I would like to introduce you to Rita Flores, my first guest blogger. I met Rita on Twitter @Ritaflo , where I discovered her beautiful digital art. At that time, I believe she was creating with the iPhone, since the iPad hadn’t been created yet. She really knows the craft. Take time to visit her website , as well.
I am a traditionally trained artist who started using my iPhone and my iPad to create art. I have worked in oil, pastel and acrylic for most of my life and studied life drawing for several years in New York. I feel that the iPad has really helped to boost my creativity in ways that I could not have imagined. There are always new apps being developed and the apps have grown in sophistication in the short time since the iPad was introduced.
When you use an app like ArtRage you have a virtual art supply store at your finger tips. You have the choice of using oil paints, crayons, colored pencils and oil pastels, to name just a few of the mediums available. There are also a variety of surfaces to work on, such as canvases of various textures, different types of papers and surfaces like stucco or concrete. You can also change the surface mid-painting to see how the medium works on various surfaces. Some of the advantages of ArtRage (as opposed to traditional media) are: easy clean up, no brushes to wash or palette to scrape, you never run out of your favorite color, and you don’t need to wait for the paint to dry. Even if you are an artist who is not ready to give up traditional art supplies the iPad can travel easily to places like art museums where you can make color studies from the paintings without worrying about making a mess. Landscape painters can also do quick outdoor studies that they can bring back to the studio to work from.
There are also many other apps that I use for different effects. Two essential apps are Brushes and Sketchbook Pro. Not only are they great drawing and painting tools, but I also like to use them to create digital collages. Both apps have layer functions, which can be used to import artwork from your Photos to create collages. I especially like to use my Hipstamatic photos in the collages because I am using my own images.
There are several other apps that are fun on their own to use, but when combined with other apps can create totally unique artwork. Some of my favorite apps right now are Inkpad, Toonpaint, PicGrunger, Hipstamatic and Wordfoto. Inkpad is a vector based drawing program. I have never used a vector program on the computer but found this app to be very intuitive and I am always discovering new things to try with the app. I like to take my Inkpad drawings and combine them with PicGrunger to give a vintage look or ArtRage to give them a more hand made feel. Your options are never ending by combing the apps in different ways.
Finally, another one of my favorite aspects of creating art on the iPad is the ability to share my artwork with other artists on the web. I can easily upload my artwork to Flickr or my blog and get feedback on it almost immediately. I have joined several groups on Flickr and have met some amazing artists from around the world. One group that I participate in is “Julia Kay’s Portrait Party”. This group has grown to over 600 members who use traditional and mobile media to create portraits of the other members. Even though it is an online group, members from around the world have started having meet ups in the United States and Europe.
So if you are a traditional artist who has never touched a computer or a computer artist who has never picked up a paintbrush, the iPad can give each the best of both worlds and a new way of approaching their art.