I’ve had good intentions to do more digital drawing for a few years now. Every now and then I open up the (many) ipad drawing apps I have and take them for a spin. Up to now I’ve been pretty underwhelmed. The response and the feel of stylus on screen just isn’t the same as pencil or brush on paper. Brush ‘painting’ especially is frustrating. There isn’t a way to replicate the fine point of a sable brush and the marks all end up splodgy.
Now I know that many people do fantastic work using similar setups. I frankly haven’t persevered enough to get over the learning curve of interface quirks and adapt to the will of the technology. So I was quite surprised this time round that I wasn’t as frustrated as I have been before. Whether this is due to app improvements or the fact that I’ve been drawing and painting much more regularly than before I don’t know.
I definitely noticed with all three apps that the pressure sensitivity was much much better than I remember. With Artrage in particular I could lightly sketch with the Apple pencil and really get something that felt like drawing with pastel or charcoal.
Brush painting was better but, as a watercolor painter who likes to use the full range of a sable brush, I couldn’t come close to using the same technique. But for drawing I was encouraged enough to put the pencil on charge for another go.