Stranger Things has become the hit of the summer, something that Apple may be quietly happy about.
It turns out that the now iconic poster for the series was created on an iPad Pro. UK-based artist Kyle Lambert created the piece, which mimics movie posters of the 80s, using the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil.
"This was a very exciting project for me, as an artist that trained with oil paints, I really enjoyed the challenge of reproducing this traditional painting style using digital tools," Lambert told Mashable.
"I used the iPad Pro to do the preliminary composition ideas and the sketch that became the final Stranger Things poster. I chose to use the iPad Pro for the drawing stage of the poster because I find that I am able to sketch in a very natural way on the device using the Apple Pencil. The device in general is nice to hold for long periods of time, it is really portable and Procreate, the app that I used, has some really great Pencil brushes for drawing with."
The artwork was then exported to Photoshop where he upscaled the image to a higher resolution and took care of colour work using his Intuos Wacom tablet.
"I find that for colour work I prefer to not have my hands obscure the artwork in any way and this type of tablet allows me to focus on as much of the image as I need to when working,” he added. “Procreate is a powerful app, however a complex painting such as this with hundreds of layers still requires a desktop grade application such as Photoshop to pull it off."
So while the iPad Pro has gotten Lambert’s seal of approval, it’s still best used in conjunction with traditional digital art methods to get the best results, it seems.