Imagine having no artistic talent and being able to draw Taylor Swift effortlessly, with no pre-sketched facial guidelines and no grid. Is that even possible?
Well, the makers of a new app claim to make that possibility a reality. Tech company Osmo recently released their app, Masterpiece, to encourage kids (and adults) to build better spatial awareness and creativity while playing on a tablet.
Here’s how it works: Masterpiece simplifies your photo to basic lines and tones. Then, along with a tablet stand and mirror over the camera, the app allows you to see where your hand is on the screen as you follow along the lines generated by the app and draw them onto blank paper.
You can see more of how it works here:
Some might argue that this is not true drawing but rather a form of tracing. Osmo founder Pramod Sharma disagrees, saying it allows you to “build confidence”. Sharma also refers to the fact that you can create your own unique, fun compositions along with other changes to make a drawing your own.
Personally, I haven’t tried this app, but I am all about anything that gets kids and adults excited about drawing. I like the idea that people who only draw stick figures can get a sense of accomplishment from creating a portrait they never imagined they could. Plus, they are gradually strengthening the basic fine-motor and perception skills needed to eventually draw without the app.
To read more about the Masterpiece app, click here to read Katy Steinmetz’s full Time article.
What is your opinion of Masterpiece? Do you think it is a good idea for a beginner? Or, if you already have the app, what do you think about it? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.