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DeepSketch, iPad painting goes 3D!

At the end of last year we posted an article that considered the possibility of a future iPad, one that might include a 3D display. After explaining why we felt that Apple might be the first tech company to provide a compelling personal 3D experience, we than considered what a 3D iPad would mean for artists. In short, we described a new art form; something of a cross between painting and sculpting:

"3D Painting: Imagine being able to create a 3D watercolour by gesturing in the space above the iPad display. You might start off with an overall light coloured wash in the top half of the scene to represent the sky. To do this you would paint with your 4 fingers at a distance of about 8" above the iPad display. The further away from the display your fingers are the deeper into the 3D scene your brush paints - effectively, it would be like painting into a 3D mirror image. As you completed your scene with you would paint in the details closer and closer to the viewer, all the time moving closer to the surface of the display. In short, this would be a brand new way of creating art - a cross between sculpting and painting. Good artists would still need a proper understanding of light and shade and certainly a full working knowledge of perspective, but think of some of the glorious artwork they could produce with a full 3D palette."

Interestingly, it seems that we were not alone in considering the impact that a 3D iPad might have on iPad painting. In fact, Mattis Folkestad of Machineboy was already well on his way to establishing an iPad experience that brings 3D painting to the current generation of iPad users.

Deepsketch is a wonderful complement to all the regular painting and illustration apps that are so loved by iPad artists. With Deepsketch and a pair of coloured 3D glasses (it supports practically every type of coloured 3D glasses), you can now paint into the 3rd dimension! With one simple brushstroke you can paint a line that starts just proud of the iPad screen and then descends behind it. Within a few minutes we had a good grasp of the power of Deepsketch and were able to create some impressive 3D scenes. However, our feeble attempts were simply no match for the skills of Nikolai Lockertsen. The images that you see here are all painted by Nikolai using Deepsketch. Please be sure to check out our other posts about Nikolai, you will not want to miss anything that this iPad artists does.

Deepsketch is simple, but extremely effective. Mattis seems eager to add new features on an almost weekly basis, so you'll certainly be getting value for money.

We maintain that 3D will play an important part in the iPad art scene, and until such time as Apple sees fit to step beyond the Retina display, Deepsketch leads the way into an exciting future. We look forward to seeing where Mattis takes Deepsketch.

App Store Link: DeepSketch

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