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Crop images, apply filters, and lots, lots more with this powerful pair of editing apps.
Crop images, apply filters, and lots, lots more with this powerful pair of editing apps.
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Here’s some of what’s included:

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


Check out the 10 finalists in the 2014 Mobile Arts and Creativity Summit and vote for your favorite.
Jaime Sanjuan Ocabo made this piece with Procreate.
By Linda Pahl, created with My Brushes and Percolator apps.
Deborah McMillion used Sketchbook Pro to create this work.
By Anton Muraviev using app Paper FiftyThree.
This scene by Wayman Stairs was made with the Snapseed, Alien Sky and Lens Light apps.
This was made with Procreate by Andrew Frey.
Dion Pollard created this work with app Artrage.
Created by Roz Hall using Fresh Paint.
By Nori Tominaga, created with the Brushes app.
Jeff Hebert made this with Sketchbook Pro.

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.