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At the #DigitalRevolution exhibition at the Barbican Centre.

Just under two years ago the students and I had the very wonderful opportunity to draw at the Barbican.

 All sorts of fun it was too. I’ve been to the Barbican a few times but the space lends itself to exploration and the opportunity to spend two long days in there was a fabulous thing.

I’ve been back a few times since but last week I was demo-ing iPad artwork in Brent Cross so decided to head up early to take in the technology and art exhibition which had recently opened. As always some parts seemed to be geared towards me drawing on tablet which led me to photograph and paint a Next Cube (which was well and truly on my bucket list of machines to draw on. Sadly it worked but had no art software to utilise).


The stars of the show, for me, were either the mechanical tentacles or the interactive light beams. Both had a hypnotic quality which I thoroughly enjoyed. Hence a mash up painting drawn on iPad on the tube heading to the next part of the evening…

And the(occasionally) obligatory process video animation:

SketchTime time.

Is there a difference between the New iPad (3rd gen) and iPad 4?

Not discernibly, that I can see so far (apart from the Thunderchicken port that is). There may well be a huge under the hood chip update but so far ArtRage (the go to hit the processor hard app I like to paint with) isn’t showing any huge sign of speed update and so on. In fact the only main change I’ve seen is a negative – while updating apps the app store list was glitching like mad, screen tearing all sorts. Unexpected.

The industrial design is sublime, as ever. I’ve spoken before about my love for Sir Jony Ive so shan’t witter on again but: best of British? He is.

Anyway, one of the apps I’ve come to play on a little more is SketchTime by Hansol Huh. Lovely app (as are his others). Lots of fun to play on so a morning of happy painting became this:

Hope you like.

More to come about Barbican etc. Updates ahoy when time allows…