|Self Portrait - Digital - Click to Enlarge|
Christmas night. The Barrys were engaged in the ritual viewing of Christmas Vacation (still funny). Clark Griswald was engaged in his pool fantasy (Mele Kalikimaka everyone). I was engaged in a fantasy come true. I was painting digitally on my brand new iPad - THANK YOU WIFE!
I have to say that I have been skeptical about the abilities of an iPad as an art creation tool. I adore my Wacom tablets. With them, I have become so accustomed to pressure sensitivity that the idea creating a painting without it could be likened to handing me a couple of stones and expecting fire.
I was using the $2 ProCreate app. I can't express how impressed I was with the experience. This app emphasizes the paintbrush, smudge, and eraser tools. This suites my digital painting style perfectly. Even without pressure sensitivity, I found that the size and opacity adjustments were so easy to access, that I after a few minutes I was no longer longing for my Wacom.
Ultimately, what the iPad experience comes down to is portability. Did I create anything that I couldn't create with my Wacom tablet and Photoshop? No. But I created something completely comparable while sitting on a sofa, watching a flick with my family.
Cheers to the iPad.
More digital sketches to come...