Dec 18 2017

Live with the new TagTool

Matthew Watkins

Alberobello 2017 from Fabric Lenny on Vimeo.

Fabric Lenny and myself for our first time perfuming together with the new TagTool and we were not disappointed. The Alberobello Light Festival was a perfect backdrop for our images. The new Tagtool is an entirely redesigned app. It retains much of the feel of the old version but adds a slew of new features from changing background colour to importing images and being able to create and save libraries of loops, just to mention a few.

Looking forward to our next gig.

Jun 19 2017

Fingerpainted whiteboard

Matthew Watkins

Whiteboard videos are one of the strongest ways of communicating concepts. Fingerpainting offers you the possibility to take your scribe videos too the next level.
All of the drawings and image animations for this scribe about creating visual content were made on my iPad pro.
You can export your assets to dropbox giving you seamless integration with your desktop editing apps.

Sep 28 2015

TagTool Light Painting at the Alberobello Light Festival

Matthew Watkins

Jul 1 2015

Watkins&Rabe: Live Fingerpainting Painting in Alberobello

Matthew Watkins

2015 is the International Year of Light and don’t miss Matthew Watkins and Benjamin Rabe painting July 18, 19, 20 2015 at the Alberobello Light Festival amongst the UNESCO protected Trulli. A Trullo is a conical dry-fitted stone building typical to a very small region of Puglia. Their origins date back to medieval times.

The Festival starts July 4th and pays homage to the painting “Starry Night” by Vincent Van Gogh. The painting will be beamed out over the historic Trulli district of Alberobello by dozens of powerful projectors.

Watkins&Rabe will be projecting on selected walls in the historic area for three days. Please come and see us!

Photo by Antonello Leo
Video Watkins&Rabe

Oct 5 2012

A short interview with Dave Skinner about the pogo connect

Benjamin Rabe

the pogo connect

I wrote a post about the pogo connect earlier this month. Now Dave Skinner of tenonedesign was so kind to answer some questions I had about the device.

The pressure response on the connect is great: can you tell us a little more about the underlying technology? How does the crescendo sensor work?

The Crescendo Sensor is a solid-state technology used for sensing pen pressure. Although the details are a tightly-held trade secret, we can tell you there are more surprises to come related to this sensor.

So far there’s only one button on the connect, but stylus on eg. wacom tablets use many buttons, and also direction sensors. is that a way to go?

In our testing, multiple buttons provided some benefits, but also caused mistakes for some users. We think our customers will appreciate the simplicity of a single button. Accelerometers, gyroscopes, secondary buttons, laser pointers, bottle openers, and secret compartments are all possible in the future!

Character sletch using the pogo connect and procreate

Character sletch using the pogo connect and procreate

What happens when the tip wears off/ gets punctured, will it break the functionality?

The tip is engineered to be as bulletproof as possible. If you are somehow able to puncture it, the pressure performance will not be reduced at all.

Can you tell us anything about your future plans?

We think accurate pressure sensitivity is a great first step for iPad artists. It has been a long time coming. We’re planning to show off what other things our Crescendo Sensor is capable of early next year. Beyond that, we will be closely listening to what our digital artist friends are telling us. If we can better the experience of digital art in any way, you can bet we will do it.

What are the main obstacles with implementations/SDK?

Our Pogo Connect has been graciously received by app developers. As of now integration is completed or nearly so for most of the top-tier artistic apps.
The largest challenge was making enough samples to send developers. The very first pens we sent out were made from plastic on our 3D printer. There was a comically large strip of copper tape running down the outside. They were quite possibly the ugliest thing you have ever seen.

What role played the community in developing the product?

We always enjoy hearing thoughts over email or on Twitter. In fact, the Locator Beacon feature of Pogo Connect was inspired by a Twitter comment. Ten One Design is a very small company. Every tweet is read by the designers. It is a opportunity to get inside their heads and inspire the next great feature.

Thx Dave for the interview! The pogo connect is now available for pre-ordering, expected to ship on October 31st.

