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Enter the Gold Stylus…

Styluminati. Asus tablet, cheap eBay styli, Fresh Paint app.

Long time readers (hi mum) will know that I’m a bit of a stylus addict. I did a quick head count of my box of styli the other day and, without looking for the ones which have fallen to the bottom of a range of bags and boxes around the house, I reached 130 fairly easily.

A small box of many styli.

There’s no specific stylus I buy more of (although I do seem to have more Nomad, Pogo, Jot, Dagi and Wacom than other names but that shouldn’t be surprising – they’re the ones who make the majority of named styli), and I’m certainly not in a position to buy all of them as they’re released, but I do love to see what each and every new scribble stick will bring to the square glass firework which I like to draw on. Some styli work best on one screen, others refuse to work on another screen. Surface hates Nomad, Hudl 2 loves Maglus and Dagi, for example. Surface RT would only work with Dagi and Jot, Jot doesn’t work, at all, on HP all in one desktops in my experienceย (which is odd and must have something to do with the amount of connectivity needed to pair to the screen). I mentioned the fact to a couple of HP product managers at BETT last month and they seemed surprised that it was the case or that there were so many alternatives out there (it came up in discussion because I was having a quick draw with Sprout and the stylus they chose to demo it was the Jot classic, which seemed ironic).

SproutMite by @HP. #FreshPaint at #BETT2015.

I have a range of styli that I love, which I’ll get onto later (and which is the subject of a forthcoming article in a very lovely art magazine that I’ve been invited to write for) and I have some which I don’t love. I’ve never gone into a stylus review wanting to give it a good kicking, as all have positives and a stylus which I don’t get on with may be the favourite of another artist. The very lovely Susan Murtaugh loves the Jot Pixelpoint, which I respect but find almost inexplicable, and the equally lovely Mr Matthew ‘Roz’ Hall loved an Alupen which I bought for him way back when at the IAMDA meetup which, again, wasn’t a stylus I gravitated to.

DrawQuest: Tablet art styli.

Studio 53, makers of the extremely user friendly app Paper (by 53), have in the past released the Pencil stylus which has divided opinion (another hugely talented tablet artist – Paul Vera Broadbent – hates it. I like it loads). I wanted the Walnut one but only managed to buy the black one in the end (yes, stylus looks are important to me too ๐Ÿ™‚ which makes me, at times, a shallowย screen scribble stick consumer). Now they’ve released a Gold Pencil stylus which I think looks fabulous, but which again I can see dividing opinion. Whatever… Don’t like it, don’t buy it! I think it looks striking and confident and can’t wait to use it. With the Maglus a close second the Pencil is, apart from being a thumpingly good stylus, the most beautifully packaged stylus I’ve ever laid hands on…

Stylus T. And a mouth full of blue teeth. Photoshop Touch, iPad, many styli.

Sadly, I’ll probably have to wait. In the same week as the stylus is announced I’ve had to shell out many, MANY, stylus bucks to have our house rewired. Sigh. There is a competition though, running daily from the 4th to the 9th of Feb, which I’m entering daily. The competition is to remix a stylus image with whatever ideas you bring toย  the table. This is what I’ve come up with so far (and I’ll edit the post to include any that come up until the 9th)…

day 1:

No, Mr Bond... iPad Mini, Paper, Pencil.

day 2:

It's so shiny... #Paper53 #Pencil53 #StylusTFrog

day 3:

Gold stylus remix.

day 4:

Fiddy Fwee the gold eared stylus bunny.... ipad mini, Paper app and Pencil.

day 5:

#NationalDoodleDay on iPad Mini, Paper app, Dagi and Pencil.

day 6:

The Golden Stylus Surfer. iPad Mini, Paper by 53, Pencil stylus.

day 7:

Mr 53 remix.

day 8:

Mirror Mirror remix 2. iPad mini, Paper, Pencil.

day 9:

Meanwhile, on Hoth.... iPad Mini, Paper app, Pencil and Maglus.

