Visual artists are going to love what the iPad can do for them. For countless years, many artists have found themselves dissatisfied with the traditional ways we interact with computers. The mouse does not lend itself to creating visual masterpieces (although many artists have done a fantastic job of co-opting it), and keyboards are a writer's tool. While a few enterprising artists make use of external drawing pads, many stick to traditional methods and scanners for their digital art needs.
The iPad is one of the first devices to seamlessly blend the ability to draw with the rest of its interface. Artists don't just draw on some external pad; they draw on the screen itself! This is very important when it comes to getting the right kind of feedback that makes digital art possible. In fact, there are already quite a few artists who use their iPhones and iPod Touch devices as a miniature sketch pad. They love having them around for those rare moments when inspiration strikes.
Imagine going to the county fair and having an artist create a digital sketch of you on his iPad. He can send it to your email address and have you pay with the Paypal app. If your sketch artist's vision wasn't spot on, he can easily make changes without physically having to erase the image or throw anything away.
Artists won't just love the iPad as a sketching device, they're going to love using it as a reference for all of their other artwork. If you've ever lived with an artist or happen to be one yourself, you know how important it is for artists to keep reference material nearby at all times. My father is an artist, and he is going to be overjoyed at the fact that he can consolidate all of his reference material onto one decive. iPad app developers are just coming to terms with the number of app development opportunities that the iPad offers!
The iPad is so light it can be mounted on an easel or duct taped to a wall. Artists can then shift the images around on the iPad instead of having to find printouts or space for a computer monitor. This is a time saver that will easily justify the cost of the device.
Another handy tool to be turned into an iPad app is the ubiquitous pantone color guide that all artists carry around with them. If you don't know what this is, it's basically a big book with different color gradients. It shows a wide variety of colors and their respective lighter and darker cousins. This handy reference gives artists a way of knowing how colors relate to one another and which ones will compliment their current choices. Printed pantone color guides are big and bulky. Artists are going to love no longer having to carry around all that extra weight.
A revolution is happening. Artists are about to get inundated with new apps that take their creative visions to the next level. A version of Photoshop is already available on the iPhone as well as an excellent sketch pad program. A few developers are also working on bringing 3D modeling to the iPad, yet another tool in the artist's arsenal. We can only imagine how awesome these two apps will be on that 1024 by 768 pixel screen.
With the release of the iPad, the boundless creativity that becomes possible through computation is finally married with an interface more akin to the artist's sensibilities. Art, as we know it, will no longer be the same. If you have any iPad app idea and want it to be developed, Appiction's iPad application development team will be more than happy to help! Give us a call today.
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