Below are my first attempts at making art using the free “Magic Sand Classic” app (or any other apps for that matter). The name is deceptive as it really has nothing to do with any associations with sand. Even though it technically an app for the iPhone, I found it surprisingly similar to the feel of creating a charcoal drawing but also different in that the drawing generates other lines and values depending on how close in proximity your drawing marks are to the pre-existing ones… There are 6 style tools – sketchy, shaded, chrome, fur, longfur and web. These can be used in different combinations to create charcoal chiaroscuro-style drawings. Suprisingly, it is possible to very different types of tonal drawings… Finally, when you complete the drawing you have the option to save your drawing to your iPad photo album or to email them to people.
Because of advertisements that block out part of the space at the bottom of the page, it is a little limiting to make the drawings without running into the ad that blocks the field. Also, if you accidently click on the ad, you lose your drawing (which I discovered after finishing a drawing before I saved it). It would also be nice to be able to upload pre-existing images and manipulate them with this app to create mixed media drawings. There is also no way to erase sections of the app which would be great for subtractive drawing effects. Regardless, it is one of my favorite apps for making art.
If interested there are also similar apps called “Magic Sand Faster” and “A Faster Magic Sand” (costs $1.99) which incidently are iPhone apps. I am not really sure what the difference is between these apps and the classic version but I am mostly satisfied with the one I tried. Soon I will try uploading some of these drawings into Sketchbook Pro to see how I might alter them further….