Art

Latest New Yorker cover illustrated using iPad Pro and Apple Pencil

The latest cover of the popular New Yorker magazine was drawn on an iPad. The artist, Jorge Colombo, used an iPad Pro, an Apple Pencil stylus and the app Procreate to sketch the image for the New Yorker’s cover story “Waterways.”

Colombo says that he likes to work at the local café, library, or the Staten Island ferry. “The ferry is a great place to work: there’s the smell of the water, and late at night there aren’t many people. It’s like being in a grand hotel lobby.”

Apple’s free app of the week: Tayasui Sketches Pro

Apple on Thursday updated its App of the Week promotion with the app Tayasui Sketches Pro. This means that for the next 7 days, you’ll be able to download the popular drawing app for free—a significant savings of $5.

Sketches is described as the most realistic, versatile and user-friendly sketching app designed for mobile. This artist’s toolbox helps users create dazzling sketches, cheerful paintings and smashing illustrations on the go.

Autodesk revamps SketchBook app with new UI, tools and more

In celebration of its 5 year anniversary (seems to be the theme today), Autodesk has released an all-new version of its popular SketchBook app for iOS. It’s universal, so it works with both iPhones and iPads, and it’s free, with a single Pro Tools in-app purchase available for $3.99.

The icon is new, and upon launching the app, SketchBook veterans will notice that the inside is as well. There are a number of changes here, from the tools menu that’s been relocated to the top of the screen, to the improved paint engine, and it all looks great on the new iPhone 6.

FiftyThree’s Paper updated with new iOS 7 design, improved zoom and more

FiftyThree announced a significant update for its popular Paper for iPad drawing app this afternoon, bringing the app to version 1.6.1. The update brings about an iOS 7-inspired redesign with new fonts, buttons and toggles, as well as a handful of other improvements.
Among those improvements are more powerful zoom and ink—when you zoom in on your artwork, your tools do too, giving you finer control over the smaller areas—and better dot control. Now, the dot size in your Draw and Erase tools is linked to how long you press…

This Steve Jobs statue is headed to Cupertino

A rather interesting statue honoring Steve Jobs was unveiled in Belgrade, Serbia today by famed sculptor Dragan Radenovic. The work is the result of an art competition that saw more than 10,000 entries and will end up in Apple’s Cupertino headquarters.

The statue, which has been garnering mixed feedback as the story bounced around the web today, features Jobs’ head along with the Latin letter A and the binary digits one and zero. It also features a pair of Serbian letters: E, and then III rests at the bottom…

Artist uses iPad to paint amazing Morgan Freeman portrait

It’s believed by some folks that the iPad can only be used as a consumption tool, and isn’t capable of producing content. Well apparently no one has told artist Kyle Lambert this, as he uses the popular tablet to paint incredibly realistic celebrity portraits.

In the past he’s done celebrities like Will Smith, David Beckham and Madonna, but his latest work of art, which is easily his best, is of famous actor Morgan Freeman. The textures, the intense detail. You just have to watch this video of Lambert at work…

DrawQuest is now available for iPhone, adds zoomable canvas and custom quests

4chan founder Chris Poole’s DrawQuest app landed on the iPad in February 2013, taking DrawSomething believers by surprise.

Similar to DrawSomething, DrawQuest taps your inner artist by issuing daily drawing challenges where you’re asked to complete incomplete drawings. The catch: you’re only allowed to use the tools provided. Novel concepts like DrawQuest and DrawSomething tend to blow up, fast.

DrawQuest is no exception – the app’s amassed some pretty ardent following. Needless to say, fans have been clamoring for an iPhone version from day one and today Poole’s little enterprise has finally delivered.

Yes, DrawQuest for iPhone (and iPod touch) is here and it’s brought with it some new features, including pinch-zooming on your canvas and the ability to create and share your own drawing quests…

The best apps for artists

For a number of years now, app developers have been working hard to create amazing apps for artists. With current technology, it is possible to simulate wet and dry brushes, color blending, and smudging on an iPhone or iPad.

We have a list of some of the best painting, drawing, and sketching apps for iOS. Whether you are learning to draw or a professional graphic designer, these apps are a great addition to your iPhone or iPad…

Isometric lets you create beautiful geometric art

There is something interesting about a rhombus. It looks like a square that has had its corners stretched out through a game of tug-of-war. When you put three of them together, you can make a three-dimensional object.

Isometric takes the interesting aspect of the rhombus and turns it into a fun art app. You can create simple design logos or abstract, chaotic drawings just by tapping your screen…

Adobe releases new Kuler color-picking app for iPhone

I guess the title could have read: “Adobe finally releases Kuler color-picking app for iPhone,” because the company announced it nearly 2 years ago. Adobe introduced the app as part of a suite of new touch-friendly applications back in October of 2011.

But better late than never. Kuler hit the App Store this morning as the color-picking app Adobe originally promised. You can capture colors using your iPhone’s camera, or previously downloaded photos, and you can create and save your own color themes…

Popular sketch app Paper by FiftyThree updated with pinch to zoom and more

It was just a little over a year ago that FiftyThree launched Paper for the iPad. But during its short existence, the sketch app has amassed quite a few accomplishments, including winning an Apple Design award.

Last night, Paper received its first major update since its original debut. And the release, which brings the app to version 1.3.1, offers a few improvements, including the highly-requested pinch-to-zoom feature…

Adobe unveils new iPad-friendly Bluetooth stylus and digital ruler

 Adobe announced a number of new products and changes to its current lineup today, during a keynote at its MAX conference. The company is ditching its Creative Suite, and turning its focus to a new cloud-based platform it’s calling CC.

In addition to the software announcements, Adobe also showed off new hardware today. And there are two products that we’re particularly interested in, an iPad-friendly smart stylus code-named “Project Mighty,” and a digital ruler…