What it is: Professional artist Mark Ulriksen had switched to an iPad and the Apple Pencil.
For many people, the iPad can’t replace a laptop because it lacks a physical keyboard. While the addition of an external keyboard can remedy this problem, many people still prefer laptops. Yet the lack of a keyboard can actually be a benefit for people who don’t want or need a keyboard in the first place.
That’s why professional artist, Mark Ulrisken has been excited about his recent conversion to an iPad and the Apple Pencil. As a professional artist who has drawn covers for magazines such as The New Yorker, Mark doesn’t need a physical keyboard so much as he needs a versatile drawing surface that he can take wherever he goes. The iPad and the Apple Pencil meets his needs perfectly because the iPads acts like a portable canvas that he can store multiple pictures on and edit them as his convenience. That’s not nearly as simple to do with a pad of paper with drawings that might get damaged if you spill liquids on the pages.
“I’m technologically illiterate and I’m still trying to learn how to paint,” Mark said. “But I really wanted to eventually work digitally because it seems like that’s what the art buying public is looking for in the world of illustration these days, and I like the speed of it.”
What used to take him days to accomplish using traditional paper methods now takes him hours. That makes him more productive as well as giving him a canvas to let his creativity run wild. While most people may not be artists, you can se that the iPad’s form factor attracts a different audience than laptop users.
If you absolutely can’t live without a keyboard, you can either get a laptop or an external keyboard. For those who don’t care about a keyboard, the iPad is perfect without one. Even for those who do need a keyboard, the external keyboard can be a handy accessory if you’re constantly on the go and need something light and easy to carry.
The iPad is simply defining a new computing experience. Not everyone will need it just like not everyone needs a laptop, but for those who do, the iPad is simply irreplaceable.