iPad Applications

The ArtRage Motor Sports Series 13.

With the posting of this classic Jaguar, this little project is done. The Jag marks the end of a baker’s dozen. Since my vacation ends today, I’m not sure I’ll have time to work on any more of these for a while.

I am in the process of putting together a how to post on the way I created the series, from sketches to final art. As soon as I get it edited and compiled I’ll post it. In addition to this post, all 13 images will now have their own page look for a page addition in the menu at the top.

The ArtRage Motor Sports Series 12

This little series of digital paintings made with ArtRage for the iPad is coming to an end. I have. Vintage 60’s Jag, and the Brabham Martini F1 started. I hope to finish by January 1, but realistically it might not happen. Each one of these take quite a bit of time to research, sketch, create the detail drawing, and then paint out, so if the Brabham isn’t done by the end of the month I hope you’ll understand.

Today’s ArtRage Motor Sports auto is a classic early 60’s Ferrari, in non-Ferrari colors.

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The ArtRage Motor Sports Series Number 10.

Here we have the tenth in the series. The 1955 Mercedes Benz W196 Monoposto Formula One Car. I’m stopping the series at the end of December so I’ll probably only get two more completed before then. I have an Alfa in the works, and the infamous 1975 Brabham  Martini Formula 1 car.

The ArtRage Motor Sports Series Number 9.

As I go through the process of creating these images, I’m struggling between two styles. Loose and painterly, vs tight and controlled with a ton of detail. I have to admit, I like the looser, more painterly look, but I’m also drawn to the accuracy and detail of the other… I need to find a middle ground. This illustration of a late 1950’s Porsche Spider might be a start. Only time and practice will tell.

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The ArtRage Motor Sports Series Number 8.

The last post in this series was of Wolfgang von Trips, in a late 1950’s Ferrari. In the post I talked a bit about the book “The Limit” and it’s focus on the rivalry between fellow teammates von Trips and American Phil Hill. This is an image of Hill from the same period. I felt it was fitting to have the drivers in similar era cars, since they were friends as well as rivals on team Ferrari.

In 1961 Phil Hill won the Monza Grand Prix, the first Grand Prix win for an American driver in nearly forty years. In the same race his rival and friend Wolfgang von Trips was killed in a violent accident that claimed the lives of 14 spectators as well. The victory for Hill was bittersweet, and two years later he would leave Ferrari after 6 years of service to join ATS a team founded by ex Ferrari engineers. Two years later he joined the Cooper team where he lasted until 1967 when he retired from Formula 1 all together.

AppMATes from Disney. A Mobile Application Toy for the iPad

This video and product has been out for a while, but somehow it slipped under my radar. Probably because I don’t have kids, and partly because I just missed it when the RSS feed came through my reader.

AppMates from Disney is a new line of Disney toys that comes to life when paired with a corresponding   iPad application. This allows kids to use the tablet’s screen as a virtual play surface. AppMates is at first being released with toys from  Disney•Pixar Cars 2. Each car has a sensor in the base that allows the car to be recognized as unique by the iPad application. There is no need for cables, or a Bluetooth connection. Put the toy on the screen and the interaction begins. All you need to do is download Appmates from the app store, and place the toy on the screen.

What I really like about this is the way Disney has been able to blend both physical and digital products to create a seamless experience. All of which is tied into other Disney product lines which helps to extend brand reach and alternate product sales. This is the kind of product that shows you can blend physical and digital product lines. Disney score points with me is they were able to launch the product line within 90 days of the movie release. Where they lose points is, this product didn’t launch at the same time as the main Cars 2 product offering. None the less great idea and execution from Disney.