A Thousand and One Uses
Space Saving - This ties into my last topic. After much trepidation, I've been converting all of my text novels into digital. The iPad allows you to use Nook, iBooks, and Kindle, which makes it the most flexible ebook reader out there. I still keep physical artbooks because there is just nothing that beats the presence oversized printing has. Still, I ran out of bookshelf space long ago and replacing the space my novels took up with artbooks has been an easier trade-off than I thought with the advantages digitized books give me in reference tagging my novels.
Not to mention, I have since retired showing my little Itoya portfolio to folks at cons. The glare on the plastic pages was always annoying, as well as the scratches that built up on the pages over time. Now, I just whip out my iPad and let the viewer control the flow. When I want to add new work, I just download it instead of having to print it out and add it to the physical book.
I've also seen some really cool trends with people publishing their Tarot decks digitally. Check out Stephanie Pui-Mun Law's beautiful deck app to see what I mean. What an amazing way to publish your work (especially if it's a card deck)! I can imagine interactive sketchbooks done in a similar vein. Click the finished painting to see video of the works-in-progress or hear the artist talk about their inspiration for the piece.
|My portfolio on the iPad using Portfolio for iPad. |
App review forthcoming!
At Home - The iPad also serves as a portable music and movie viewer when I'm cooking or cleaning house. It's also my recipe database, which allows me to consolidate my cook books since we do not have too much excess space in our apartment.
My Favorite Art Apps for iPad
Color ViewFinder - Point your camera and capture the colors in the viewfinder. You can then save the palette with hex codes. Best of all, this app is free!
Disney Animated - A bit hefty in the price tag, but when you consider the fact you're getting so much info in one place, it is well worth it! There's everything from visual development on every major Disney feature to concept art and a timeline of Disney Animation. I supremely enjoyed the color 'barcodes' of all the major feature films all put into a timeline by year. It's Disney art at its best, meaning endless inspiration for any kind of artist and storyteller!
Other Cool Things?I haven't had the chance to utilize the iPad as a digital sketchbook much. The glare from the screen in sunlight is pretty harsh, though the new Wacom stylus tempts me so! Do you guys have any other tips for using the iPad this way? App recommendations? etc.?
Any other cool things I should know about? I'd love to hear your thoughts! The iPad makes me squee with the potential it has to enrich the lives and marketing potential of artists everywhere. I must know all the things about it!