I’ve been using my new Nomad Brushes for about a month now and I really love the way it feels like you are actually painting on the iPad. One of the perks of registering early for the Mobile Art Con this year was that the first 50 registrants got a free Nomad Brush. The makers of the Nomad Brush were at the conference and had various sizes of the brushes available to try out. I am a very hands on type person when it comes to art supplies and I generally don’t order things on line, so I was so happy to try them out and really see how they performed on the iPad. In addition to getting the long handled brush for free, I purchased the “Mini” because I liked that it had shorter bristles. I find that when you use the brushes you can have a lighter touch than when you use a stylus. If you are an artist who paints traditionally with oils or acrylics you would love the combination of the Nomad Brush with ArtRage (shown above).
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Exquisite Corpse painting using Brushes on iPad
One of the highlights of the Mobile Art Con was the kick off party at the Lolita Bar. In the darkened bar we created several “Exquisite Corpse” iPad paintings using each artists iPads. Each artist would start the painting off in a different app, such as Brushes, Sketchbook Pro, Adobe Ideas or ArtRage, and after about a minute or two would pass the iPad on to the next artist. I had two group artworks on my iPad, the first one using Brushes and the second using Sketchbook Pro. It was really fun, especially trying to figure out apps we’re not accustomed to using.
Exquisite Corpse Painting using Sketchbook Pro on iPad
A special thanks to Timothy Schorre for letting me use his photos from that night. I love the way our faces are illuminated by the iPads.
iPad painting of Edie Sedgewick using Inkpad and ArtRage on iPad
One of my favorite apps right now is Inkpad, a vector based drawing app for the iPad. This app was developed by Steve Sprang who also gave us the amazing Brushes app. I am not familiar at all with vector drawing programs so I am learning as I go along. I found some great tutorials on the Digital Drawer blog, especially this one on creating a neon effect.
I’ve been doing a lot of drawings of retro “bombshells” or iconic movie stars from the 50’s and 60’s because they seem to lend themselves to the more graphic style of Inkpad. I’ve also been experimenting with combining the Inkpad drawing with other apps such as ArtRage and PicGrunger to give more texture to the drawings and give them more of a collage feeling. Which version do you like best?
Inkpad and PicGrunger
The Caribbean Motel in Wildwood, ArtRage on iPad
I recently read an article about how the Jersey Shore reality show has helped out the economy in Seaside Heights this summer. I hope that people who go to the shore get to discover other parts of the towns and beaches as well because each one has it’s own unique personality. I was reminiscing about all the different beaches in New Jersey that I’ve visited, and how the places I’ve visited have changed as I’ve gone through different stages of my life. This is a partial list of places and ages:
Sandy Hook – I went to Sandy Hook with camp as a child because it was a free beach and it was pretty low key
Asbury Park – I went there as a teen around the same time the Clash were playing at the convention hall and saw punks play mini golf
Seaside Heights – In college I went to Seaside because they had great bars and a fun boardwalk
Point Pleasant – Another fun boardwalk with Martell’s Tiki Bar where we used to get the best steamed crab legs
Avon – A very quiet beach that has quaint bed & breakfasts
Wildwood – Wildwood is where we have vacationed the last several years. One of the things I love about Wildwood is the Doo Wop architecture. You feel like you have stepped back in time as you drive by the neon lit retro motels that line the main strip. The Boardwalk is very family oriented and has a lot of the rides we remember from when we were kids. Last summer I took a lot of Hipstamatic photos of the motels and boardwalk and created some paintings on my iPad. Last summer we stayed at the Caribbean Motel and I loved the retro look. It had a magical, nostalgic feeling that reminded me of vacations I took as a child.
I have to admit that my title is a little misleading. Can an iPad app make you more creative? Well, it might make being more creative a little easier if you have more tools at your disposal.
I was visiting the app store the other night and noticed that there was a banner for “App Store Essentials – Painting and Drawing”. This was the first time I had seen all these apps grouped together this way. This is really good news for both artists and new iPad owners who are looking for some of the best apps to start out with. When I first got my iPad the art apps could only be found in the Productivity or Lifestyle sections of the app store. I found out about most of my favorite apps through other artists on Flickr – and one of my favorite things is trying to figure out how other artists were achieving certain effects.
You can see from the screen shot all of the apps I have installed so far. If you look at my blog or Flickr you can see my work with Brushes, ArtRage, Inkpad, and Sketchbook mobile. As I mentioned in an earlier post, if you have the means and the space on your iPad, try as many of these as you can, because it’s only through practice and experimentation that you will find the one that works best for you. I also like to do app “mash ups” where i combine several apps in one picture. Sketch Club was also just updated and I’m looking forward to trying out it’s new features.
What apps would you recommend to an artist who wants to try mobile art?