Entries in Flickr (12)

Amazing iPad Art: Rabe (2012) by Roz Hall

If you follow us on Twitter then you may already have seen the beautiful painting below by Roz Hall, of fellow artist Benjamin Rabe, but we wanted to mention it here as it really stopped us in our tracks.

When you look at the brush strokes, colour, light and shade in this portrait it is hard to believe it was painted on an iPad, but it was! It just makes you say "Wow!".

Roz used Procreate (second time we've mentioned that app in as many days) and a healthy dose of talent to create this image, we are sure you'll love it too.

Be sure to check out the rest of Roz Hall's artwork on his Flickr stream.

Rabe (2012) - iPad portrait of the artist

iPad Art: Treasure Trove by Dan Hoffman

Dip into our iPad Creative Flickr Group on any given day and you will find many examples of paintings, sketches, photographs and even some animations that have been created or edited with an iPad.

The painting below from Dan Hoffman was made with the stunning Procreate app. We loved the colour, light and style of Treasure Trove, it really stood out to us, we hope you like it too. Be sure to check out Dan's other paintings on his Flickr stream.

Treasure Trove

iPad Art: Decomissioning of the Gigabot by Matthew Watkins

Here's a superb iPad painting from Matthew Watkins that he recently added to our iPad Creative Flickr Group.

Decommissioning Of The Gigabot

We love the final result with its futuristic styling, but we especially appreciate Matthew posting the Brushes video on Flickr too.

Unfortunately, Flickr video embeds still rely on the Flash player so we can't show it to you here, but you can watch the full Brushes video in Matthew's Flickr stream.

While you're there check out the rest of Matthew's iPad art, it is very impressive body of work.

Inside the creative process

We've said this before, but we are always fascinated to see the artist's creative process in action.

That's why we really love that the Brushes app enables the recording and exporting of these movies.

Our thanks again to Matthew for sharing this video and painting with the group.

iPad Art: Dream Pears by Jeannie

We love seeing what iPad users are creating with their 'magical' devices, and our iPad Creative Flickr Group is very active with more and more iPad created images being added every day. If you haven't been there before, or haven't visited the group in a while, you should really go over and take a look.

We wish we had time to highlight some of the more wonderful, odd, amazing, bizarre and beautiful images we see every day and it is our intention to try and share more of them with you in the future.

Here's an image that grabbed our attention today, a classic subject with an interesting idea behind it, painted using Artist's Touch and processed with Pic Grunger (an iPhone app). Be sure to click on the picture and read the comments from artist Jeannie (a.k.a. madlyinlovewithlife on Flickr).

Dream Pears by Flickr user madlyinlovewithlife

The iPad Creative Art and Design Flickr group hits 500 members, a finer collection of iPad art you'll not find

Everyone needs some inspiration. The iPad Creative, Art and Design group on Flickr has been a continual source of inspiration for us (and many of you) for the last 15 months. Artists like Patricio Villarroel, hgberk and nini_nini never cease to amaze us with their flair, creativity and increadible generosity. These three artists have contributed a combined total of 3300 paintings to the group!

Whatever your style or artistic preferences you'll be sure to find inspiration from the group.

Since we started the group back in April 2010 over 25 million new iPad owners have begun to discover the thrill of sketching and painting using Apple's multi-touch device. Perhaps you know of new iPad owners that haven't yet heard of iPad Creative. We would be honoured if you were to point them in our direction.

iPad Art Gets Weird With PhotoSpeak


When some videos created with PhotoSpeak popped up in our iPad Creative Art and Design group on Flickr they seriously freaked us out! You really have to check out that first link to see what we mean. But we were also fascinated by these videos and we had to find out more about Photo Speak.

What we discovered was a ton of fun and a great way to entertain ourselves and the kids in the dark winter hours. It also provides portrait artists with another creative outlet, if for nothing other than a bit of silly fun.

What PhotoSpeak does

As you can see from the video above, this app takes a still image portrait and renders it as a 3D animation. Using some amazing technology called Motion Portrait, the app attempts to identify the eyes and mouth as reference and animation points.

It doesn't always manage it though and we had to try a few different images to get it to work. You can scale and shrink the image to help the detection engine and we found that, depending on the image, zooming in our out gave us a better result.

Once PhotoSpeak has located the eyes and mouth it will use the internal mic to pick up your voice and animate the image as it repeats what you have said, it literally makes your Photo Speak in near realtime in response to the audio it hears, amazing stuff! There isn't curently the option of importing audio already on your iPad, though, like songs or audio in your iTunes library.

