Drawing on the iPad, a year later

So about a year ago, I bought an iPad. Along with hoping for it to help me at work, I was planing to make the iPad my go to thing for drawing. Even after I got the ridiculously priced, Wacom “pen,” I thought with some practice, the iPad would be the best thing to draw with ever.

Yeah, no.

Here’s the biggest problem with it. The lack of a good tool. In order to save some money, I bought an iPad 2, not knowing there would be a lot of nice pressure sensitive add-ons that would be coming out last year for the iPad 3 and beyond. That sucked, as my biggest gripe with using the iPad for drawing is that there is no sensitivity– which yes, I knew going in, but when the option is there but I can’t get it, is frustrating to say the rest.

And then there’s the whole “pen” thing. The Wacom pen is awful. Any pen is awful with that sponge for a tip. It takes away all precision in a drawing. For Christmas this year, in another effort for me to not regret getting the iPad for drawing, I got the JotPro, which works much better, yes. But that tip is still frustrating. There is still a lack of precision, although that lack is a much smaller margin, I will admit. The JotPro has another downfall: the tapping. Drawing on the iPad, no matter how lightly you touch the screen, you hear the tap tap tap tap. And it will scratch scratch scratch your screen as well. Yes, I have a shield on it, but some of the scratches in the shield are so deep, I’m worried what the tablet’s face will look like when I take it off. I do like using the JotPro, but it’s not a replacement for the more traditional Intuos I have for my real computer. And seeing as the Intuos doesn’t have a screen, and that’s my biggest disconnect with the Intuos, the iPad has not warmed my heart.

Now this makes it sound like I hate my iPad, which is the exact opposite. It has been incredibly useful at work, and for working on this site in particular, thanks to the WP app. I’ve read dozens of books and comics on the iPad, and have lost many MANY games of Catan. It’s great as a computer on the go, especially when it comes to reading and writing.

But as an art tablet, it’s not there yet.

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