Although we have seen it proved that drawing apps with a game element are short lived, drawing in general on people’s hand held devices is certainly generating a lot of interest at the moment.
For starters, and including the game factor was the app, Draw Something. This sprung to life and popularity with the Words With Friends crowd and swiftly everyone was doing little doodles for one another as part of a game where you guess who is being drawn. After a month and a half the app had around 35 million users though now it has been loosing up to 4million users daily.
This short lived drawing fad did pave the way for some new on screen creativity however with the latest of these being Doodle.ly. Once signed in Doodle.ly allows you to doodle any sort of crap you might like and post it up on a big virtual art wall much like Art Attack or a modern version of a stone mans cave, for all to see.
The great thing about this app that many apps don’t feel relevant is that it can be used on a computer as well as a phone or iPad. You can get creative anywhere! There are currently 32,000 doodles on the site — and counting.
It is clear that we have a great love of drawing crude pictures with our fingers. Maybe it takes us back to drawing with crayons in our colouring books or even nearer, Corel Draw. What is clear is that the draw to drawing (see what we did there) is certainly a strong one.
David Hockney embraced and brought attention to the iPad’s drawing abilities in his Stephen Hawkings drawing series and of course we have all seen the new advert for that Samsung phone that seems to want to tell us that it’s main feature is enabling you to create beautiful water colours.
So if you’re not a doodler yet why not get involved before you get left behind and bring back that artistic spark you might have once had. You never know, there is a clear niche now for famous and talented ‘tablet artists’. Get in there.