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In Cake of Emergency.

One day I will sue my workplace for comfort food eating.

In other news – enrolment has been a roller-coaster ride (and continues to be so today I assume but I’m not there hoorah) with graphics so popular that I’ve been encouraged to up my hours and take on a second class. Which is also possibly the case for the computer games class too but I don’t think my hours can be upped on that course.

 

While enrolling the Fine Art teacher and I decided that were cake not provided immediately then we would both explode so I went to buy a slice of therapy, photographed it and drew on it this morning in the very lovely ArtRage app on my trusty iPhone 5S. I think this is before said teacher and the new (and brilliant) Photography teacher called me the rubbish Muskateer*.

*by which I mean that we were all talking about whether we should cosplay at Eurogamer as the Three Muskateers and Kath the ‘graph (as I’ve now decided to nickname her) said Porthos was the rubbish one. I like to think he’s not, and I’d be stepping into the shoes of Oliver Reed as I cosplay, so there.

Strange and random scribblings.

Wuf the dog on Nintendo 3DS XL using Art Academy software:

Art Academy is phenominally powerful for a cheap cart on what is perceived as a toy device. Obviously it’s not as full on as, say, Fresh Paint on Surface or ArtRage on iPad/iPhone/Desktop but for what it is and does I’ve got a lot of love for AA. Well worth a play if you’re so inclined. The Wii U version is also very good.

Also today: sat down for a short break in the newly opened Five Guys, Guildford. Once burger was eaten sat, drank Diet Coke and still Fanta and drew this on my phone:


Even remembered to click on the process video button 🙂

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ySiPuyeBfIQ

…which won’t embed. Grr.

Also also:

A friend (hi Matt) asked me to test out my Jot Script on an iPad mini retina as it’s a screen that doesn’t necessarily like to play with styli as much as its bigger brother (nor the Hudl, Galaxy or other devices. It’s a very odd thing).

Anyhow worked like a dream, as did the Nomad play and Stylus Sock which I also had in my pocket. Hurrah. Only had five mins so was a turbo scribble but no problems noted in that time.

Drawn in the Guildford Solutions Inc, which is handy as it was next door to Five Guys 🙂

Monday fruit faces.

Mondays haven’t been great for a while. Four classes back to back with no discernible break is a bit wearing, especially after a weekend.


Compounding the issue I generally get up so dopily I pack fruit rather than make a packed lunch. This morning I packed this to keep me going through the day and it made me smile when placed on the kitchen table ready to be transferred to my bag. Which meant I had to photograph it.

Once snapped, between all of the classes, off and on, I moved the photograph into ArtRage (iPhone version) and threw a few of the now painty pixels around.

Which gave me this:


And once classes and so on were finished I ended up with this:

Said it before, will say it again. Love ArtRage app.

Lurve.

(iPhone 5s + Olloclip fisheye).

Well. Related imagery anyhow…

Youth group last night* was loads of fun (apart from losing at the football 12-6 🙁 )

*Have I mentioned about co-leading a youth group for, now, 20 years on a Friday night. It’s a wonderful thing to be a part of although I have been walking into it in an increasingly dog tired state this year and some changes are a-coming to try and help that situation.

Anyhoo: I normally do the football room and wifey normally leads the craft room and we have a team of 7 excellent helpers doing the do, too. Last night, halfway through the football, we had a tuck shop break and I sat down/vaguely collapsed in a chair in the craft room and chatted to the kids there who were making decorated love hearts in anticipation of Valentine’s day next week (there were other things to make as well but they’re all at an age where that’s the most popular thing to make).

Somehow I ended up taking a couple of photos and, after group, I spent time editing one in the very lovely iPhone art app ArtRage. Hence this:


(ArtRage, iPhone 5S, no stylus).

Also photographed a Strawberry Chocolate love heart. Which are yum 🙂

(might have had a smidge of Snapseed on the colours 😉 plus Ollocip on iPhone 5S).

 

 

 

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).

A bit of blather on mobile digital photography.

I’ve just swapped from a Samsung Galaxy S4 to an iPhone 5S and for one reason only. The camera.

(The Devils Giraffe, iPhone 4S + Autostitch. Blogged about here: http://kercal.wibsite.com/2013/10/13/paris/)

To be fair the GS4 is a great phone. The screen is very good, I appreciate the larger viewing size too, I loved the flip cover allowing me to see the time and certain information without accessing the main features of the device and so on. It rarely stuttered at the pictures I was drawing, even with Photoshop Touch which at times (hallo large size – semi transparent brush) is known to stop and think.

But the camera. No. Just no. Didn’t work for me. Slow, cumbersome, occasionally great shots but far more frequent missed or blurry ones. I was heartened at one point to find an app I love to bits – Autostitch – on Android and they saddened to see how clumsy it was in comparison to the Apple phones camera and ecosystem. Honestly – I’m not a fanboy for any company… My favourite tablet at the moment is a Surface Pro or a Tesco Hudl and my favourite phone would be a Samsung GS4 with an S Pen running something closer to iOS or Metro.

That said when Apple get it right – oh boy they do. The industrial design (can Sir Jony really only be knighted once?) is second to none (although again, the Surface is a very well designed tablet and arguably iOS 7 owes a good few nods to Metro) and the iOS app store ecosystem remains a league ahead.

Now I’m back on iOS devices I waddled through the mud to get to a place I’m fond of photographing: an electricity pylon slap bang in a field. That said anything geometrically repetitive makes me want to whip out the panorama apps (see the Eiffel Tower at the beginning of the blog post) but the pylon, so far, has been good to me*.

Last year I photographed it on iPhone 4S:and yesterday I photographed it on iPhone 5S:The clarity and definition on the 5S is obviously exactly what I was hoping to see. The lack of colour is down to Global Weirding rather than the lens. I look forward to popping back and snapping away when it’s sunny.

Like a complete nitwit (I left the house in a bit of a hurry to get photographing) I forgot my Ollocip but this was Olloclip on 4S and I’ll post a comparison pic when able later:(update: Olloclip pic taken with 5S:I also photographed the pylon using Boinx’ lovely You Gotta See This app…

4S:

5S:Less of a noticeable difference, if any, but I suspect that the app drops the resolution down to a set amount in order to capture the pictures it does. I’d love to see an update to it to take into account the faster processing speed and better lens though.

*Obviously I’m cautious around electricity and metal and so on, and I certainly don’t advise anyone to do this. Generally I let people know where I’m going to be or go with a friend. Apart from standing near to the pylon I don’t do anything that silly or dangerous and hope that nobody sees this as something to copy in anything other than sensible ways, if at all.