Taking the Microsoft Surface Studio for a test drive.

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Read how Microsoft Surface Studio has transformed illustrator, Jeremy Lord’s creative workflow.

My name is Jeremy Lord, and I am a freelance illustrator. I joined forces with Microsoft Surface at Adobe MAKE IT 2017 to demo the power of Surface Studio. Traditionally, I was a Wacom and Apple user, but I was really curious about Surface Studio, and to see how the technology stacked up. So, I’ve been using Surface Studio now for about 4 months, and although I have always illustrated in Adobe Photoshop, the Surface Studio has surprised me in lots of positive ways, and transformed the way I experience my workflow using programs such as Adobe Creative Cloud.

The key difference for me is how the Surface Studio has blended the lines between digital and analogue creation by bridging the gap between different technologies. It really is an all-in-one – a screen, a computer, and the tool for my creativity. My workflow remains about 90% the same, but the level of comfort I feel has increased. It’s like sitting on a lounge compared to a bar stool. They are technically the same thing, and sitting is the same, but a lounge is always more comfortable, and that’s how I feel when I use Surface Studio – comfortable.
Surface Studio takes the best bits of a bunch of categories and puts them all together to make something beautiful and seamless – it just makes sense. I look at the machine, and feel Microsoft is talking to me. As an illustrator and a digital artist, they’ve made a machine for me.

The experience of Adobe MAKE IT was awesome. One of the most prominent reactions I saw at the event around Surface Studio was utter surprise. Many individuals were blown away to learn that the Surface Studio is not only a drawing screen (which is huge, touch-enabled and makes an immense difference to the creative process) but a complete, powerful desktop. People were surprised all the hardware is packaged up in a small and sleek base attached to screen – they’re wondering, where is all the stuff?

Beyond that, I received questions about performance. Depending on the model, the specs of Surface Studio differ, so it’s nice to know the options are there, especially if someone has higher demands on their workflow. People were also wondering how the pen feels. I know firsthand that creative tools have to feel right. At its core, it’s a simple thing, because it feels as natural as drawing. The pen comes with several different nib options and Microsoft is about to release a version of the pen to make the experience even more natural.
With Surface Dial, people were even more curious. You can see them thinking, what is this thing? For me, the Dial acts as my keyboard shortcut hot wheel. It’s entirely customisable, and you can input different functions and program it to suit your needs.
If you’re thinking about where to take your creative process next, I would definitely encourage you to test out Surface Studio for yourself.

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Jeremy Lord

Jeremy Lord is a freelance illustrator based in Sydney. He specialises in branding, typography, and poster design.

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Posted on 08-08-2017

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