Silicon Valley News

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Drawing Apps Flourish on iPad

British artist Kyle Lambert recently used the popular iPad drawing app Brushes to create a portrait of Beyonce. Lambert, 22, used the companion  Brushes Viewer app to create a condensed two-minute video demonstrating the six-hour finger painting.

Like many artists,  the young painter had previously used the Brushes app to create artwork on his iPhone. Lambert exclaimed, "The iPad expands the possibilities for artists like myself to take digital artwork away from the computer and out into the world."

One of Britain's most influential artists is David Hockney. The 72-year-old painter started out using the Brushes iPhone app, but now uses the iPad software. "I do love it," proclaims Hockney, "I thought the iPhone was great when I bought one the year before last, but this takes it to a new level ... It really is like a drawing pad."

New York artist David Kassan has recently been riding the subway and traveling from his home in Brooklyn to Manhattan's crowded Washington Square Park to find people  to sketch and paint with his new iPad.

"I was the fifth person at my SoHo store in Manhattan to purchase the iPad," said the 33-year-old painter.

Kassan has received a lot of attention lately for the portrait he created of model Henry William Oelkers with the Brushes app on his iPad.

The rising popularity of Brushes includes its use by Jorge Colombo to finger paint a recent cover of The New Yorker. The blog has documented the growth of digital finger painting.

Numerous drawing apps have been developed for the iPhone and iPad. Doodle Buddy is a free, user friendly app that is popular among kids.

There are many alternatives to the premium Brushes app, including SketchBook Pro by Autodesk and Adobe Ideas. The later can be edited in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.