If it wasn’t painfully obvious, I draw, paint, and create on Apple’s iPad. My current iPad is a 12.9” Pro (256GB) with the Space Gray finish. Before I took the plunge and upgraded to the larger screen I had an Air 2.
I use Apple Pencil exclusively and it’s hands down the best stylus I’ve used on any iPad to date. Unlike many “pressure sensitive” styli before it, Apple Pencil works 100% of the time.
It doesn’t disconnect, lag, or stutter while drawing or painting.
As far as protection — I use a cheap smart cover case, glow in the dark silicone Apple Pencil grip, and I don’t use a screen protector.