The invention of devices like the Kindle and iPad have helped conserve the trees of the future through paperless reading.  But would you think devices could also conserve art supplies? Artist David Jon Kassan shows us that this is not only possible, but also totally amazing — he artist uses only an iPad to create his realistic portraiture. Tonight, Kassan will wow spectators with a live demonstration of his iPad portraits in an event sponsored by Stonehenge NYC.

Using the Nomad Brush and ArtRage programs, artists are able to create lifelike art works right on their iPads. Using a special brush, artists can “paint” right on the device’s touch screen. Brushstroke, shading, color and textures are all manipulated and adjustable using the programs templates.

Critics were skeptical at the introduction of Adobe Photoshop into the artist’s toolkit at first, but it has gradually come to be accepted as another medium for artistic expression. This demonstration puts iPad art in the same genre, using technology in the same way as paint or pastel.

Kassan is a traditionally trained artists, and he has a detailed style of a realism painting. The portrait demonstration will perfectly mesh modern technology with his traditional artistry, creating an iPad masterpiece. The event will also include an acoustic performance by Jasmine Commerce, and takes place at The Ritz Plaza tonight, Monday, October 3, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets are free and can be reserved here.

+ David Jon Kassan