When one thinks of today’s typical modern art, the pieces included often seem like a child’s finger paint creations. Just grab a paint brush, splatter a few specks of color on a canvas or draw a few lines and suddenly you’ve got a masterpiece. Well, if masterpiece is what you want, then masterpiece is what you shall get when you try out CosmicPainter by Schmid Dornbierer. With CosmicPainter, users can draw as with any art application, adding a spin and a bounce that recreates that splattered, squiggly effect of the greatest pieces known to the modern art scene.
When you begin, the introductory screen will prompt you to start a new drawing with one of the preset settings: Classical Rotation, Scrolling Motion or Simple Drawing. Classical Rotation acts as a spirograph, causing all the lines you draw to spin in a circle. Scrolling Motion causes a bunch of dots to bounce across your screen, like hyperactive confetti strewn in all directions. Simple Drawing, of course, allows you to draw as if using a typical drawing application.
Below, the Documentation button provides a guide on how to use each and every icon available (Tools, Brushes, Colors, Motion, Fill, and Files). You will find these categories within the bottom navigation bar on your drawing page. Simply tap on the category to learn what each of its specific icons indicates. And, if you ever need a refresher, simply return to this screen by tapping the question mark icon you will find in the bottom right corner of the navigation bar on the drawing screen. (This question mark will also be your ticket to starting a new piece.)
From here, users can create moving pieces of artwork (as in they literally move). Use the basic black background or fill it with any color of your choosing. Draw using lines or dots, changing their color and opacity as you see fit. And, if you like what you’ve made, save it using the Files button. Just make sure not to slow your creations’ speed down too much, or you’ll start questioning your artistic talent when you see nothing but blobs and squiggles all over the page!
CosmicPainter [iTunes Link] requires iPhone OS 3.2 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.