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Painting in Artrage app on iPad Pro

Flower painted in artrage app

Painting in Artrage is a convenient way to paint in oil colors. I use the Artrage app on iPad Pro and not the desktop version of the application.

Though I do not find painting in it as easy as painting with real colors, it is a good alternative. The ease of painting in real oils is clearly attributed to years of experience of using real oil colors. On the other hand, I have been painting in Artrage only for a few months.

You can do a lot using layers and all conveniences of a digital medium but I prefer to use only 1 layer and keep the painting process as close to real oils as possible.

Today’s painting

Here is a painting that I did in Artrage today. It is still very rough and a lot more details can be added.

Flower painted in artrage app

I have recorded a script of this painting and with Desktop version of Artrage I can run the script and the app actually paints the painting again on a different sized canvas and at a different resolution, if you want. So, it is not a video clip but a painting being painted again! A nice feature that I haven’t seen in any other painting app so far.

Have a great weekend and draw or paint something. Don’t forget that art is made by the artist and not the tool he/she uses. So, use whatever tools you have and create art.

Happy Painting!
Mandar

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State of the art

Digital Landscape Painting

The current state of “art technology” is amazing and it’ll only get better. I am talking about “Art Technology” here. This technology-based digital fine art is a fairly recent phenomenon and it is here to stay. 

Cave Art

In the beginning, our ancestors started scribbling shapes on caves walls with stones. Don’t know if these scribblings had any higher purpose or were simply a pass time for a person bored of daily chores. 

Paper Art

After stones and cave walls came paper and ink, canvas and oil colors, watercolors, acrylics and so on. Today if you walk into a modern art supplies store, you’ll be amazed at the variety of products with which you can create art. 

Digital Tools

Then came the computer, digital pads, “Cintiq”s, and iPad Pros and a long list of software apps that allow you to create art. With the virtual reality world ever-expanding, digital art will have more and more avenues for being displayed. 

I personally use apps such as ArtRageAdobe SketchProcreate and Adobe Draw to create fine art and illustrations. It is easy to mix multiple digital mediums of painting such as oil, acrylic, watercolor, ink, pastel, etc to get the effect that we want. Ability to add layers and control their transparency, undo, redo and all conveniences of working digitally, are also provided by the apps. Sometimes this ability to do anything is bad for real art. Constraints are necessary for good work.

Digital Landscape Painting

The tactile experience

The charm of painting with a real brush on real canvas is still unmatched. The tactile experience of art-making is still not available in the digital world. With technological advances, this gap will become narrower in the future for sure. In all likelihood, this proliferation of digital art will make real and physical art even more precious. 

Digital Abstract Painting

 As artists, we have to keep up with new art technology. At the same time, we have to have our feet grounded in real art that can be touched by hand. 

What’s your take on this? I look forward to reading your thoughts in the comments section.

Keep making art,
Mandar