When you’re drawing with a pad and a pencil, every time you make a mistake or change your idea, you need a fresh sheet of paper. This contributes to paper waste. But with a digital pen and a tablet, you don’t need paper – the screen is your canvas.
This reduces paper waste, and by using less paper you can also help the environment – using less energy and reducing climate change emissions1.
Start again (and again).
Because your screen is your canvas rather than endless reams of paper, you can easily correct mistakes or start again. Digital drawing tools are quick and forgiving, allowing you to create without having to refill any physical supplies – from paper and canvases to pens and ink.
Instead of scrapping a whole canvas in the event of a mistake or worrying about wasting expensive materials, artists can just hit “undo” and try again. Zoom in close and make precision corrections, rub out chunks or clear the whole digital canvas.
Artists generally need more than a simple pad and a pen. There are trays of pencils, paints, inks and accessories. Cumbersome canvases, and papers in different grains and weights. The beauty of digital drawing tools is you really do just need two things: your digital pen and your computer.
Opt for a lightweight tablet and you can draw and design anywhere. Modern tablets are powerful but slim and lightweight, and your digital stylus and creative apps pack a trunkful of tools into a relatively small package.
Integration with creative apps.
Tablets such as the iPad Pro and digital pens like Apple Pencil and Wacom devices are integrated with Adobe Creative Cloud apps and drawing tools such as Illustrator. You can sketch and draw directly into the app, and take advantage of Illustrator’s features. Create new layers, tweak opacity and draw with far greater control. Use your digital pen to create sweeping arcs or precision lines.
Illustrator Brian Yapp uses Apple Pencil in Adobe Illustrator Draw. “It’s all pressure-sensitive, so what happens with the stroke, is based upon how much pressure Brian is placing on Apple Pencil,” says Bryan O’Neil Hughes of Adobe Outreach in this video.