…and A bonus update on the Golden Surfer pic as I flipping LOVE Galactus ๐Ÿ™‚

If I did but wield this stylus...

 

Wish me luck ๐Ÿ™‚ (that was then… I didn’t won one of the coveted ten styli boo, but it was fun to get closer to Paper…)ย Unless you think I need an intervention on Styli matters (quite possible) ย in which case wave as I go by ๐Ÿ™‚

Stylus T Frog says hi.

(as always, click on the picture to see a higher resolution version. No idea, now I’ve moved onto a Surface, how to centre the pictures here or make them bigger…. Techno artist I may be but some – probably simple things – fly well over my head..)

Therapeutic draw session in PC World, Guildford.

The half term break has been neither restful nor peaceful so a therapeutic draw session was called for.

First off – the Samsung Galaxy Pro:

…which I was delighted to see had S Note app installed. That made me smile – it’s something I’m more than happy to use to create a picture.

That was closely followed by an HP Pavilion 11 inch laptop:

Which I was also delighted to see had the very fab Fresh Paint app on. So delighted I completely forgot to take anything like a good photograph of (and had also forgotten to bring a USB stick with me so was doubly stuck).

That was followed by a Lenovo Yoga 2:

…which only had Paint on. That’s not terrible – it’s not a bad drawing app at all. But Fresh Paint is the first thing I always look for on a Windows 8 touch screen. I also couldn’t find a way to get rid of the ‘Touch here to find out more’ dialog box…

The last machine I drew on was the Surface Pro 3 which I like a lot. I even managed to persuade a staff member to try out the app (Fresh Paint again) and he did a pretty good job indeed for a first time on a touch screen ๐Ÿ™‚

All in all a lovely 90 minutes drawing on a range of touch screens. If I had the money I’d have bought all of them – there weren’t any I disliked the screens or machines of.

Ironically I went in in the hope that they might have a Google Nexus 9 and had a few conversations about it… but that’s still to arrive (although the staff were as keen as I am to see the tablet. But hey, I can always pop back later and draw again ๐Ÿ™‚ )

Dell Solutions Tour 2014.

Latest on the list of ‘Blimey it’s busy this year’ screen drawing sessions is the Dell Solutions tour 2014.

It’s a three day/three city event which I get the chance to join in with the London leg. This year it was in Olympia – a venue I’ve not been in since the old ECTS days – and as always it’s delightful to be able to draw on new screens, chat to people I’ve met at other events and big up the students and the College course. (Last year it was at Stamford Bridge which I thoroughly enjoyed for the Autostitch wonderfulness).

I only had three hours to join them this year as I was due to be drawing burgers and having meetings for the rest of the day (more to say, some very cool stuff to come) and that led to these pictures:

 


Drawn on a Dell 18, Venue 8 and 11 mostly using Paint app (although I did get one stand to install the Fresh Paint app for me to have a test out on their screen…) Paint is OK, not my favourite app to demo and work with as the icons aren’t exactly set up for touch screen… but it’s more capable than some might remember and not painful to use… Fresh Paint is one of my favourite apps so it’s always a shame to see demo machines not have it as an automatic option.

Apologies for the photos. The lighting of the room played havoc with my camera… Regardless: Stylus T. Frog had a good run out, which is always nice. Thanks for the invite Dell ๐Ÿ™‚

One unexpected bonus of the day was the picking up of two new promo styli. One from Qualcomm – a wrist slap band stylus that works miles better than one I picked up from them last year… But the star of the show was a luxury Intel pen/stylus that’s lovely to write and draw with. Hurrah. Hence the picture which opens this blog. I drew it on my trusty new Hudl 2 in the q for lunch (must be a limerick in there somewhere) because no-one would lend me a Dell tablet to draw on while I was waiting…. But I did use the styli that I’d picked up to draw each of the styli in the picture, so that sort of counts as being helpful, right?

