There are endless ways to create with the iPad, endless…….. I currently own six art applications, each has their own personality and focus. I can’t begin to tell you everything about each application; in fact, it is going to take me awhile to learn all the features, myself. What I would really like you to do is to brainstorm and open yourself to new ways of creating, “Think outside the Silo” as my friend Tim Hurson would say. In fact, I have taken 3 tools to create one piece of art. There is nothing in the books that says you can’t. You may like one feature better than the other for each application. You might like the medium for one, the line for the other, the texture from another and so on.
These are the iPad Art applications I currently own, Brushes, ArtStudio, Sketch Club, ArtRage, Inspire Pro and Artists Touch. I attached to each link, information or a manual that would be helpful in the description and application of each. This information will be more helpful than me describing each individually. What I would like to do is give you some examples of different ways in which I used these apps.
First of all from my previous blogs, you know I am very fond of Brushes and how easy it is to use. I am particularly fond of the color memory, just place your finger or stylus on any color of the drawing and it will duplicate. Inspire Pro has the color memory, as well. My favorite feature of Brushes, as you have seen in my past blogs is the Playback. Below is an example of the Brushes Playback revealing a more traditional painting. I also attached music to it.
I also enjoy taking photos of my art and drop the image into iPad. This was a plain pen and ink drawing that I manipulated using the Brushes application.
Sometimes I use one application and finish it off in another. The following is an example of me taking a drawing I have created in Sketch Club and dropping the image into ArtRage. I love the line in the Sketch Club application, but prefer the watercolor feature that I added on top of the drawing from ArtRage. Don’t you think it looks like it was done with one application?
Sketch Club also has this great feature that you can add text. It also has different font. I made a Christmas card that had garlands of text saying”Merry Christmas”.
I always wanted to create abstract paintings. ArtRage has allowed me to do this, having wide variety of mediums and tools from chalk, watercolor, pallet knife and oil painting. Below is my first abstract iPad drawing using ArtRage.
My last example is taking a photograph of a painting I created in acrylic, downloaded it into the Brushes application and continued to manipulate it. The advantage being that I can do whatever I want and still keep the original. Here is a playback showing the original painting, evolving in color and line.
I hope that you try one of these applications. Free yourself. You can’t make a mistake.