If you've been reading this blog long enough, you'll know that I love to post reviews by full-time digital or traditional artists.
I may think the Surface Pro, another Windows 8 tablet or a specific software tool is great, but I've never had to make a living from my art the way many of these talented individuals do.
So when I read an opinion from someone who can bring that professional perspective to bear, I sit up and pay attention and hope that you will too.
Earlier this week, Michelle Kondrich, a Denver-based freelance illustrator specializing in ink and watercolor paintings, posted a detailed review of her first couple of months with the Surface Pro.
Michelle told me via Twitter (@MissIllustrator) that "Digital painting is still something I'm perfecting." Judging by her first couple of illustrations seen here, she's being falsely modest.
To see more of her traditional work, check out Michelle's portfolio.
Penny Arcade web comic artist Mike Krahulik (Gabe, @CWGabriel) recently got a chance to take the Surface Pro for a test drive and wrote this exhaustive post about his experiences.
It's a great read and filled with useful nuggets for artists hoping to produce professional quality results with their new tablet.
Check it out here. He also posted a YouTube clip demonstrating his inking with Sketchbook Pro.
The artist's write-up is so good that it prompted Apple defender John Gruber at Daring Fireball to write the following: "How ironic would it be if the iPad becomes the dominant mass market computer and the Surface becomes the one for artists?"