Why Illustrate On An iPad?

No, seriously. Why should anyone illustrate on an iPad? They’ve yet to make a proper stylus that doesn’t look and function like the blunt end of an amputee’s appendage. And without one of those all-but-useless styluses (styli?), illustrating on an iPad is literally as primitive as finger-painting.

When I first got the iPad, it wasn’t long before I was looking for an art program. It also wasn’t long before there were a number of such programs from which to choose. In the world of cheap (and often free) apps, some of these paint programs are on the higher end of the price scale. However, once we step back and see what a deal mobile apps really are, we can stop being cheapskates and try out a few of these programs.

My intent here is not to review mobile art programs. I only wanted to show a color sketch I began on my iPad, but never completed. Just from looking a this, incomplete as it is, you can see that the iPad has real potential as an art tool. If only they would create a serious stylus with which to draw and paint. In the meantime, I’ll eventually finish this on my desktop computer.

So how many of you use your iPad to create finished art? Or how many of you, like myself, are holding out for a good stylus?


2 thoughts on “Why Illustrate On An iPad?

  1. Very nice! Did you use a stylus or your fingers? It’s a given that both the apps and the stylus options will improve over time. I still love my Wacom tho. 🙂


    • Thanks, Pammy. Yeah, I finger-painted this. I don’t think I’ll ever upgrade to a new iPad until they get a truly usable stylus. And I just cannot draw on my tablet, even when I try. I don’t think I’ll ever stop using pencil and paper.


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