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Digital art Big Draw workshop at the Electric Theatre, Guildford.

As if often the case in a half term The Electric Theatre in Guildford asked me to run a couple of art sessions for 5-9 year olds. Mondays theme was traditional art and Wednesday was digital.

We started, as almost all of my classes do, with a couple of psychological tricks to explain how easy drawing is. Once that barrier is broken (about 10 minutes in if I’m taking the scenic route) we started to draw on tablet.

And excellent fun it was too, as these sessions often tend to be 🙂


On the touch screens we started with the very lovely Tesco Hudl (first generation) and used Autodesk Sketchbook to take photos of drawn owls and colour them:

Then we did a little bit of face liquifying (still on Hudl) which went down brilliantly 🙂

We did a bit of Autostitch panorama photo taking:

(click on the photos for larger versions)

…and we drew on a range of apps:

Fresh Paint app on Surface RT.

Brushes app (v2) on iPad.

Autodesk Sketchbook on Hudl.

Adobe Photoshop on Hudl.

ArtRage on iPad.

All in all? A lot of fun and, I think, a good few new 6 year old touch screen artists ready to carry on where they left off after the 2 hour session (all asked which apps and styli they should buy and all of the parents/grandparents looked relieved when I told them that the prices were generally low and affordable). The feedback was excellent with the often asked question ‘are you going to do more of these sessions’ becoming more and more pressing on my mind 🙂 Hopefully soon (although not until early 2015 that said).

I was also lucky enough to be joined by three of my College students – all very capable tablet art tutors in their own right – which meant that if I’d so wanted I could have delegated all of the work to them! I didn’t of course – doing youth arts work is too much fun to not be involved in – but it was lovely to know that I could hand off to them when I wanted the younger kids to have some extra assistance…

Next up? Half a days rest. I think I’ve earned it 🙂

Adventures on Touch Screens.

It’s been a busy week at Kercal central on a range of screens…


I had a quick play on an Apple iPad Air 2 following listening to an artist talk at the Covent Garden Apple Store. It’s as nice a device as you would expect (although I increasingly wonder if their obsession with thinness needs an intervention). The screen is beautiful and, with a conscious movement towards Replay and Pixelmator coming for me on tablet I think I should be looking at updating come Christmas time (‘cos there’s no way I’ll afford it sooner).

I drew this in a Moleskine (which  I’ll find and add later) and then on a Surface RT on a train to London (using the very fab Fresh Paint app). Kudos to Arthouse Meath in Godalming for reminding me how funky a flamingo can be.

I am seriously liking the photo sphere camera setting on the Hudl 2. Click on the pic for larger formats…

And on the Shake Shack side I drew this in 11 minutes while they filmed me on time lapse. Look forward to seeing the artwork come to be on the page (well, screen). I am THOROUGHLY enjoying the art residency there 🙂 Bigger blog on that to come.

And finally we have a large touch screen in at work to evaluate. I booked two 45 min slots and came out with these pics:


MS Paint, Photoshop and Clevertouch built in software respectively.

Finally also had a quick draw on a Lenovo tablet in PC World while waiting to see if there was a Google rep near the Chrome desk (only weekends, sigh. But yes, I do want to draw on a Nexus 9 STAT!)

Screen Frenzy! 🙂

Anatomy of a slug.

One of my fab students drew a slug while we were at Surrey Opps Fair…

…and the idea sort of… um… hmm. Stuck? Is that the right word?

So on the minibus returning from the show I drew most of this on my trusty and very much loved Hudl (first gen):

Depressed Slug. Hudl, Adobe Photoshop Touch, eBay stylus.

Then, on my walk about leaves yesterday I used my HUdl 2 to take a couple of texture photos which I thought would suit the picture. When I got home I emailed them to myself (not having any better idea to transfer the files, Android is still a mystery to me in some ways) and added them to the picture which gave me this:


…which is miles better (although not for the slug obviously).

Then, overnight (while I was semi-successfully sleeping) I realised I should have moved the mouth and added a small outline to the slug. Which gave me this:

And so on. I might change the outlines in the foot imprint but for the most part will stick with it where it is. Mmmm sluggy.

 

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 🙂 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 🙂 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 🙂

 

Yesterday was fun…

So I stopped off on the way home for a very therapeutic draw time. 45 mins later this had happened…

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(Tesco Hudl, Adobe Photoshop Touch app, Jot Script, Jail Ale. Stylus T. Frog as himself).

While on the subject of Youtube process videos here’s the one from the life drawing session on Monday:

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(iPad 3, Autodesk Sketchbook Pro, Nomad brush, Adonit Jot Script and Pogo Sketch Pro).

