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    Scott Shulman
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    This is a question for anyone who does digital drawing… my 14 year old daughter has picked up an interest in digital art and I want to get her a tablet to draw on. I wasn’t thinking of spending a ton of money like an ipad pro, but didn’t want to get her something that would hold her back either. I was looking at the Wacom wireless tablets. Any suggestions?

    #23856
    Arjun Khode
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    Hi Scott. In my opinion, any iPad that uses the apple pencil would be the best bet. Much better than the wacom Intuos. I own the ipad pro 10.5″ and also a wacom bamboo. There is no competition to the apple pencil response of 9ms with the ipadOS. The only competition would be the wacom Cintiq for me. Really, in all the intense research I’ve done, there is really no competition. There are several variants of the iPad that are compatible with the apple pencil like the 10.5″ ipad air which clearly rivals my 10.5″ 2017 ipad pro. There is even the new ipad which is cheaper than the air and I think even the ipad mini uses apple pencil now.

    You really don’t need the 2nd gen apple pencil that only works with the latest ipad Pro. It just charges wirelessly and you can switch between eraser and pencil with a double tap. Procreate lets you switch between eraser and pencil with one swipe. I have never had to switch pencil to eraser that often anyways. Letting go off of the 2nd gen thing could probably relieve a few hundred dollars.

    Also Procreate 5 is coming out this month, the new installment of Procreate. It’s going to be more powerful than the desktop version of Photoshop, for digital painting in particular. All the photoshop brushes will work in Procreate 5.

    I’d love to know your eventual decision. An ipad would totally kill competition in my opinion. Since she is a student, the 10.5 air would be my recommendation for portability. That’s the reason I chose a 10.5″ model over the 12.9″ one. All the best!

    -Arjun

    #23877
    Craig Warner
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    I have to second that Scott. I actually started drawing because I bought an iPad Pro — and the action of the stylus and what you draw is really direct, sensual, and precise. It’s actually in many ways nicer than drawing with a pencil. They’re not cheap but I’d get rid of my car, my stereo, and most human beings before getting rid of my iPad Pro. Plus you get to ‘undo’ rather than erasing, so you don’t get your world covered in rubber crumbs. Thirdly, if you like what you’ve done, you can then make a layer to continue, just in case, so you’re not destroying it, like I always do in my paper drawings.

    #23935
    Matthew
    Keymaster

    Scott,

    Check out tonight’s podcast.

    Matt

    #23936
    Scott Shulman
    Participant

    Thank you, Arjun, Craig, Matt,
    Sounds like its unanimous, which is always a good sign. Now the only downside is I’m going to start World War 3 if my daughter gets an ipad but not my son!
    Scott

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