Entries in Brushes App (9)

A masterclass in iPad painting by Nikolai Lockersten

Few have mastered iPad painting quite like Nikolai. You might remember some of his iPad paintings from February of this year. Nikolai has been pretty quiet during the summer, but now he's back with a vengeance!

There is so much to learn from the way Nikolai builds the scene. Check out the two paintings featured here and be sure to subscribe to his YouTube channel to catch future iPad paintings.

Shawn Harris and the Making Of a Music Video on iPad

You have no doubt already seen the animated music video that Shawn Harris created in the Brushes iPad app for Pop sirens Blush. If not, please take a moment or two and watch it now:

Shawn created this animation frame by frame entirely on the iPad, painstakingly merging all his creations together until, 7000 frames later, he had the video you see above.

Of course this is not the first time Shawn has done this, we wrote a few months ago about a similarly created video for his own band Maniac's song Thank Each Mistake. We posted his comments about creating the video and using the iPad a few weeks later, which are well worth a read if you haven't already seen them.

But, as much as we enjoyed the final video, of great interest to us is how Shawn did it and while the talent/skill/patience it takes to produce something as creative as these videos is mind boggling, the video Shawn posted as a 'making of' goes some way towards explaining it, if tantalisingly short. We hope you enjoy it!

'Cannonball' and 'Pipes & Pottery' by Rob Miller

Rob's done a fantastic job with the Brushes for iPad. We were particularly impressed with his use of light and shade in 'Cannonball'. Check out all of Rob's fine artwork over at his website.

Thanks for sharing your paintings with us Rob, we look forward to seeing more of your iPad art in the near future.

Thank Each Mistake. The animated music video that redefines iPad art

Shawn Harris, a singer, musician and artist, has used the iPad to produce an animated video for his song 'Thank Each Mistake'. Shawn used Brushes for iPad to create this mesmerising video. Shawn explains:

"By taking advantage of the actions playback feature, and by using a brushes viewer application for my Mac, I found I could export my painting as a quicktime movie. The app isn't designed for animation, but the playback feature, which records each brush-stroke as a separate frame, lends itself to a coarse morphy style of stop-motion fingerpainting..."

Few videos have impressed us as much as 'Thank Each Mistake'. It's a remarkable achievement, and we would not be at all surprised if Apple used it in some form to demonstrate the versatility of the iPad. And to think that some commentators seriously suggested that the iPad would kill creativity.

Back when we started iPad Creative we imagined that the iPad would change the way people create art. In April 2010 we said:

"This is iPad Creative. We believe with every fibre of our being that Apple's magical machine is without equal. We believe that the iPad will spark a revolution in the creative arts not seen since the popularisation of the Internet at the end of the last millennium. What makes us so sure? In short, you do.

The potential for computers to assist artists in creating and performing art has been strikingly obvious for many years, but until now that potential has been – to the largest extent – only realised by those with a natural affinity for technology, those that because of their upbringing, their social location, or perhaps their age, just don't care for computers. The iPad changes all of that."

It fact, now we think of it, doesn't Apple's recent iPad TV advert sound awfully familiar? Perhaps we have readers in high places!

Many thanks to Shawn for sharing his video, we have a feeling we'll be seeing quite a bit more of Shawn's work on iPad Creative.

A Little Monday Inspiration from our Readers

It is Monday again and for many of us it is back to the 'day job' after a weekend of playing around and trying something creative with our iPads.

To keep your inspiration going and to maybe spark a bit of creativity on this the furthest day away from the weekend, we would like to offer a few videos from our readers who have shared their iOS device creations with us recently - we hope you enjoy them.

Plastic Man by Paul Kercal

First up, Paul Kercal's Plastic Man sketch which we liked a lot. Paul created this with the Brushes app on his iPod Touch (but he is also prolific on his iPad too) whilst on the Bus, at home and wherever he happened to be, showing off the versatile and portable nature of the multitouch interface as a drawing canvas.

We would encourage you to check out more of Paul's work on Flickr and you can also follow him on Twitter.

Fender AmpliTube Recording by Michael Coffman

Michael recorded this whole track on his iPad using the new AmpliTube Fender for iPad and the in-app upgrade 8 track recorder. Drums were audio copy/pasted from InstantDrummer Heartbreaker. It has a great Bluesy vibe which we liked a lot.


Michael has more of his musical creations over on his SoundCloud channel and you can also follow Michael on Twitter.

There you go, we hope this gets your creative thoughts going for today, even if you do have to wait until you get home to try them out.

If you have anything you want to share with us let us know on Twitter or on our Facebook page or you can email us using the link at the top right. We would love to see what creative things you are up to with your iOS devices.

The extraordinary iPad art of Nikolai Lockertsen

Nikolai is an accomplished artist. Having worked for many years in the film industry as a matte painter, both traditional and digital, it's no real surprise that Nikolai was drawn to the iPad right from the start. We spoke to Nikolai towards the end of last year, and it was clear that despite some initial reservations he is finding the iPad/Brushes combination to be a satisfying medium.

Nikolai has recently shared some of his iPad painting videos on YouTube and we just had to bring them to your attention.

Just watch as Nikko builds the structure of the scene, fills it will such exquisite detail and then lights the scene in a way that draws the eye to the perfect position on the painting. We can't think of any other iPad artist that has mastered this process with such finesse. Nikko's film industry background really shines through. Amazing work indeed!

Steve Talkowski demos the Nomad Brush

Steve Talkowski of Sketchbot fame has also been playing with the Nomad Brush and seeing what it can do. With Steve's permission, we are posting here his video of the first iPad painting he produced with the Nomad Brush and the Brushes app. (If you're viewing this on an iPad go Fullscreen and Portrait mode for the best experience.)

We were both impressed and encouraged by seeing what an artist like Steve can produce with just the Nomad Brush as a stylus. The amount of creative control the Nomad Brush gives you is something that has to be experienced to fully appreciate.

We love it too and, as we said in our review and video demo, the Nomad Brush is a must-buy for any iPad artist.

How would you like to win your very own Nomad Brush just for being an iPad Creative reader? Enter our competition before 1900GMT on Monday 28th February and you might just bag one for free.

Impressive Michael Jackson caricature

We have recently come across some stunning caricatures by Jedijnx (YouTube username). This Michael Jackson iPad painting is superb, but it's definetely worth also taking a look at the JayZ, Kanye West and Dwight Schrute caricatures too.

Painting Video: Scrap Garden

An artist going by the YouTube user name of 'asuka111digiemo' has uploaded this beautiful painting video. The artist uses Sketchbook Pro and Brushes to great effect. We especially enjoyed watching the layering of shadows and highlights. Thanks for sharing!