“Wow!” That’s the first word that came to mind when I first experienced Leap painting. This is something you absolutely have to experience first-hand! Leap painting — the act of painting on a digital canvas by moving your hands and fingers in the air above the Leap Motion device with Corel Painter Freestyle on your computer — is amazing to experience, and wonderful as a way to expand your creative possibilities. This is not just an incremental improvement in a paint medium or art tool. This is truly a dramatic paradigm shift that will revolutionize the way we create and interact with the computer.
The jump from using a tablet to paint to using Leap Motion with Painter Freestyle is on par with the difference between going from typing instructions on a computer to control pixels, to using a mouse to paint, and subsequently the difference between using a mouse versus using a pressure-sensitive tablet. In the annals of computer and digital art history, 2013 will be looked at as the year of Leap Motion!
As I paint with Painter Freestyle and the Leap Motion device, I feel at times as if I am dancing, and at other times as if I am conducting an orchestra. It starts to make the process of painting a very musical, whole body experience — perfect for performance. The seamless Leap painting experience makes the process of digital painting all the more attractive and accessible to people — it’s simply so fun to Leap paint!
On a practical level, as a professional artist, I can make marks in Leap painting that simply wouldn’t exist otherwise with any other tools or media. For instance, the use of multi-strokes, essentially paint coming out of our fingertips — something that could only have been dreamt of previously. I am finding my live portraits naturally flow differently when I paint them with Leap painting versus using a tablet. I also feel a sense of freedom as I Leap paint — the movement of my hands in three dimensions to paint feels more like sculpting my subjects than merely painting them.
To summarize: Leap Motion and Painter Freestyle are AMAZING!
See it in action: