New Haven, Connecticut – Stepping Stone Mobile today announced the winners of its Pen & Ink Art Contest for the iPad(R). Pen & Ink is the simplest way to create beautiful watercolor paintings and drawings on the iPad(R). A panel of judges including Randy Jayne Rosenberg, Executive Director and Chief Curator of Art Works for Change and Jennifer Emerson, Board Member of the San Francisco Art Institute, made the final decision based upon the overall quality of the art. The winning pieces can be viewed at Stepping Stone Mobile online.

“We were looking for art with impressive artistic merits,” said Rosenberg. “We chose Rain Check for First Place because the piece, which depicts a woman speaking on her cell phone in the rain, has mood, evokes feeling and mystery. The brush strokes are painterly and expressionist and the artist uses an interesting color pallet in unexpected ways.”

The winning artist, Andrew Willamson, is a college professor in Sussex, England. Williamson is creating a series of art depicting women on mobile phones. “I see them as a bit like the early Cindy Sherman untitled film still photos where the viewer can decide what they are about and complete the picture for themselves,” he said. “I have tried quite a few of the other software titles for the iPad, but I like Pen & Ink the best. With Pen and Ink, you can move the canvas around so that it is easy to paint and draw the edges and the corners. I also like the way you can minimize the tools bar and then drag it to one side – this is a great feature and really useful.”

Second and Third Place went to Cheriyawan Charalsawad’s Kingfisher for her use of watercolor and Jeffrey Rivero’s Darkness of Flowers which uses techniques from his favorite artist, Georgia O’Keefe. Charalsawad is a geneticist in Thailand who paints as a hobby and Rivero has been studying art for two years at a community college in Chula Vista, California.

“Winning $500 and having my artwork displayed has made my day!” said Williamson. In fact, the Pen & Ink Art Contest was so popular that the company has decided to sponsor monthly contests based upon different techniques, such as sketches with its graphite pencils or drawings with its new Asian brushes. “It’s a win-win,” said Katie Beers at Stepping Stone Mobile. “Both our customers and we want to show the world the beautiful art being created on the iPad(R) with Pen & Ink. And, competition is fun.”

Device Requirements:
* Compatible with iPad
* Requires iOS 5.0 or later
* 38.8 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Pen & Ink: A Watercolor Notebook 2.3.2 is Free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Productivity category. Details regarding the next contest will be announced soon at Stepping Stone Mobile online.

Pen & Ink Art Contest
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Headquartered in New Haven, Connecticut, Stepping Stone Mobile is a development studio founded in 2012 by Matt Feiszli, PhD. With expertise in image processing, computer graphics, and machine learning, Stepping Stone aims to use modern mathematics to enhance the mobile experience. Copyright (C) 2013 Stepping Stone Software LLC. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

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