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Share Screening in PC World, Guildford. Frogs, Marmites and Snails.

Y’know PC World should pay me to do a drawing tour of all of their shops. That would be fun 🙂

Anyhow, finished work today (this year has been a doozey) and popped into the shop to draw on some screens. The problem with a hundred tablets out there that I want to draw on is that if I were to buy 100 tablets I’d have a huge amount of difficulty trying to explain that to people around me.

So instead we screen share. Well we Share Screen anyhow. The staff and I all get on well, chat holidays while I’m drawing and we chat about apps and styli used and they keep an eye on my pictures as they fall on the screen.

Today I had an hour and a half but, since I’d had a lot of pent up doodling stuck inside of me that let to four pictures drawn. Well, five, but I’ll explain the fifth later.

(Marmite; because it’s one of – if not my favourite – British icons. Sony Vaio laptop and Stylus Sock and MS Paint as Sony don’t include Fresh Paint in their demo software). 

(Stylus T. Frog; because he’s stuck by me through thick and thin. Sony Tap 11, Sony Pen and MS Paint). 

(Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 and Webchemy online app). 


(MS Surface Pro 2, Stylus Sock and Fresh Paint app). 

… and this one wasn’t planned, just happened. I was asked how I draw a picture if I don’t know what I’m going to draw (a rejig of the ‘where do you get your ideas from’ sort of queston). If in doubt I take a line for a walk and see where it goes. It’s the plan that’s given me a depressed Godzilla, a drunk grandma being sick in the street, a snowboarding penguin and a hundred things equally unexpected. So I did a quick scribble and that led to the picture above which I didn’t really have the time to finish as I was supposed to have been gone after 60 minutes of drawing and left after 90 minutes.

Regardless. Love drawing on screens as much as I ever did and always happy to mix it up on devices.


Painting at the Gadget Show Live.

A year ago (and a week, last years setup started on April the 1st) I was doing this:

This year? Well. There was a lot of talk about doing a stand again, and the students and I were certainly keen… But with some tech problems hampering student output, with an EQR just before and another to go back to, not to mention the dreaded O word coming up soon (and in ed that only means one thing) it just couldn’t be worked into the calendar. Very sad but the stress levels are high enough at the moment, ta.

So instead a friend and I went up to do the show together (to just, you know, walk a show floor without being in charge of 40 students and 20 screens for people to draw on 🙂 ) and excellent fun it was (and is, being on until Saturday I believe).

Too much to blather on about now but I shot a lot of video, which I’ll edit when time allows (but soon I hope) and I’ve got a pile of marking I’ve got to get to at some point. But here are some of the bits I enjoyed most. You know they’re going to be about screen art before you scroll down though, right?

I bought an Olloclip! Well. I bought my third Olloclip (having had a 4S version, a 5S version and now a multi macro version 🙂 ) Expect more macros. Here are a couple of 21 x shots of a 3d printed selfie 🙂

((ironically the above pic is my favourite of the 3d Selfies… Less in focus* but something about it makes me smile.. *the less in focus is more to do with the fact that I took the pic on the train from Watford to London Euston 🙂 ))

So, yes, that also meant I was 3d scanned and printed 🙂

I drew on little screens (a Nokia 1320 and another one but can’t remember what number it was…)

Less little screens (Lenovo 7 inch Windows tablet):

and bigger machines (Dell Venue 11 tablet):

Slightly bigger desktop screens (HP desktop):

…and bigger than that screens:

… and bigger than that screens 🙂

In short? Lots of fun 🙂 Drew quite a few Stylus T. Frogs and Marmite jars, chatted to loads of people, including a few friends from other trade shows and last years Gadg-a-stravaganza and did a lot of demo-ing a range of styli on a range of screens ‘cos I’m more than happy to multi task and chat when someone asks me a question…

Now my feet hurt so I’m sitting and blogging and drinking a cup of coffee 🙂 and, in my mind, I’m sort of planning next years stand, really hoping we do one.

And finishing up with the obligatory Olloclip picture of my lunch:

Macro Sushi seaweed. Yum 🙂

Screen sharing in Guildford PC World: the video.

Part of yesterdays massive 18k step marathon was forty minutes of popping into PC World while a friend and I waited for some aerospace grade resin was cut to shape for a brilliantly bizarre machine making process. So a vaguely normal Friday then.

Anyhow he agreed to video me drawing while we waited (on my long suffering iPhone 3GS) hence this, pictures drawn on a Lenovo laptop and a Sony Vaio Duo 11 using Fresh Paint and Paint apps using a Stylus Sock and a Dagi stylus.

Music by the very marvellous >>Duke Special<<.

It’s good to screen share… (again :) )

Today has been very long and fairly extraordinary. More to come on it but it started with the very lovely sight of a range of special education needs children, including a few in wheelchairs, dancing. Then had a short pause to buy aerospace grade resin and chat about the coolest possible Kickstarter and ended with watching Dr Who with the family over a Heston ready meal.

