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Fabulous (and long) week…

It’s been a week… On Monday I reached the grand old age of 44:

On Tuesday a friend of mine and I put the finishing touch to a lovely extra camera lens to my trusty HTC One:

On Weds I did one of my last two residency days at Shake Shack in Covent Garden:

… and I ran the fourth of five tablet art sessions at the Ben Uri gallery. Much fun that is, pictures to come…

On Thursday it was a fabulous night at the HTCMeetup in London:

Where I did a smidge of drawing on One, Desire Eye and Nexus 9:

(photo courtesy of @TheChicGeekBiz).

… and I test drove the Thatch Bug camera lens by the very excellent Mr Nick Thatcher:

…and on Friday I went to see the Hobbit with a very lovely old mate who I’ve seen all six films with on release day…

More blather to come but basically? Today has been, deservedly, a bit of a rest day…

 

Tablet art at Shake Shack, Covent Garden.

Well,Β some days are just worth writing about.

I’ve been lucky enough to be selected as Shack Shack’s artist in residence until Christmas. It was a great opportunity which has only become more beautiful and wonderful with the absolutely fabulous Christmas decorations which they have put up – huge and extraordinary baubles.

…which made it a fabulous place to run a tablet art class:

Time wise it was a tricky one… We had to be at the College in the morning and then had the afternoon and early evening to be there. We got the first train possible and arrived just shy of 3pm. All of the students found their seats and I dished out the tablets we would be using: 3 x Samsung Note 10.1s, 5 x Galaxy Note 3s, a Galaxy tab 10.1 and a Note Pro 12.9 inch tablet.

Basically? Samsung all the way πŸ™‚ Which is fine – I’ve often said how much I like the S-Pen integration and the only thing that has given me hesitation about the devices have been the lack of some of my favourite apps.

But one of my favourite apps, ArtRage, has hit the Android store in a partnership with Samsung for the next few months (it’ll be available on other Android devices in 2015.

We were joined by three very cool tablet artists: Jonathan Lawlor, Edward Ofosu and Valerie Beeby. I’ll post their artwork into this thread soon but here are some of the pieces my students did, on their first shot with ArtRage on Samsung Galaxy tablets. We had an hour and a half to draw and Shake Shack spoiled us rotten.

and the first piece by one of the visiting artists (mine is the picture above this text incidentally) is by the very fabulous Edward Ofosu πŸ™‚

More to come… More pics being uploaded tomorrow and over the weekend πŸ™‚ The very marvellous Dame Kath of Jones (below) took a huge amount of photos which I can’t wait to see when I catch up with her next…

Shake those Saucy Screens…

How do you follow something as excellent and fun to be a part of as EGX 14?

Well, in my case you start up the next art residency in London. Nothing like a break in proceedings πŸ™‚ I was back teaching the following day after the 6 day marathon of EGX and back in London for my first day painting on Thursday πŸ™‚

Anyhow: once a week, I’ll be very happily sitting in Shake Shack, Covent Garden, soaking up the atmosphere and trying to limit myself to only a couple of things on the menu, whichever day I’m there. The problem is it all looks so tasty πŸ™‚

This week, it being their Shack-Toberfest special week, I limited myself to… well… maybe more than a couple of things which related to their specials of the week. A fabulous burger, a very medicinal cup of half and half (lemonade and iced tea. Manna for a throat which had accompanied me through the 100 hour week which was Eurogamer Expo):

50/50. Drawn on Tesco Hudl using Adobe Photoshop Touch app and a New Trent Arcadia stylus.

Β …and a Stein of Shack beer:

Happy ShackToberFest. Drawn on Microsoft Surface RT using Fresh Paint app and Dagi 501.

All in all it was spectacularly tasty and I’m delighted to be joining them between now and Christmas.

Of course, me being me, you know that there will be some interactive sessions and, I hope, the students might well be involved at some point (towards the end or possibly at the start of the coming year, still working on a college calendar of events and happenings at the moment). I’m intending to test drive the Hudl 2 while there next week and so on and so forth.

