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Price Drops – Inspire Pro iPad Painting App on Sale for 99 Cents Today Only

Inspire Pro for iPad

Inspire Pro is one of the leading, and most critically acclaimed painting apps for the iPad. It’s on sale at just $0.99 (down from its regular price of $7.99) for today only to mark Renoir’s birthday.

Here’s a little of its App Store intro and just a few of its notable features:

Try Inspire Pro and you will quickly see that it is a painting app like no other! The key feature is the simulation of wet oil paint on canvas, allowing amazing blending effects with five real kinds of brushes. You will be stunned by what you can do with a dry brush!
Inspire Pro is not a Photoshop clone. It does NOT have layers or a large number of brushes. It does, however, have the BEST color blending capability on the App Store. Whether you’re a beginner, expert, or somewhere in between, you will enjoy the simplicity and power of Inspire Pro.

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Cool Things: Stop-Motion Video Created with Brushes App for iPad

Really great video – fun and clever and made even more so when you hear about how it was done with the Brushes app for iPad by Shawn Harris, aka Maniac.

Here’s his rundown of how this was created:

I illustrated this video for "Thank Each Mistake" using the Brushes app for iPad. I heard about it through Jorge Colombo’s New Yorker covers, but for me, the best media for this technique wasn’t print, but video! By taking advantage of the actions playback feature, and by using a brushes viewer application for my Mac, I found I could export my painting as a quicktime movie. The app isn’t designed for animation, but the playback feature, which records each brush-stroke as a separate frame, lends itself to a coarse morphy style of stop-motion fingerpainting, if you can manage to be deliberate enough about not lifting your finger from the painting… Thanks also to BLU, whose wall animations helped inspire the technique.

I’ve always thought the recording of strokes within Brushes was a pretty incredible feature, but I’d never seen it put to this sort of use before. Well done Mr. Harris.

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iPad Apps I Want to See: Brushes

Brushes app on iPad

Brushes – the superb painting app for the iPhone – is not one that I use myself, or one that I ever will.  That’s only because I am utterly useless at drawing and art in general though – incapable of even drawing a stick figure that looks anything like a stick figure.

I enjoy art though, and have found over the last several months that I’m a huge fan of art created on the iPhone – as many established and even renowned artists round the world have taken up creating work on the iPhone, and in particular with the Brushes app.

Wonderful and amazing art has been created on the iPhone by people like David Hockney, probably Britain’s most celebrated living artist; Jorge Columbo, whose New York cityscape created with Brushes graced the cover of The New Yorker magazine last year; and many, many others.  For more examples of the stunning iPhone art being created with Brushes, see my post over at my iPhone blog site:


My impression from talking with several prolific iPhone artists and following their comments online is that there is enormous enthusiasm for the iPad.  I believe it will become an incredible mobile canvas for their creations, and will lead to even more brilliant artwork.  I can’t wait to see this work.

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