In between that – forty minutes of screen sharing in Guildford PC World…

Ironically both laptops cost £499 (although the Sony Vaio 11 is the last one in stock and heavily reduced)… I think it’s possible the Sony sliders are my favourite machines (possibly although it has the additional help that they were the machines we used primarily at the Gadget Show Live) and I never tire of drawing on them. Sad to think that when this ones gone I won’t draw on one again 🙁

Anyhow, more on today later. Screen Sharing was just the easy part to blog about…

Screen sharing in PC World Guildford…

Again, but with a new name 🙂

Screen Sharing is my current new happy name for popping in and drawing on their devices. Had a lovely chat with a couple of staff members, as normal, and drew three pictures on three machines in 1 hr 45 mins 🙂

Middle one painted on a Lenovo desktop using Microsoft Paint. Top and Bottom image painted using Fresh Paint app on a Samsung Ultrabook and HP desktop respectively.

Used a range of styli: Stylus Sock, Nomad Compose, Nomad Flex, Nomad Mini 2, Pogo Sketch Pro, Pogo Connect, Muji glove and Dagi stylus.

‘Appy New Year 2013.

Some traditions last, others don’t – or morph into new ones…

For various reasons this is the first year in the past 20 that I’ve not done a Fourth Wise Man or a Christmas Trees don’t Christmas Card. May well come back to it if time allows but this year has been a doozy one way or another. Between sick parents and sick in laws, being sick myself, and a stressful restart to work in Sept 2012 is one I’ll remember for good and bad reasons (the good would be things like drawing at BETT – something that I reprise in a couple of months again – and at the Barbican, and the Royal Academy and MCM Comics Expo. Some parts of the year have been amazing).

But last year I drew an ‘Appy Christmas card and an ‘Appy New Year card and both were good fun to do. Didn’t do that again for Christmas but couldn’t resist doing an ‘Appy New Year card for 2013.

Brushes app again, V2 because v3 isn’t… well… it isn’t. Stylus Sock and Nomad Brush and iPhone 4S (which surprised me. I don’t normally use styli on iPhone and could have done the e-card on iPad but this seemed to be the way I should do it so that’s what I did). Started it around 5pm today (29/12/12), finished it around 11pm and that’s with a break to eat dinner and watch Muppet Christmas Carol with the fam. Yes, we are that messed up time wise this year.

Hope you like (or fav or RT).

…and instead of a signature I wrote the name in app icons as well… Just for the fun of it. 4 icons seemed too small to stick to 🙂 What are the app icons? Well, if you followed me on Twitter you might well now as I tweeted all of the icon inspirations and said ‘Appy New Year (which was a smidge dispiriting as only two have come back to me so far and only one retweeted. That said – crazy busy time of year and my dreams of multi-thousand view generating retweets remain just nocturnal bouts of optimism). I’ll post an edit with the names of the apps that inspired the look of the picture on Jan 1st.

…And this is the planning process, such as it was: inktense pencil on moleskine. Every Christmas (there’s that tradition again) I get some moleskines – generally the limited edition ones (so far: Snoopy, Star Wars, Pac Man, Hobbit. No Petit Prince 🙁 ) so generally I write lists and draw and doodle in them until it’s the next ones turn 🙂 This is the planning page for the ANY pic:

Why sketch pads at all? Surely I’ve gone all digital with the tablets and so on? Nope, not a bit of it. There’s an immediacy and tactility to a sketchpad, you can make mistakes and clean them up, or mess them up more. And of course it’s very good to take your eyes away from a screen every so often. I’ve always like water soluble media too, from inktense pencils to tombo pens to all sorts. My working practice is grey or purple pencil at the start to find the shapes, waterproof pen to clean up the outlines, water soluble media of some sort – nearly always inktense pencils now, love them 🙂 and then Pentel replaceable cartridge brush pen at the end. Makes me happy.

I participated in a forum discussion on sketchbooks and tips for working on them and this is what I said (the conversation slotting in nicely within what I was doing – picture wise).

>>on sketchpads<<

I’ve got a couple of quirks that I’ve fallen into but they’re more my oddities rather than anything else. I start pads from the end as I never know what I want them to be at the beginning. I also tend to draw a lot of coffee cups. Also I use the sketch pads for writing lists and notes as well as drawing and then, if time allows, turn the rarely completed lists into pictures, generally skyscrapers or just geometric shapes.

Lastly only thing I can think of is that sometimes its easier to start with a random scribble and turn that into something than start from scratch. Also takes away the fear of the white page a little.

Also: Drew this in a PC World Apple reseller store thing a couple of days ago on an iPad mini. Would love one but being careful with the pennies at the moment 🙁

iPad art session for ages 3 and up…

For the past week it’s been half term and, since I’m now only 2 days a week at the college, I’ve been picking up freelance work where I can. One of the loveliest jobs offered to me was three days at the Electric Theatre to take part in their Family Festival: one day mini book making, one day Manga art lessons and today, doing iPad art as part of the Arty Fun session… Katy Ashworth from CBBC was leading the day and I was in the background, encouraging all who wanted to to draw on the iPad using either a Nomad Play brush and a Stylus Sock especially when young children were queueing to have their photos taken with her – it was a pretty long line so I was the mid- line entertainment…)

Lovely day, lovely time, lovely kids. Will finish the pic off next week (was so busy not many of the Electric Theatre team got to draw on the picture so will take the iPad back in for them to add to in the coming week) but this is what the kids, ages 3 and up, got up to between 1.30 and 4.30…