The Portrait

 

Man points to a picture frame, empty but for a circle.
The Portrait. Painted on iPad in Procreate.

An oval in a rectangle. What could that be but a portrait?

Well, it could be… But no. It’s a portrait. A portrait of whoever you like, expressing whatever emotion you choose.

To let you into a secret, the above incitement to pareidolia (seeing faces everywhere) began as a filled scribble.

One of my favourite occupations is dragging the Current Colour circle in Procreate digital painting app on my iPad to fill a closed shape I’ve just scribbled. I’m sure the excellent Procreate User’s Guide must mention this addictive process somewhere, but I haven’t found it.

Are These the 8 Best Painting Apps?

Suffering from App Overload, I decided to limit myself to just 4 of the best painting apps for my iPhone 6+ and Android Galaxy Note 4.

Paintings of carrots in my 8 best mobile painting apps
8 Imaginary Carrots Show Off My 8 Best Mobile Painting Apps

Were the apps I chose the best painting apps for my purposes? I was surprised by how much I learned just by daubing an imaginary carrot in each app.

In the picture the top row were painted on iPhone 6+ in (L – R):- Procreate Pocket, Sketchbook, Art Rage and Photoshop Touch. Bottom row were created on Galaxy Note 4 in:- Painter Mobile and the Android versions of Sketchbook, Art Rage and Photoshop Touch.

One thing I learned was that I had paid too little attention to the size of these images. Displaying all eight at 100% and taking the screen shot you see, I found my paintings often failed to take advantage of the actual maximum megapixel size each app is capable of.

Photoshop Touch for both Apple and Android will make images up to 9 megapixels. (I tested up to 3000×3000 pixels and Photoshop Touch will probably take more). Painting my carrot on the iPhone I missed that advantage. The image was too small for much detail at 400×600 px.

On the other hand, Art Rage for iPhone 6+ is a really cut down version, yet I puffed up my imaginary vegetable right to the maximum size that Art Rage for iPhone can manage: 0.7 megapixels (640×1136 px).

Art Rage is more versatile for the Galaxy Note. It will make you images at 4.2 megapixels (2048×2048 px). I only went up to 480×853 px. Smaller than the ArtRage-for-iPhone version.

Ah well.

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Closeup on the iPhone 6 Plus Zoom

My iPhone 6 Plus zoom seems to be proving me wrong.

I always thought digital zoom was useless when taking a digital photo.

The flowers on this Crassula are tiny.

Flowering Crassula succulent plant
Flowering Crassula

I was really surprised by the shot below of these miniature flowers, taken at maximum magnification of my iPhone 6 Plus zoom. The zoom is easy to use. You just pinch out with two fingers. The amount of zoom is shown on a slider as well as on the screen.

macro crassula iphone6+ zoom

This phone does have the advantage of image stabilisation. Nevertheless, when taking an iPhone 6 Plus zoom shot, do hold the phone as steady as you can.