New studio tool: iPad Pro (review)
I was debating for a long time now if I should get a new drawing tablet. Since I work as a professional creative and illustrator I needed to update my equipment and treat myself for the hard work I'm doing every day.
The first question hat occurred in my mind was: Do I want a Wacom Cintiq? An I pad pro? Regarding the material wish list (which is huge!) the graphic tablet was my number one wish for upgrade since last year. I used to work with my Wacom Bamboo (2011 version) which is a nice and reliable graphic tablet. I used this tablet so much, I already replaced the nibs multiple times. It was always a very nice working tool and I do recommend a simple Wacom tablet to start out.
But since last year I was really graving to get my hands on a nice, new and shiny graphic tablet. I was debating a lot between different brands, different opportunities and pens and stylus. I almost watched every single YouTube video in this world about graphic tablets.
My favorites were the Surface Pro, Wacom Cintiq, and the iPad Pro. In the end my final decision was for the iPad Pro as a graphic tablet for a variety of reasons:
First of all, the Apple Pencil works amazing! The apps are great (get definitely Procreate!). I can use my iPad Pro for more than just as a drawing tool. It can work as a Cintiq with an app called Astropad, I can use if for reading, for listening to music and I also use it as a mobile studio. All in one, I can use it for so many things: Presentations, research, blogging, …
Another reason why the iPad Pro? Because I am familiar with Apple Products and it is compatible with my MacBook Pro which I already use for my professional work for years now. From my first impression on, I was convinced that the iPad Pro will be a great addition for my studio.
So far I do use my tablet everyday, I explored many applications and made it compatible with my MacBook so I can use the iPad in combination with it. I do use the iPad Pro a lot for digital illustrations and work on programs as Illustrator, Photoshop and even ZBrush with a connecting app called "Astropad" and "Duet".
This is a huge gamechanger and I feel like I create currently even more than ever before because it got so much more convenient and accessible to work digitally. I'm really grateful I invested in the new iPad Pro and I'm sure it will pay off in the long run.
I will create a follow up on "app reviews" and options on how you can turn your iPad into a distinctive and useful illustration tool! Stay tuned!