The iPad Artist, Part 0: Prologue


As an illustrator and animator, using an iPad as my primary computer always seemed a challenging proposition. It would entail abandoning two decades of being conditioned to a monitor, a keyboard and a mouse, in addition to nearly half a decade of figuring out the ins and outs of getting used to Wacom tablet workflows.

Now having finally obtained one and completed a couple of illustrations on it, I realise that while specific tutorials and shortcuts are abundant on the internet, resources – specifically directed at artists – detailing how such a transition can be easy or difficult are scant.

I consider myself reasonably tech savvy, but after a couple days of trying to wring out a proper workflow on a platform that I’ve traditionally been accustomed to using for media consumption, I realised that this was easier said than done.

So there lies my reason for assuming that people would be interested in what I have to say here: a series dedicated solely to the ins and outs of a transition from a clamshell laptop to a tablet.

More importantly, all of the content you see here – the words, the pictures, EVERYTHING – will be made on said tablet.

… which is also to say I’ll be making it up as I go.

The first post will be out tomorrow morning. See you soon!