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Paul Kercal demonstrates collaborative iPad drawing using Sketchshare

At the time of writing, Draw Something, the marvellously addictive turn based drawing game, is holding the number one position in the UK App Store charts. It's thrilling to see such a creative iOS app cause a stir amongst iPad and iPhone owners across the globe. We believe that everyone is an artist, it's simply a matter of having the right opportunity, some thoughtful training and a whole lot of encouragement. That's where Sketchshare can help.

Sketchshare essentially creates a shared virtual canvas on which up to four people can sketch in realtime. However, because of its clever use of Apple's Game Center framework, Sketchshare feels more like telepresence at times. Game Center can be used to invite up to three friends to a sketching session, it's also the Game Center framework that allows for realtime voice chat between all 'players'. This realtime chat support turns out to be the special sauce that makes Sketchshare so appealing.

Sketchshare is fluid and fun, with a pleasing balance between simplicity and capability. We can imagine artists and designers getting a great deal of benefit from it. A scenario that immediately jumped to my mind was using Sketchshare to thrash out the initial ideas behind a company rebrand. Oftentimes, just having the client sit with you for half an hour whilst you sketch ideas can save days of wasted time further down the line. Sketchshare makes this kind of organic idea prototyping possible, no matter how vast the distance between you and your client.

In the video featured above Paul Kercal, a superb iPad artist and art educator from Guildford College, uses Sketchshare at the Surrey Skills Fair to demonstrate to local school children the kind of forward thinking art education Guildford College can offer them.

We think this is just the tip of the ice-berg for this kind of collaborative art. The opportunities for educators and learners alike seem to be growing exponentially.

App Store Link: Sketchshare

Further Reading: More on Paul Kercal

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thanks for the information, it's interesting.
But can you please stop saying "ipad artist" ?
The great thing about those devices is that it's more about the people than technology. They are artists.
There are no ipad artists more than laptop artists, digital tablet artists, left-handed drawing in the train in the morning artists, pen artists, knife artists, whatever.
The ipad is just a tool, we are artists, "ipad artist" makes little to no sense.
Maybe it made sense one year ago but now is the time to ditch this, that's my opinion.

April 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMarc

Hi Marc, thanks for commenting. I've made a note not to use the phrase 'left-handed drawing on the train in the morning artist' from now on. All the best, James.

April 10, 2012 | Registered CommenteriPad Creative

I should emphasize the fact that I like your blog, I probably gave too much importance to that vocabulary detail. Looking forward to the next article, James.

April 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMarc

I liked the article. I have been using sketch-share and just love it. I think "ipad artist" is a new term and I agree with the author of the article in using it. In-fact I can call myself as one of them :). Artists can draw/paint n doodle anywhere - they are great. The difference here is "iPad artist" uses a fusion of Digital techniques (layers , opacity ) and their artistic style to create Art. I myself an electronics engineer who build chips, but I have been developing/learning several iPad art techniques which I think can help non-artists to create decent art.
You can learn more about me at www.sumitstudio.com .
And here is an example of digital technique : http://sumitstudio.com/portfolio/buzz/
Nice article James !

Best Regards
~ Sumit

April 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSumit

I love to paint, draw etc on my iPad but I am too shy? to show it to anyone and I just save them. Am I the only one? I guess I have always been a private person, which is probably it. Me in my own little corner in my own little chair lol Thanks

April 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDlBetty

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