Renowned British artist David Hockney has been using an Apple iPad to draw works of art and e-mail them to friends.
The artist, who has been known to experiment with fax machines, Polaroids and photocopiers, said that he had been using the application Brushes to 'paint' on his iPad, application, reports London's Evening Standard.
Hockney, who is considered one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century, claimed that painting on the iPad was an amazing experience. Rather than resulting in a loss of skill, he believed the device would succeed in popularising painting by hand.
Hockney said: “The iPad is far more subtle – in fact it really is like a drawing pad. They will sell by the million. It will change the way we look at everything, from reading newspapers to the drawing pad.”
Calling the iPad a universal device, Hockney, who has previously spoken about his love for the iPhone, said that the device could be "anything you want it to be".
The artist compared the tablet computer to the iPhone, saying the iPhone was about the relationship between the ear and the hand, whereas the iPad was about hand-eye co-ordination.