An Apple A Day


I drew this apple with Sketchable on my Surface Pro 4. It was really a lot of fun.

I tend to favor “real” methods of drawing and painting. And, although I am a sucker for new technology, I am often reluctant to fully embrace it. I love the feeling of a pen on real paper. I like to see the natural way watercolors flow on a page. There are some aspects of drawing and painting that electronic iPads and computers just haven’t been able to fully capture yet.

That said, electronic drawings are a lot less messy, and since they are already electronic, it is no effort to take a drawing or painting and immediately turn it into something I can publish on a blog or print out on my printer. And the tools are getting better all the time.

I’ve had this love-hate relationship with computers for a while now. I work on a computer all day. I design websites. I write emails. I live on the internet. And maybe that’s why I am reluctant to give up my pen and paper. Or maybe it is because technology so often promises more than it delivers.

A few years back I received an iPad as a Father’s Day/birthday/Christmas gift. I was so excited! One of the first things I wanted to do was to use it to draw. Unfortunately, this was in the days before the iPad Pro and my finger often got in the way. Nothing was quite as frustrating to me as trying to connect two lines when I could never see where they were.

So, I went on a stylus hunt. I tried the cool one from Brookstone. I tried the generic ones from Target. I forked out the bucks for a Jot Stylus, and later I forked out even more for the Wacom Fineline.

Some were better than others, but none were better than a pen. So, I stopped drawing on my iPad.

Then came the iPad Pro and I had a decision to make. I could either go for the iPad Pro with its cool new “Pencil” or I could dump my laptop and iPad and go with the slightly more proven Surface Pro 4.

After test driving both and realizing that I could trim down to one computer instead of two, I went with the Surface Pro 4. So far, it has been great!

The Bluetooth connected stylus gives me crosshairs when I hover over the screen, and it is responsive and quick. It is almost as fast as real life. It is even pressure sensitive.

As with all computers, however, the hardware is only as good as the software it runs. And it has taken me 9 months to find a program that I really like. Sketchable may not be Procreate, but it gives me a lot of control over the brushes, a full-screen mode, all the colors I could use, pressure sensitivity and all the layers I need.

I am only starting with it, but I like it so far!

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