My Love Affair with the iPad and the beginning of a stylus obsession

I'm a traditional artist/printmaker, working in watercolour, egg tempera, acrylic and oils.

Every painting starts in a sketchbook, before moving on to the final artwork. these books line the shelves in my studio. At least they used to.

The blank digital page
My first sketches on the iPad

working in layers and having an 'undo' button is wonderful.

.are not unlike the studies in my traditional sketchbook.
Artichokes

Now some of my my sketchbooks are hidden within an APP.

Working in mixed media without having to wash a brush - what a pleasure!

Drawing with your finger has its limitations and the challenge of not being able to rest your hand on the screen... Still, I could see the digital attraction.

Palm rejection is only possible with a makeshift cotton glove.
Things moved fast.

THE BAMBOO CAME FIRST, A SIMPLE DUMB STYLUS WITH A STUBBY TIP THAT DREW A simple elegant LINE.

Bamboo

THEN I DISCOVERED THE ADONIT JOT, A PRESSURE- SENSITIVE STYLUS with a curvy diSk. OUR TIME TOGETHER, however, LASTED ONLY SIX MONTHS before it gave up the ghost. A JOT PRO (BLUE) AND a Sleek silver BRUSH WERE TEMPORARY DISTRACTIONS WHILE I WAITED AND waited For my replacement ADONIT to ARRIVE. THE ROMANCE WAS SHORT LIVED. THE NEXT APPLE UPDATE DISABLED THE BEAUTIFUL RED STYLUS AND I WAS BACK TO DRAWING A MONOTONOUS flat LINE. I realised I HAD TO BUY AN UPDATED IPAD IF I WANTED TO CONTINUE the affair. So I did.

Adonit Jot Pro pressure sensitive stylus
Pressure sensitive stylus shading

Next CAME THE PRESSURE-SENSITIVE WACOM Intuos creative. A BEAUTIFUL STYLUS and STILL WITH A STUBBY TIP, it glided gently across the glass screen and was so expressive. i was in love. WE HAD MANY MONTHS TOGETHER, But THE NEW slimmer ADONIT APPEARED ON THE HORIZON AND I KNEW I couldn't resist. I HAD TO HAVE IT!

Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus
Adonit Jot Touch - pixel point pressure sensitive stylus
Sketching on the iPad with Phill Jupitus, comedian and poet, during Sketch Comic at The National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh during the Edinburgh Festival.
My drawing of John Byrne's self portrait - at "Sketch Comic" during the Edinburgh Festival.
Wacom Intuos 2

BY THE TIME WACOM DEVELOPED THE INTUOS 2 I KNEW I HAD A PROBLEM. I NEEDED TO BUY A PENCIL CASE!

The Intuos 2 and I NEVER REALLY HIT IT OF. Some people might say we were INCOMPATIBLE from the start. TOO SLIPPERY,INACCURATE, and COULDN'T EVEN DRAW A STRAIGHT DIAGONAL LINE UNLESS DRAWING AT SPEED.I PUT IT BACK IN THE CASE, CLOSED THE LID AND WAITED FOR THE PROMISED SOFWARE UPDATES.They never worked. I FELT CHEATED. I RETURNED TO MY OLD LOVES, BUT SOMETHING WAS MISSING.

I didn't know it then, but I was waiting for palm rejection.

OVER THE LAST FOUR YEARS I HAVE ACCUMULATED SO MANY STYLUSES, I'VE HAD TO BUY A PENCIL CASE! THE PICTURE BEHIND SHOWS MY STYLUS TIMELINE.

FINALLY THE APPLE PENCIL EMERGED AND I BIT THE BULLET. I BOUGHT AN IPAD PRO - the most expensive sketchbook I own!

The Apple Pencil - its not perfect, a little too smooth on the glass and looks like a knitting needle!
An Italian mushroom sketched in Procreate. Now I had accuracy and palm rejection. It was a match made in heaven.

Or it was, until a few days ago. I should have sensed something was wrong. We had just celebrated our first year together when suddenly all communication stopped. Complete silence.

Two weeks after the warranty ran out

I didn't have much time to spend grieving as the WARRANTY had just run out, though I did feel the need to chat to Apple Support. They were kind and promised to find me another replacement in a few days time.

In the meantime, the iPad Pro only supports one other stylus and it happens to be one I don't own.

the new Adonit Pixel

Buy me, buy me.

This is an addiction. I think I might need help.

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Liz Fraser
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