Pro Tip: Turn your finger into an eraser on iPad

By

Erase with the touch of your finger.
Erase with the touch of your finger.
Photo: Rob LeFebvre/Cult of Mac

Pro_Tip_Cult_of_Mac The iPad Pro has become a huge favorite of illustrators and artists all over the place, and as these talented individuals get their Apple Pencils, they’re starting to see the joy of drawing directly on Apple’s massive and powerful tablet.

Thing is, the Apple Pencil doesn’t have an eraser on the end of it, unlike competitor artistic styluses (including 53’s own Pencil stylus, which features a big, soft eraser on the end opposite the drawing part).

Luckily, if you’re using an app like Savage Interactive’s Procreate, you can tweak things to make your finger do the magic eraser job.

App Watch: iPad messaging, speedy news reading and reinvented music albums

By

We've got lots of creative apps in the hopper this week, from the comic-book-artist-friendly Procreate 2.1 to the art-sharing app August. There's also stuff for metadata-hungry photographers, as well as a note-card app for screenwriters. Get to work.

We've got lots of creative apps in the hopper this week, from the comic-book-artist-friendly Procreate 2.1 to the art-sharing app August. There's also stuff for metadata-hungry photographers, as well as a note-card app for screenwriters. Get to work.


[avocado-gallery ids=”288994,288990,288993,288992,288989,288991,288988,288987,288986,288985″]

Why iPad art is more than a passing fad — though you soon might smell it

By

Jeff Hebert made this with Sketchbook Pro.
Jeff Hebert made this with Sketchbook Pro.

[avocado-gallery ids=”288040,288029,288033,288028,288035,288030,288036,288034,288031,288032,288027″]

Early doodles on the iPad looked a lot like this generation’s Etch-a-Sketch.

But in just a few years, after celebrated artists such as David Hockney have shown their iPad works in galleries, Apple’s revolutionary device has come into its own as a canvas.

The eclectic group of works above are finalists in the second annual Mobile Digital Art Exhibition (aka MDAC Summit 2014), an upcoming art-packed weekend of workshops and a celebration of digital art in Palo Alto, a stone’s throw from Apple headquarters. Take a gander and vote on them by July 31 for the People’s Choice Award.

Five Apps To Take Your iPad Art From Boring To Beautiful

By

procreate

If your iPad doodles are a little primitive, there are a few apps that can get you canvasing the art greats from Caravaggio to Picasso and creating some deft original strokes of your own.

So says Sumit Vishwakarma in a talk for Macworld/iWorld 2013, adding that if you’re willing to forgo one cinnamon latte at Starbuck’s, that money spent in apps will take your work to the next level.

Vishwakarma is an iPad art advocate whose work has been featured at the first Mobile Art Festival in Los Angeles, the Apple flagship store in San Francisco, and the Mobile Creativity & Innovation Symposium. He also teaches free workshops to promote iPad art and animation to kids, teens and adults.

Here are his top picks:

HEX3’s JaJa Is The Sonic Stylus Doctor Who Would Use [Review]

By

wpid-Photo-25102012-1536.jpg
Chunky.

HEX3's JaJa is one of the first pressure-sensitive styluses on the market, and it is also the most unique. Instead of using low-power Bluetooth 4 to talk to your iPad, it uses high-frequency sound. This not only lets it work with the iPad 1 (or any capacitive-screened device whether iOS or Android), but means that the battery lasts for weeks.

I have been testing one out for a month or so now, and some big apps have now added support. So how does it do?

 

How iPad Fingerpainting Turned This Mercedes Into A Work Of Art

By

The fingerpainted car on display at Expo Arte in Italy. Courtesy Matthew Watkins.
The fingerpainted car on display at Expo Arte in Italy. Courtesy Matthew Watkins.
The signature of the artist on the customized skin. Courtesy Matthew Watkins.

 

iPad artist Matthew Watkins let his fingers do the walking to turn this Mercedes-Benz SLK Diesel convertible into a work of art.

It took about a week, some dexterity with a glue gun and a few thousand dollars.

Procreate Painting App Gets Stunning Update For New iPad

By

Procreate piles on the new features, and yet remains lag-free and easy to use
Procreate piles on the new features, and yet remains lag-free and easy to use

Procreate, the already excellent iPad drawing app, has been updated to play nice with the iPad 3’s Retina Display. But to dwell on that would be to ignore the massive changes that have gone into this version. Make no mistake: This might be labelled v1.6, but it is much more like a v2.0.