The Ipad and Art

A finger on glass……it feels smooth cold and flowing, very different from a real pencil on paper or a brush on canvas. On the digital screen there is no resistance to texture.  You do not require an oil box or palette, there is no smell of turps or oil, no mess…….! In the digital age making art is a simulation. Traditional art has  always been illusionary (e.g.creating the appearance of 3D objects on a 2D canvas), but we now have a double illusion….

Finger on glass

Through the App of your choice you can simulate rough texture, oil and  flowing water colour, harsh brush or smooth pen, 3D images on a 2D screen, while still experiencing the flow of your fingertip on flat cold glass! This “feel”remains for some time but slowly, like a pilot in a simulated cockpit, you go beyond this. The situation becomes more “real”, the character of the digital pencil, the digital brush, the texture of the digital paper becomes more “real”. This is your brain at work, focusing your attention on the potential and performance of the App and inhibiting or diminishing those parts of the task that are less relevant. Eventually, with practice, your favourite Apps will reward you. A finger on glass  becomes an acceptable way to produce and print traditional artworks and drawings. It does not replace the real thing but in my view is an excellent way to gain more experience, to practice drawing, to sharpen perception, to learn composition etc. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!


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