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ArtRage goes to version 1.4, gets Retina display support

ArtRage Painting

ArtRage is one of our most treasured iPad apps, so naturally we were absolutely thrilled to see it updated to support the new iPad's super high resolution display. We've only had a quick look at this latest version, but we think it looks pretty spectacular.

Painting Credit: Unaipad2010. We'll be featuring more from this skilled artist soon.

App Store Link: ArtRage

Hands on with the new iPad


On the 16th March 2012 the next chapter of the iPad story begins. Having already lived up to our greatest expectations, the new iPad goes all out to prove that it really is the most creative computer yet imagined. What makes the iPad 3 (yes, we'll be calling it the iPad 3) so much better for content creation? Two things; The stunning Retina display and the significant boost in camera quality.

Retina display. Better than a laptop display, better than print

We cannot express enough just how much of a difference this new Retina class display will make for content creation. As our correspondent at the launch event said, "It's truly marvellous! You simply have to see it with your own eyes to believe how good it actually is!" The general consensus from those that have spent time with the new iPad is that it exceeds even the quality of the superb iPhone Retina display. We've written at length about the advantages of a super high resolution display, we fully expect the launch of the iPad 3 to create a surge in the demand for similar displays across all computing devices, from phones to televisions. Can you imagine how sumptuous ArtRage will look on the iPad 3?!

Our correspondent mentioned that although photos, web pages and books looked very special indeed on the iPad 3, it was the 1080p video that really impressed. Many potential iPad 3 owners may never have seen 1080p video displayed at full resolution, so there's another advantage of the Retina display.

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A camera to take seriously

We predicted that Apple would pack the iPad 3 with the same camera as the iPhone 4S but at 5MP and that is exactly what Apple did. The samples that Apple have used to demonstrate the quality of the new camera do a great job of showing just how much better this new camera module is.

We realise that there is a real stigma attached to taking photos and shooting video with a large tablet, but we believe that this bias will gradually disappear. Education and Enterprise seem like prime markets in which iPad photo and video capture to flourish. Be assured that now that iPad has a useful daylight camera we'll be helping you to get the very best from it here at iPad Creative.

iLife complete

iPhoto has finally arrived to the iOS and just as we expected it's quite special. Most iPad users will find that iPhoto does everything they need. One area of contention is photo management. Photos on the iPad still exist in a silo, even Apple's own iPhoto has only a limited access to the basic file structure of the photo and video library. This has to change, and we fully expect Apple to address this and other restrictions in iOS 6.

iMovie, GarageBand and the iWork apps also got significant updates. We'll do our best to cover those is future posts, probably after the 16th March.

What do you think of the new iPad? Let us know in a comment below.

Many thanks to Margi Laurin for the superb painting at the head of this page!

Follow Steve Crowther's journey to becoming an artist

Steve Crowther started his blog back in May 2010. Its purpose is to enable his friends and family to follow him on his personal journey of becoming an artist. We have to say that even some of Steve's early work shows that he already possess all the skills needed.

Interestingly, starting in June of last year Steve began to experiment with iPad painting. Often using a perfect combination of the Nomad Brush and ArtRage, Steve is rapidly learning how to apply his traditional painting skills to this new digital canvas. Really, Steve's blog documents two journeys, the journey to becoming an artist and his passage to becoming a skilled iPad artist. Be sure to follow Steve on his journey by bookmarking his blog and following him on Twitter.

Further Reading: Nomad Brush Review

ArtRage @t The Grove plus TV Spot

Raheem Nelson, a.k.a. Eye of the Sun God on FlickrTwitter and Facebook, is a cartoonist and iPad artist who also happens to be curating ArtRage @t The Grove. This event will display artwork created by several iPad artists from around the globe using the ArtRage app.

There will also be a chance for those attending the event to have a go at creating iPad art for themselves. Raheem explains a bit more about this event and how he uses ArtRage on his iPad in this spot from Connecticut TV studio WTNH.

It is a woefully short demonstration, and we're not sure they quite had time to 'get it', but it is good to see more mainstream coverage of the fantastic art that is being created by thousands of iPad artists.

To view more iPad created art be sure to check out the iPad Creative Flickr group. Don't forget to subscribe to the group's RSS feed to see the paintings as they are added every single day.

5 ways to start creating wonderful content with your new iPad

So you've browsed your favourite web sites, installed Real Racing 2 HD, got up to speed on your favourite social networks and messed around with Photo Booth - what's next? If you only ever use your new iPad for consuming content, you're missing out on some of the most satisfying aspects of the iPad experience - creating content.

Here we list 5 creative things you can do with your iPad along with links to help you to explore each area in more detail.

1. Create a song with GarageBand

The arrival of GarageBand for the iPad was quite a watershed moment. That Apple brought their best of class music creation Mac OS application to the iPad showed that they had bigger plans for the iPad than many a tech pundit had assumed. GarageBand is a marvellous piece of code, a true joy to use.

App Store Link: GarageBand

More about music creation with the iPad.

