Although I have been drawing since I was old enough to hold a crayon and had decided very young that I was going to be a comic book artist when I grew up, I have actually lived a life fairly devoid of drawing. After a failed attempt at art school I slowly found my way into "graphic arts" where I have lingered —o… Read More
Although I have been drawing since I was old enough to hold a crayon and had decided very young that I was going to be a comic book artist when I grew up, I have actually lived a life fairly devoid of drawing. After a failed attempt at art school I slowly found my way into "graphic arts" where I have lingered —on and off— for most of my adult life. I worked briefly as an editorial illustrator but, as much as I enjoyed making politicians look like their worst nightmare, that didn't pay. Currently I work as a graphic artist in Vancouver. I spend my days mostly adjusting, correcting and fixing other artist's work so it can be printed without driving the printers insane. My day is spent in front of a computer working with a Wacom tablet in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.
I have always wanted to get back to drawing; for no other reason then it just made me feel good. Time, life, procrastination, etc, got in the way. Then one day (mid-November 2014 to be exact) I bought a Adonit Jot Touch, Bluetooth, pixel point, pressure sensitive stylus (gawd, sounds like an ad) and all of those apps on my iPad that seemed totally useless up to that point came alive.
Until my new iPad Pro with an Apple Pencil arrived most of these images were done on an IPad Air with my Adonit Jot and then my Wacon stylus. Many in The Adobe Draw app which creates massive vector files—especially the way I draw—but I began been using Procreate which is now my default drawing app. I take my iPad with me everywhere and draw several hours every day now. I had always intended to get back to paper and pencil one day and I have posted a few drawings done in pastel recently but I am excited to be drawing again and am thrilled to be back in the land of the living. I can honestly say that this technology has helped me re-find my passion for drawing, or as I like to call it, doodling, again.
When I acquired the a Wacom blue-tooth, pressure sensitive stylus I prefferred it to the Adonit. Because I use a Wacom tablet at work I am used to their stylus shape and feel which they have kept in their iPad stylus. Also it has a plastic replaceable tip as opposed the Adonit non-replaceable metal one. To me it feels nicer sliding on the iPad's glass surface. It also has a longer battery life (recharges via USB), is lighter, came with a nice case and was actually cheaper by $40. So far so good. we'll see how it goes. At any rate, both are very good devices.
But now I have my iPad Pro and their amazing Apple Pencil. I can't say enough about them both. Procreate has updated to make full use of this incredible technology. The pencil is by far the best stylus I have ever used. I love the weight and balance. It is long like the pencils we are all used to holding and the tip is pointed, smooth and angled perfectly for drawing with the side or holding the pencil in a traditional "artist's grip." If you have poo-pooed digital drawing or painting because it just didn't feel right and have yet to try the iPad Pro with the new Apple Pencil then you really need to set your assessment aside until you do. If you have other problems with digital art then I am afraid I can't help you.
I don't consider myself an artist as such. I am turned off by the pretensions that far too often seem to plague that lot (please don't take that the wrong way-it's me not you). If anything I am an illustrator; but of course, they usually get paid and so I'll settle for a serious hobbiest. That's a monicker I am can easily live with. Read Less