Apr 13 2011

How Do You Feel (about art)?

Benjamin Rabe

Fun little video by two people who:

“asked new yorkers a simple question and were rewarded with a rich variety of answers.”

How Do You Feel (About Art)? Extended Version from svanes on Vimeo.

(via Nerdcore)


Apr 11 2011

First look at Adobe Eazel for Photoshop

Benjamin Rabe

Like we mentioned earlier, Adobe has just announced an update of Photoshop CS5 along with three iPad companion apps. One of those apps might be of particular interest for fingerpainters: Adobe Eazel. If you expected a photoshop-like paint experience in Adobes next iOS based painting app, be prepared to be surprised.

The interface that isn’t there

When you open up Eazel for the first time a short intro video shows up to introduce you to the interface. Which might be well needed, because Eazel doesn’t come with your well-known toolbars, popup menus and all. Instead it features two UI modes called up by a 5-finger-tap: the persistant and the ephemeral mode.

In the maybe more familiar persistent mode, you get 5 buttons to change size, color, opacity, to get to the settings and to undo/redo/clear. The buttons sit centered in the middle of the screen and get dismissed once you tap on the background.

The ephemeral mode in Eazel

The ephemeral mode in Eazel

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Mar 23 2011

Reading suggestion: iPad Creative Blog

Benjamin Rabe

I don’t think there are that many good sources out there that deal with creativity on mobile devices, but iPad Creative is definitely one exception.

If you wanna look beyond painting and are curious about, let’s say, augmented reality, motion hologram effect 3D adventure books, or retro style radio apps, iPad Creative is surely worth a visit. Great blog.


Mar 13 2011

Autodesk calls out for submissions

Benjamin Rabe

Autodesk is planning a public exibition showcasing art made with any flavor of SketchBook, including iPad and iPhone versions. From their blog:

We are looking for all types of artwork and illustrations from any of the SketchBook products and platforms!

Email us your sample images by attachment or web links at mobileart@autodesk.com by Thursday, March 24th, by 5PM PST.

It’s a curated show, place and time has yet to be announced. For more info check their post.


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.

inkpad drawing

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 22 2011

Layers in Ideas on sale

Matthew Watkins

Adobe has put the layers in the Ideas app on sale at $1.99 for a limited time. http://adobe.ly/ikmQGt


Feb 22 2011

The iMarker: not just a the stylus for kids?

Benjamin Rabe

Griffins iMarker and Crayola ColorStudio aims at kids, but the technology is certainly interesting for artists at well.

iMarker safely interacts with iPad’s Multi-Touch display, allowing the ColorStudio HD app to differentiate between the child’s input (fingers, swipes, etc.) and the iMarker automatically.


Feb 21 2011

Mobile Art Con 2011 announced!!

Mia Robinson

Yes, it is official! Mobile Art Con 2011 is a go!  We have confirmed the dates and location for iAMDA’s 2nd Annual International Conference…err..UN-Conference, and now we want to share it with YOU!

Mobile Art Con 2011 (new name pending) will set up shop at NYU ITP for a 2nd year.  The conference dates are confirmed for October 1-2, 2011 with art making activities, events and ‘happenings’ running the full week prior (9/25-9/30).

We anticipate a bigger and even more exciting event than last year!   If you weren’t able to make it to last year’s gathering, this is your opportunity to see what everyone’s been talking about!  And if you made last year’s–well, let’s just say, it was only the beginning! :-)

So STAY TUNED, everyone! Info on events, travel and how to submit workshop proposals will be released over the next few weeks.

Wanna volunteer? Become a MobileArtCon 2011 Sponsor? Or perhaps you have some ideas about activities or things you’d like to see at the next MobileArtCon. Email us and let us know!

*Note:  The above image was fingerpainted by JoseAndres Guijarro Ponce at  Times Square during MobileArtCon 2010.  To view more images and video from last year’s conference, visit www.MobileArtCon.com or check out iAMDAOrg’s YouTube channel.


Feb 16 2011

iAMDA UK Turns Guilford into the epicenter of mobile art

Matthew Watkins

Guilford, Surrey was the epicenter of experimental art last weekend when Guildford College and other local venues hosted a groundbreaking roadshow bringing mobile digital artists from around the world to work together.
The three day event (February 11-13), sponsored by Adobe Sytsems and organised by college lecturer Paul Kercal in collaboration with the International Association of Mobile Digital Artists (IAMDA), began at Guildford College on Friday with a “next generation” life drawing class for art, graphics, photography and IT students in which tradition met technology. Drawing on iPad using fingers or Pogo styluses, students used art apps to create pictures of models from the respected Brighton Life Drawing Sessions team.

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