iPad Pro and Apple Pencil are used to record Juneteenth’s people

Ajuan Mance, an artist, comic creator, and historian, was commissioned by Apple to make portraits of historical Black individuals using an iPad Pro and an Apple Pencil as part of this year’s Juneteenth festivities. An article in Apple’s Newsroom provides further information about Mance’s idea.

Apple states that for the Juneteenth events, Mance employs Adobe Scan and Procreate, as well as Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Fresco.

In celebration of Juneteenth, Mance is revisiting a series of digital drawings created on iPad Pro titled “The Ancestors’ Juneteenth,” in which she places historical Black figures in present-day settings to reflect on Black people’s journey from the 19th to the 21st century. In these illustrations, Mance draws ink on paper before she snaps an image in Adobe Scan on her iPad Pro. In Procreate, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe Fresco, she colors her scanned image non-photo blue, simulating the process of creating comics, while using Apple Pencil to add layers of color — a workflow she previously completed using a light table and analog tools.

It’s simple for Mance to “draw, modify, and add colour and effects at the micro level” using the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil’s ability to zoom straight into photos. Artists have a new tool in digital art, and that’s something only digital art can provide.

According to Mance’s article, she has been using an iPad Pro and Apple Pencil for years and says that she “can produce a sketch and then ink over it all in the same app and on the same device. iPad Pro is a unique tablet for artists because of its capabilities and versatility. If it weren’t for the iPad Pro, Mance feels that artists wouldn’t be able to reach the same audiences they have today.

The complete Newsroom piece on Mance and Juneteenth can be seen here, while her website displays some of the artwork she has produced.