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Return of the BETT.

 

Touch screen art... Engage. #BETT2015 #SMARTboard.

The past few years have been a rollercoaster and the peaks and troughs generally come at the same times… Event days and the huge amount of work they entail.

I’ve been a teacher for 120 months now and the first 60 passed by in a fairly normal fashion. Teach, paperwork, mark, paperwork, chase students, paperwork etc. Then we were asked to demonstrate tablet art techniques at the World Skills Festival which was thoroughly fabulous.

How do you follow that? With turns at the Barbican, the Royal Academy. Teentech (x4), Bohunt, Magic Summer, Europamer (x2), MCM (x3), Sky Arts, Electric Theatre and much more. So many places we’ve been demonstrating tablet art on so many devices.

And, of course, there was the Gadget Show Live:

…which was the only show where everything has gone to plan despite being the biggest we had done (until recently). 70 or so students from 6 different classes on a seven day working residential. A 120 sq m stand which we filled on a budget smaller than most other stands free drinks budget. It should never have worked… but it did and it was brilliant.

Which brings me to BETT. How does that fit into the calendar? Surely the students would prefer to work at the comic conventions or the computer games shows or the music festivals or the art galleries?

Team Friday McAwesome. #BETT2015.

Well. Yes. Those were fabulous. But this time a surprising number of students who said they enjoyed this one most of the shows we’ve done this year. I loved it, because I love BETT, but they thoroughly enjoyed it too, and it was all down to the tech.

Thanks Team SMART. Had a fab time helping you on your stand. #BETT2015 #SMARTKapp

Sometimes we’re asked to do shows with tech that the students work brilliantly and professionally with at the time but afterwards grumble about an app or a device. We’ve been very spoilt, but to be fair we’re also pretty good at what we do. This year we were asked to draw on the SMART stand (again. They asked us last year too) and we drew on devices as we always do.

#SMARTKapp at #BETT2015 (close up ") ).

Lets be clear though, this year was different. Last year we drew on Interactive Whiteboards and it was good but, at the end of the day we were just drawing on large screens, which we’ve done, a lot.

SMART board art at #BETT2015

This year SMART had a 1-2 sucker punch of devices that I loved using and want in my classroom, stat . I’m absolutely NOT saying this because SMART paid for the travel and sandwiches (to be frank they got a good deal -I charge more for two pictures than they paid for all of the student train fares and I drew significantly more than two pictures over the past four days). SMART amp and Kopp were my two stars of the show. BETT obviously agreed as SMART amp won best collaboration software. If Kapp didn’t win an award it was robbed  its a fabulous piece of tech

Drawing on SMART board. And iPad ")

I’ll write some more later, today is my VERY MUCH DESERVED lazy day following four 15 hour days in a row. However I wanted to show off some pics of my students being thoroughly brilliant, as the always are at a trade show, and I wanted to big up the SMARTboards while BETT is still fresh in people’s minds.

Interview time #SMARTAmp

It was an ace show for us, there are hopefully some very cool things to come out of it too, but for the moment let’s just say that BETT is fab, the students were too, as was SMART and, you know what? So was I 🙂

As ever as always: lovely to draw on a #SMARTboard at #BETT2015

(Apols for some of the formatting. I’m writing this on a Surface 3 and it’s not allowing me to do some of the things I want…)

The Secret Origin of Bubble Man. Pixelmator app and love.

Sometimes I draw a squiggle on a screen to see what it’ll become. Sometimes it becomes an instantly obvious picture and sometimes it takes a while to coalesce into what I end up drawing. Occasionally I turn the squiggle around unto it become the basis of the picture I want to draw.

This picture became the Secret Origin of Bubble Man almost instantly, although it didn’t have the bubbles. From the first line drawn in the app (Pixelmator app on iPad if you’re interested) I knew it was going to be a pastiche of the famous Batman panel but, in my mind, as I drew, it was going to be a gnome flying through the window – and subsequently be the secret origin of Gnome man. It wasn’t until I’d drawn the Wayne style character in that I realised I wanted the pipe to be blowing bubbles… The only real reason for the decision being that I wanted to play about with some of the photo editing tools in the app to see how they performed.

