Interesting Video From Sky News About David Hockney’s Use of an iPad to Make His Latest Exhibition

David Hockney, who has always widely experimented with different mediums for making art is exhibiting his latest work. The exhibition is at London’s Royal Academy of Art and runs till April 9th, 2012.

Here’s the link to the Huffington Post piece on the exhibition.


3 thoughts on “Interesting Video From Sky News About David Hockney’s Use of an iPad to Make His Latest Exhibition”

  1. VERY interesting. Two questions:
    1. What is the App he is using? What’s the name, if anyone knows. I want to download it.
    2. The HuffPo article has a video showing Hockney using the iPad but with a stylus or pen. What’s up with that? I didn’t realize one could do that. Is that related to the app he uses?
    Curious minds want to know!


    1. I can’t tell which app from the video but it could be ArtRage or similar.

      There are a lot of stylus designs for the iPad. Because of the touch type they tend to have a larger “head” than we have on something like a Wacom. There are also the beginnings of pressure sensitivity appearing in them. This requires that they use Bluetooth or such to feed the pressure data to the app and so use a special SDK for the apps to be able to read this information.

  2. Hmmm… I just Googled and found in Quora someone saying Hockney uses an app called “Brushes”. And checked the App Store and there it is: $7.99 USD (for iPad – $4.99 for iPhone). And they don’t mention Hockney, but they do say “used to create 4 different New Yorker covers!”. But like you say, Wayne, there are others, too, and at all different prices. There’s one called “ArtStudio for iPad” ($2.99) that looks like the ticket for altering photos, which is more what I”m interested in.

    Will have to investigate the stylus situation. I can see that giving a lot more control than my fat fingers.

    Thanks for response!

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