Who once sang, “It’s been awhile.”
And it has been. Apologies. But today I have some things to share. Technology things. Sketchy things. Things like the new iPad Pro and the matching Pencil. I’ve gotten some time to play and it seems to be as close to pencil and paper as you can get digitally. Software is certainly key. Adobe Sketch has great pencil tools, but the brushes are poor. Paper by 53 has ok brushes, an excellent pen nib, and poor pencils. Can’t wait to try it with something like Procreate. So far, the best all-around app to showcase both pencil and brush dynamics is, oddly enough, Notes. Tried it on a whim and was amazed at how responsive it is with the Pencil.
But the technology keeps coming! Some friends introduced me to an app called Astropad. It is damned impressive. It allows an iPad to act as an input device for your computer. Open up Photoshop and go to town with all of it’s possibilities right on your iPad. Got to try this with an iPad Air 2 and a Wacom Creative stylus 2.
You may notice a tiny little head and shoulders on the right. Here’s a close up…
We only had fifteen minutes or so to get acquainted but it was enough. I can only imagine how good pairing the iPad Pro and Pencil with Astropad would be. Still waiting for Adobe to get on the ball and make full versions of Photoshop and Illustrator for iPad, but until then at least there are some really delightful options to tide us over.