Artpaper is a neat Mac app that gives you high quality art wallpapers. You’ll get a new wallpaper every day, or you can change the interval yourself, like getting a new wallpaper every day, week, 2 weeks, or month. It supports multiple displays so you can have a different wallpaper on each screen. All of the wallpapers are scanned paintings from the best museums & galleries across the world, and copyright-free. You’ll get seven packs of photos to choose from, with over 1,000 wallpapers total in the Artpaper collection. The developers wrote their story behind the app: “We hand-picked amazing artworks (copyright-free, of course) from galleries and museums all around the world. Art is something that people have been doing for ages, yet it remains quite inaccessible for most of us. We only see it in museums and galleries. So, we made a simple Mac app which would set a random work from the gallery as wallpaper, on interval. Thus, you‘d always not only see something fresh on your desktop but also be able to catch up on your art education in a very subtle way.” Mac App Store: US$9.99
A computer infested with six of the word’s most infamous viruses is being sold as an art piece called ‘The Persistence of Chaos.’ The auction has topped US$1 million.
Bidding for a laptop infected with six of the world’s most famous computer viruses—WannaCry, BlackEnergy, ILOVEYOU, MyDoom, SoBig and DarkTequila—has topped more than $1.1 million at auction. The art project, titled “The Persistence of Chaos,” is a collaboration between Chinese internet artist Guo O Dong, and Deep Instinct, a cybersecurity firm based in New York. Those six viruses have caused billions of dollars in damage worldwide.
Michael Calore’s list is a good follow up to my article of apps that put the ‘pro’ in iPad Pro. If you’re an artist, here are five drawing apps to look out for.
Whether you’re a casual scribbler or seasoned illustrator, the iPad Pro, paired with its Pencil, can be a serious artistic tool.
Charlotte Prodger has won the 2018 Turner Prize for her films shot entirely on an iPhone. The judges noted the ‘profound’ use of the device.
Every year Apple retail stores celebrate The Big Draw 2018 festival, a worldwide celebration of drawing held every October.
Apple is hosting Today at Apple sessions throughout October with professional illustrators to highlight The Big Draw. The international event runs through October 31st to get more people interested in all forms of drawing. Apple’s sessions are happening at its flagship stores in Chicago, London, Milan, New York City, and Singapore. You can sign up for the free classes at Apple’s website.
Joel Duggan from the Citadel Café podcast joins Jeff Gamet to talk about digital art, comics, his creative process, and Battlestar Galactica.
Cult of Mac brings us news of a Steve Jobs portrait created from cigarette ash. Regardless of whether you think Mr. Jobs would approve this “toxic portrait” or not (I mean, yes cigarette chemicals are toxic), I think it’s a cool and creative way to make art. I don’t think I’ve ever seen ash art before, and this image of Mr. Jobs is very well done. The artist—who goes by the name Shin—recreated the famous Albert Watson photo, with Mr. Jobs posing and resting his hand on his chin. Shin also uses food and paper cups as media. You can find more of Shin’s work on Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.
You can also find Shot on iPhone photos on Apple’s Instagram page.
Pop Culture artist Andy Warhol’s Apple logo painting is up for auction and is expected to bring in somewhere between US$20,000 and $30,000. Woodshed Art Auctions is conducting the auction with live bidding starting at 5:30 PM eastern time on February 1st. For you art aficionados considering making a bid, the piece is 8×8-inches in a 16.5×16.5-inch frame, float mounted with archive corners, no adhesives, and in good condition. Early online bids are currently at $6,500, so now you know what you have to out bid.
Here’s how to use the Google Arts & Culture app to find your museum portrait doppelgänger.
Composite images, also known as a photomontage, is a combination of photos to create a new photo.
Zach Lieberman is an artist who is exploring how to create art using iPhone ARKit. His latest creation? Recording audio in space. In the demo video, Zach makes sounds like “woosh, psh, ah, click.” After each sound, a white blob bursts into the air, and as Zach walks backward, each blob is linked to the other blobs like a audio timeline. When he walks forward again through the trail, you hear each sound playing in reverse. Zach, who helps run the School For Poetic Computation in New York City, built the demo using Simultaneous Localization And Mapping (SLAM). It uses the iPhone’s sensors and camera to create a low-res map of the room. The app records sound with the microphone, processes and visualizes it, and then maps each sound blob to a location within the room.
The service will send you artworks from SFMOMA’s collection, whether it’s in storage or currently in a gallery.
Apple Camp, which is Apple’s annual summer creative learning series for kids, is open for registration.
Looking for a Mother’s Day present? Andrew Orr found a new type of digital art decoration on the market called Meural Canvas. It’s a 27-inch screen you hang on your wall, and change the art it shows using your smartphone. You can upload your own photos to the display, and the company partners with a bunch of big-name art museums. You can choose over 30,000 paintings from Meural’s app and website.
Art is all around us and can show up in the most amazing places, including the electromagnetic fields from our smartphones. Luis Hernan used that idea to turn Wi-Fi signals from smartphones into light painting, and it’s awesome to see. He uses a Kirlian Device to track Wi-Fi signal strength and long exposure photography to capture his images which look like colorful webs of light spun into everyday scenes. You can check out his beautiful work at the Digital Ethereal website.