iPad Pro for Illustrators

  • Hey Guys,

    Did you all see the new iPad Pro announcement?

    It's a 12.9 inch iPad screen with an add-on pencil that is essentially a Cintiq Companion in the Apple iOS ecosystem.

    Here's the iPad Pro:http://www.apple.com/uk/ipad-pro/design/
    Here's the Apple Pencil: http://www.apple.com/uk/apple-pencil/

    They mentioned Procreate in the press conference and I just wondered if anyone will be picking one up?

    I use a Cintiq 13HD now on a Mac and I am going to preorder the iPad Pro when the preorders are available. I tried the Cintiq Companion Hybrid Android tablet, but didn't really get on well with it, but I really want to test out the pencil on the glass, as Apple reckons it feels like pencil on paper. If that's true, I'm sold. The glassy feel is the only thing I dislike about Cintiqs.

    Anyway, just wanted to know what people's opinions are, as it seems aimed at businesses and illustrators and with the bigger processor and graphics engine, 300 DPI documents, better brush engines and everything else is bound to be just around the corner.

    Take care,

  • I saw that. If it's as good as a Cintiq or at least close then I'm all over it. Gotta get rid of one of these kidneys anyway.

  • The latency on the video looked really impressive. It's all down to feel for me, if it feels like there's resistance between the nib and the screen, it's a game changer for me.


  • I want 3! one would do. If this works as well as they suggest, I will get on. My ipad at the moment is great little program. This could give artists the device they need for the future.

  • Looks okay. A Surface Pro 3 is cheaper, and runs windows. Also they don't mention palm rejection, so that might cause some issues. Every person in the video didn't have their palm on the screen.

  • I'll wait for the future 😃

  • SVS OG

    I've heard the surface pro 3 isn't quite responsive enough for drawing. I have an asus, and it is horrible for drawing lol

  • I am certainly interested. I have been looking at a Cintiq but knew Apple would be releasing a larger iPad.

    I'm going to wait until I can try it out and do some reading.

    Wacom may need to watching over their shoulder is Apple becomes serious with the iPad pro for art creators.

  • @Javier-Diaz They did say that the iPad knows whether or not it's your hand or the stylus on the screen, so I think palm rejection is a given. If it knows which is which, then it's a pretty easy thing to do on a software level. I think they didn't have their palms on the screen because it doesn't look as elegant as they always want their ads to look lol.

    Also, have you drawn on a Surface Pro? I can't stand the feel of it. It's too inaccurate and the lag when running Photoshop is unbearable for me.

    @jimsz That's exactly what I thought - I thought that they've just made the Cintiq Companion totally irrelevant and like half the price. That is, if the pen is as accurate and responsive as it's promised.


  • I think there is hope for us to have a digital art medium that will do what we need at a reasonably price.

  • My two cents is be warry. I am left handed and cannot draw on a regular ipad. I know they claim to have hand recognition software but when I watched their video I was constantly looking for hands resting on screens which I think I saw one shot of that. When I work with a brush my hand is off the canvas usually but my work is on an easel. When I draw my hand is on the surface. If it is off the surface, my hand starts to strain. Also, they talked about pressure sensitivity but didn't present any numbers. Wacom can talk pressure sensitivity and back it up with numbers.

    I was more impressed when I heard about this trackpad that can sense a real paintbrush.

  • @Ben-J-Hutchison I feel like it was done like that to add the elegance of the video - you know what Apple are like with their trailers lol. Also, there were quite a few extended shots of people with their hand resting on the glass and drawing fine, and also the video of one hand using a digital ruler and the other hand using the pencil.

    I'm sure the sensitivity numbers will be revealed before launch, and with the development, they were working with illustrators, so I'm certain it'll be up there with Wacom's pressure sensitivity. Although, that's just speculation at this point.


  • @Ben-J-Hutchison Hi ben, I'am left handed too, Wacom has a really nice glove to wear wile resting your hand on the screen, They even have a pink one! LOL. But you probably know that already XD


  • Thanks for the link @Leontine. I totally geeked out when I saw James Jean and Marcos Mazzoni drawing in the ad.

  • I have seen those. I'm pretty sure @Will-Terry did a review of one.

  • Almost looks too good to be true! My daughter's tech geek friends weren't impressed (not sure why) and they said for that price, the stylus should be included. How does everyone feel about Procreate vs. Photo Shop?

  • SVS Team SVS Instructor Pro SVS OG

    I would be very wary of this. The reason I say this is because of the software you are using to create illustrations needs to be what you want. I use photoshop for finished images that will be in print. Therefore, I need something that runs photoshop. Many of us will be using a tablet as an addition to our actual workstation (versus using it exclusively) which means that you might need to be able to go from the tablet to the main work station digitally. Many apps for drawing are ok for sketching, but when it comes down to layered files with custom built brushes, nothing is going to beat photoshop. (note: the app version of photoshop is nowhere near the power or capability of the desktop version.

    With that criteria in mind, I went with a surface pro 3 and have loved it. I try not to use it to build images from scratch, but I do use it extensively for editing images while traveling and also working up images to a rough finish (which I will do the last stages on at my destop workstation and cintiq.)

  • procreate is a fantastic tool for painting images, i fast and has all the functions I need. i think the ipad pro will be an ideal tool for artists.

  • Thanks for the input. I'm switching from traditional to digital. It's a bigger deal than I thought.