Drawing with a Jot Script.

Latest on the (long) list of styli I’ve been keen to have a draw with is the jot Script. It’s unusual in terms of a screen stylus as it has a thin point (rather than the – until now – accepted norm of a 6 mm wide stylus tip). Its bluetooth but, sadly, not pressure sensitive.

The second unexpected result was that it works more than happily with the Android device I tested it on (a Samsung Galaxy S4)*.

The third unexpected thing is how effortlessly it pairs to the screen and works in all apps, seeming to pair to the device rather than on a case by case app basis. It just, to borrow a phrase, works. I’m trying to work out what I think about it but the initial feelings are all very positive. Nice one Adonit.

The pics below were all drawn last night except for the Selfie which was drawn on the bus into work this morning… Stuck in traffic…. In the rain.

Stylus: iPad + Procreate.

Selfie: Samsung Galaxy S4 + Sketchbook Pro.

Stylus: iPad + Didlr. Process animation >> here <<

Hellophant: iPad + Sketchbook Pro. Drawn on the bus from my house into town so clocked in around the 12 minute mark. I forgot, as normal, to set animation going, which made me Grr. I like Sketchbook Pro a lot but the fact that some parts make me grr as often as they do stop me from loving it as the art app of choice.

… and while we’re on a hard tipped stylus vibe I had a fab drawing time with friends last night during which I got to play with a Wacom Cintiq that, when not connected to a desktop machine, runs Android software (and Sketchbook Pro). One of my friends (a very lovely person) drew a happy Tomato sauce bottle on my iPad (and she seemed to completely fall fr the Jot Script while doing so) and I drew a less cheerful one, as is my wont. I also drew the Adventures of Pizza Guy below (and hope to be able to post the original pics sometime soon).

What did I think of the Cintiq? Well to be honest Android as an OS is very good but the app store is not and the range of art apps available is woeful compared to iOS. I’d have far rather played with a Cintiq running Windows 8 and Fresh Paint (although I like Sketchbook Pro very much as an app).

Overall I liked Wacoms take on a tablet. The screen is Matte so, presumably, would be more comfortable to draw on for concerted periods of time (and is less glare-tastic as well), and I would like to have been able to draw on it for a little longer. But all in all the Jot Script was the more fun discovery during yesterdays screen time (and certainly the more affordable one).

*Brief update: I just tested the Script on a Tesco Hudl (one of my favourite 7 inch tablets) and it worked as well as it did on all of the other screens I threw it at (metaphorically speaking).

Tesco Hudl + Adobe Photoshop Touch.

Taking a line for a festive walk…

No idea why but these lines:

…became this:

Which is at least a little festive bearing in mind I’m delicately balanced between cheerful and humbug, depending on the minute.

Drawn, as is the picture below (Pie Chart) on my Tesco Hudl using a range of styli and Autodesk Sketchbook Pro. I’m not the sort to give out end of year awards but if I did that would be the tablet that I’d say I’ve enjoyed most drawing on. An absolutely fabulous little slice of tech and a joy to have worked with this last part of the year.

Were I to do awards the stylus of the year would be a dead heart between the Nomad Mini 2 and the Wacom Intuos Creative. Both fab things in completely different ways.

Anyhow, I don’t do that sort of thing so no runners up, stats or so on.

I did draw a Pie Chart, as mentioned, on the Hudl which, again, I suppose is vaguely festive, but not in the normal ways.

(and I don’t normally add on photo filters on upload, but I do sometimes whip through them to see if they’ll deliver something interesting. This time it did so a remix below, filtered through the Flickr app):

If I don’t blog before next Weds (very likely given historical precedents) hope that everyone reading has a wonderful, peaceful and enjoyable Christmas and New Year. Here’s to 2014, which I’ve been saying since about the end of August/early Sept…

 

 

 

 

Hudl painting…

More to come on this subject but I’m very keen on the new Tesco tablet – the Hudl. For the price it’s an absolute corker of technology and capability. I’ve been using it for personal artwork creation, in my teaching and in youthwork and it’s done the business in all three places.

For the moment though let’s stick with this: the excellent Verso, Dr Happy Mac and I do a semi-weekly Comic book podcast and, somewhere along the line Galactus versus Lucy Van Pelt came up in conversation.

The following day found me in a pub for a quick decompress post teaching and youth work so, while it was on my mind:

And then continued on the bus home:

And then, later that evening, to finish it like this:

Drawn using Nomad brush and Dagi Accu Pen stylus on Tesco Hudl tablet using Autodesk Sketchbook Mobile, if you’re interested in the nuts and bolts… Not bad for a nights drawing on a bumpy path…