So the iPad as an electronic version of pencils and brushes?
In terms of gestures, working on the iPad certainly has deep similarities with the classic tools of the plastic surgeon. I did not give up my notebook, my pencils, my brushes, however. There are also big differences, for better or for worse: iPad doesn’t have the friction a pen has on paper, and creation is faster.
I’ve always tried not to repeat or recreate the traditional experience with the iPad, but to find out how to do things differently. The ability to erase, to go back, to fix the mistake, makes me approach drawing in a different way. In this sense, the iPad immediately gave me a feeling of freedom and more possibilities to explore. Especially since commercial work has a deadline: if I take less time to draw, I have more time to try new things, or even just more free time for my own work. And then there is another aspect: the iPad mini made me rediscover the pleasure of the sketchbook. Traveling a lot has changed my life because I can take dozens of tools with me. I couldn’t take the light table with me to work on sketches, for example, but on the iPad I can just use the transparency of one layer and copy it to another layer.
Is it a question of the size of the device, or are there other aspects?
The size and weight are the most important aspects, of course. If I have to do big jobs, or edit a video or photo, the space I have on the larger iPad Pro is very useful. But I never take it out, it’s on my desk. The mini is exactly the extension of my notebooks. It’s a ubiquitous item in my bag. It has not replaced the sketchbooks, which give me back a subject of drawing, allow me to make collages, play more with colors and are physically consumed as part of the creative process. Trivially, the fact that I can hold it in my hand in a certain way, because of the way it’s done, gives me 90% of the feeling I have using a sketchbook.