Composite: Live Video Painting on the iPad

August 21, 2011
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Composite: Live Video Painting on the iPad

James Alliban created his app, Composite, to provide a new, mobile painting experience. Composite uses the front and rear cameras on the iPad to pull in a live video feed, allowing artists to additively and subtractively "remix their surroundings." The app provides an interface to capture and edit images where the user can reveal the image underneath by digging it out of space with virtual brushes.

James was inspired by the neo-dadaist collages of Robert Rauschenberg like the two below.

Design, ipad, composite

He wanted to develop a software program that would allow him to paint digitally using the same idea of combination and composition, and bringing in the live video allows artist to use their surroundings to create.

Design, ipad, composite

Design, ipad, composite

Design, ipad, composite

Design, ipad, composite

He hopes people will get creative with Composite and find innovative ways to use the app in their work, suggesting that, "In addition to being a tool to create finished compositions, I believe it would be excellent as a quick sketch pad for artists and illustrators to combine ideas on the go for future pieces." And he thinks it would be a useful tool to teach kids about art.

James conceptualized and developed the app, and his fiance Juliet Lall created the design and branding elements. Purchase Composite for $1.99 at the Apple App Store and email creations to submissions@composite-app.com for inclusion in the app's flickr' gallery.

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Jessica Patterson

Jessica Patterson

Hi, I'm Jessica. I'm a Designer and Writer at Drawbackwards and write for the Design Blog at Design.org. I enjoy vintage things, letterpress, publication design, and long walks around the Cesar Chavez Park pond. You can follow me on twitter at @jessdoodled for lots of fun randomness.

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