For the past few weeks, all the sketches I've been posting here have been drawn with real pens and pencils on real paper. With all the technical advances that I also use on a daily basis, it's still my favorite way to work.
Currently, I draw all my storyboards on a Cintiq tablet, but there's a new development I'm keeping a close eye on: drawing storyboards on an iPad.
I just got one and it seems to be working out. I'm still learning the software right now, and haven't actually used it in any production yet. But hopefully, it will be a good tool.
Currently, I am using Autodesk's Sketchbook Pro for the iPad. It's a little different than the PC version, but still pretty easy to navigate. I've attached a drawing I did last night. I am using a Griffin stylus ($20 at Target).
So far, here are the technical drawbacks:
- Resolution. I haven't been able to create an image over 72dpi. Most studios want 300dpi. So I plan to rough out a first pass on the iPad, then import the panels to my Mac Pro to increase the resolution and clean them up.
- Panel ratio. Again, Sketchbook has a default document size that's approximately 3:4. I'll just have to create a script in Photoshop to crop and resize all my panels.
- The iPad doesn't store documents in the same way as a PC. They have to be stored in the photo album (or Sketchbook Pro gallery). Not a huge deal, but it affects my standard pipeline of delivering art to a client. Just means a couple of extra steps.
Even with these drawbacks, I am enjoying it. It has freed me from my computer desk, which is nice when I need a change of environment. Especially when I want to just do some thumbnails or doodle some ideas. I can draw in the den, or at Starbuck's or on my back porch.
Plus, this is much cheaper than a Cintiq.... though there are limitations.
I still prefer drawing on paper, but this is getting very close to that!
If any of you have gotten an iPad, I'd like to hear your feedback, too!