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Pixelmash 2020 takes pixel editing to the next level!

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Aug 02,2020

Pixel art is having something of a renaissance. A throwback to vintage arcade games such as Pacman and Space Invaders, a whole new generation of digital artists are seeking to recreate some of the beauty of this 8-bit universe. In an age of high definition televisions and 50 megapixel camera sensors, pixel art seeks to take things back to where it all began, one pixel at a time...

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The best iPad digital art apps for each discipline!

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Jul 19,2020

Check out the best iPad Apps for every discipline of drawing... 

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Launch date confirmed for Design Museum’s electro-themed exhibition!

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Jul 12,2020

As lockdown measures are progressively eased across the country, digital design fans will be pleased to hear an eagerly awaited exhibition has been given an official launch date...

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Corel Painter 2021 arrives with a host of upgrades!

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Jun 30,2020

Hot on the heels of a new Adobe Creative Cloud upgrade, Corel has released its Painter 2021. Arriving with plenty of new features and improvements to get excited about...

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Adobe introduce new design tools in latest CC update!

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Jun 22,2020

In the past few decades, AI has made huge leaps in eliminating some of the more tedious aspects of digital design. It is now becoming easier and easier to achieve high quality professional results without needing to put in the manual graft - check out our latest blog on the new deign tools that Adobe has introduced in its latest CC update... 

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Art lovers unite to break Guinness World Record!!

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Jun 14,2020

Despite the Covid-19 enforced lockdown and social distancing measures, people around the world have been uniting in clever and creative ways. And it doesn’t get any more amazing than the followers of #DrawWithRob, a hugely popular online drawing class, which brought thousands of people together to participate in an award-winning art lesson...

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Best online classes for aspiring digital artists..!

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Jun 06,2020

Whether honing a skill, or making tentative steps towards learning one, the Covid-19 lockdown has seen many taking their hobbies to the next level. With plenty of free time to spare, creative-minded people around the world have been creating and sharing their work online with increased frequency. Digital art is flourishing...

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New update brings improved compatibility to Adobe’s Premier Pro...

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May 30,2020

Final Cut or Premier Pro? This is the age-old battle between two competing video editing tools, each with their own die-hard core of fanatics, ready to battle tooth and nail for supremacy...

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Top digital art apps for mindfulness...

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May 16,2020

In the past decade, mindfulness meditation has become an internationally recognised method of coping with stress and anxiety. The idea of simply sitting and focusing on one activity, simple as it sounds, is proving hugely beneficial for people wishing to relax amid the noise of everyday life.  Check out our blog on the best digital art apps for this state... 

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‘Home’ is the new must-visit virtual gallery for digital art enthusiasts

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May 09,2020

For culture lovers, one major consolation of this coronavirus lockdown is the widespread digitalising of art exhibitions. Worldwide social distancing restrictions have proved the catalyst for a process that has been in the works for decades...

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Digital art project delivers a digital round of applause for healthcare workers!

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Apr 26,2020

All around the world, people have been standing out on their balconies or leaning out of windows showing their appreciation for healthcare workers on the frontline battling Covid-19. In a new project started by Buda.TV animation studio and motion designer Gabriel Murgue, this tradition has spread to the world of digital art...

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Digital artists come together for Adobe’s ‘Honor Heroes’ campaign

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Apr 19,2020

A smiling woman emerges from a sanitised teal background, as a pyramidal shaft of light emanates from her proud expression...

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Artist channels famous artworks in social distancing awareness campaign!

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Apr 10,2020

What would the Mona Lisa look like in the age of Coronavirus? Or Da Vinci's Last Supper?

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Ways to get your art fix during a Coronavirus lockdown!

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Mar 24,2020

As social distancing measures begin to be introduced in major cities across the world due to the Covid-19 outbreak, many are looking to stock up on essentials. Canned food, soap, even stocks of toilet paper are being depleted as people look to ride out the pandemic. But what about another human essential? Art?

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This digital picture frame makes artworks come to life!

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Mar 18,2020

Ever dreamed of having the Mona Lisa on your living room wall? Or what about Van Gogh’s starry night in your bedroom? 

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Digital art campaign to improve commuter behavior!

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Mar 01,2020

The Department for Transport, UK has launched a wholesome new initiative aimed to improve the way commuters treat each other. The campaign, focused around the issues faced by disabled people, uses a series of colourful vignettes to remind commuters not to be animals, and treat their fellow human beings with patience and decency...

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Step into the world of dance music in this new groundbreaking exhibition!