I’m a BIG fan of Pixelmator on the desktop (although not so much a fan of some of the more recent UI decisions they’ve made. Bringing the filters into a panel rather than a drop down I find unwieldy and less immediate). The app I downloaded on day one and had a quick play with, but have been too busy since to play with.

(this desktop picture was used in the Pixelmator 1 and 2 manuals 🙂 )

Again, I like it a lot, but I find some of the UI decisions confusing and convoluted. It’s a great app, just not an app which is one of the greats – at the moment anyway. It’s V1 so I’m sure there’s a lot to be added in the future, especially if the pace of desktop improvement is matched.

I drew the picture in two 45 min long sittings. The above image is after one session, which I drew in the evening before going to sleep. The top image – closer to completion but I may play with it some more – was worked on in the morning as I woke up. I did, admittedly, have weird dreams but don’t think the content of the picture was to blame 🙂

Looking through the Pixelmator album I found this:

which remains my favourite Pixelmator picture despite being one of the first ones I did in the program and subsequently too small a pixel depth to do anything with and this:

…which I’d completely forgotten about 🙂

Sadly it looks like I might be picking up a Win OS device as my next laptop so wouldn’t have access to desktop Pixelmator… And that’s enough reason alone to give me pause to reconsider which laptop I need to get next…

Drawquest.

Once upon a time there was a fabulous app called Drawquest. It was launched as a community based art app and, very quickly it became a huge melting pot of lovely artists drawing pictures to the theme of the day, whatever that was.

Sadly the app was awesome but the business plan was fluid and, before its time, the funding dried up. Sadly the app base was hacked (I believe this was the order of events) and then soon after the app was taken down from the store.

All hugely sad. Many of the artists who met up on DQ still chat on Twitter and some friendships will last for a long time I hope. A couple of days ago the Drawquest team sent an email to all users saying that the pictures which had been made were downloadable, so I have, and some of my favourites are here.

…and the very excellent Mr Chris and I had a long running, drawn out fight scene… Here’s one page worth, hopefully he and I will manage to put it all together in one place now:

The DQ team signed their email off with ‘we still miss the Drawquest community dearly’.

Oh Drawquest, we miss you too.

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:

The Madness of Marques Brownlee.


Because of my advancing age (43. Blimey) I’m more into podcasts than I am into YouTube vodcasts (which is where my daughter, for example, is more in her natural affinity). I tend to listen to podcasts as I walk to and from work then any free time after that is given to drawing on screens rather than watching them…

So it was from podcasts like TWiT, British Tech, CNET UK and so on that I heard about the sapphire display video from @MKBHD. That probably helped, in the mental formulation of this picture, in as much as it was an audio thing rather than a visual thing.


The only thing I had in mind with the picture, at the beginning, is that I wanted an iPad screen covered in Samphire… The text came last as I was considering how the picture had fallen onto the screen and how it looked. Hopefully people won’t take it seriously and have Marques booted from YouTube.

Regardless. Today started off with some horrible news hit me for six and then some (a youth group connection with the crashed plan  yesterday) so I sat in my shed and painted the above image on an iPad 3 using the very fabulous ArtRage app and a Pogo Sketch Pro stylus. Took my mind off the world which was exactly the intention.

Of course if the screen IS made from Samphire I’ll want this video to hit at least 100 million views and to be called a tech guru for the rest of my life.

Process video:

ArtRage is lovely in many ways, especially as (if you remember) it remembers what you’ve done and with a gentle amount of effort you can create a video of your picture coming to be. Hence the video above, gently soundtracked by the very awesome Duke Special.

Digital life drawing.


I’ve long been a fan of life drawing to sharpen up/improve skills and, well, just be an enjoyable acid test of drawing skills. A new session has started up near me once a week and, although I won’t be able to get to it quite that often, I should be able to get in some regular drawing and painting practise, which is very nice.