On the machine side I do like the Dell tablets and I look forward to the update of the Venue tablets with the new pen/drivers and refreshed innards in November. All good stuff, and I REALLY like their LED projector. That’s an utter mini-star ๐Ÿ™‚

Early age Hudl art class.

One of the surprise tablet finds of last year for me was the Hudl. I expected as little as it cost, I found I liked it far more than I anticipated.

…which is why I have 7 ๐Ÿ™‚ enough to do impromptu (and occasionally planned) tablet art classes for a range of ages.

This morning (as I had so much energy after yesterday’s adventure) I was booked to do 50 minutes of tablet art tuition for kids aged 6-14 and it was as much fun as it always is (although this time is the first class I’ve run with the Hudl’s in their lovely new cases, hurrah).

We stuck, almost entirely, to Autodesk’s lovely Sketchbook Pro app and, for the most part we drew Frogs and what they might be happy to eat. The kids, as always, did brilliantly:



 

 

Lots of fun ๐Ÿ™‚ More pictures from the kids >>here<<

To explain the process, drawing upside down, I did this one; a Frog eating a fly ice cream:

…so it’s nice to see that the kids pictures were way better than mine ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Odd views of the world. A bit more on phone photography.


The iPhone is more than a phone for me… In fact I rarely use it as such. Instead it has, for a long while, been my primary method of creating images, initially drawn and now photographed.

The iPad (and a range of tablets including the Hudl, Surface, Galaxy Tab, a variety of Dell, Lenovo and Asus tablets and so on) is currently my go-to painting and drawing device because of the increased screen real estate – something that I remember not being convinced about when I imported my very first iPad. But then, somehow, the larger screens became the ones I picked up most to do a painting and the Phone… well, it didn’t languish, but the drawn images became fewer and further between. I still draw on the small screen but those pictures are rarer.


Stylus T says Ribbet, for example, was drawn on my phone a couple of days after I’d come back from a lovely holiday while I was going through my pics.

And therein lies the rub: what I love about the iPhone is the camera. The Lumia‘s might have better glass but the iPhone, currently, has the better apps and the quicker pedal to metal. The Galaxy S4 was awful in this respect and I took far more blurry photo than I would have liked with that phone which, apart from that one pitfall, I liked loads. All of the pics in this blog and this blog were taken with the iPhone… Its my go to photography device 99% of the time and with the addition of an Olloclip it becomes even more fun:

Pink Marshmallow.

White Marshmallow

Chin Chin and Green Grass.

As you can probably guess I’m extremely fond of Autostitch, Boinx’ You Gotta See This app (which, while brilliant, is VERY MUCH in need of an update) and Olloclip’s in general. I’ve mentioned it before but I was utterly heartbroken when one of my two Ollo’s bit the dust ๐Ÿ™

’nuff said.

I’ve written about Phoneography before, and no doubt will again ((although you’d be far better served by checking out the work of the very wonderful Nettie ‘Lumilyon’ Edwards who takes mobile phone photography very much to a higher level)). My mind is already moving towards the likely September 6th announcement of a new iPhone (although I will have an eye very firmly pointed to the keynote at IFA for the Samsung Note 4 – which is a fabulous phone. I love the S-Pen integration very much) but, with both announcements, it’ll be the camera that I’ll be most interested in seeing the evolution to come…

#RaggedyManGoodnight

We’re all fully signed up Dr Who fans in the Kercal household…. So we were determined to catch the Who Exhibition before it closes and regenerates (and then we’ll probably catch it all over again).