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Feb 16,2020

Many enjoy scorning the demerits of dance music as an artistic genre. Claims of repetitiveness and lack of melody are often levelled, particularly by older generations, at this transgressive musical form. But an upcoming exhibition at London’s Design Museum looks set to provide a compelling counter-argument to these theories, celebrating the nightclub as a fusion of multiple artistic disciplines, and lauding the true pioneers in the field...

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New York’s hottest digital art venue channels Pantone!

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Feb 09,2020

Following last year’s opening of Manhattan-based Artechouse, the New York art scene has rapidly embraced this spectacularly immersive venue alongside its more traditional art spaces. The innovative gallery now welcomes an installation celebrating this year’s colour of the year. Pantone’s unveiling of ‘classic blue’ or PANTONE 19-4052, as their colour of choice was perhaps a shock to some from a political standpoint. 

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Tokyo 2020!

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Feb 01,2020

Tokyo 2020 is just around the corner. And while athletes and competitors at this year’s Olympics are preparing to smash their personal bests, the same competitive streak is alive and well in another arena - digital art. 

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Pantone’s 2020 colour of the year goes to…

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Dec 09,2019

It’s the Oscars, but for colour enthusiasts. Pantone’s 2020’s colour of the year is here, and it’s a surprisingly conventional choice. Classic Blue, or Pantone 19-4052 wins, and rather than being an explicit vehicle of social and environmental change, this one is at first glance comparatively neutral, and free of association. 

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Why Bordeaux’s new digital art centre is a must-visit for 2020!

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Dec 04,2019

Opening on the 17th of April next year, Bordeaux’s Bassins de Lumières art centre is poised to become one of the hottest locations for art fanatics.

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Cure your selection headaches with Adobe’s new tool!

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Nov 10,2019

Hands up designers and digital artists who use Photoshop. 

Now hands up Photoshop users who have problems making quick selections. 

If, as we expect, Smart Art readers are all sitting with their hands raised high in the air, then Adobe’s latest video upload will come as a welcome relief...

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Reimagine Shakespeare!!

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Oct 27,2019

As part of a noble bid to foster creativity in classrooms, Adobe have teamed up with the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) to bring the bard into the modern age. The project sees 5 talented UK artists and photographers creating spellbinding animations and illustrations to excite and inflame the imaginations of younger students. 

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Kristina Bold - The story behind the font!

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Oct 19,2019

With World Stroke Day approaching on the 29th of October, we wanted to tell you a heartwarming story about a font that you’ll be seeing much more of in the days and weeks to come. 

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Best laptops for designers and graphic artists 2019!

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Oct 06,2019

With the festive season approaching, there’s no better time to take stock of the latest and greatest tech gadgets. And if you already have your eye on something, now is the time to begin making hints and overtures to your loved ones. 

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Procreate 5 - The hottest drawing tool gets a revamp!

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Sep 18,2019

Since hitting the Apple Store in 2011, Procreate has been a hugely popular tool for designers and artists around the world. With a huge array of brushes and textures to use, it is easy to see why it’s one of the best selling iPad apps in recent years. And now there’s new tools to play with...

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Moleskine smart pen - the future of sketching!

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Sep 07,2019

Up until now, digital art has always struggled with one issue. How can you recreate the tactile sensations of pen on paper? Whether through graphic user interfaces or scanning technology, it has always been difficult, if not impossible, to provide the same level of immediacy between artist and canvas. With Moleskin’s latest smart pen, it is now possible to provide a real-time simulation of your pen movements...

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3 of the best Graphic Tablets for Digital Artists!

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Sep 01,2019

There has never been a better time to be a digital artist. Touch screen technology is developing at a breathtaking rate, and creatives can quickly and easily access a huge range of tools and gizmos at the click of a button.

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3 ways VR is changing the world of digital art!

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Aug 25,2019

Nothing compares to that first virtual reality experience. Whether Google Cardboard or Oculus rollercoaster while sitting in your living room is not just an emotional thrill, it marks a real turning point in how we consume digital media.

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Best Photoshop plugins for designers

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Aug 17,2019

This is why graphic designers should all look towards automation as a way of minimising the time and effort needed to get the basics right. The following Photoshop plugins are a great way of overcoming the tedium of intricate manual adjustments, leaving you enough resource to impart your passion and flair to the overall creative process.

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Cintiq Pro 24 and 32 Review!!

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May 26,2019

Today I've managed to get my hands on the Cintiq Pro 24 and 32. Let's start with a quick overview of what these two tablets do. The Cintiq Pro is a top of the range display tablet primarily used for drawing, painting, animation and 3D work.  That said you can also use it for video and audio production. The Cintiq Pro supports multitouch and includes a pressure sensitive pen which you can use to draw directly on to the screen. It can be connected to a desktop or a laptop computer, and it supports both OSX and Windows. 

