I test iPad accessories for a living and this new drawing stand is genius

Astropad Darkboard for iPad; an iPad inside a large drawing tablet
(Image credit: Astropad)

The iPad Pro is quickly becoming my go-to tablet for digital art, but I still miss the size and ergonomics of using a proper drawing tablet. This is where the keen and clever folks at Astropad are innovating, with the Darkboard drawing stand designed for iPad.

Astropad has a history of getting more from iPad, its Astropad Studio is one of the best drawing apps for iPad, and enables you to run Photoshop on your Mac and paint using your iPad, to turn Apple's app-based device into a full-fat drawing tablet. 

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Ian Dean
Editor, Digital Arts & 3D

Ian Dean is Editor, Digital Arts & 3D at Creativebloq, and the former editor of many leading magazines. These titles included ImagineFX, 3D World and leading video game title Official PlayStation Magazine. In his early career he wrote for music and film magazines including Uncut and SFX. Ian launched Xbox magazine X360 and edited PlayStation World. For Creative Bloq, Ian combines his experiences to bring the latest news on AI, digital art and video game art and tech, and more to Creative Bloq, and in his spare time he doodles in Procreate, ArtRage, and Rebelle while finding time to play Xbox and PS5. He's also a keen Cricut user and laser cutter fan, and is currently crafting on Glowforge and xTools M1.