Feb 23 2012

Sketchshare let’s you paint with others, wherever they are

Benjamin Rabe

Sketchshare has kept me (and many others) occupied during the last two nights, and it might be the collaborative painting app, many fingerpainters have been waiting for. So far it’s a fairly basic app (no layers, no undos) that let’s you connect with up to 3 other artists via game-center. It has a nice stroke quality already, and you can zoom and spin the canvas freely. And honestly there’s not much more you need, because the magic unfolds once you start a shared session. It’s hard to describe, but it again shows you the power of painting with data, instead of ‘stuff’. It feels like your invisible buddy is sitting next to you, only you don’t interfere or get in each other’s way during the process of painting.

Here’s two pieces from my last night’s session with Aardman’s Stefan Marjoram.

Sketchshare session w Stefan Marjoram


Feb 22 2012

An Interview with Hansol Huh, creator of SketchTime

Benjamin Rabe

In the past weeks, I was lucky to beta-test SketchTime on the iPad and the iPhone. Since I have been knowing Hansol Huh, the developer behind the app for a while, I asked him for a quick interview. Hansol lives and works in Seoul, South Korea.

Hansol, what do you see right now when you look outside your window?

That’s very saddening question. Seoul is packed with too many people, buildings and traffic. I hate this city.
I can see just cold winter from my office window.

Ok, next to something more warming 🙂 Tell us a little bit about the idea behind SketchTime.

SketchTime is an iOS app aiming to be handy for quick sketches and taking notes. I made this app for everyone who love scribbling and sketching often anywhere anytime.
I really like this quote by Antoine de Saint Exupéry:

“perfection is finally attained not when there is no longer anything to add, but when there is no longer anything to take away”

I just wanted to make the simplest sketch app in the world which has only the absolute necessary features and for the artists to use them easily and quickly.
In particular, I hope this app will become useful for designers, artists, architects, and cartoonists, and that it keeps evolving from their needs.


by Hansol Huh

What was your personal motivation to develop SketchTime?

I am a person who sketches and scribbles very often even in a bus and subway. So I think I need some sketch app which can replace my moleskine.
There are already plenty of painting and note-taking apps out there. But I couldn’t find the right app for quick sketches. Full featured painting apps have too many features and options to control. (For example, If I want to change the size of pen, I have to tap a pen option button, change the size in slide bar, close the option panel, then finally I can draw with a different pen size. This can be too tiresome sometimes for quick sketches.) And most note taking apps are focused on only taking notes. They have no zoom control or various pen size. Moreover, some of them are a bit sluggish.
With these reasons in mind, I wanted to make a simple and light-weight sketch app for myself and people just like me.

How important is community feedback for you during development?

It’s absolutely important to me. We designers and/or developers tend to think they do understand users, but it’s hard to play both roles.
3 guys (YongWoo, Simone, and Benjamin) have helped me to beta test this app.
They’ve told me what they feel uncomfortable with, and what they would need. And watched their using behavior through their drawings. For example, square pen tip and marker blend mode was requested by testers, and I added those features.

by Hansol Huh

You started working 100% as an IOS developer now, and you already have quite a range of art apps out now, can you share any next plans?

The next is “Typedrawing V3.0”.
I’ve been putting off the update of TypeDrawing for a long time. It’s time to update it now.
It will be not just a update. It will be a huge upgrade. You’ll see 🙂
I am planning to release V3.0 no later than this April.

by Hansol Huh

What do you think about the mobile art movement and do you know of any art.shows or meetings in the asian area?

I think It’s still in the beginning but it is growing fast. Anyone can start to draw and paint without real brushes and papers, and her paintings are saved as data. These are big merits compared to traditional fine art. Data could be copied, regenerated, and mixed. They can be evolved like live cells. And this movement and evolution keep motivating and inspiring users and developers.

I can’t see any strong activities yet in asia. (I don’t know exactly) I think it’s mainly because we asian don’t have common language, like english for american and european.
In Seoul, there are some small activities, but they are still in their infancy.

(This interview was done via mail. All artwork by Hansol Huh)


Jan 29 2012

Mourning the loss of the Most Beloved Leader by cloudbuilder

Matthew Watkins

Mourning the loss of the Most Beloved Leader


Dec 28 2011

iPhoneArt.com 2nd Annual Mobile Art Contest ($1000 Grant for winning artist)

Mia Robinson


There only a few days left for this one–so if you’re interested be sure to get your work in now.

