The runaway success of Draw Something
has empowered even those whose drawing skills never advanced beyond connect-the-dots to feel like real artists. Though the novelty of competitive smartphone sketching is wearing off
, the use of tablet technology as a creative canvas is not—a phenomenon that can be attributed to mounting interest in merging digital media with high touch nostalgia
. As such, consumers are seeking apps and tools that mimic fine art.
One of the most common complaints about tablet computers is that their touchscreen keyboards make real note-taking impractical. Now, Paper
, an iOS app
introduced this spring by design studio FiftyThree
, is bestowing upon iPad owners a more effective, and elegant, way to take notes and a more appealing mode of reading them. The virtual sketchpad allows users to scrawl, draw, color, shade, and paint—all previously undervalued approaches to capturing a meeting, lecture or brainstorm. Devotees of the app are finding that it so inspiring that they’re jotting down their ideas in more insightful, mentally stimulating ways
Sensu: TSA regulations
make it nearly impossible to sneak art supplies through baggage inspection, yet for painterly travelers yearning to document an exceptional destination, not even the psychedelic saturation of an Instagram
filter can capture the surrealist beauty of a canvas layered in pigment. Those who own an iPad, however, can put their brushstrokes to use, thanks to any of the many painting apps available
. One, Kickstarter-funded Sensu
, is a stylus developed for capacitive devices which realistically simulates the strength, flexibility and resistance of an actual paintbrush. At the crux of the portable accessory is synthetic brush hair that’s infused with conductive properties…a technology originally conceived for makeup artistry.