When you enter the App Store in search of suitable drawing apps for painting and drawing you can easily spend hours scouring the myriad descriptions of these apps. We will save you some time in that venture and dedicate this blog post to artists who have carved a niche for themselves in creations of digital art on the iPad and who are tremendously successful.
Over the past years an increasing number of artists, graphic designers and calligraphers have taken advantage of the artistic potential of the iPad and have realized an amazing array of astonishing works of art. The migration from brush and painter’s palette to the digital studio goes hand in hand with an increase in productivity and mobility for the visual arts. We have selected the top 7 iPad artists for you and we tell you which drawing apps they used for their masterpieces.
|Stefan de Groot||1||The Dutch illustrator and the children’s books||ProCreate|
|Eric Merced||2||A Cartoonist, Marvel and DC||ProCreate|
|Jorge Colombo||3||The New Yorker Illustrator and the art apps – since 2009||SketchBook, ProCreate|
|Mike Henry||4||Zatransis – designer and illustrator for the gaming world||ProCreate|
|Kyle Lambert||6||Kyle Lambert and the L.A. movie industry||ProCreate|
|David Hockney||5||Master Hockney and the bigger picture||Brushes|
|Jaime Sanjuan||7||The most gifted fingerpainter in digital arts||ProCreate|
|Sam Gilbey||8||From Sony Playstation, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to Twitter||ProCreate|
|Robert Generette III||9||Rob Zilla and the NBA||Adobe Illustration Draw|
|Seikou Yamaoka||10||Yamaoka and the great works of art history||ArtStudio|
|David Kassan||11||A live portrait painter and great artist||Brushes|
1. Stefan de Groot
“The Dutch illustrator and the children’s books”
Stefan de Groot, also known as Stayf Draws, his YouTube pseudonym, is an artist from the Netherlands, who has dedicated over twenty years to his passion, painting. For the past year, he has been using Apple Pencil and iPad Pro. Recently, he has been invited by Apple to host a public store event with the objective to introduce drawing apps like ProCreate together with Apple Pencil and iPad Pro to a broader audience.
Meanwhile he has converted to realizing most of his drawings with ProCreate and the majority of his animations with Moho and Adobe Flash. In addition to workshops for analog drawing he also uploads tutorials for drawing and animating on YouTube. It was on YouTube where we discovered his impressive illustrations. His current project, the children’s book “Cubby the Lion“ will be published as an animated e-book. All of his video tutorials are available on iBooks.
2. Eric Merced
“A Cartoonist, Marvel and DC”
Eric Merced is a young, fully immersed American cartoonist. His passion for cartoons and his prolific youth which he dedicated fully to drawing brought the artist to his enviable position and his many successes. Among others, he got to work as a professional Illustrator for Marvel and DC, the creators of Spiderman, Batman, the Incredible Hulk and many other cult figures. As most artists did, he started out with analog paper and pencil drawings. The technological advances in digital art software and hardware over the past years have allowed him to completely migrate his work to iPad Pro, Apple Pencil and several drawing apps. Eric Merced even designs custom brushes for ProCreate. He posts video tutorials regularly on his You Tube channel.
3. Jorge Colombo
“The New Yorker Illustrator and the Drawing apps – since 2009”
The Portuguese graphic designer, illustrator and photographer Jorge Colombo, a New York City resident since 1998, has been illustrating and drawing for big names in the magazine and newspaper industry for over 30 years. Until 2009 he focused his art around ink and watercolor pencils, but as soon as the first art drawing apps for iPhone and iPad was launched he experienced a paradigm shift and started pioneering in this media with his celebrated digital finger painting techniques. His digital finger paintings are available in high gloss prints.
The release of Apple Pencil and iPad Pro, as well as dozens of professional drawing apps in 2015 created an entirely reinvented basis for digital drawing. The cover of the January edition of “The New Yorker“ was the first cover ever created exclusively by Apple Pencil and the art app ProCreate.
4. Mike Henry
“Zatransis – designer and illustrator for the gaming world”
Mike Henry ist another artist who has embraced digital art and exclusively draws and illustrates with the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil. He works at a German software company and designs characters, gameplay and layouts for browser games. Under his pseudonym Zatransis he portrays his creations in PDF-image collections not only to present his own works of art but also to provide inspiration to others. Most recently he has started to post some excellent video tutorials about drawing on the iPad on YouTube under his real name Mike Henry.
