I love iPads. I had an iPad 2 that I stood in line for at the Apple Store at The Grove in LA, on the day of release. I don't ever stand in lines for releases, even Apple ones. I'm allergic to standing in lines for very long, but that day I stood with those other hopefuls for something like 4 hours. It was a spur of the moment thing – it would have been much more sensible to simply order one from, but I just stopped by The Grove and the Farmer's Market for an early dinner and got caught up in the moment when I discovered that they did, indeed, have the model I was wanting in stock at that very store. 

I fell in love with that iPad immediately, and we were constant companions. I eventually replaced it with an iPad 4 (the first one with the Lightning connector), which I kept until just last year.

So this is my third iPad, and I did not hold back. I went straight for the 12.9 inch Pro, with an Apple Pencil, and a few other accessories (including a set of Bose noise-canceling headphones that have revolutionized how I headphone). Anyway, one of the reasons I got the Pro is to encourage me to draw more. I've been doing art in Photoshop and Illustrator for a couple of decades now, but I thought it would be a good idea to get back to a more analog solution. Any normal person would just use paper and a pencil, but I've come to terms with the fact that I'm primarily a digital artist, so I'm happy to take advantage of all of the attendant benefits, but I do miss the rough analog results of traditional inks and such. This would be a very happy bridge between those, I was hoping.

So far I'm very validated in my hope. The combination of the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil is impressive, responsive and versatile. I've been experimenting with different art apps and right now my favorite is Photoshop Sketch with Kyle Webster's brushes installed. Such an effective illusion. I'm in love all over again.

So here, have some Peter Cushing, Grand Moff Tarkin himself.