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I thought some of you might be interested to know what I think about the iPad as a drawing tablet.  I got an iPad2 for Christmas and I've finally got around to finishing up a piece on it.  First I noticed that there are a ton of drawing and painting apps to choose from.  I purchased several and tinkered with them until settling with Art Rage.  I also tried Procreate and SketchBook Pro.  Each app has its strengths, but Art Rage had a few things over the others that I felt outweighed everything else.  Procreate had an awesome interface extremely intuitive and easy to use, and it's ability to create custom brushes is very appealing, I may still find myself using this one in the future because of the brushes.  SketchBook Pro seemed to have a good arsenal of tools but I didn't think it was as intuitive.  So why did I go with Art Rage?  Well for a couple of big reasons: unlimited layers (as far as I know all the other apps out there limit the amount of layers that you can use, unlimited edit undo and redo (again this was a limitation with the other apps that I tried and read about), great brush customization, and feature that it has that I find quite neat is that you can actually record the entire drawing/painting and play it back on the desktop program at a higher resolution so you can do print quality work.  But even with these great tools, don't think you've got a portable version of Photoshop with a portable Cintiq, cause you don't.  For an iPad app I think it's getting to be very well rounded.  There were a few things that  I found myself really wishing that it had; like a selection tool or gradients.  Another thing I kept running into was that the brushes can't go as large as I would like them to be, this becomes a problem when I am trying to keep things smooth and consistent.  ArtRage is very memory intensive partly because it allows you to pile the layers on thick, but this didn't bother me, since I knew what I was getting into from the beginning.  I was willing to sacrifice memory and speed for functionality.  The brushes were very responsive, it was only when I was messing with the layers that it would slow down (for example: merging layers, changing the layers mode, duplicating layers and the such.)  I wasn't a fan of the swatch interface in ArtRage but I found an excellent work around.  I took a screen shot of my favorite color pallette in Photoshop, cropped it and I was able to use that as a "reference image" in Art rage, which pins it to the top of my art work and wherever you touch it, it swabs the color that you touched.  But this all refers to the app not the iPad.  The iPad itself was pretty great.  It isn't pressure sensitive which would really make this thing amazing, but you can still accomplish similar results without it, it just took me a lot longer to do the same thing.  Also an iPad IS NOT as accurate as an Wacom device.  This is especially noticeable when you are trying to do detail work.  I found myself using edit undo a lot to try and get the stroke that I wanted.  I tried two different stylus'.  I was really excited to try the Adonit Jot pro, It has a great feel to it, and I did like how it worked, but it scratched my screen the first day that I used it, which really pissed me off.  So unless you have a screen protector (I hate screen protectors) DO NOT USE THE JOT.  So I ended up using a stylus that my wife got for me for Christmas.  I'm not sure what the brand is, it says AL on the stylus.  It has a rubber tip and worked fairly well,  I also have a pogo sketch which I didn't like all that much.  So overall the whole experience was fun, and I was able to come close to what I normally could with Photoshop and a Wacom tablet, it just took a lot more time and work to achieve.  I think it would work a lot better for looser paintings that don't need the exact precision, but as a portable sketchpad I definitely recommend it.  So sound off, let me know if you have questions or experiences of your own that you want to share.


David Collins
Artist | Professional | Digital Art
United States
Current Residence: SLC
Favourite genre of music: Electronica
Operating System: Vista 64 & OSX
MP3 player of choice: iphone
Favourite cartoon character: Asuka
Personal Quote: Same difference.


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Fistron Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy B-day, dude.;)
GeisKing1 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2018
Happy Birthday! :cake:
VSConcepts Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2018  Professional Interface Designer
Happy Birthday!!! :cake: :party: :dalove:
VSConcepts Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2017  Professional Interface Designer
Happy Birthday!! :highfive: :cake:
Dreamerforever2004 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2017
Happy Birthday, David! :D
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VSConcepts Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016  Professional Interface Designer
Happy Birthday!! XD :cake: :dance: :party: :dalove: :headbang:
Dreamerforever2004 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016
Happy birthday! :)
saikyoDRAGON Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Masamune Shirow fan I see
Sandramimosa Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014
do you take point commissions?
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