Mar 24 2011

A look at Procreate, a new painting app for the iPad

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(This is a guest post by fellow fingerpainter Chris Menice, aka rebelpapa)

Procreate is simply one of the best painting apps I’ve used on the iPad. I didn’t realize this fact until after a couple days of digging into the app.

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Mar 12 2011

iPad 2 – Initial Impressions from Rebelpapa

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So how does it feel?

The iPad 2 “feels” like a much smaller tablet. It’s lighter and thinner. The thing that surprised me the most about the iPad 2 was the weight. It’s much more comfortable to hold. If you lay it on a table it doesn’t wobble like the original iPad.

How fast is it?


Just swiping screens around you won’t notice much of a speed bump. No big deal.

I decided to give Artrage a try. I did a memory wipe restart on both iPads so they started with a clean slate.

I sat with both iPads on my lap and launched Artrage in unison. Artrage started some seconds faster on the iPad 2. I should have timed it, but it was more than noticeable.

On new canvases, I selected the largest watercolor brush with the wet on wet setting. I applied a large red triangle with a fast stroke on both iPads. The iPad 2 finished the three triangle sides before the original iPad finished the first side. The iPad 2 is quite a bit faster, but not fast enough to remove the lag of the watercolor brush. I changed colors (blue) and brushed again making sure to do some round circles to mix the colors. The original iPad had barely started the stroke by the time the iPad 2 finished. Not impressive, but almost.

Next, I opened up the Artree app. The purpose of this app is to auto generate trees. I never thought anything about the speed or growth of the tree. The original iPad seemed fine, growing the tree in a relaxing way. Artree on the iPad 2 grew much much faster, it was a little shocking.

Last, I tested the Brushes app. On new canvases, I just made some fast strokes. Brushes is already really fast and neither iPad lagged. Not a very good test.

I exited the painting to the gallery and highlighted a painting I did a few weeks ago. The painting has a good number of strokes. I timed the playback on the original iPad. The movie of the painting played back in 3 minutes, 4 seconds. That same painting on iPad 2? 2 minutes and 2 seconds. Damn fast in comparison.

Those were just a few quick tests.

Should you upgrade?

It depends on a couple of things. If you feel like the apps you use are slow, then you could certainly benefit with an upgrade. For instance, I love Artrage, but some of the tools are really slow. For me that was a deal breaker. Artrage on the iPad 2, while not lag free, seems much more up to the challenge. But it’s not as good as my iMac.

If you think that painting on the iPad has been revolutionary and you are happy with how it’s going, I wouldn’t recommend the upgrade. If you have the spare cash, I think it’s worth the upgrade. I obviously made it myself and doubt I will regret it. I’m painting more than I ever did before and now it will be faster.

The iPad 2 is a step in the evolution of the tablet genre, but it’s not in my opinion a new product.

 

Rebelpapa

 

 


Mar 2 2011

iPad 2 Unveiled

Mia Robinson

iPad 2 has been unveiled with a fast approaching worldwide release date (March 11, 2011). Looks like its got some cool new features.  But are they enough?  Does it meet the mark for the mobile artist?

I had a wishlist for only a couple new features–MORE memory (to minimize crashing) and video-out–for ALL apps.  Though I have to say, the thinner, lighter in white does draw me a bit.

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Mar 1 2011

Breaking News: Inkpad by Steve Sprang now in App Store

Matthew Watkins

The long awaited iPad vector app from Steve Sprang debuted at the last MobileArtCon has been released today  in the App Store.

Steve Sprang’s first app Brushes became an immediate sensation in 2008 triggering a fingerpainting revolution. Inkpad is a full feature vector software.

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Here is the description from the app store:

 

Description

From the creators of Brushes! Inkpad is a professional vector illustration app designed from scratch for the iPad. It supports paths, compound paths, text, images, groups, masks, gradient fills, and an unlimited number of layers. Inkpad was designed with performance in mind – it can easily handle drawings with hundreds to thousands of shapes without bogging down.

To celebrate the launch, Inkpad will be available for $1.99 for a limited time. Get it now before the price goes up!

Features:

• Very high performance. Select, scale and rotate hundreds of objects with zero lag.
• Create arbitrary bezier paths with the Pen tool.
• Create compound paths, masks and groups.
• Create text objects.
• Place photos from your albums.
• Powerful scale and rotate tools.
• Gradient fills with interactive editing on canvas.
• Swatch library.
• Unlimited layers per drawing.
• Rename, rearrange, delete, hide and lock layers.
• Snap to grid, points, and path edges.
• Isolate the active layer for easy editing.
• Email drawings as SVG, PDF, PNG and JPEG.
• Send SVG, PDF, PNG, and JPEG directly to your Dropbox.


Feb 27 2011

An interview with artist and blogger Michael Nobbs

Matthew Watkins

Michael, you have been an inspiration to me and other bloggers and artists for years. From your hilltop in Wales, even though you have an illness that saps your energy, you draw every day, blog and post links to the best art known to man. You have helped many other people ill or not, make better use of their time and energy or be, as you put it, Sustainably Creative.

Last time we spoke you were still waiting for your ipad and your daily drawing was with pencils and sharpie pens.

FP: So, how do you like the iPad?

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Jan 12 2011

Oprah’s onto Fingerpainting

Mia Robinson

Autodesk (creators of Sketchbook Mobile and Sketchbook Pro for iphone and iPad) have teamed up with O Magazine to create Sketchbook O,  a free drawing/painting application for readers who’d like to explore and partake in the joys of fingerpainting.
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Sep 28 2010

ArtRage on the iPad: natural media painting is here

Benjamin Rabe

AmbientDesign has just released Artrage for the iPad, and if you already know the desktop version, then you might have high expectations. I had. And I didn’t get disappointed at all when I was lucky to join the beta test phase just in time to take it with me to the beautiful tuscany.
ArtRage beta splash 3

The Tools

Artrage for the iPad comes loaded with a set of tools, including oils, watercolors, pencils, pastels and inking pens.
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Aug 16 2010

A complete Illustration job for a website, done on the iPad

Benjamin Rabe

Design by Moonlight

Joey Livingston is an avid fingerpainter who has been around quite a while, but to my own worries had turned a bit silent over the last weeks. Turns out he was busy with one of the most complete and impressing illustration projects done on the iPad that I’ve seen so far.

(I met Joey in a small café at the back of our minds for a little interview.)

Joey, you just relaunched your own website, Commotion Creative, completely illustrated on the iPad. What was your job in it?

I was the illustrator with the iPad. 🙂 Actually, it was my task to oversee the whole project. I did all the illustration work, designed the look and feel of the site, and did much of the writing.
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Jul 2 2010

Pressure sensitivity on the iPad

Benjamin Rabe

tenOne shows video over on their blog with a a proof of concept on pressure sensitivity on the iPad. Looks great, sad thing is they use so called “private methods” which leads to rejection when used by third-party app developers. Let’s hope apple sees this and adds this functionality to the SDK. {via @kevinbarba}

The role of the stylus is unclear here, I would assume it’s independent and should also work with the finger.


Jun 29 2010

Fingerpainting on gizmodo

Benjamin Rabe

Nice post on David Kassan potraying a live model.
Cool vid.