There are hundreds of reasons why I don't want an iPad, but the other day I saw this video and thought there's a lot of fun to be had with an iPad too! Of course Stefan Marjoram's obvious skill doesn't come with the iPad!
Marjoram talks about his design and brush decisions as he moves along. I think this is a gem of a short video for people interested in what can be done with the iPad as a sketching tool. Apple should pay him to do demos!
Also if you follow the link you'll find more videos from Urban Sketchers. While there are other fun videos there, you may also find several that seem to spend more time focusing on the surroundings than showing the artist at work, or even the finished art. Maybe those video artists feel in that way they will convey to us the sense of the surroundings in which the artist worked. I find those types of videos unsatisfying: I want the focus on the artist working, and a nice view of the final piece. Marjoram's short video is a perfect blend of surroundings and showing the art develop.
Marjoram's video is also the best argument for getting an iPad that I've seen. I'll always be a paper girl, but…
Tips While You're at the Urban Sketcher's Video Site: Look also for videos by Tommy Kane who gets the mix right in this short video in Brooklyn. Surroundings for him include the artist's set up. You've probably seen Danny Gregory's film about Tommy Kane sketching in Red Hook, but go watch it again. The 51 seconds you'll spend watching Gérard Michel sketching in Portland are very well spent. And the 41 seconds you spend watching Marc Holmes' time lapse video of him painting St. Joseph's will make you want to pick up your paints and run out the door—again, his skill doesn't come with viewing.)