­sistible. I knew af­ter watch­ing the in­tro­duc­tion pre­sen­ta­tion for the Pen­cil I’d be get­ting the pair.

Is there any­thing else you use the iPad for?

I some­times prop it up and use it to dis­play ref­er­ence next to my easel when I’m paint­ing tra­di­tion­ally. But I al­ways worry I’m go­ing to smear it with paint. I’ve used it a few times at life-draw­ing classes, which was fun. Al­though I pre­fer a sim­ple sketch­pad and pen­cil there to keep life sim­ple.

What apps are you us­ing with it?

I use Pro­cre­ate al­most ex­clu­sively. The team is so ob­vi­ously ded­i­cated and is re­spon­sive and en­gaged with the users, which is a huge fac­tor. But the app it­self is per­fect: ro­bust, el­e­gant and sim­ple. They just keep mak­ing it bet­ter! Drop­box is also on my iPad, which is re­ally use­ful for shift­ing files around.

Are there any things you would par­tic­u­larly like to see in up­dates, or stand­out fea­tures you al­ready love?

I re­ally feel that the prom­ise of the orig­i­nal iPad as a tool for artists is now be­ing fully re­alised with the Pro and Pen­cil pair­ing, along with the amaz­ing job be­ing done by the Pro­cre­ate team. Th­ese three el­e­ments to­gether make a very win­ning, very por­ta­ble com­bi­na­tion that eas­ily pro­duces in­dus­try-stan­dard out­put, and I’m very pleased with the pur­chases!

www.pix­el­huset.se Dave is a Stock­holm-based il­lus­tra­tor and de­signer, as well as a part­ner and se­nior de­signer at The Icon­fac­tory.

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