iPad Art

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I have been having a TON of fun lately drawing on my iPad. I’ve had my iPad for about a year now, but I’ve only used it to doodle occasionally. I finally decided to sit down and really see how far I can take a painting on this device. I’ve been very happy with the results.

Here’s a few more drawings I’ve made so far:

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I started a Flickr set where I can keep all my iPad paintings. You can go there if you want to see all my drawings so far, and others I may post in the future: http://flic.kr/s/aHsjvnJPN4

Frequently Asked Questions

Every time a share a new iPad drawing or painting somewhere on the web, I get bombarded with some common questions. Here are the answers, curious folk!

Do you use a stylus?

Yes. My current favorite and the one I am using is the Wacom Bamboo iPad Stylus.

You don’t need a stylus to create art on the iPad. Finger painting is a bit awkward for most people (including me), but that doesn’t mean you can’t adjust to it. A stylus helps with the hand-eye coordination and a little bit with precision.

How do you like the Wacom stylus? How does it compare to others?

I have tried out several different styluses including the Wacom Bamboo, Pogo Sketch, and the Targus stylus. They are all solid products if you want to try them out. I initially avoided the Wacom one because it is more expensive. However, I eventually broke down and got one, and it has been worth it. It is well-designed in terms of weight and size. It is durable (my Pogo has broken several times, and the tip wears more quickly). The tip is smaller than most other styluses, and so is a tad more precise.

What app do you use?

If you view the images on Flickr, I have the app I used listed in the description. Mostly, I am using Sketchbook Pro, ArtRage, Procreate, or Brushes. They each have their strengths and weaknesses. If you are just looking for a good all-purpose drawing app, I would recommend Sketchbook Pro. For vector work, my favorite is Inkpad.

How do you get those textures?

The apps I mentioned above each have their own set of different brushes. I just pick one I like and use it.

While all the apps have some great brushes and lots of different brush settings to play with, I haven’t seen a whole lot of options for creating your own brushes. The only app I’ve seen that can do this is Procreate.

How much professional work can you make on the iPad?

The iPad is a powerful tool, but it still only makes low-resolution images (mostly, 1024×768 pixels), so it is not ideal for professional work meant for print. If you’re a vector artist though, that shouldn’t matter.

You can transfer files to your computer from any app. There are different methods, like iTunes, iPhoto, email, and some have Dropbox integration. Most the apps can export layered files, like PSDs. I see no reason why you couldn’t do roughs or sketches on the iPad, then take them to the computer to finish.

Do you have a tutorial/video/demo?

I made a video way back when I first got my iPad here: http://youtu.be/uKIVZeYiTN4

I will try to make more in the future.