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A long story about Eurogamer Expo, told backwards.

The last bit:

To whit, this:

The theme Β for our interactive gallery stand at this years Eurogamer Expo Β is the League of Extraordinary Guildfordians (as organised by Guildford College, run by Guildford students and focusing on artwork made by Guildford Devs).

The Cosplay diorama themes will be (dates subject to change but I’ll confirm on Monday):

The Lots Of Us (Sept 25th). Joels, Ellies, zombies and clickers all very welcome.
Syndicated Assassins and victims (Sept 26th). Syndicate, Assassin’s Creed and historical characters? Rock on up.
NintendoSegaLand (Sept 27th). Any Nintendo or Sega character? We choose you.
The Alien Cantina (Sept 28th). Star Wars, Who, Mass Effect, any alien of any flavour? Come say hi and join in the gathering.

Come and join in. If you’re cosplaying you can be painted on our stand either separately or as part of the group effort. If you’re an artist and want to paint on a tablet or Interactive Whiteboard using one of a wide range of styli then turn up and say hi πŸ™‚ I’ll be the stressed one with, I hope still by that point, orange hair.

eg: the Lots Of Us from MCM earlier in the year

If you’re a Guildford games artist give me a shout too, would love to hook up with some at the show. We’re also aiming to do a couple of tablet and computer only art sessions around Eurogamer time so give me a shout about those dates.

So! Eurogamer! Exciting. Want to do some touch screen awesomeness? Check out the gallery stand. It’ll be all sorts of awesome.

The middle bit:

So here we are, 3 weeks before the next big one, a large space (60 sq m? About that?) in Eurogamer Expo. We’re going to do some awesome things with tablet art teaching, large screen artworking (tbc), Cosplay painting, Cosplay dioramas, all sorts of awesome stuff. We hope to have bespoke computer game artwork up (some sorted, some at the mercy of as many emails as I can send out around paperworking and new student enrolment and so on). Exciting stuff. Apart from footprint (and to be honest I don’t know whether I could ever do 120 sq m again, as for the most part this is just me sorting things out).

I’m also relating this years Eurogamer to the Gadget Show in my mind as it’s the first one I’ve had a theme completely planned out in my mind and can’t wait to see realised. Obviously what we do is important on the stage, but to know what the stage will look like, especially the image which welcomes people to our space, is cool to be thinking on…

The beginning bit:

The students and I have been on some grand events over the past few years, drawing for Dell, Adobe, Barbican, Royal Academy, Sky Arts, Eurogamer and more….

eg:

The last one is the most pertinent – The Gadget Show Live was the largest show we’ve done, 120 sq m, a small budget, a LOT of reliance on hardware loans and the excellence of students over the week. It was a little bit of an energy drain; I worked 90 hours that week (and that’s ignoring all of the set up), walked 40 miles Β and fell asleep waiting for dinner with the students one evening and, um, sitting down mid way through a day causing a small man hunt as I’d said I’d only be off the stand for five minutes.

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 πŸ™‚ ) 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 πŸ™‚ ) Expect more macros. Here are a couple of 21 x shots of a 3d printed selfie πŸ™‚


((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 πŸ™‚ ))

So, yes, that also meant I was 3d scanned and printed πŸ™‚


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 πŸ™‚


In short? Lots of fun πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚

Young Rewired State 2013.

Two Sundays ago (yes, I’ve been so busy since this is the first chance I’ve had to blog about it) I was invited to see the finale of the Young Rewired State Festival of Code week. It always comes at exactly the wrong time of year for me as the school holidays hit with a bump and a family holiday is much needed by that point… But last year I helped with the ‘Thank You’ video and I was delighted to be asked again this year. I don’t need much selling on the idea: as a youth worker for way over 20 years, a teacher and an aficionado of quirky techy stuff the idea of kids coming together to code and create is something I can get into quite easily.


(last years vid).

Which leads to this years. Again – a bit of a chaos beginning but artwork fell off the screen fairly easily and then I was off on holiday with the occasional re-jig of artwork as requested happening once the kids had come off the beach or similar. Some of the pics I was really pleased with, bearing in mind the ‘hit and hope’ nature of need in some cases, but the video hasn’t been put online to my knowledge just yet.

I did, the day of the hack showcase (and the day after I’d returned from holiday) step on a train at half 7 to get to Birmingham to watch some of the kids present their work and HUGELY INSPIRATIONAL it was too. They were fab, the kids, the mentors, the judges and more. It was a huge room, apparently having suffered some issues during the weekend but as a visitor I saw nothing to suggest that, and I was very glad I made the journey in a cauldron of train that Cross Country sold me a space on.

And I drew there, of course, ‘cos it seemed like a fun idea. Pics attached, poss video later too. Hope you like.