I really really really want the iPad to be a great painting device.
The form factor, the screen, of course the touch – it’s sooooo close. And yet so far.
I vacillate between thinking there’s something wrong with me – I should be able to master this thing if only I wasn’t so easily distracted. Then, on alternate days, cursing the Apple engineers for leaving out pressure sensitivity (no doubt, a selling point in the future). Then railing at the brush engines out there. Software is, imo, spending too much time emulating analog materials, and there’s not enough research on digital mark making. (As an aside – Adobe’s app Eazel has a beautiful interface that uses all five fingers of touch – sadly it now conflicts with the pad’s native gesture controls. Still – was a great example of lateral thinking that hasn’t been topped by other drawing aps).
I still haven’t experimented with ‘from scratch’ custom brushes in ProCreate. Right now I’m just tweaking the default tools. I’ll get around to sinking time into that someday. It’s on the list.
Meanwhile, here’s a life drawing session with the ink tools.
For context, I should mention, the model was a contortionist (really) so I’ve had to leave out a bunch of poses that were just a cartoon brawl of feet and hands.
More on this someday. Because I really really really want the iPad to be a great painting tool. Even tho it aint.