Anyhow, that led to this:

…and I bought (and swapped a gold Dalek) for this:

(which takes pride of place on my table of skulls):


…. and I photographed the waistcoat from Paul McGann’s costume because I liked it (and for no real plan in mind). Yesterday I turned it into this (on my trusty ArtRage/iPhone combination ๐Ÿ™‚ )


(which makes me wish I’d taken more photos of the costumes to do various regenerations of Stylus T. Frog… ๐Ÿ™‚ Ah well, hope the costumes are still there for the next time the Experience is open ๐Ÿ™‚ )

And I also stole a couple of minutes to draw a Marlek in PC World in Cardiff ๐Ÿ™‚

…and the good wife also found herself creatively inspired by the idea of being at the Dr Who Experience so made some felt toys to go along with us…

ย ….and she also made me a felt Stylus T. Frog for our 21st Wedding Anniversary which was the day before we did the Dr Experience ๐Ÿ™‚

 

London Adobe #CreateNow: This is EXACTLY how the event went…


So it’s been a HECK of a month (and we’re still only 10 days into it…)


It started with the end of year graphics exhibition. Well. Exhibitions. One at the Bar Des Arts in Guildford, courtesy of the very amazing Kath Jones’ organisational excellence, followed, three days later by the graphics takeover of the Creative Corridor from my good self, Aidan, Beth, Gio, Alex and Kath again.

One the wine had worn off from the open evenings it was back on the road to the #CreateNow event hosted by Adobe all over the world. I had a ticket to waddle up to the London leg of the journey and, while there it was… well… This was the first picture I drew, in Adobe Sketch on the tube from Waterloo:


Which set the tone, I think.

Adobe had, a long few months ago, announced the Project Mighty (a fascinating looking connected stylus) and Napoleon (a connected ruler). Shortly before the Create Now events they had also launched a series of free iOS apps (Sketch, Line, Photoshop Mix, Voice) with the first two working more than happily with the Ink and Slide (as Mighty and Napoleon had been renamed).

And I knew they would be there. Which is why I was too ๐Ÿ™‚

The excellentย @BeatleJase lent me his Slide ruler (see what they did there?) from the get go, which is why I went easy on him when drawing:

(to be fair this was drawn at the end of the day and we were all a bit punchy)

The first pic I drew with Slide was this:


Took a bit of getting used to, and I don’t think I’m the target market for it, but it’s a very nicely constructed piece of kit. Beautifully so. It feels too light to be a working unit and then, when you lay it on the screen, it… to borrow a phrase, just works.

So after the brickwork I drew this:


… and, again, I was impressed with how effortlessly the ruler was a part of the screen.

Now… the problem with an Adobe Create Now event is that, really and truly, I would love to be just listening and catching up on what’s being said and the new functions that are being teased. But I felt like I should be drawing, so, with only half of my attention on the stage I’m pretty sure this actually happened:


Eventually the effortlessly cool @Mchaize and @Rufusd finished their product demos and I held Rufus up with a water pistol filled with indelible purple ink. One of us was coming out of the stand off inked.


Fortunately for both of us the water pistol was whisked away by the Adobe magicians to be turned into the next big input device*. And I had an Ink stylus to play with for an hour…

*Copyright me. A water pistol screen input was always going to happen I’m astounded no-one came up with it before me.


The problem was – Rufus happily told me once the ink/water pistol had been whisked away – that the Ink stylus only works (currently) with iPad 4 and up. And me, being a part time teacher with an understanding – but equally part time teacher – wife, am still on my trusty 3.

Help was at hand and I hooked up with another show attendee who was happy to share her iPad 4 with the Ink stylus. I didn’t mind sharing… much… ๐Ÿ™‚ The combination of not my stylus and not my iPad led to this:







…and a few other pics that you can see on my Flickr Feed.

Incidentally the final pic above was an excellent talk, as was the talk which preceded him about Hollywood special effects but by that point I was happy to just let things happen. All in all the day completely delivered on its remit of showcasing awesome aspects of creativity and made me want to play with desktop software which is not always the case as I’m far more at home with a tablet (or several tablets).

