I can’t say I warm to this apple. I made it on my iPad in an early incarnation of Adobe Ideas. True, it looks sharp at any size. That is, the original looks sharp at any size because it’s a vector image. The apples you see here are Saved for Web in Photoshop and converted to common-or-garden bitmaps.
Even if you have drawn your image on the tiny screen of an iPhone or iPad Touch, you can blow it up as large as you like and it will still stay sharp. Many designers like Ideas because they can scribble down – well, yes, ideas and feed them straight into Illustrator on the desktop.
When I drew this apple, this slick performance tended to give a rather artificial look. It was not possible to turn it off. Sign your name in Adobe Ideas and it came out shaved and smoothed to within an inch of its life.
On TV here in the UK, I saw President Obama sign his name on an iPad in Ideas. I wondered if his autograph, with so much individuality removed, was really all that authentic!
Adobe have added a bit of leeway to the smoothing effect. You can choose to smooth during drawing for more accuracy or after drawing for smoother strokes.
In days of yore you had a limited number of brushes to choose from in Adobe Ideas. One.
Adobe has now added a few more brush tip shapes to the basic circle dab Ideas started out with.
This App Apple was a pain to make in Drawing Pad app for Android…until I discovered the S Pen on my Galaxy Note could vary the width of the crayons, making thick lines fluid and flexible.
Now I’m counting the hours to tomorrow, when Samsung are set to reveal the Galaxy Note 2.
Using the current S Pen may be a bit like painting with a cocktail stick, but this stylus is super responsive. I’ve heard tell that a more normal sized S Pen will come in the box with the Note 2. Hoping those rumours are true.
I’m comparing the experience of painting an imaginary apple in various apps on various touchscreen tablets and phones.
This apple was painted on my iPhone 4S.
I have to confess the iPhone screen felt cramped and faded after painting on the bigger, brighter Samsung Galaxy Note.
There are many more artists’ painting apps for Apple devices than there are for Android machines. I had a wide choice of drawing and painting tools. I was pleased to find that Art Rage, a favourite on the iPad, has now been added to the choice for the iPhone…
…but hey, stop, wait a minute! I don’t know about you, but I’m beginning to suffer from a nasty case of iPad app overload. I was actually rather relieved to find that Art Rage for iPhone has fewer brushes and variations than for the iPad. The choice of painting tools and apps for the iPad is now so overwhelming that I’m having to limit the number I use.
I used several Art Rage brushes to finger paint my iPhone apple in many colours, blending them in with the palette knife.
Texture was added in FX Art Studio.
The apple was finished off and signed in Sketchbook.