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.

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 6 2011

Stay hungry, stay foolish

Matthew Watkins

Stay Hungry - Stay Foolish

With the iPhone 2g Steve Jobs created a mobile computing revolution that changed everything. Although mobile art was not started on an iPhone, it certainly exploded there. Digital fingerpainting was born. And our community of finger painters shortly afterwards. iPhone fingerpainting represented a digital revolution. Artist from around the world creating, sharing. Being inspired. Being foolish. A democratic phenomena spreading art around the world in an un predicated manner. A cafe society on steroids. Mashing art, apps, finding new ways to express. Did Steve imagine all this from the beginning? Perhaps. Perhaps this and more. Or perhaps a true visionary just knows how to mix the cocktails that will please the senses and liberate the mind. Comfortable in the knowlege that it will lead to great things.

There will be new and wonderful smartphones and digital devices from apple and it’s competitors. More unbelievable art will be created.
Steve showed us the way and will be remembered alongside the greatest minds of history.

We fingerpainters are in happily in Steve’s debt.

(Image courtesy of Performita).

Aug 12 2011

Finger Painting of the day: Spanishrevolution by La Legra Negra

Matthew Watkins


Jul 23 2011

New version of Artrage released for the iPad.

Matthew Watkins

Here is the word from Ambient Design on the new release:

What’s New in Version 1.2.0
Seeing speed problems? Check out the Help Guide in the app for some easy troubleshooting steps!

– Script Recorder: Record your paintings and play them back at higher resolution on a desktop machine. 1.2 adds Script Recording to the application: You can turn on the Script Recorder when creating a new file, and every stroke you paint will be recorded to a script file. Script files can be exported via iTunes or sent directly by email to play back in a desktop version of ArtRage Studio or Studio Pro. More information on scripts and recording can be found in the Help section under Files.

– Export PNG: As well as emailing and saving copies of your paintings to the Photos app you can now export PNG copies direct to iTunes.

– Fixed a problem importing images larger than 1440 x 1440 to layers and references. All forms of image import should now correctly handle images of any available size.

– Updated the Help section on ‘Files’ to cover scripts and improve explanations of how to handle files in ArtRage.

– Added troubleshooting tips to the Help section for users who experience speed problems: Many speed problems can be solved very simply by following a couple of easy steps. See the Speed & Memory section in the help files!

– Adjusted Import Image to Layer to scale to fit the current canvas on import.

Art rage on iTunes

Jul 5 2011

Call for Submissions: U Scribble


(Note: Submissions deadline on flyer has been extended to mid July)

Johnny Scribble, a rising superstar and cult-favorite among Hipsters and stick figures everywhere, is calling for back-up!  You might remember we introduced this Bond-like mobi-digi daredevil to you a couple months back. Continue reading

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 28 2011

Johnny Scribble – An iPad Animation


I recently discovered a really cool and fascinating animated series called Johnny Scribble. Its about a well dressed (ok, well, i like his tie!) stick figure who faces endless threats of of mobile digital mayhem orchestrated by his arch nemesis Bowtie Bibble. The series is drawn and animated on an iPad using Red-Software’s Animation Creator HD app . Continue reading

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