iPad Pro Fun

I am making my own game, which means I have to do a lot of stuff on my own like writing rules, and making dungeons, and creating artwork. If you haven’t noticed already from my previous posts on my tabletop RPG game that I am calling Worst, this is not my primary job, but a hobby. In the real world, I travel 3-4 days a week for work. It is extremely hard to stay “game creative” on the road, mainly because I can’t lug around everything I usually use to make my game.

Work being work, and my hobby, well, being something I do in my very limited free time, I was trying to figure out how to drag my art table with me. In the past, I tried the iPad with good success for games, though, I still did everything on my desktop at home, then I transferred it all to my iPad to show players at the game. The one thing I always wanted was a Wacom graphic display and stylus, but they were really expensive and not portable. I was considering getting surface pro tablet computer to use like a Wacom, but I did not like windows 8, also, we have a huge investment in OSX software and the IOS Apps, iPhones, iPads, iMacs, Macbooks and Macbook Pros. I tried the dorky Apple stylus initially with the iPad when they first came out that ended in frustration when it came to drawing little details, I really wanted a pointy tip.

This holiday season, my wife was really kind to me, and was gifted an iPad Pro and an Apple Pencil. Apple finally released a decent stylus for the iPad Pro, now I can continue to work on my Hobby almost anywhere and the workspace is just right. The Apple pencil does’t work with every app, but it does allow for a more natural drawing ergonomics and now I can doodle little details just like I do when using graphics stylus or actual paper and pencil.

I am trying to find a good graphic program to draw maps with. I am trying Penultimate right now and it is ok. Penultimate works with Evernote so my files pass around all my devices that are using Evernote. Penultimate has a graphic paper that you can draw on, just like drawing on a graph paper. You can’t zoom in to get fine details but it is nice and easy to work with.
This is an image of a map I am making for a dungeon for Worst.

As for graphics, I am trying a program called Artrage it is a pretty simple graphics program with layers, so I can draw, make a layer, draw some more, and build up a cool image fairly quickly. It does not appear to take advantage of the Apple pencil but being able to draw with a natural pointy drawing tool is cool. You can zoom in and zoom out with finger gestyres to get little details done so I like it a lot.

Here is a quick doodle of an elf girl.

I am also trying ArtStudio, which is pretty good too. It was a little buggy for drawing, but it does use layers, and zoom in, zoom out also.
Here is a quick portrait

I think I will be able to work faster now with my new tools for game creation.

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Shent_lodge, AKA Jon, started this website, in 2000, initially as a player's guide to his home game. He has run through, and run for, hundreds of players of the Dungeons and Dragons game since 1980. These days he plays, or runs games using the WORST RPG rules set.


  1. shent_lodge says:

    Well I lost my Apple pencil, Grrr. it is back ordered. Just a little frustrating.