Sadly once Rufus worked out that I’d swapped his stylus for a banana I had to get the heck of (colour) Dodge:


and all of that art and exercise led to Stylus T. and I being tired little screen painting partners on the way home:


Although somewhere along the line I think I dreamt that I carried on with my Frog and Blueteeth picture which since the Inky addition has now had a Jot Touch PixelPoint added to it too.


And that is that, I think. ’twas an excellent day, as the Adobe shows always are. Loved being able to sit and draw in it. All of the above pics, natch, were drawn with Adobe Line (free), Sketch (free) and Photoshop Touch (not free but worth every penny) on an iPad 3, iPad 4 or Tesco Hudl. Hope you like.


On the Jot Touch PP score… I’d love to play with the Ink and Jot next to each other. I’ve got some things I want to say about the Touch but I want to play with the Ink at the same time to see if my thoughts are still fair…

‘Til the next time ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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).ย 

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

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

 

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

… 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.

 

Art On The Street 2014.

((planning my AOTS space out on iPad using Adobe Ideas app)).

Long suffering readers might remember that I ran an Interactive Whiteboard art show for Promethean at Art On The Street 2012.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9V-8JiO1L4
((Video Evidence if you don’t believe me)).
(((Which, AGAIN, grr, won’t embed. No idea why not ๐Ÿ™ ))).

Excellent fun it was, but, at the (very) back of my mind was the thought that I was in work mode and didn’t get to either enjoy the art that surrounded me nor have a go at displaying anything of mine… I’ve been WAY too busy to contemplate doing something similar since but something in me said I should do this one coming up, and a space was available so…

This Saturday! Maidenhead Art On The Street! I’ll be standing around desperately hoping someone talks to me and buys something. It’s an extraordinary event which I’m very happy to be a part of, whether I sell anything or not really… But since I’ve said I’d buy the excellent Mr Nick Thatcher a burger to say thanks for helping me it’d be nice to cover that cost and the train fare at least ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ve got a packed wall of loads of stuff (16 x pieces of art available in limited quantities* in A3 and A2 size for very affordable prices), a dozen hand made creatures available for charity donation to Disability Challengers and National Autistic Society and (postal service willing) a hundred styli that people can buy (again, for charity donation) and if anyone wants to chat apps and styli and so on and so forth I’ll be more than happy to answer questions about which is the best app and which is the best scribble stick**.

((possibly a smidge too much artwork. Working on what stays and what goes…))

I’ll also haveย 100 badges of Stylus T. Frog which will be on sale for some sort of pocket money price (still working on that one) so, hopefully, there’ll be something for everyone.


AND I’ve got a 2 x 4 ft banner which I REALLY hope I’ve got space for on the stand as it looks ace ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

So… a lot of work (which I’ve been juggling against the most complex triple whammy of most students to EV and two EQRs at work that I’ve ever co-ordinated…) but can’t wait. If you’re in Maidenhead pop over and say hallo. I’m on pitch 52, although TBH I’ve no idea where that is ๐Ÿ™‚ Follow me on Twitter at @kercal and hopefully I’ll post some sort of useful info through the day…

What we done during Eurovision…

A few years ago wife and I were in a pub playing darts with a Swede and a Romanian. In the background was the Eurovision song contest, which was the first time I’d ever watched it.

Since then we always have, either with friends or relatives or just ourselves and the kids. Last night was fairly unusual (in as much as we’d not realised it was on until yesterday and hadn’t invited friends over) so we watched (to be honest half a dozen countries – including France which was my favourite – were robbed) and made things and ate and so on.

Wifey always makes a brilliant European picnic:

And this year she also made me a son to go with my Frog:

And I drew the acts as they happened:

All drawn on Hudl using Photoshop Touch and a New Trent Limir (or Arcadia can’t remember which one’s which) and a Nomad Compose. Hope you like. We enjoyed the evening, not always (in fact fairly rarely) for musical purposes ๐Ÿ™‚