2. Paint a picture with ArtRage

More than any other creative iPad activity, finger painting has really fired the imagination of the general public. ArtRage simulates various types of media with astonishing accuracy. With a little bit of care and attention ArtRage is capable of art that is almost indestinguisable from actual physical art.

App Store Link: ArtRage

More about painting with the iPad.

3. Edit a video with iMovie

Apple recently upgraded iMovie with the ability to edit many different video formats. There's a good chance that the holiday video that you shot with your digital camera this summer will now play nicely with iMovie. We use iMovie almost everyday to edit both personal and iPad Creative videos. It's a pleasure to use, fast and capable.

App Store Link: iMovie

More about video creation and editing with the iPad

4. Edit your photos with SnapSeed

The iPad is a near perfect photo presentation device, but you might be surprised at just how useful it is for editing photos too. We've used and reviewed quite a number of photo editing and photo filter apps, but it's SnapSeed, with its power and simplicity, that we recommend to new iPad owners looking to explore the world of iPad photo editing.

App Store Link: SnapSeed

More about photo editing with the iPad

5. Learn how to play the guitar with WildChords

Turn the chore of learning guitar chords into a fun experience with WildChords. WildChords is one of the most impressive apps we've seen in 2011, as we said in our review, "Far from being the trudging, demotivating type of lesson that puts so many of us off learning to play an instrument, WildChords makes learning guitar fun and keeps you coming back for more."

App Store Link: WildChords

More about learning with the iPad

6. BONUS ACTIVITY: Add iPad Creative to your iPad home screen

Go to the iPad Creative home page by clicking on this link, once the home page is open tap the action button (a box with an arrow springing out of it located to the left of the address bar) and tap 'Add to Home Screen'. Now, inspiration is only 1 finger tap away!

Beautiful iPad Art from Teacher Jenny Oakley

School of Excellence

If you have been reading this blog for a while you may remember us mentioning that Cedars School of Excellence was the first school in the UK (and pretty much everywhere else) to roll out a 1:1 iPad program to their pupils.

We have been following their challenges / successes via Frasier Spiers blog for a while now and we have been enchanted by what the pupils and staff have been creating and sharing via their Flickr feed (and more recently in our iPad Creative Art and Design Flickr Group).

Jenny Oakley - iPad Art

Dawn by Jenny Oakley

Leading by example Cedars' Art Teacher (and Head of Guidance) Jenny Oakley has been prolific, using her iPad to create some beautiful pieces that we really love.

Jenny's use of colour and texture is inspiring and really shows what can be created on the iPad with a very healthy dose of artistic talent. Using iPad painting apps such as ArtRage and Brushes, Jenny achieves results which are sometimes light and playful, often stronger, darker and emotive.

What's the Story?

We are always fascinated by the creative process and the story behind an image. Jenny has been kind enough to provide us with some of her thoughts and comments about her artwork below and using the iPad with her students. Over to you Jenny...

Tree of Knowledge

I painted the 'Tree of Knowledge' just after we had implemented our 1:1 iPad programme. There was a lot of debate at the time about allowing pupils such a high level of access to the internet for fear of all the dangers and negative content they might access.

I was trying to explore this theme by suggesting that the internet is like a digital version of the tree of knowledge in the garden of Eden and, for our pupils, their access is through the iPads. There is all the knowledge of all that is good as well as all that is bad out there on the internet.

Education should not be about hiding this from pupils but about educating them to make right choices in what they access and guiding them as they learn to navigate this environment. It should not be prohibitive but should prepare them for choices they will face as adults.

Box of Delights

"Box of Delights" was also painted on this theme. It shows a girl opening a box with the streaming light of many delights pouring out.

The box is decorated with computer circuitry as, in a similar way to the Tree of Knowledge, it represents the vast potential and opportunity open to us in the digital environment.

The box is a direct reference to Pandora's box but I didn't want to call it that as only dark, negative things came out of her box.

What comes out of the 'digital' box can be used for good or ill depending on the user.

Is it a box of delights or is it a Pandora's box? We need to educate pupils about these issues.

Gone Swimming

"Gone Swimming" was my first ArtRage painting. I wanted to experiment with a wider range of art apps, especially those which simulated real materials - ArtRage was the most realistic I found.

I really loved using ArtRage, especially with all the textures that I could create, the vibrancy of the colours and realism of the interaction of the simulated materials.

I have been using it ever since.


Instrument was one of my first experiments with the app 'TypeDrawing'.

I was fascinated with the possibilities presented by using text (or in this case musical notes) as a brush - it seemed so expressive.

I wanted to see how far I could develop this and used TypeDrawing and the musical notes again to paint "Cello" whilst in a Vivaldi concert in St Martin's in the Field Church, Trafalgar Square, London.

About Painting with the iPad

I love using the iPad to paint as i feel it has opened up a whole new world of creativity for me. I hadn't really done much of my own artwork over the years until I got the iPad in May 2010.

All of a sudden all the barriers of time, materials, space and possible failure were taken away and I was enabled. I could paint anywhere and at any time - I didn't need a large area in which to work or have to spend a lot of money to set myself up and find my 'niche'.

