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App meet stylus.

Sometimes an app (or screen) just fits a stylus perfectly.

On my Galaxy Tab 8.9 I prefer the Pogo Sketch Pro and Nomad Compose, for example. The other day, drawing on PC World machines, I thoroughly enjoyed the HP and Nomad Flex paintbrush. On the Note 2 I seem to remember liking the Wacom Feel and Dagi 501 and on the Surface RT 1 the Dagi was also my favourite.

And so on. The Jot Script goes with most things ­čÖé

Occasionally someone asks me why I don’t just stick with one. I’m minded to ask if they’d ask a classical painter to stick with one brush or a driver to just stick to one car… A chef to stick to one pan only, etc. I like holding a variety of styli and using the one which makes sense for the part of the picture I’m making, whether that’s outlines, colours, shading etc. I use, and love using, the Jot Script, the Nomad Compose and Flex and Mini 2, the Stylus Sock, the Pogo Connect and Sketch Pro, the Wacom Intuos, the Dagi 501 (and other flavours of Dagi too) and a good few more. There are few styli I hate and, to be honest, life’s too short for hate so I don’t bother to talk about them really. Someone else might love that stylus and that’s entirely fine.

Anyhow I drew this on the way home from work (ahem, stopping to sit for forty minutes to do so). I used Adobe Ideas – an app which I like a lot – and the Pogo Connect, which I also like a lot. It was a beautiful combination – some apps meld perfectly into the chosen stylus and though, often, I’d chop and change between the range of scribble sticks I have to hand this picture was only the Pogo Connect and I wasn’t unhappy with that choice.

I do have a clanging headache though so have taken a headache pill as well as a medicinal hot drink of ginger, lemongrass and whisky.

Three more emails to do then lights out for the night. Night ­čÖé


Creative Week day 5.

If I were writing a press release about the past week it would go something like… “Adobe’s Creative Week was a fabulous thing to be involved in and I┬ásincerely┬áhope that it becomes a significant part of every years creative calendar. I learnt a huge amount over the two days I was there and met some very cool and interesting people”.

Or some such. It was a very interesting week all told. A wide range of professionals having fun, talking shop, eating a wide and visually pleasing array of canopes and nibbles and, for me, a good place to sit and draw and sketch on my trusty iPad 2. These are the images that came out of day 5 (although I was only there on days 2 and 5). All drawn using Adobe Ideas except for the last one created with Adobe Eazel.

Next year I hope that the course I’m trying to get going becomes more a part of the Creative Week proceedings, we’ll see, but by this time in 2013 I should have a clutch of confident and talented iPad artists to work with, which will be fun. Similarly, while the studio talks were all excellent, and well worth catching up with on the catch up channel Adobe has put in place, my studio is the back of a bus and that translates very well to being filmed ­čÖé We’ll see, aspirations and dreams and so forth.

Spent the Friday at the Creative Week studios and then walking around London with the fabulous iPhoneographer Lumilyon. We chatted projects and plans, hers and mine and, hopefully, a couple of collaborative works over the next year. ‘Twas a very good day.

More to come, as ever. Thanks to all who tweeted nice things and asked questions. Now onto what’s next. Although I might chill out for the rest of the weekend I think…

Also: was very excited to be a featured artist by Adobe US. That consisted of an interview and a specifically created piece of art (the stylus image which you can find in the post below). The interview itself can be found here. My interview with the David and Rupert from the Creative Week can be found here┬áby clicking on the Tuesday 10th video and then clicking on the final dot towards the end. I’ve not watched it yet, must admit, but that’s where I is ­čÖé You would also be able to see me drawing away during the first part of the video, the studio discussion, also at the same link.

Stylus t. Frog and David Hockney: A Bigger Picture.

Unsurprisingly I’ve been thoroughly enjoying the Hockney exhibition at the RA in a number of ways and, just to spite everyone who knows me, in ways unexpected as well as the more obvious iPad art angle.

For a start the exhibition itself is an amazing sight. Full and free and flowing and fabulous.

For a second thing the Andrew Marr Culture Show special was wonderful. Thoroughly enjoyable stuff.

Now, those who know me ask what I thought of the iPad art, to which I reply – very good (although I do wonder why it wasn’t screened on iPad as it was in the Parisian show last year) – which is expected. Then I follow it up with ‘not my favourite work of the show’. The favourite piece? Well, of course it was wonderful to see the Grand Canyon and Route 66 up close and personal – both wonderful pieces – but the images which moved me the most were the video installations. I could have watched them for hours. I did, in fact. Mesmeric stuff.

A third wonderful moment came when I travelled to see Edith Devaney talking to Will Gompertz at the Apple Store, Covent Garden. Of course I decided to draw in the q, on the seat while waiting and during the discussion as it went on. Those pictures are the first four below.

(waiting for the talk to begin).

(Stylus t. Frog, waiting patiently on his seat).

(Will Gompertz, arts editor for the BBC, beginning proceedings).

(Will Gompertz talking to Edith Devaney).

While waiting for the show to begin I also borrowed the Apple Store wifi to do some Sketchshare collaboration with the marvellous Mr Marjoram:

… all good fun and very diverting from waiting for things to kick off. I must admit to harbouring the faintest fraction of a hope ┬áthat David might install Sketchshare and draw a┬ácollaborative┬ápiece with myself or my students one day. Who knows…

I was also lucky enough to be invited to the teachers preview night of the exhibition, where I drew this and ended up talking to, and making friends with, a good few teachers also in attendance:

…and then a week or so later I was invited back to the RA to help the learning team get to grips with Brushes app. Directly after that I went to speak to the London Mac USer Group on iPad art in general but, just before I did, I had a brief walk through the exhibition again and drew the learning team this:

All ways round it’s been a thoroughly excellent exhibition ­čÖé If you haven’t seen it yet I┬árecommend┬áit wholeheartedly. You may never see its like again.


Lastly – unrelated the A Bigger Picture, but I’m nervously anticipating tomorrow night. I’m up for an education award for iPad art in education for the World Skills Festival. No idea on chances – unaware of who’s in same category so assuming on a bronze medal at least. Then, on Weds, I’m the artist in residence for the London Mac User Group live podcast of the iPad 3 launch announcement.

Interesting times ahead.