 

 

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Wacom's Intuos Pro Small!

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May 22,2019

I was shorter than the average as a kid, but my Mother would assure me that beautiful things came in small packages! Let's see if that's true of Wacom's Intuos Pro Small.

The Intuos Pro Medium and Large were released last year and ever since their release, there has been a hole in Wacom's Intuos lineup.  Prior to its release, if you wanted a smaller drawing tablet, then you had to go with the non-pro version that doesn't have all the whistles and bells such as touch gestures and wireless capability, via Bluetooth.

So what is the smaller version of the Intuos Pro?

 

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Adobe Project Gemini!

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May 11,2019

For Adobe, it was a real turning point, bringing Photoshop to the iPad, and it unlocked a lot of innovation that seems to kick have started the thought process that begged the question for Adobe - what more can we do to accelerate painting and drawing workflows?  That question took them to consider a process that underlies everything that you and I do as creative people.  For me, it's what initially sparked my love for creativity - drawing.

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ReMarkable Review - Good for artists??

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May 04,2019

Imagine an iPad Pro and a Kindle meet in a bar, they enjoy a few drinks, they get along, and an inevitable night of unbridled passion ensues - what would their baby look like?

Congratulations, mum, you've given birth to a healthy 350g ReMarkable Tablet.

We all want the best for our kids, but is this newborn destined to be pretty unReMarkable in the eyes of the aspiring pencil artist, or will you cut off your left ear to get your hands on one?

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Best Drawing Apps for Mac and PC!

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Apr 27,2019

As a digital artist, I'm always on the lookout for new and exciting painting and sketching software that's going to help me take my art to the next level, so let's take a look at some of the best releases for Mac and PC professionals.

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Best Tablets for Art and Design – second 3!

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Mar 23,2019

Hi Guys and Gal’s hope you are good, SmartArt here hope you are all well and happy :)

As promised here is our final three PC tablets that are looking best for Art and Design. Starting with the Microsoft Surface Pro lets get stuck in :)

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Best Tablets for Art and Design – first 3!

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Feb 16,2019

If you’re an artist, designer or illustrator looking for a new tablet PC in 2019 then there are quite a few options out there for you to consider. Luckily here at SmartArt we’ve had a look at some of the best out there and produce this comprehensive review for you weighing up price, size, screen resolution and even stylus pressure sensitivity which we know can make a huge difference!

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Microsoft Studio 2 is out!

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Feb 10,2019

The long is wait over – the surface studio 2 is finally available on sale in the UK. Announced last October as part of the expanded Surface family from Microsoft, the ‘iMac you can draw on’ delivers greater performance to your creative apps, making it an interesting all-in-one option for artists and designers looking for a sweet spot between tablet and desktop.

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Procreate!

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Jan 27,2019

Procreate the famous drawing and painting App for the iPad was the top selling iPad app for 2018 according to Apple’s Best of 2018 campaign. Procreate is one of the most highly regarded art apps and is exclusive to the iPad, though a cut-down version – Procreate Pocket is available for the iPhone too – for all your mobile drawings!

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Lenovo’s new PC for artists - check it out!

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Jan 19,2019

Lenovo has just released a new computer aimed for artists and designers – the Yoga A940. And its pretty cool! It has a very unique design compared to normal desktops and all-in-ones and has a screen which you can pull down into a drafting-table-like position and half a base.  This is a great all-in-one for any artist or designer check out our review! :) 

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ISKN Slate 2 Review!

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Jan 07,2019

Hi Guys and Gals, hope you are good, hope you are all enjoying creating digital art and getting your inspiration flowing. Welcome to this review of the ISKN Slate 2 which is a digitizing art product which we here at SmartArt think is fab and a real must for artists looking to bridge the gap between traditional drawing and digital art.

Here at SmartArt we have taken a good look at this product and given it to a few of our artists to have a play and see what they think – we have thus produced this review detailing what the best things are about this revolutionary product and what we like most about it to the few limitations we found with it as well. Read on and see why the ISKN slate is a great product to have for any digital artist that still loves paper :)

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Best Smart Pens - Next 3!

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Dec 19,2018

Hi All!! Hope you are good! As promised here is SmartArt's review of the the second set of best SmartPens out there in the Market Place for you to draw your inspirations and great ideas as well as beautiful artwork! :) We start with the Sensu Artist Brush...

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Best Smart Pens!

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Nov 22,2018

Whether you’re a doodler or a proficient note taker to a great artist there are many styli out there ready to empower you to create magic. Here at SmartArt we look at some of the best out there and give you a good review of each so you can choose the best one that suits you!

The market for smart pens and pencils is now bursting with many viable options and digital art is coming alive with each stroke!

 

 

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