Sep 24 2012

First look: the pogo connect

Benjamin Rabe

Pressure sensitivity has always been one of the most requested features amongst mobile artists. With the Adonit Jot Touch already on the market, it seemed like a logical step that tenonedesign, who were amongst the first to come out with a stylus for the iPad (the legendary pogo sketch, and later the pogo sketch pro), have been also working for a pressure sensitive stylus for a while now. Secretly named the BlueTiger Project, it is now scheduled for October for pre-order.

Thanks to Dave Skinner of tenonedesign, I was able to test-drive the pogo connect bluetootch 4.0 Smart Pen before its public appearance.

the pogo connect

The setup

I used the connect mainly with procreate so far, but it also works with ArtStudio, SketchBookPro and ZenBrush.
Surprisingly, the connect doesn’t have a power button. Using a standard AAA battery, the pogo is an always-on device. Other than the Adonit Jot Touch, which has a small rechargeable battery built-in, that means you don’t really have to care about power consumption much. I have been using the connect for a week now, and the battery indicator (it’s being shown in procreate) only went down one level so far.
The pogo connects via bluetooth and the connection dropped only occasionly in my case when using it a full day to do life illustrations during the mlove mobileXmusic event last week.

Live sketch done using the pogo connect and procreate

Sketching with the pogo connect

To put it right upfront: sketching with the pogo connect is pure fun. I was surprised how well the rubber tip seems to transmit the pressure data. You get a very constant distribution of pressure while sketching.

Where the Jot feels more like a wet brush, the pogo connect feels more like a crayon to me.

Here’s a very quick video shot from hand to give you a quick first impression:

In procreate, you can map the sensitivity to either size or opacity by switching the glaze button.

Overall I really like the device. If I had to criticize anything I would say it lacks good grip. Since you have you apply more pressure compared to the jot, I often accidentally pressed the button on the pogo. Eventually I held it a little more towards the top and used the app undo button. And even though I got to really like the precision disc of the jot, the wider rubber tip of the connect didn’t really degrade the overall experience for me.

I will post a more detailed review soon. The pogo connect is open for preorder beginning october 1st for a price of 79.95$.

Jul 22 2012

Nate Park talks about the LA Mobile Arts Festival 2012

Benjamin Rabe

The LA Mobile Arts Festival 2012 helicopter guy

The LA Mobile Arts Festival 2012 (August 18-26, 2012) is approaching fast, an I had the chance to have a quick chat with Nate Park of, the organizers behind the event, to talk about helicopters, mobile art and an “Olde Curiosity Shoppe”.

Nate, you are in the midst of what seems to be a core mobile art event in 2012, the LA-Mobile Art Festival. When I launched your website for the first time, there was a picture of a man flying a mini-helicopter, seemingly from some decades ago. Is mobile art a timeless thing for you?

Art in and of itself is timeless. It’s one of the things that makes us human. My partner and Co-Founder Daria Polichetti talks about this in the iPhoneArt Manifesto, how the mobile art movement draws similarities to a time when fine art photography was beginning to come into its own about 100 years ago. Similar to that period, artists are exploring and pushing this medium, and people are really just discovering what it is, what it can be, and ultimately finding its place in the fine art world.

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Jul 16 2012

The ARTSi case, a palette shaped iPad holder

Benjamin Rabe

I don’t really know what to make of it, but at least it’s a curious thing:

The PR blurb:

“The ARTSi case is designed to complete the iPad painting experience. There are a lot of great apps and hardware for painting and sketching on the iPad. However, it’s not always convenient to hold the iPad with one hand and paint with the other. We’ve created a case that makes it fun and easy to paint and sketch on the iPad in a way that is recognized by almost every artist.”

You can back it over on Kickstarter.

Jul 3 2012

The Ringbow is now Kickstarting

Benjamin Rabe

Remember the Ringbow? It’s a wearable device that pairs with your iDevice and let’s you perform all kind of actions without leaving your actual context of actions.

Potentially this is could be a very interesting add-on for fingerpainters, as long as it will be supported by the app developers. They are now Kickstarting the project, and are getting close to their aim. More info over on Kickstarter.

May 26 2012

iPad painting on a real Mercedes slk

Benjamin Rabe

Matthew Watkins covered a Mercedes slk with his artwork, using his iPad. Great look at the process. Here is an interview with Matthew on Apple blog Cult of Mac.