Alex Bearne returns for his second guest blogger column and lets us know exactly what iPad art is…
A lot of people ask me what iPad art is, not quite knowing what it entails. The best way to explain, putting it very simply, is to say it’s like the modern day version of etch a sketch.
iPad art is just one form of digital art out there as other PCs and tablets, like the Wacom Cintiq, are available on the market enabling you to create art with. It was Apple though that brought the possibility of making art on the go to the masses through the iPad.
David Hockney’s name became synonymous with the term iPad art especially when pictures of his work were published in the media and then in 2012 he opened his exhibition Arrival of Spring to a wonderful reception, showing off his trademark colourful landscapes on printed panels of canvas stitched together to make huge paintings.
“Having the ability to create a piece of art or graphics and send it to the other side of the world in an instant is essential to the way we work”
Some people are of the opinion that digital art is cheating and not real art. Photoshop has a lot to do with this as you have the ability to chop and change areas of your work. This is true for a lot of art apps, which allow you to erase and go back to redo parts of a piece. However, if you look at a beautiful Pixar film with amazing characters and glossy graphics, which started out on a sketch board drawn by talented artists, the next step is to create them digitally where colour and detail can be added a lot quicker and the pieces come to life. Just because they are created digitally doesn’t mean there is any less skill involved.
Digital art has lots going for it especially in the world we live in today where we spend so much of our time using mobiles/tablets and PCs to communicate to one another. Having the ability to create a piece of art or graphics and send it to the other side of the world in an instant is essential to the way we work.
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