Making Movies

The app can also record audio from the built-in mic or other audio input so that you can export that audio and animation as a movie. The processed movie can be saved to your Photo Library, shared to Facebook, YouTube (although we had trouble getting this to work) or via email.

It is a bit annoying that the app only works in Portrait mode, which means videos with big black borders on the side, but we understand that the primary use of the app is with 'portraits' so it sort of makes sense.

Even with the fairly gimmicky feel of the app, in the hands of more creative minds than ours some amazing and frankly, creepy, pieces of animated art can be produced with PhotoSpeak.

(We would love to show you some of these movies here but unfortunately, Flickr video embeds still do not work on iOS. If you haven't already followed the link in the first paragraph, check out these examples in our Flickr group from some of the most creative iPad owners out there. Thanks again to everyone who has contributed to the Flickr group.)

If you would like to try this out for yourself PhotoSpeak is on sale until the end of January for just $0.99 (59p), after which it returns to its $2.99 price.

If you do create something on your iPad with Photo Speak feel free to add it to the iPad Creative group, new members are always welcome.

As for our effort, it is very poor we realise, but our excuse is it was done very quickly over a lunchtime, enjoy all 6 seconds of it below:


ArtRage, a first glance at the future of iPad art

We'll return to ArtRage next week for a full review, but we just had to share some of these stunning ArtRage paintings that have recently appeared in the iPad Creative group on Flickr.

We think it's safe to say that ArtRage is a truly next generation painting app for the iPad. There are brush simulations included in ArtRage that are a first for the iOS platform. Just look at the oil painting above, this stunning watercolour and the vivid Storm Trooper art below! We wholeheartedly recommend ArtRage to every iPad artist.

Huge thanks to all the artists who regularly contribute to the iPad Creative, Art and Design group on Flickr. Special thanks to KJStro (Shades of Fall) and Susan Murtaugh (Storm Troopers).

Flickpad: now with added Flickr

We wrote about Shacked Software's Flickpad back in May and we liked it, but at the time it could only be used for viewing Facebook photos and albums. We liked the innovations that had been made with the interface though and the way that you could 'flick' photos around the virtual desk on the iPad screen, it made browsing Facebook albums a lot of fun.

Now Shacked Software have released a really nice 2.0 update to their app including access to Flickr photos as well as Facebook, which for us is a big change and probably the most compelling reason to buy it.  Now all that lovely UI goodness has been applied to our favourite photo sharing site too, and it is far more valuable having the two big hitters in the photo sharing world available through the same fun interface. Flickpad is now a real winner in our opinion.

One of the new feature we really liked (and would love to see on Flickr's own app) is multiple account logins so that more than one Flickr account can be used on the same iPad, handy for those of us who have a 'family and friends' account as well as a public account and, in our case, a third (iPhoneography) account.

Have a look at the above video to get a good idea of how the app works and also how fun the interface can be compared to some of the other photo browser apps.

Flickpad is available for £3.99 ($6.99) in the app store now, but if you are not sure about plumping for the full version, Flickpad have just tweeted this out in the last few hours:

Flickpad Lite was just approved and should be in app store shortly. For those of you on the fence about the full version, give it a shot!

The free Lite version is limited to 2 User Accounts, 5 active friends per service and 5 searches per app launch, but this will certainly give you a chance to try the interface out and see if you like it, so nothing to lose.  The Lite version is available now.

99 iPad artists lead the way

The iPad Creative, Art and Design Flickr group is growing rapidly, we already have 99 iPad artists that regularly contribute to the group, 'Tera. Santorini' is la legra negra's very first iPad painting and what a stunning painting it is. Just 1 more member and we'll hit the impressive 100 member threshold. Will it be you?

Once the group expands to contain 1000 paintings we'll begin the iPad Creative Art and Design awards. We can't wait!

Further reading: Art at iPad Creative

Flickr and Facebook Photo Browsing Apps For Your iPad

One of the things that hits you hard when you see the iPad for the first time is the quality and clarity of the display.  When we saw that screen we couldn't help thinking "Photos!".

Two of the main online photo sharing sites at the moment are Facebook (apparently the world leader in online photo sharing) and our favourite Flickr.  You can check out our very own Flickr group for iPad artists here.

Recently, two apps have been released which aim to create a better photo browsing experience than the Facebook or Flickr websites offer to you in Safari on the iPad, so we thought we would let you know about them in case you are seeking creative inspiration, keeping up with your family, friends and contacts' images, or just want to spend some time browsing a few of the millions (maybe billions) of photos out there.

