I woke up this morning to an NPR article on an artist in Paris. David Hockney, a 73-year old, has just opened a new gallery exhibition called Fresh Flowers. He means really fresh … all of the art was created on iPads and/or iPhones using an app called Brushes. He occasionally emails new paintings or updates to the displayed images. Once the exhibition is over, the paintings will be gone for good. Like real fresh flowers, digital art is apparently only temporary.
So that came to mind when I received a press release about Art Rage, a new app available for the iPad. I haven’t downloaded it yet, but I’m told it lets you become a mobile digital artist, “painting digitally on an iPad canvas with oil paints that smear and blend, and watercolors that flow together to create soft, wet gradations, just as they would in a traditional art studio.” ArtRage sponsored “Future Canvas,” in San Francisco a few days ago – an art event dedicated to iPad art.
Features of Art Rage include
- Printing support: Print your images via AirPrint (assuming you have one of the few printers with which AirPrint works).
- User definable canvas sizing: Create new files at any size up to 1440 x 1440.
- Quick Access Color Sampling: Access color sampling via simple toggle switch.
- Zoom Level: Precise zoom level is indicated while you zoom.
- User Interface Enhancements: Includes current preset highlights and other visual feedback.
Coming in at $6.99, ArtRage is also less expensive than I would have thought, considering I often end up paying $9.99 for an iPad app. Additionally, there are desktop versions for both Mac & PC that have more features, but really … the idea of creating great art with my fingertips – like fingerpainting – is way more exciting than using my PC.