If you don’t want to pay for Adobe Illustrator, Emily Ferron suggests you might want to consider these alternatives:
- Affinity Designer
- Corel Draw Graphics Suite X8
- Adobe Illustrator Draw
I must admit that I do not own an iPad Pro or the Apple Pencil, so I can’t download any of these apps and try them out. Most of the drawings look really good though.
The Astropad lets you turn your iPad into a drawing tablet for your Mac computer. You can draw directly into a program such as Photoshop or Illustrator. It only costs $29.99, a fraction of the cost of a Wacom tablet.
This pen lets you draw in three dimensions by using molten plastic that hardens when it comes in contact with air.
Here’s an interview with Sir Jony Ive in which he details how he and his design team developed the Apple Pencil.
A summary of the review is that the iPad Pro is a good tool for sketching, but not a computer for doing serious work. I have never used any digital device that could come close to giving me the control over my sketching I get with a simple, no-tech pencil. I make drawings and ink them, scan them, and finish them (sometimes) in Photoshop or Illustrator. I don’t need an iPad Pro for my art work.
Looks like a fun toy and it only costs $30. I must get one.