While on a mini-vacation to SW Florida this past weekend, I got to experience a near-perfect moment of vacation-bliss: for the two hours it took Sam to get her new hair-did, I got to sit in the icy A/C of the salon, listen to my music, and practice my doodling on the iPad. It was awesome.

After a great deal of research, I bought a Wacom Bamboo Solo Stylus to compliment my iPad mini -- specifically for doodling, although at the time I had no immediate projects to work on. I have a Wacom Bamboo tablet that I do a great deal of personal and work-related art on and I can tell you that it is two totally different experiences drawing on a proper graphics tablet versus the finger-focused iPad. That being said, I discovered that with a healthy helping of patience and some extreme zooming, it doesn't take too long to start getting proficient on the iPad. On the software-side, I'm using Autodesk's Sketchpad Pro (which I had purchased years ago with the 1st-gen iPad) and on the computer I use the ever-reliable Pixelmator.

For whatever it's worth, all of this art is "hand-drawn" (on one tablet or another) and hand-colored, a far departure from the vector-based build-a-comic days of Zaphod Zombie.