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