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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Apr 11 2011

Adobe announces Photoshop CS5 Interaction with Tablet Devices… And three new apps!

Matthew Watkins

Today, we’re officially announcing our first steps toward uniting the fun of touch with the precision and power of Photoshop on the desktop. With a free Adobe Photoshop Touch Software Development Kit (SDK), we’re essentially opening the doors to two way communication between mobile and tablet devices and Photoshop CS5, which allows developers to now offer a wide range of interactive apps.

This is great news for designers and artists wanting to bounce files back to photoshop without syncing or emailing.

The three new apps are Adobe Color Lava, Adobe Eazel and Adobe Nav:

Adobe Color Lava, allows you to mix colors on the iPad, creating custom color swatches and themes to transfer back into Photoshop.

Adobe Eazel lets digital artists create rich realistic paintings with their fingertips. These paintings can then be sent directly to Photoshop CS5 for compositing or for taking the artwork further.

Adobe Nav allows you to select and control Photoshop tools using the iPad as the input surface, customize the toolbar, browse and zoom in on up to 200 open Photoshop files or easily create new files.

Read more about it on their blog

Mar 24 2011

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


(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 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 23 2011

Matthew Watkins on Fingerpainting for the 21st Century

Benjamin Rabe

“The more things become technological, the more they are becoming manual”

Great Piece about our Matthew Watkins and all things fingerpainting over on Escape into Life.

Mar 20 2011

iAMDA is now accepting entries for its first ONLINE EXHIBITION.

Matthew Watkins

iAMDA is now accepting entries for its first ONLINE EXHIBITION.  We are calling all artists to submit works for “THE UNSEEN”, an online showcase of mobile digital works that push the boundaries of what we know and have seen in the past–visually and/or creatively.

The show is juried by visual artist, Michael James Miller.  Miller’s paintings, installations, and prints investigate the continuing relationship between art and technology. He is currently an Associate Professor of Visual Arts at The University of Illinois, Springfield.

Selected works will be featured in an online exhibition hosted on iAMDA.org and will remain in the iAMDA.org exhibition archives (accessible on the site) after it closes.

Michael will also select a first place winner who will be awarded the coveted Apple iPad 2.  Four others will receive our “juror’s award”,  a $25 iTunes gift card.  All other selected artists will have the distinct privilege of having their work displayed in iAMDA’s first annual online exhibition, with name listing and site/blog links.  All works will be added to remain in our show archives after the exhibition closes.

Winners and selected artists will be contacted prior to the show’s launch on April 15th.

So…what are you waiting for?! Show us what we have yet to see!

To submit or learn more about the show theme, download the our submissions form.  Email the completed form and up to 3 images of work to iamdaexhibitions@gmail.com. DEADLINE IS APRIL 4th, 2011.

Mar 13 2011

iAMDA Guilford Fingerpainting Event

Matthew Watkins

A big thanks to Paul Kercal for making all of this happen.

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 12 2011

iPad 2 – Initial Impressions from Rebelpapa


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.