Art Streams From Your Finger Tips – Flowpaper Review
Digital art is not only great, due to that beautiful undo button, but it allows you to create amazing images that are usually restricted by technical abilities, as well as limits of the physical world. With Flowpaper, for iOS devices, technical abilities and limits of the physical world are completely stripped away, due to it’s ability to create seemingly complex looking modern-abstract art, with just a few movements of a fingertip. With a price tag of only .99 cents, how far can this flow go?
– Flow of brush strokes fluctuate by speed and direction.
– Create complex looking drawings with ease.
– Twenty pre-made brushes to choose from.
– Control expansion, density and roundness of brush.
– Customizable background colors, as well as import your own photos to draw on.
– Customizable brush pallet colors.
– Save your creations in either Normal (640×1136) or High-Res (2307×4096).
– Compatible with Pencil and Pogo Bluetooth stylus.
– Square aspect ratio on iPad only.
– Eraser’s typical, round, hard edge brush is counter-intuitive to flow.
– Continuous Flow Upgrade is an additional $.99.
– Brushes essentially all look the same (flowing mesh look).
– No layers or blending modes.
– No Transparent Backgrounds.
One of my favorite things to do when I’m bored, is to search through the depths of the AppStore, going from “related app” to “related app. This is exactly how I came across: Flowpaper. Instantly, I was hypnotized by drawing with this app, watching the unraveling complexity of each stroke, it’s pretty much like drawing with magic. I ended up making some wicked looking backgrounds for my iPad. I do find the iPad version much more fulfilling, cause drawing on the iPhone is only a quarter of the experience. There is a few things that are underwhelming however. First, is the inability to create multiple layers or have mixing modes. This is a bummer, cause when you want to implement the flow into a photo, it looks unnaturally like a swirly design on top a photo. The layers and mixing modes would also be great to layer up and mix flows together, making more possibilities. My usual work-around is to draw on a white or black background and toss it in Photoshop to mix. The eraser tool would’ve been a good implementation, but the circle hard edge brush just doesn’t look right. The best way to use the eraser is to make the eraser huge, so it looks a bit more natural. Also, the extra purchase of the “Continuous Flow Upgrade”, which cost just as much as the app itself. And my final hiccup, which is the lack of variety to what you can create with the app, due to the brushes only creating the “unraveling mesh look”. This limits the look of what you can create with the app to mostly modern looking application. Besides, these things it is a very cool app, which is fun to play, experiment and create with. I’m mostly just greedy with my 99 cents.
A great tool to create modern-looking designs and explore your creativity. Biggest downside is there’s not a lot of different things you can create besides modern-looking wave like things. If you have a spate 99 cents, I’d recommend checking it out, especially for iPad owners.
- Final Rating:
- Each Stroke Unravels with Complexity.
- Save your creations in High-Res (2307x4096).
- No layers or blending modes
- Style of art is limited to modern-wave looking things.