An iPad stylus is like a little umbrella in your piña colada. You don’t need one. But it’s a nice extra.
The Nomad Compose is different from every other stylus I’ve tried in that it doesn’t mimic the feel of a pen or a pencil, but rather a paintbrush--it has real bristles, blending natural and synthetic fibers. I tested the Dual Tip Long version, which has a 0.7-inch brush tip on one end, and a much shorter 0.05-inch “glide bevel tip” on the other. The bevel tip is made of the same brush material, but its beveled shape mimics the feel of classic styluses you may be used to. It works for drawing lines as well as tapping buttons in iOS apps.
Boy, those new iPads sure are hot stuff, huh? Hot selling items that seriously get hot when you use them. Apparently Retina Display does come with its prices, and all those pixels generate a lot of heat. So, there's plenty of heat where Cupertino is concerned.
Apple’s new iPhoto for iOS may be just the thing you’re looking for to sprinkle fairy dust magic across your digital images, but you’ll still have to do some of the heavy lifting yourself, particularly when using the brush tools. Here’s what you can do -- and how to get started using them on your own iPad 2 or new iPad.
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.
So you couldn't make it to Comic-Con to see our booth? That's okay. We brought the action to you! Check out artist Stephane Kardos, who spent Friday and Saturday of Comic-Con doing live demonstrations of his iPad 2 art. Every picture you see here is of a Con attendee. Maybe you'll see yourself in one of his illustrations? Click through the gallery for a look at some of his drawings.
When Steve Jobs & Co. called the iPad magical and revolutionary, they didn't just mean what you could do on the device, but what you could do with the device -- as well as how it could inspire you. Much like Picasso signed his name in the air using slow motion photography, others are finding the big canvas of the iPad an interesting light source for illustration. It's completely otherworldly to watch.
Brushes iPad Edition ($9.99) is the large-screen version of the iPhone app Brushes, a painting app that's sophisticated enough to have created cover art for The New Yorker. And with the 11 built-in brush effects and easy-to-use color picker, you can create some eye-catching art too.