It's been a week and half since I bit the bullet ad bought and iPad Pro accompanied with the Pencil and hot damn I am so glad I did. I have been eyeing it since it's release but never committed. It wasn't until recently that I felt I could justify the purchase thanks to a retainer gig I picked up. The job consists of me doing several lettering pieces a week and I knew I had to streamline the process. So I gave in. I also took sometime to play with some illustration.
I don't sell myself as a letterer anymore but as a freelancer consistent income is helpful. That's neither here nor there. When I bought it I immediately downloaded Procreate. Procreate is a powerful drawing tool that only costs $5.99. Like I said earlier I have never used a drawing tablet before so I have no past experience to compare, but oh my it's awesome. Using Procreate paired with the Apple Pencil feels really close to sketching and drawing.
There are a few things I have found that I really like so I feel a Pros list might be helpful. No pro list is complete without the con, I will be fair and give both. Either way, the pros exceed the cons.
It comes with 96 awesome brushes that are completely adjustasble.
The drawing experience feels close to drawing analog.
Brushes like the brush pen make it a powerful tool for letterer.
Sketch and complete your project all in one place. Things like scanning and erasing with a pencil are a thing of the past.
Two finger tap is undo. Can I get an amen.
Save as a psd and open it up in Photoshop. All layers are there!
Create and import your own brushes.
Experiment with different mediums that wouldn't have before. It's all there.
Procreate records everything you do, when you finish your artwork you can then choose to export a video time lapse of what you created.
You can't group layers. They claim that they are working on this atm.
It's been hard for me not to work in vector, just a personal thing. Lol
Not much in the cons section for me yet, that's a good thing. Below is a time lapse video of the Fire Escape I drew in Procreate. I hope it gives you a small glimpse of how awesome it is.