Our friends at iPhoneArt.com (IPA) have launched their 2nd Annual Mobile Art Contest with $1000 going to the winning artist and additional prizes going to the 20 artists selected by this year’s jury.  Here are the details: Continue reading


Dec 9 2011

ArtRage comes to the iPhone

Matthew Watkins

Mobile artist around the world can celebrate that the first full featured painting emulator for the iPad, ArtRage,has come to the iPhone.
It’s special introductory price is only $ 0.99. Click here for details and download.

Watch this space for reviews and artwork.
Whoohoo!


Nov 28 2011

Katana Jack. A video game fingerpainted on the iPad.

Matthew Watkins

Spanish artist Xoan Baltar, illustrator and fingerpainter par excellence, was one of the first to kick off the iPhone art revolution in 2008. Now he has pushed the curve again by releasing a game entirely fingerprinted on the iPad.

You can download it to your iPhone or iPad here

Way to go Xoan!


Oct 6 2011

Stay hungry, stay foolish

Matthew Watkins

Stay Hungry - Stay Foolish

With the iPhone 2g Steve Jobs created a mobile computing revolution that changed everything. Although mobile art was not started on an iPhone, it certainly exploded there. Digital fingerpainting was born. And our community of finger painters shortly afterwards. iPhone fingerpainting represented a digital revolution. Artist from around the world creating, sharing. Being inspired. Being foolish. A democratic phenomena spreading art around the world in an un predicated manner. A cafe society on steroids. Mashing art, apps, finding new ways to express. Did Steve imagine all this from the beginning? Perhaps. Perhaps this and more. Or perhaps a true visionary just knows how to mix the cocktails that will please the senses and liberate the mind. Comfortable in the knowlege that it will lead to great things.

There will be new and wonderful smartphones and digital devices from apple and it’s competitors. More unbelievable art will be created.
Steve showed us the way and will be remembered alongside the greatest minds of history.

We fingerpainters are in happily in Steve’s debt.

(Image courtesy of Performita).


Oct 1 2011

Watch the live stream from New York: MobileArtcon hast started

Benjamin Rabe


Sep 26 2011

MobileArtCon 2: “on the move” in New York City

Benjamin Rabe

MobileArtCon 2

iAMDA‘s second annual conference is about to take place the weekend of Sept 30-Oct 2 at the ITP in New York. Featuring sessions with artists Luis Peso, David Kassan, John Bavaro or the mighty collaborators Fabric Lenny and Jonathan Grauel, it looks like a really great line-up of workshops.
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Aug 30 2011

New Pogo Sketch Pro Review

Susan Murtaugh

OK Fingerpainters, for those of you who prefer the comfort of a stylus there is a new one on the market, that I have had the honor of testing for the last 6 months and I must say it is my favorite of the new crop. It’s the Pogo Sketch Pro. Yes, made by the same people that gave you the small foam tipped beauty you could clip to your iPhone. The Pro version sports many new design features, each hitting a home run as far as I’m concerned. Fist, the purified solid aluminum tapered body, more reminiscent of a paintbrush than a pen. It’s about 5.5 inches long, an inch longer than the Wacom Bamboo and inch and a quarter longer than the griffen/targus/boxwave brands. Like the Bamboo it has extraordinary balance. Unlike any others though you can hold it at any angle.

That’s right, 5 degrees to straight up 90 it works. I have many, many styluses (styli?) in my collection and no other performs like this one does. It has a new patent pending tip technology involving patterned structures with in the tip itself. Kind of like little perforated holes so the tip is in constant contact with your preferred slab of joy. It is comfortable with my iPad 2 on an easel or iProp as well as my iPod Touch in hand.

It’s really responsive. The rubber tip being the same size and “squishiness” as the Bamboo (which is also a good choice for those who prefer a pen type stylus). The Pro also has a comfort grip, my hand never tires of using it. And best of all, it’s affordable at $24.95. It comes with 2 tips (I didn’t know that while I was testing.) The new rubber one and the classic foam tip. And even more good news, in October you will be able to purchase just replacement tips if anything happens to your Pogo Pro. I have had a fair share of the rubber tipped wonders just stop working and I love the idea of protecting my initial investment. I don’t know the price on those yet. I’m sure an announcement will come soon.

Now for those of you who are going to ask how it compares to my stylus socks…. I still LOVE those too. I am going to admit that my homemade charcoal holder with a shapedad plug shoved in it is still my favorite, but that’s because working with an easel the almost 10 inch length is best for me.  But I am an odd duck.

I do carry the Pogo Pro everywhere I take my iPad or Touch. It’s especially good at taking notes as well as painting. I am waiting for the kickstarter Flow brush and the Cosmonaut… last I’ve heard they are still in production You will get my opinion as soon as they get to my door. Conclusion… if you like a stylus, You’ll love the Pogo Sketch Pro.