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CES: Artist-Designed Sketchboard Pro Transforms iPad into Workspace

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CES: Artist-Designed Sketchboard Pro Transforms iPad into Workspace

The Sketchboard Pro, an iPad stand designed specifically with artists in mind, will make its debut at the 2020 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Created by a studio of artists at Braintreehouse (braintreehouse.com) with backgrounds in game development, comics, animation and product design as a solution for professional artists using an iPad as their main tool, the Sketchboard Pro provides a totally flat drawing surface for a seamless and comfortable creative experience – the benefits of digital drawing with the familiarity and feel of drawing on paper.

Artists of all ages and backgrounds are transitioning to the iPad to create their work, due in large part to the release of the Apple Pen and Apple’s integration of Photoshop on the device. The Braintreehouse artists quickly realized they couldn’t use the iPad and Apple Pencil without experiencing discomfort and difficulty holding the device, so they set out to design a solution. Sketchboard was created for artists, but is already gaining attention in other areas — even Egyptology! — and use cases, including students taking notes in class and those with muscular control limitations.

“We are so excited to show off Sketchboard Pro at CES this year – it was created by artists, for artists,” said JJ Harrison, Founder of Braintreehouse, “I kept getting pain in my hands and my neck and I knew it was caused by my excessive use of my iPad. After I started using our prototypes in all my work, that pain disappeared. From then on, I knew this product was one that we had to share with everyone in our industry.”

Modeled after traditional illustration sketch boards, the Sketchboard Pro cradles your iPad to create a totally flat drawing surface around the screen. This smooth workspace allows for more comfort and support while drawing and was designed to fit into most artists’ working environments. Fold-out legs make it possible to work comfortably at a drawing desk, table, couch, or even in bed.

Sketchboard Pro has already caught the attention of professional artists using the Apple Pencil and iPad in their daily workflow, including DC Comics artist Chad Hardin (Harley Quinn, Wonder Woman), who used the Sketchboard Pro to draw an entire issue of Batwoman.

“Drawing for hours on my iPad caused a lot of discomfort in my hand and arm,” said Hardin, “but after drawing on the Sketchboard Pro, I was much more comfortable even drawing for days on end. It puts the artist back to their natural drawing state.”

Sketchboard Pro recently closed a successful Kickstarter campaign that raised over $100k and is now available for pre-order for $50. The team will be at CES 2020 and available for demonstrations at booth 53361 in Eureka Park.

For more information, visit www.sketchboardpro.com.

Sketchboard Pro

Sketchboard Pro

Sketchboard Pro

Sketchboard Pro

Chad Hardin

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