Flick Stackr

Flick Stackr has a very impressive list of features, most notably for us when wanting to share photos with others, is the ability to run in 'slideshow mode' and display it on an external monitor or TV via the iPad's VGA output.

The app also background caches photos in Sets on Flickr, hoping to deliver them speedily when you want them, rather than waiting for the photos to download when you select them, which can be a bit laborious in our experience with slow Internet connections.

For each photo you can see the comments, meta and GPS data associated with the image and also e-mail the photo (with e-mailing of multiple photos coming in the next update).

Another interesting feature is Stacks, which lets you mark photos and create what are really your own sets.  This Stack is then saved to your device, but it is not saved on your Flickr account; useful for reviewing images later without having to create albums or sets on the Flickr's site.

If, like us, you have more than one Flickr account in the household, but only one iPad, Flick Stackr has you covered, allowing multiple accounts to be active at the same time.  But you don't even need an account with Flickr to browse photos on the site, so this app can be used without being linked to an account as well.

Here is a full list of features from the website:

  • For Flickr users: you can look at your own photos, your sets, your favorites and your contacts and their photos.
  • Explore and browse Flickr groups
  • Full screen photo browser that lets you swipe through photos and zoom by pinching. (Landscape and Portrait).
  • Slideshow mode, including support for external displays (TV & VGA)
  • No need for paging while looking at large photosets. FlickStackr does it automatically in the background. Photos are cached locally for fast access.
  • Tags, exif and photo location viewing
  • A unique feature is the 'Stack'. The Stack lets you mark photos from you or any other people.
    This stack is saved on your iPad/iPhone, so that you can keep this list without having to publish it to flickr. 
    Useful when you want to review photos later.
  • Support for having multiple Flickr accounts active. This is ideal for households sharing an iPad or for people
    with multiple identities online.
  • Search photos in Flickr : using keyword + geographic location.
    Search public photos, or specifically owned by you or a person
  • A flickr account is NOT required. FlickStackr can be used by people who just want to explore flickr.
    Stacks and searches work without an account.
  • Supports all iPad screen orientations.
  • As a universal application, FlickStackr is also compatible with iPhone and iPod Touch 3.0+

It's not a bad looking app with some features that will make browsing around Flickr and working with images a lot easier than it would be on Flickr's own site and we think it has a nice set of features to recommend it over using the web interfacce, even for casual browsing.

At $0.99 (59p) from the app store it is definitely worth a try in our opinion.  If you do try it, let us know what you think in the comments.



For those of you who are sharing photos on Facebook, Shacked apps have recently released an updated version of their Facebook focussed app Flickpad.

We have featured Flickpad because the developer has been quite creative in their use of the multi-touch interface on the iPad, aiming to serve up a different way of browsing your friends' and contacts' photos.  As you will see from the video below, the interface starts off looking a bit like a pinboard with printed photos stuck all over it.  This shows the photos shared by your friends today.  From here the app gets interesting and offers some cool UI twists.

On the main screen you can drag and drop photos around.  If you don't want to look at a photo you can literally throw, or flick, it off the screen and it is replaced by the next one in the queue.  If you want to see a photo in more detail single touch on it and the view zooms in, from here you can see the comments, mark it as a favourite or share the photo.

Back on the main screen, touch a photo with two fingers to make it a favourite, including a cute little animation which folds the corner of the photo down, like bookmarking a page in a book to go back to.

Double-tap the photo (not the same as double-touch) to open the rest of the album that the photo comes from, and triple-tap the photo to see all the photos from that person.  Tap and hold on a photo from the main screen to bring up a menu from which you can e-mail the photo to anyone (even non-Facebook people), mark that particular Friend's photos as seen, along with other options.

If you want to look at the photos from a certain Friend on Facebook you can search for their name in the search bar at the top of the screen and see all their photos.

An interesting feature is the date orientated interface, as you will see from the video, you can skip back a day or two, or you can bring up a spin wheel interface which allows you to go weeks, months or further back through your Friends' photos.

Of course, Facebook needs you to login first with your account, so it is not like Flick Stackr above where you can browse the photos without an account; but as you probably know, this is not really how Facebook works.

The developers say that Flickr browsing is going to be added soon, but we are not sure how much of this will apply to the slightly different way that Flickr is organised, so it will be interesting to try the app when Flickr browsing is added in the future.  Flickpad is considerably more expensive than Flick Stackr at $4.99 (£2.99) and that is a 50% off Special.  Flickpad version 1.5 is available on the App Store now.

Be sure to watch the video below for an overview of the Flickpad app, and let us know in the comments what you think.

Flickpad - Facebook Photos for iPad from Shacked on Vimeo.