May 17 2011

Mash: Fabric Lenny vs Matthew Watkins

Matthew Watkins

Fabric Lenny Vs Matthew Watkins from Fabric Lenny on Vimeo.

Higher res is here

Apr 11 2011

Adobe announces Photoshop CS5 Interaction with Tablet Devices… And three new apps!

Matthew Watkins

Today, we’re officially announcing our first steps toward uniting the fun of touch with the precision and power of Photoshop on the desktop. With a free Adobe Photoshop Touch Software Development Kit (SDK), we’re essentially opening the doors to two way communication between mobile and tablet devices and Photoshop CS5, which allows developers to now offer a wide range of interactive apps.

This is great news for designers and artists wanting to bounce files back to photoshop without syncing or emailing.

The three new apps are Adobe Color Lava, Adobe Eazel and Adobe Nav:

Adobe Color Lava, allows you to mix colors on the iPad, creating custom color swatches and themes to transfer back into Photoshop.

Adobe Eazel lets digital artists create rich realistic paintings with their fingertips. These paintings can then be sent directly to Photoshop CS5 for compositing or for taking the artwork further.

Adobe Nav allows you to select and control Photoshop tools using the iPad as the input surface, customize the toolbar, browse and zoom in on up to 200 open Photoshop files or easily create new files.

Read more about it on their blog

Mar 20 2011

iAMDA is now accepting entries for its first ONLINE EXHIBITION.

Matthew Watkins

iAMDA is now accepting entries for its first ONLINE EXHIBITION.  We are calling all artists to submit works for “THE UNSEEN”, an online showcase of mobile digital works that push the boundaries of what we know and have seen in the past–visually and/or creatively.

The show is juried by visual artist, Michael James Miller.  Miller’s paintings, installations, and prints investigate the continuing relationship between art and technology. He is currently an Associate Professor of Visual Arts at The University of Illinois, Springfield.

Selected works will be featured in an online exhibition hosted on and will remain in the exhibition archives (accessible on the site) after it closes.

Michael will also select a first place winner who will be awarded the coveted Apple iPad 2.  Four others will receive our “juror’s award”,  a $25 iTunes gift card.  All other selected artists will have the distinct privilege of having their work displayed in iAMDA’s first annual online exhibition, with name listing and site/blog links.  All works will be added to remain in our show archives after the exhibition closes.

Winners and selected artists will be contacted prior to the show’s launch on April 15th.

So…what are you waiting for?! Show us what we have yet to see!

To submit or learn more about the show theme, download the our submissions form.  Email the completed form and up to 3 images of work to DEADLINE IS APRIL 4th, 2011.

Mar 13 2011

iAMDA Guilford Fingerpainting Event

Matthew Watkins

A big thanks to Paul Kercal for making all of this happen.

Mar 7 2011

Painting of the day: Waiting for high tide by Benjamin Rabe

Matthew Watkins

Waiting for high tide

Done on Inkpad App on iPAd by Benjamin Rabe.

Mar 1 2011

Breaking News: Inkpad by Steve Sprang now in App Store

Matthew Watkins

The long awaited iPad vector app from Steve Sprang debuted at the last MobileArtCon has been released today  in the App Store.

Steve Sprang’s first app Brushes became an immediate sensation in 2008 triggering a fingerpainting revolution. Inkpad is a full feature vector software.

inkpad drawing

Here is the description from the app store:



From the creators of Brushes! Inkpad is a professional vector illustration app designed from scratch for the iPad. It supports paths, compound paths, text, images, groups, masks, gradient fills, and an unlimited number of layers. Inkpad was designed with performance in mind – it can easily handle drawings with hundreds to thousands of shapes without bogging down.

To celebrate the launch, Inkpad will be available for $1.99 for a limited time. Get it now before the price goes up!


• Very high performance. Select, scale and rotate hundreds of objects with zero lag.
• Create arbitrary bezier paths with the Pen tool.
• Create compound paths, masks and groups.
• Create text objects.
• Place photos from your albums.
• Powerful scale and rotate tools.
• Gradient fills with interactive editing on canvas.
• Swatch library.
• Unlimited layers per drawing.
• Rename, rearrange, delete, hide and lock layers.
• Snap to grid, points, and path edges.
• Isolate the active layer for easy editing.
• Email drawings as SVG, PDF, PNG and JPEG.
• Send SVG, PDF, PNG, and JPEG directly to your Dropbox.

Feb 27 2011

An interview with artist and blogger Michael Nobbs

Matthew Watkins

Michael, you have been an inspiration to me and other bloggers and artists for years. From your hilltop in Wales, even though you have an illness that saps your energy, you draw every day, blog and post links to the best art known to man. You have helped many other people ill or not, make better use of their time and energy or be, as you put it, Sustainably Creative.

Last time we spoke you were still waiting for your ipad and your daily drawing was with pencils and sharpie pens.

FP: So, how do you like the iPad?

Continue reading

Feb 24 2011

Painting of the day: Big Bird by Cowgirl111

Matthew Watkins

Big Bird

Painted in Sketch Club by Cowgirl111. Sketch club is a procedural drawing app that has caught our attention. They have done a good job not only with the app, but also with the community of artists around it.

Feb 23 2011

Painting of the Day: RozHall @ Guildford by la legra negra

Matthew Watkins

RozHall @ Guildford

LLN preferred painting artists painting models rather than painting the models.

Feb 22 2011

Layers in Ideas on sale

Matthew Watkins

Adobe has put the layers in the Ideas app on sale at $1.99 for a limited time.