Sept. 28 marks this year's Museum Day, an event during which participating museums open their doors to the public for free to anyone presenting a promotional ticket. While we fully encourage you to appreciate the arts in person and support your local institutions, we know it might not be easy to do so. If you can't fit a visit to the museum into your schedule, these eight great apps offer simulated trips to some of the most amazing exhibits all around the world. If you can't experience Museum Day in person, or simply wish to extend your exposure to the arts, be sure to slot them into your download queue.
Limbo begins in darkness and near silence and doesn't stray much from either over the course of the side-scrolling adventure. It also doesn't feature any text beyond the menu screen and credits, save for a gargantuan neon hotel sign that punctuates the quest, nor does it mention the controls or detail any of the puzzle mechanics you'll encounter along the way. What could feel aimless is instead thoroughly gripping, as Limbo's brilliant and atmospheric quest makes exploring the unknown feel thrilling, terrifying, and ultimately fulfilling.
Sometimes the simplest of activities can be loads of fun. That's the case with Face Party, a stylish and goofy app that lets you create wild and wooly pictures of monstrous pals to tweak and share. Charm ultimately wins out over substance here, but that shouldn't stop you from tinkering with terrifying tomatoes, fidgeting with mega mustachioed men, or drafting evil cat-pigs to your heart's content.
The clear leader in iOS 3D software, Autodesk delivers the most user-friendly, powerful 3D app anyone has attempted to create for the iPad in its newest offering, 123D Creature. The app was designed primarily as a tool for creating models with bilateral symmetry and limbs, as the program is primarily geared towards making the process of whipping up articulated 3D characters – not easy for anyone except the most seasoned 3D artists. But it's a process you'll pick up by actually doing it, which sets app this apart from many 3D tools.
The idea behind GMX-PhotoPainter is to transform your digital photos into vivid, artistic paintings. The app provides an array of fine-art-inspired brushes, mimicking the effects of oils, pastels, crayons, and pen and ink, and you can layer these brushes over a photo to create a unique work of art. Brushes work in a variety of modes, from automatic to user controlled, and they pick up color from the underlying photo, while you control how much of the original photo you want to see through the paint.
I feel a bit lazy picking out today's free app from the App Store's front page, but this one was too cool not to share. ArtCircles helps you discover classic and current artwork on your iPad in a dynamic way. Rather than forcing you through aisles of unrelated works, artCircles lets you pick your virtual art walk by curator (featured artists, musicians and designers), words, or colors. It's like picking out your music playlist by mood.
If you haven't yet gathered, we here at Mac|Life love Instagram. These days, it's pretty much exclusively how we take pictures--even when we're posting to Facebook and Flickr. But, despite how beautiful our photos look on our screens, we sometimes yearn for something a little more tangible. So, we print them. Luckily there are more than a just few services to print our Instagram photos. Here's how you too can print your Instagrams and turn them into beautiful works of art.
Both the iPad and iPhone are fantastic devices for displaying images. Whether you're flipping through the pages of digital magazines or simply browsing photo-heavy websites, no devices are better for putting a little visual pop in the palm of your hands. These 10 apps take great advantage of the beautiful screens of iOS devices to bring a potentially much-needed pinch of inspiration to all you visual artists out there. From interior design and painting to web design and photography, there's something for every artist in these apps.
The iPhone 4S and Android have really been taking over my brain waves lately, so I thought it might be nice to take a break and remember what it's like to get creative with Apple's products. Take Damian Kinsella, for instance. He lives in Southern California and spends a good number of time overstaying his welcome at the local Panera Bread, creating ornate portraits and works of art on his iPad.
Kinsella sketches photos of his friends, musical favorites and himself on his iPad. And he's graciously sent over a few of his sketches for your entertainment. Click through the gallery for a look at his latest work, and check out the video for a step-by-step look at his artistic process.
Software developer PopCap Games has announced that the company, beginning today at noon PST, is launching the third wave in a month-long series of online art auctions giving consumers a chance to bid on items from the PopCap vault.
The charity art auction items can be found at www.ebay.com/popcap and include nifty items like a Plants vs. Zombies Dr. Zomboss original concept sketch, a Plants vs. Zombies zombies concept sketch on canvas, a Plants vs. Zombies zombie head costume, a Plants vs. Zombies zombie DJ painting that is 6-foot-by-6-foot, a Peggle Splork concept sketch, Zuma Blitz ceramic tea cup and saucer set, a personalized sketch to be done post-auction with buyer input, and finally a Bejeweled neon blue diamond that you have to see to believe. Opening bids for ALL of these items start at just $1.00