The iPad is a natural palette for artists, whether you’re just getting started or have already discovered your talents. The iPad has artistic apps aplenty to bring out your creativity.
These apps range from extremely easy to more sophisticated but each of them can be a the platform for creating stunning drawings.
This app is similar to the free software FotoSketcher that I reviewed earlier this year. AutoPainter HD takes a photo and turns it into a painting. Choose an image from your Photo Library or take a new picture. You can choose from four different effects, including Aquarell, Benson, Cezanne and Van Gogh.
What’s especially fun about this app is how it shows you the three step process and explains each step as it’s happening. The app actually re-creates the photo as a painting in the style you choose. You can stop the process at any time should you find the effect you want while the app is working.
This app is somewhat limited in its controls. Unlike FotoSketcher, there aren’t customization features for each effect. But both the process and the results can inspire and amaze you.
Kids! Learn to Draw
Kids! Learn to Draw Is a MEDL Mobile app that provides you with an outline of a drawing and guides you through each step so you can create a work of art. If you’re someone who never thought you could draw, this app will prove you wrong.
In spite of the title of this app, it’s not just for kids. Anyone who wants to learn can follow the guidance and create realistic drawings. This app is especially great for children and can even be used by pre-readers as the instructions are spoken in addition to being printed.
The app has a pencil and a marker with a slider to control the thickness of the lines. The app lets you trace the shapes and comes with a palette of 10 colors for you to shade your drawings.
The app is free in the iTunes App Store, and gives you lessons for drawing a dog and a cat. In-app purchases are available for other lessons, such as Garfield; NASCAR race cars; Planes, Choppers and Watercraft; and Horses and Ponies.
Art Bellies Pocket
The developers who brought you Mad Lips have another awesome app for you. Art Bellies Pocket lets you paint over a photo from your Photo Library, allowing you to transform a photo into a painting. Unlike AutoPainter HD, which does the work for you, Art Bellies lets you add the artistic effects.
You can choose from two different brushes and lots of different canvases. The app gives you 29 different colors in your palette.
After you have finished you can flip back and forth between the photo and your drawing to see the difference between the two. You can share your artistic creation with others using email or Facebook.
The coolest feature, and this is very, very cool, is that the app stores a video of your work in progress. You can have the app create the video and save it to your Photo Library and share it with others.
Art Bellies is available for free in the iTunes App Store. Art Bellies also works with the iPhone and iPod Touch.
After you have honed your artistic skills with the other apps, Paper 53 can test your skills. While the other apps give you a head start with your drawings, Paper 53 gives you a bare canvas. This app won the 2012 Apple Design Award.
Paper 53 is a drawing app that allows you to create drawings in notebooks just like a sketch artist. You can flip through the pages of your drawings as if they were actual paper. The app lets you customize the covers of these drawings, adding to the artistic appeal.
Paper 53 is free and starts you off with an instructional video and one brush. You can buy other brushes individually for $1.99 or as a set of Essentials (all of the upgrades) for $6.99.
Paint 53 only gives you nine colors to use, including black and white, but by shading and using effects you can create other colors.
Examples of artistic works using this app can be found at Paper 53’s website. The samples are impressive and inspirational. This amazing video by artist Ryan Boyle gives you an idea of the potential of this app.
Paper 53 is available in the iTunes App Store for free.
The iPad may reveal your hidden artistic talents. Use these apps to get inspired, experiment and play. The “undo” feature of these apps means there are no permanent mistakes. Let your imagination run free and see what you can create!
Have you used the iPad as a canvas? Have you tried any of these apps? Do you have artistic talents? Let us know in the Comments section below!
* Paper 53 Frog image by smognus