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Entries in Shaun Mullen (2)

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

Inspiring iPad art from Shaun Mullen

Shaun Mullen is quite simply one of the finest iPad artists we have come across. His captivating 'Misty Forest' (seen above) has been our iPad wallpaper for the last month. The point of view, sense of depth, colour and lighting is second to none. It feels like a scene from an epic science fiction novel.

We have spoken to a number of iPad artists over the last 6 months, the message is always the same; though they had doubts at first the iPad is rapidly becoming their favourite digital canvas.

Many thanks to all those that continue to contribute to the iPad Creative Flickr Group, your work is inspiring.