One of the things I’ve been enjoying on my Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is that it isn’t just a PDA with a stylus and handwriting recognition – it’s a pressure sensitive drawing tablet. It’s turned out to be not only a phone, but also a relaxing, creative outlet that is both fun and practical, in spite of its relatively small screen. It’s about the size of a very small sketchbook, but unlike a sketchbook, you can zoom in and do very delicate, detailed drawings easily – or erase them with a click and start over.
Over the holidays, I downloaded (and bought full, paid versions of) several art apps:
- Corel Painter Mobile
- Autodesk Sketchbook
I was impressed with all the features each included for the price – just a few dollars for the whole program, in most cases! I haven’t yet decided which are my favorites, but each has its quirks and advantages. I’ll leave it to real artists to write reviews; I simply enjoy playing with them all.
Most of them can do layers, mixed media, textured canvas, and more. Not all can do photomanipulation – some, like ArtRage, appear to be strictly for original sketches, drawings, and paintings. Corel Painter Mobile is good for tracing and manipulating existing images.
ArtRage has some nice “metallic” and textured effects:
Very shiny! And this one was fun:
Sea creature? Cotton candy? Tasty alien hybrid? I think that ArtRage has some of the more dramatic colors and textures, but that’s not to say you always need so much drama.
I decided to follow along on Alice Gerard’s “Draw a snow human: beginner art lesson” using Autodesk Sketchbook, and came up with this:
Almost looks like I did it in pencil, doesn’t it?
With apps for DeviantArt and PEN.UP, I can share my creations and be laughed at in 26 languages. (I’m totally kidding; so far everyone’s been very nice about my dabbling and experimenting. I guess they were young, once, too.) What about you? What are your favorite creative outlets?
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