It seems that as well as revolutionising the way we listen to music, browse the web and read books Apple have succeeded in creating a whole new medium to draw and paint with. And I’m not just talking about stick men, doodles and squiggles, I am talking about proffessional artists creating exceptional pieces or real artwork.

The first fine example (above) comes from hobby artist John Haasl. His day job is in IT and he only paints as a hobby but, despite this, he has successfully used a $0.99 iPad app called ArtStudio to create some fine artwork. The picture below is another example of his work.

Another Artist who has embraced the digital age is the world-famous professional pop artist, David Hockney. Hockney, who is 70 years of age, first took to drawing using his iPhone but as soon as the iPad was released he couldn’t wait to get his hands on the larger, more responsive screen. The iPad screen is unbelievably precise and can support up to 11 points of contact which can give artists an astonishing level of control.┬áTo demostrate his passion for the new technology David Hockney even displayed some of his artwork, created on the devices, at Annely Juda Art Gallery in London. Some examples of David’s work are shown below.

When asked about the new technology David said “BlackBerries are for secretaries and clerical workers while the iPhone is used by artistic people.”

The zippy processors and intuitive, multi-touch screen on iPad really lend themselves to drawing and painting apps and we could very well see more and more artists embracing this new medium. But the question remains, “is this really art?” What do you think?