So the idea is to try out a few digital alternatives to the sketchpad - what options are there and how do they compare. First up, I do have a basic WACOM tablet at home that I use with Photoshop (and Mudbox) and compared to a finger on an iPad or a mouse the pen stylus is almost a prerequisite for any viable replacement for the sketchpad.
Pressure-sensitive pens for normal tablets.
This is perhaps the best place to start - though it isnt where I did. There are some basic and more extravagant pen-based options for non WACOM devices that will be part of this test down the track. Some of the options in this space include these iPad pens:
JOT Touch 4
Adobe stylus and ruler
I am looking forward to trying these out, but test #1 has turned out to be a new device altogether that has replaced the sketchpad completely for the moment and quite successfully at that. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8. This small tablet is light and approachable with the Android OS serving me quite nicely in terms of the apps. It quickly got me going with a range of included software and then with Kindle, Comixology I was up and running with a portable reader. The S-Pen is tiny but working very well with the software for navigation, writing and sketching/drawing. It feels a little too much like drawing on glass perhaps, but still working like a treat. The included S Note application has been good for taking notes on the Loch Maiden game mechanics - not just words of course but diagrams, layout, arrows, trees and other graphical structures all together = Wonderful. Sketching in the app is ok, but grabbing Autodesk's Sketchbook Pro lifts things up to another level. I still have much to learn, but even basic use of the pencil, paintbrush and layers let me create a suite of cool (and cute) monsters sitting on the couch.
Here are a few of my first sketches on the Note 8 for Loch Dreagan compiled together.
More on these tests to come for sure!