Dutch artist ditches pen and ink for iPad Pro and Apple Pencil

“You probably don’t recognize the name of Dutch artist Leendert Jan Vis, but an awful lot of people enjoy his work every day. Over the past three decades, his cheerful and quirky animals have appeared on over 250 million greeting cards as well as in picture books, as stuffed animals, and on a variety of products,” Harry McCracken reports for fast Company. “Vis counts Hallmark among his publishers, though his cards aren’t available in the U.S.”

“He’s stuck with pen and ink even as many artists have gone entirely digital by using a Mac or Windows PC with one of Wacom’s graphic tablets or Cintiq pen-enabled displays,” McCracken reports. “But when he tried Apple’s iPad Pro tablet and Pencil stylus, he liked them so much he’s now using them exclusively.”

“What sold him on the iPad Pro? Pretty much the virtues you might expect, including the ability to work quickly without waiting for ink to dry, the availability of layers for breaking a drawing down into its component parts, and the ease of sharing,” McCracken reports. “He uses Procreate, the iPad painting and drawing app with the most ambitious and customizable features for producing artwork using an array of natural-media art implements.”

Read more, and check out the video of Vis drawing on his iPad Pro, in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Gorgeous pen and ink drawings without the pen and ink!


    1. Absolutely agree. And the price…practically give it away. The “playback” feature is just awesome. Documentation is better than the stuff that comes with the 10-$20,000 stuff I use at work (fda approved clinical/medical).

  1. what i want is the ability to plug in a iPad Pro to a Mac and use it like a Cintiq. Then I can drive desktop graphics programs off the Mac and draw on the iPad, and use the mac’s file system etc.

    when I travel I can un- plug it and just use like an iOS iPad or hook it up to a Macbook.

    (I’m writing this on a large Cintiq connected to a Mac Pro).

  2. Beautiful. I do the same thing with my tablet when making pages for my comic series. It’s nice because it’s like using traditional pen and ink, but with a digital tablet. The 21st Century is the best! (Except when it comes to music, and today’s racial issues and politics, but that’s a story for another time.)

    1. I’m coming to the opinion that traditional politicians should all be put into a labor camp and made to work an honest living. Let them chatter away with each other and make human exploitative deals while mining the garbage dumps for reusable industrial materials, IOW trash picking, at which they’re already expert. This would force the rest of us to lend some actual leadership skill as well as overall sanity to creating and running our various world governments. Imagine that.

      Is my vision too mean spirited? At least I didn’t suggest gassing them all. 😉

        1. I am no longer amazed at mass ignorance. – – No, ‘researchteacher’. I was emulating the Right’s calling card in the form of fascism, specifically the Nazis, who put the jews and other undesirables to work in labor camps making, among other things, weapons that would kill their own kind. Cruel, sick and pathetic fits BOTH extreme ends of the 1-dimensional political scale. If you think otherwise, you’re NOT paying attention.

          1. Derek
            I think you’ve gotten it wrong about the Nazis, they weren’t “Right”, they were Socialists: (Nazi being an abbreviation for the National Socialist German Workers Party. [Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei]
            The only people to the Left of the Nazis were the Russian Communists.

            1. I think you’re confused by fascist propaganda. Saying ‘Socialist’ does not equal actually BEING ‘Socialist’. Fascists are far RIGHT. There is a long list of characteristics of fascists, the Nazis being an excellent example.

              It’s all written in books AND at Wikipedia. If you can read, you can learn.

            2. “‘Forgive me if I am not justified in what I ask,’ said Scrooge, looking intently at the Spirit’s robe,’ but I see something strange, and not belonging to yourself, protruding from your skirts. Is it a foot or a claw.’  

              ‘It might be a claw, for the flesh there is upon it,’ was the Spirit’s sorrowful reply. ‘Look here.’  

              From the foldings of its robe, it brought two children; wretched, abject, frightful, hideous, miserable. They knelt down at its feet, and clung upon the outside of its garment.  

              ‘Oh, Man. look here. Look, look, down here.’ exclaimed the Ghost.  

              They were a boy and a girl. Yellow, meagre, ragged, scowling, wolfish; but prostrate, too, in their humility. Where graceful youth should have filled their features out, and touched them with its freshest tints, a stale and shrivelled hand, like that of age, had pinched, and twisted them, and pulled them into shreds. Where angels might have sat enthroned, devils lurked, and glared out menacing. No change, no degradation, no perversion of humanity, in any grade, through all the mysteries of wonderful creation, has monsters half so horrible and dread.

              Scrooge started back, appalled. Having them shown to him in this way, he tried to say they were fine children, but the words choked themselves, rather than be parties to a lie of such enormous magnitude.

              ‘Spirit. are they yours.’ Scrooge could say no more.  

              ‘They are Man’s,’ said the Spirit, looking down upon them. ‘And they cling to me, appealing from their fathers. This boy is Ignorance. This girl is Want. Beware them both, and all of their degree, but most of all beware this boy, for on his brow I see that written which is Doom, unless the writing be erased. Deny it.’ cried the Spirit, stretching out its hand towards the city. ‘Slander those who tell it ye. Admit it for your factious purposes, and make it worse. And abide the end.’

              ‘Have they no refuge or resource.’ cried Scrooge.  

              ‘Are there no prisons.’ said the Spirit, turning on him for the last time with his own words. ‘Are there no workhouses.'”

              – A Christmas Carol, Stave 3: The Second of the Three Spirits

    1. Actually, I hate to say it, but Adobe’s iOS apps are not that bad. They need another version or 2 to add in missing features… they feel too “lite”, but I’ve been able to get some real work done with them.
      And trust me, I’m first in line with Adobe bashing… don’t get me started on After Effects…
      Having said that, it seems the cost of entry is low enough on iOS right now that others can get in on the ground floor and take away the Adobe dominance. I’m all for that.

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