mkelley wrote:Yeah, I'm pretty excited about using the iPad Pro and importing the SVG to Moho.
As to the other poster, I have a MacBook Air but I don't like Moho on it either -- again, the screen resolution just doesn't work for me. Where it does work is on my main PC system, with dual 30" monitors. That's the downside of getting old -- your eyes get toasted (the upside is you usually have enough money for large monitors and other toys).
Ironically enough, I went with the 9.7 inch iPad Pro instead of the huge one, mostly because I like that form factor (I've had many many iPads and still have the original Air right now). My experience with graphics tablets is that I don't really need a lot of drawing real estate anyway (I tend to draw in a very small space -- just not one to use expressive strokes). Autodesk Graphics is supposed to be a killer app on the iPad Pro, and at $10 an incredibly cheap one.
"The other poster" here, I am the same way drawing small and tight has always been my preference. However, in school I did experience the benefits from loosening up by working larger. Oil painting was a lot more enjoyable. Drawing, not so much. Back then I had better than 20-20 vision and enjoyed working detailed and smaller. The benefits are less significant when your target is computer cartoon/animation and practicality reigns supreme. I have three 23" ACD's. Two are dedicated to sharing a Mac Pro while the third runs off a Mac Mini for support. Then I have the large iPad Pro. 30" screens would be nice but I am already working in computer graphic Heaven.
Autodesk Graphic is currently on sale 30% off at $5.99. I already had ProCreate but I purchased Graphic to compare the two. So far both are amazing with the iPad Pro the Apple Pencil.
mkelley wrote:In thinking about this, I'm kind of glad I'm going with a program dedicated to drawing. While there is no question the drawing tools have been tuned up in Moho, it was extremely smart of them to improve SVG import to the point where other, better tools could be used in concert. This makes sense and leaves Moho to its strengths, which is animation. The ability to edit those vectors is fine, but in terms of raw creation there was never a need for Moho to be the main tool for that purpose.
It's a bit like using the timeline for audio -- while it *can* be done it's far better to use programs dedicated for that purpose and only use the audio in Moho for a rough pass to animate to. And I'm really happy to go with a tablet for my drawing purposes since it's lighter, has a far longer battery, and doesn't need to have a keyboard. So this makes just a TON of sense.
But I do thank everyone for the discussion. Up until now using an external vector program wasn't really a viable option. Now it appears to be the best one.
If Moho's strength is animation to the point that freehand drawing is unimportant I believe they should not offer any art creation tools until they are ready to offer a robust package that is up to the task. Do it right or don't do it at all. This trickling out and dabbling in drawing tools is a disaster. Whatever has been offered to date has been utilized by users even though they would be better off using additional software. The quality of the end product has been compromised as a result. Overall, artwork created with Anime Studio tools is cold, sterile and robotic. It lacks the warmth of expression that is possible with refined tools.
I think Anime Studio Pro / Moho would have garnered more respect if it only focused on animation all along. The art creation tools thus far have been thrown in with relatively little consideration like offering a plastic spoon with your well-prepared steak. Just look at what $6 (iPad app) - $19 (computer version) gets you in Autodesk Graphic. One huge thing Autodesk Graphic has over ProCreate is a computer desktop version.*
*It is interesting (to me) that when using the desktop version with the iPad/Astropad setup initially the art is aliased then quickly updates to antialiased. I don't see this with my Intuos Pro. This is also the only software I experience this with. I am going to contact Autodesk support and see what they have to say about it.