5. David Hockney
“Master Hockney and the bigger picture”
David Hockney has been a celebrated artist in watercolors for decades and his series of pool pictures as well as his masterpiece “A bigger splash“ (1967) brought him worldwide recognition. His artistic endeavors on the iPad which he has been embarking on since 2011 stirred great curiosity in the art world.
His series “The Arrival of Spring“ is an impressive testimony to the possibilities that the iPad and the art app Brushes puts at your disposal. While he initially drew his pictures with his finger on his iPhone, now he uses the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil to capture his volume speaking Hockney stills digitally.
6. Kyle Lambert
“Kyle Lambert and the L.A. movie industry”
The British national Kyle Lambert is making a very impressive career for himself. More than a decade ago, Kyle Lambert studied to paint in oils but the revolutionary advancements of technology in the arena of digital art captured his interest and over time he migrated from analog to digital art. His pioneering role in using the iPad to sketch and eventually to realize entire paintings harvested international acclaim.
Initially, he used his fingers, but he eventually found tools that met his demand, especially with the launch of the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil. The U.S. movie industry soon became aware of the young talent and hired him for TV- and movie productions such as Star Trek and Super 8. Meanwhile, Kyle Lambert has become a resident of L.A. and he is unquestionable one of the leaders in iPad Pro art. He created the official cover for the new Netflix original series Stranger Things exclusively on his iPad Pro.
7. Jaime Sanjuan
“The most gifted fingerpainter in digital arts”
Hard to believe that the picture above was created entirely by finger painting on the art app ProCreate! Everything, from the tablecloth to the detail of the drop – without Apple Pencil. The artist who created this masterpiece called Tempus is Jaime Sanjuan. He created this painting in a mere 100 hours! Currently, Jaime Sanjuan is working on his master thesis about fine arts and new technologies at the University of Saragossa. He has won numerous international award for his creations. He calls his signature blend of oil tools and iPad Pro “Digital Oils”.
8. Sam Gilbey
“From Sony Playstation, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to Twitter“
Sam Gilbey, a London-born Designer and Star Wars fan, is an outstanding illustrator in the field of digital art. So he got nicknamed “Sensational Sam” by “Luke Skywalker” Mark Hamill. The directors Quentin Tarentino and Edgar Wright are also part of his growing fan base. Gilbey has been doing his drawings since 2004 on various graphic tablets, as well as on the iPad Pro with Drawing Apps like ProCreate. His works have already been used in countless newspapers, magazines, comics, video games, movies and television. Whether for Sony Playstation, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie or Twitter, Sam Gilbeys art is admired by the audience. Since 2013, Gilbey has been touring through art exhibitions in the US, where he has lectured on digital arts.
9. Robert Generette III
“Rob Zilla and the NBA“
Robert Generette III is a real exception on the iPad Pro. The high school teacher from Maryland teaches photography and art, but he draws and paints since the age of three. Through his countless digital drawings in the area of urban culture and sport, the NBA finally became aware of him and engaged him to several projects.
Therefore Generette aka Rob Zilla illustrated the teams of the Oakland Warriors and Washington Wizards on the iPad Pro. Generette didn’t limit himself to simple portraits, but showed each player in action and movement.
Generette started with Adobe Illustration on the MacBook and changed from 2011 to the iPad and the drawing apps SketchBook and Adobe Illustration Draw. His sport illustrations are not only about Basketball, but also about Baseball and Soccer teams and players.
10. Seikou Yamaoka
“Yamaoka and the great works of art history“
Yamaoka is a gifted fingerpainter who has received much praise and recognition through his digital water drawings. The Japanese-born artist and office worker began to make fingerpaintings on the iPhone and later switched to the iPad mini. When the first of his drawings and videos were uploaded to the Internet, the young iPad art scene was in a bright turmoil, because Yamaoka also paints the great works of art history deceptively real by finger and iPad. According to his own statement, he produces most of his works on his way back home and uses drawing apps like ArtStudio to this day.
11. David Kassan
“A live portrait painter and great artist“
David Kassan is a world-famous artist who hasn’t limited his art to the iPad, but appreciated digital drawing over the years. His hyperreal live portrait sessions are known scene wide. With the help of the Brushes app, he sketched and painted people in meaningful and thoughtful poses. Just like David Hockney, Kassan is an artist who has not completely departed from the analog art, but rather sees the iPad as an extension of artistic work. Kassan draws the majority of his portraits with his finger.