Review: ArtRage for iPad, Sure Beats Smearing Paint On Your iPad

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ArtRage for iPad

Have you ever tried smearing oil colors and maybe some nice water based paints all over your iPad screen?  It used to be if you wanted to make a legitimate painting on your iPad, this was your only option.  Of  course, there was one small drawback to this approach – completely trashing your iPad.

Now it looks like there may be a better solution to creating paintings on your iPad – ArtRage for iPad.  ArtRage is an iPad app that lets you become a mobile digital artist by providing the experience of actually “painting” digitally on an iPad canvas with oil paints that smear and blend, and watercolors that flow together to create soft, wet gradations, just as they would in a traditional art studio.

ArtRage  Turns Your iPad Into A Piece of Canvas

There are no shortage of painting and drawing apps for the iPad.   The problem is most of the programs are digital painting programs where you virtually draw on your screen and your painting looks like, well, it was computer drawn on a computer screen.

ArtRage for iPad takes a completely different approach to digital painting.  ArtRage treats your painting exactly like a real painting, done on a real piece of canvas.  This means that paint has real texture and blends, mixes and smears as it would in a real art studio.

The best way to appreciate ArtRage is to take a look at some samples that artists have created with the app…

Artrage Sample 1

Artist David Kassan - Painting Jasmine Commerce. Click To Enlarge

ArtRage Sample 2

Happy Valentine's Day by Bo Paweena. Click to Enlarge

As you can see, these images have incredible texture and blending.

How Does ArtRage Make Your Paintings Look Like…Well, Paintings?

Art RageThe image on the left shows the interface of ArtRage.  As you can see, you have all the tools that an artist would have in her studio.  Using ArtRage is extremely easy – you simply select a tool to paint with and then use your finger to paint.

When you begin painting you will immediately see what makes ArtRage special.  Paints blend, smear and lump and you can even pick the type of canvas you want to work with.

There is some sophisticated technology going on behind the scenes in this app.  When you paint on the screen, the app is calculating how wet the paint is, how thick it is, how it mixes and how reflective it is.   Thankfully all this technology is hidden to the user, you just need to concentrate on painting.

You can start with a blank canvas or load a photo as your canvas.  It was fun to load in pictures of the kids and then smear and blend the paint in the photos.

You can also pin a photo to the canvas and paint what you see in the photo.  This is great way to get inspiration for a painting you are working on.

Will ArtRage Make Me a Great Artist?

No!  Just as a set of tools does not make you a carpenter, ArtRage will not make you an artist.  As I learned from testing ArtRage, real painting takes skill – a skill I do not posses.  That being said, I still had a lot of fun attempting to make art.  If you do ever manage to create a piece of art worth sharing you can export the image as a jpg and share via email.

Conclusion:  ArtRage for iPad

If you have any interest and/or skills when it comes to painting, you will love ArtRage.  The interface is well done and the app makes use of multi-touch gestures on the iPad.   The art you create with ArtRage actually looks like art – not a computer image.  Painting with your fingers on the screen feels very natural, especially when you are smearing paints together.  As an added bonus, you get to play with paint and not spend the next week trying to get dried paint out from under your fingernails.

ArtRage for iPad Gets 4 D’s (scale of 1 to 5) -

4 D Rating - Well Done

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ArtRage for iPad sells for $6.99 at iTunes

FULL DISCLOSURE: We received ArtRage for iPad to review. We received no money for doing this review and receive nothing if you do decide to buy ArtRage. If you become a famous artist after using ArtRage, how about you send us some of your art work so we can sell it on eBay.   This is a real review, by a real Dad (and his kids)!

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