When we tried out the Apple Pencil and iPad Pro with artist Pete Fowler we absolutely loved it (and we did again here) - but for any of you that need extra convincing of its incredible scope for creation, here are some great artworks drawn using the Apple Pencil with the iPad Pro.
If you're suspicious of pencils that aren't really pencils (they don't even draw on paper, after all), we understand: previous offerings have not been great. Problems have ranged from precision to a lack of pressure sensitivity. But the Apple Pencil really is built for artists, even if you're technology-shy and don't tend to use digital tools: you can add shading, apply different pressure and give your hand a rest on the screen.
And the Pencil has benefits other than making your drawings instantly shareable (if that's not enough) giving you access to a dazzlingly large scope of artistic tools from charcoal to watercolours without the mess or extra cost, as well as an easy way to correct mistakes.
Apple are so confident with their pencil that they gave artists free reign to be outraged.
Copenhagen-based design studio Havass&Hannibal gave the tech a whirl with a brightly coloured, challenging scene bursting with movement and shape (shown).
"We were surprised how much it feels like drawing with pen and paper, but in a digital setting, where you can still undo and change it again," they told Apple. "It feels great for sketching something quick, but can also be used for detailed drawings."
Image: Hvass&Hannibal couldn't resist creating another work.
Marija Tiurina gives the pencil a real test with her incredibly intricate work, deep use of shadow and the hand-drawn, sketchy feel of her technique. You can even watch her process video, as the Procreate app the artists drew on automatically records without - as Marija is quick to point out - lag or crashing (shown).
You just want to zoom and zoom into the details of Chicago-based artist Maggie Sichter's work, which shows the seemingly endless intricacies you can create with the pencil. Another fan of the Apple Pencil was born.
Irish artists Claudine O'Sullivan uses a massive palette of colours in her work and, surpisingly for digital techniques, she thinks that "changing between colours was very intuitive, so I felt my process was much the same as when I work on paper."
Master penman Jake Weidmann - who, instead of falling into the hype of typing as a teenager, always preferred to handwrite - says he "was quickly immersed in regular creative flow, unhindered by this brand-new medium". If a glowing report from a handwriting artist isn't a good write-up, what is?
New York-based artist Patrick Vale has created some gorgeous, evocative pieces with the Apple Pencil - with no evidence he's done so. Just like his other works, they look like he's used no technology (he rarely does). He loved the Apple Pencil.
"If you put this piece to a piece that I made on paper, you wouldn't be able to tell the difference. And it gives you the added benefit of being able to undo a stroke."
Image: another by Patrick Vale
James Jean's work is a fruitful, delicious mix of different meda - whcih the Apple Pencil suits. "The weight and proportion of Apple Pencil along with the speed of iPad Pro close the distance between the mind's eye and the hand in a way I've never experienced before."