While I am excited to see what Adobe are doing with their Fresco illustration app coming to iPad in the next few months, Savage, the team behind Procreate have announced Procreate 5, which will be a free update to all existing Procreate users later this year. As Adobe is some what playing catch up, Savage seem to moving powering ahead into an area that I find deeply underserved on the iPad, yet increasingly important for all illustrators out there: Animation. Most projects for illustrators now require some form of motion, usually simple things like a person waving or a flag blowing in the wind is what’s needed, but almost all projects require something. The ability to animate your illustrations easily on the iPad, in the same app you drew them in, is potentially industry changing, as right now it requires learning an entirely different app to do so, usually Adobe’s Aftereffects.
Other features like importing Photoshop brushes are welcomed too, almost taking the wind out of Adobe’s Fresco sails. Procreate is the leading example of professional apps built for iPad that exceed their desktop counterparts. Colour me excited.