Last night was the first one, and I was sort of on duty as one of my autistic students was there and I felt I should keep and eye on his progress/mood as it was his first life drawing of any kind. However my iPad and Hudl were both kept fairly busy (although tbh most of the pictures didn’t really go the way I’d intended or hoped for). More practise to come, much needed…



Drawn on Hudl and iPad using Autodesk Sketchbook Pro and ArtRage apps using, mainly, Jot Script, Nomad Compose, Nomad Mini 2 and Pogo Sketch Pro. More on the Flickr feed. The first picture I’ve got an animation of, just not the energy to edit it at all, but will edit that in later anyhoo.

Why the colours? Well, the theme of the night was to try and implement some pop art techniques, especially with Natasha Law in mind, which I tried…

Forgot about this one 🙂

Hudl, ArtFlow app and Nomad Compose brush, Jot Script stylus.

Plus, in case you don’t notice it in the other post, here’s the process video of the top image, created by pressing the time lapse record in Sketchbook Pro (iPad version).

http://youtu.be/_BWHT8hMHxk

(which won’t embed. Grr).

Mac and Forth episode 008.


I’m a big podcast listener (it’s pretty much taken over from radio and music for me) and, on Downcast app, you’ll find This Week in Tech, British Mac, The Big Show, Kermode and Mayo, One Life Left, Ihnatko’s Almanac, This American Life and much more, all waiting for their weekly listen, more often than not as I walk into work. For a while I timed my days by which podcast I was listening to but I’m a bit more chilled out about what gets listened to when now.

A new addition to the list is Mac and Forth, which I like a lot. It’s an irreverent take on the weekly Apple news and a good fun hour of people chatting to each other, getting sidetracked and ending up talking about important topics such as what would be the boiling point of an iKettle.

This week I had a quiet few days (#sarcasm) and part of that was Google+ing into the show prior to drawing the cover artwork in the hour that followed the recording. You can listen to the show here if you want, hope you like.

More on the week to come: Thursday and Friday were fabulous and wonderful, but that’s a longer post to come and I’m getting back to tidying the house for the family party for the 18 year old daughter 🙂

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 🙂

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 🙂

 

I:heart:ko, dragon skin and detailed notes.

Where to start?

I like technology (you may have noticed). I like using tech creatively and, every so often, not for the purpose it was intended.

I also like listening to podcasts, more often than not about technology, and some names make me happy to see on the list of show contributors. High up on the list, probably higher than anyone, is Andy Ihnatko, who has a melodious voice and a collection of stories that never seem to end but only in the best way. He has an easy and generous laugh and fequently seems to bring a healthy dose of joy to whatever subject he talks about. Which is all very good.

Today, for a change, I was photographing a (sadly) slain dragon using my iPhone 5S and Olloclip while listening to the Ihnatko Almanac podcast. Listening to Andy talk about cameras and tech and Ansel Adams and all sorts meant that, for a very lovely 20 minutes before work, all was right in the world. Except for the dragon, who had been slain.

Since you may not believe me about the dragon here are some pictures of its skin. I also had a marvelous morning teaching… Some days things just click and the students and I move forwards in a hugely exciting way. I really can’t wait to see the outcomes of this final project.

Following this I rounded the day off with the use of my trusty Adonit Jot Script to make detailed to-do notes in Penultimate app, while listening to Lady Gaga.

(penultimate app on iPad 3).

All in all, just your average Tuesday really… Barely worth the bloggage I suspect some would say.

(OK, ok. I confess. The pictures may have been macro shots of the sap from a fallen tree during the recent storms. But that’s only may. They MAY have been from a slain dragon and that’s the story I’m sticking to. They definitely are not from any sort of revolting food which has been suggested to me as an alternative. I may have, in the past, been known for taking photos of grill pans etc but in this case the truth is either sap from a tree or a slain dragon. Take your pick).

Moon Jot.

Still loving the Jot Script (although it seems to have picked up a little bit of dust or something inside it? There’s a slight gritty feel sometimes when using it which is a shame) and had ten minutes between tasks so decided to take a break from screens by drawing in DrawQuest.

Yes. I know. I never said I was a genius.

Anyhow… the subject was ‘is there a full moon tonight?” and to be honest an (ex) animator would have only one image come to mind surely?

Process animation >>here<<.

About the film which inspired the picture >>here<<.