Neither did I have to set aside large blocks of time which, to be honest,  I didn't have - I could paint on the bus, before I went to sleep, in my classroom whilst pupils were working or while waiting for a doctor's appointment.

There was also no price attached to failure - it was so easy to try things out and experiment with the undo and redo facility and of course there were endless canvases and materials available.

And due to the size and portability of the device, and the immediacy of the medium, no one had to see any artwork until I was happy with it.

My favourite painting apps are ArtRage, Brushes, Typedrawing as well as Moodboard for my sketchbook. 

Painting on the canvas of the iPad with digital media is just another branch of art - it is neither more nor less important than traditional methods, it is just different. It requires the same creativity, imagination and level of skill to manipulate the media and develop work as does more traditional materials. It is a different media with different nuances, techniques, possibilities and limitations.

On using iPads with Students 

I have found creating artwork on the iPad very successful with pupils. It provides a safe, structured environment in which to experiment and develop their skills, confidence and creativity and takes away the fear of the 'blank page'.

The 'undo' feature is very significant as it allows endless experimentation and thus improvement. I have found that the skills and creativity developed on the iPad do transfer over to traditional materials - pupils have more confidence and are more willing to try.

The increased expectation of success enables them to create a more skilful piece of work. This further boosts their confidence and encourages them to try harder again and so their artwork continues to improve.

Thank you Jenny, for sharing your thoughts and experiences and also for letting us include your images in this post.

Video: Steve Jobs Tribute iPad Painting

Ivan Osario (@IvanArley on Twitter) painted this Steve Jobs caricature as his tribute to the man using Artrage for iPad (and presumably the new Script Recording function to make the video). Check it out in the video below.

You can see more of Ivan's iPad art on his YouTube channel and you can follow him on Twitter.

How to future proof your iPad paintings

Yesterday we highlighted the new high resolution canvas options in both ArtRage and SketchBook Pro (4 and 3 megapixels, respectively), if you missed that article it might be helpful to read it first and come back here to follow the discussion.

Because of the performance hit when painting with these new multi megapixel canvas options the doodler might find the standard resolution a more pleasant painting experience. However, if you plan on keeping your artwork and presenting it at the highest possible quality then surely the extra detail is worth the slowdown.

Preservation in print

If you were to present your ArtRage painting in print, at 1024 x 1024 you could just about get away with an image size that was no bigger that 12cm square. Go for the high resolution canvas and you can print up to 24cm square. That's enough data to allow your painting to be printed in a glossy magazine without the reader noticing the pixels. Certainly at that resolution large inkjet photo prints will surely shine.

Retention on a Retina class display

Most iPad artists might only ever display their paintings on the iPad screen, but that doesn't mean you should forego the megapixel canvas option. The next iPad is almost certainly going to come equipped with a Retina class display, that's 2048 x 1536 pixels. Any paintings created using the standard canvas options will look soft and perhaps even dull on a Retina class display, whereas multi megapixel paintings will fulfill the full potential of such a display.

Unleash the GPU

Of course, Procreate fans might just be able to have their cake and eat it. By enlisting the mindblowing power of the SGX graphics processor Procreate can run at speeds that ArtRage and SketchBook Pro can only dream of. The Procreate high resolution update can't come soon enough.

Painting Credit: Shaun Mullen. A fellow Brit and one of the best iPad artists we know!

App Store Links: ArtRage, SketchBook Pro, Procreate

ArtRage gets a whopping 4 megapixel canvas option, meanwhile SketchBook Pro hits 3

Recent updates to both ArtRage and SketchBook Pro have finally pushed through the multi megapixel canvas barrier. SketchBook Pro struck first on May 13 with an optional high resolution canvas of 2048 x 1536, but then ArtRage hit back on May 27 with an unprecedented 2048 x 2048 canvas. That's a whopping 4 million pixels!

Both multi megapixel canvas options are limited to iPad 2 users and both have a performance hit. We haven't done any exhaustive testing to see just how much of a performance hit is present on each app, but it might be enough to make some of you think twice.

That in our opinion would be a shame. Head back here tomorrow when we'll explain why these new multi megapixel canvas options are so important and why we think you should consider using them.

Many thanks to reader Bill Pham for the heads-up regarding the SketchBook Pro update. Much appreciated Bill.

App Store Links: ArtRage, SketchBook Pro

David Kassan painting from life with the iPad 2, using the Nomad Brush and ArtRage

David Kassan is no stranger to iPad painting, in fact it's safe to say that he is one of the most popular iPad artists currently on the scene. It's great to see David putting both the Nomad Brush and ArtRage (both of which we adore) to such superb use.

As an aside. Looking at David use the iPad 2 it struck us how much we really want an iPad Pro, basically an iPad with a larger screen. 15" would be perfect, but we wouldn't turn our noses up at a 13" iPad either. Are we alone here, do you see a market for a larger iPad?

App Store Link: ArtRage

Further Reading: Nomad Brush Review