Design Friday. Artrage for the iPad.

About a month ago my friend Tim turned me on to yet another painting application for the iPad, Artrage HD. I checked it out and bought it for the special intro price of $1.99. After installing it, I played with it some, but never gave it a full chance, because I never spent enough time with it.

Last night I sat down and finally gave the app some real hands on time and spent a couple of hours actually painting with it, getting to know the UI, and really checking out what this tool can do. The thing for me that separates this app, from others like “Sketch Up” is the look of the natural media tools it uses to resemble real paint. The mediums in its arsenal have better textures and look more like real paint, crayons, and pastels. It reminds me of the desktop application “Painter” from Corel.

ArtRage provides that satisfying experience of actually painting. It provides oil paints that smear and blend on the canvas, watercolor strokes that merge to create soft, wet blends, and each different tool and medium interacts on your iPad screen the way it would if  you were painting with traditional tools in the art studio.

The iPad user interface is well thought out and allows artists of all levels to unleash their creativity and to spontaneously draw, sketch, and paint on the iPad in a wide range of artistic styles.

Traditionally trained artists will readily adapt to the intuitive user interface of the iPad versions of their tools like watercolors, pencil, chalk, oils, palette knife and airbrush, as well as customizable surfaces for canvas and paper. Because of this everyone can feel comfortable getting started with painting and drawing using   familiar tools that look and feel like they should. Anything you create on your iPad is interchangeable with the desktop version of the Artrage application, and your files can be exported directly to your camera roll or shared on a variety of social networks.

One of the things I really like about this program is, it allows me to paint and draw in a loose fluid style, or really tighten things up if needed.