It’s a strange thing to say but if you’ve ever wanted to work out which stylus works best with which screen, or if you’d like a quick demo of an art app on your phone or tablet, then Shake Shack, generally on a Wednesday, might be the best place to be! I’ll happily run through which app is best on which device or which stylus might be worth a test drive… but I’ll be just ask happy to sit and paint a burger, drink or lovely, yummy, cup of Concrete. I could explain but I think it’s the sort of thing you should experience.

More, much more, artwork to come. Exciting stuff. Thanks Shake Shack for liking my digital artwork enough to want me to take up a table on a regular basis and I look forward to seeing what comes from the partnership.

Moleskine Stories.

Anyone who knows me knows that I generally carry a tablet and a Moleskine at all times. One of the limited edition ones, which I normally try and pick up when they’re released. The pad that is… I’m not in a position to buy every tablet which catches my eye πŸ˜‰


(I’ve also been known, on occasion, to lose a Moleskine. The picture above captures a particularly rubbish time in the past year where I lost the pad, the pencil case and the mate who’s iPad I drew the detailed meeting notes on).

So I was interested to see, via Twitter, that Moleskine were sponsoring an Urban Sketchcrawl based around the London Graphic Centre and their Covent Garden shop.

As it was World Beard Day I decided to treat myself and join in.

… and fabulous stuff it was too. I packed the iPad and my current Moley (a lovely Peanuts one) and drew, to start off with, the Moleskine store itself (having decided to stick to the Moleskine app for all of the days drawings*):


Then the shop window with the posters and so on advertising the event:

(which I did while multi tasking as normal as I Β had a few people asking me about apps and styli… which is fine but reminds me I REALLY must update my blog posts about which is the best app and stylus to use).

As a group the Urban Sketcher (didn’t catch his name as I is short and was way at the back of proceedings) walked us to the Apple Store arches (as it was raining) and I drew this:

After that I popped over to Shake Shack (as I think Β that will become the focus of a blog post soon to come, which is pretty exciting stuff if it pans out as planned) and painted this:


and this:

(while chatting to staff about days available/art styles and also eating the drawn objects πŸ™‚ How’s THAT for multi-tasking πŸ™‚ ).

Then it was back to the Moleskine groups πŸ™‚ This time at the London Graphics Centre.

 

…where the lovely Andrea Joseph was talking (far too modestly) about her artwork, technique, style etc.

By this point I noticed my trusty but ageing iPad was getting low on battery so I plugged in an external battery and swapped to the pad instead:

…and then as a group we walked to a nearby shopping arcade to do some drawing. Ironically, being surrounded by building and glass, I was more taken with the centrepiece of the courtyard – a tree wrapped up in fairy lights:

which I was happily drawing to the extent that I didn’t realise the battery charger had become dislodged. Cue slight panic as the iPad powered down but I needed have worried. Once the power came back on I found the Moleskine app had saved my picture ready to start off again on it.

While I was nervously waiting for the iPad to recharge enough I swapped to the Moleskine app on my phone and drew this:

…which couldn’t be further from the tree in terms of content yet was the view on the other side of the shopping centre’s courtyard.

And that, more or less, was that. I did pop into the Apple Store to have a quick play with Talkboard on an iPad Air (as I really do need to update my iPad sometime and I wanted to check all styli worked on the screen):

… and on the way home, having been reminded it was World Beard Day, I doodled this until the battery ran out for the last time of the day:

 

Which, ironically, is a picture of me drawing with a touch screen stylus on a Moleskine pad using an iPad stylus on the Moleskine app. It was, basically, that sort of day. Wonderful, a smidge tiring.

So tiring, in fact, that I was in London yet only realised on the way home I’d not been to Chin Chin Labs. Will mention it to Team Moleskine that Camden Market would make an excellent place for a future crawl…

*well, nearly. Apps used in this post: Moleskine Journal, ArtRage, Photoshop Touch, Sketchbook Pro, Talkboard.