Sketchshare has kept me (and many others) occupied during the last two nights, and it might be the collaborative painting app, many fingerpainters have been waiting for. So far it’s a fairly basic app (no layers, no undos) that let’s you connect with up to 3 other artists via game-center. It has a nice stroke quality already, and you can zoom and spin the canvas freely. And honestly there’s not much more you need, because the magic unfolds once you start a shared session. It’s hard to describe, but it again shows you the power of painting with data, instead of ‘stuff’. It feels like your invisible buddy is sitting next to you, only you don’t interfere or get in each other’s way during the process of painting.
Here’s two pieces from my last night’s session with Aardman’s Stefan Marjoram.
From our good friend Fabric Lenny:
An open call for digital breakfast related artwork: Please send your images to email@example.com by 20.6.2001. This is a cafe based exhibition which will run alongside a series of artist residencies in Armley, Leeds, as part of the ilovewestleeds festival. Approximately 30 works will be selected, framed and displayed. The images will also be displayed in an online gallery during the festival. Good Luck! We look forward to receiving your entries. Flyer image courtesy of Jason Wilshire-Mills.
Guilford, Surrey was the epicenter of experimental art last weekend when Guildford College and other local venues hosted a groundbreaking roadshow bringing mobile digital artists from around the world to work together. The three day event (February 11-13), sponsored by Adobe Sytsems and organised by college lecturer Paul Kercal in collaboration with the International Association of Mobile Digital Artists (IAMDA), began at Guildford College on Friday with a “next generation” life drawing class for art, graphics, photography and IT students in which tradition met technology. Drawing on iPad using fingers or Pogo styluses, students used art apps to create pictures of models from the respected Brighton Life Drawing Sessions team.
And while it perfectly showed the wide range of quality and expression possible through mobile devices and apps, for me it also showed where the limitation lies when it comes to the social element in mobile art: the canvas.
And so it is that the inaugural year of “iphone/ipod painting a week” has come to a close. The iPhone art group was founded only 52 weeks ago by a very talented fingerpainter we’ve all come to know and love named Sandy Schmidt (also known among the community of fingerpainters as Blue Sky Day) who, with a little nudging from her daughter, decided to create a group that would challenge iphone artists of all backgrounds, skill levels and interests to produce at least one painting a week on an assigned subject. The group, originally dubbed “ Brushes 52”, proved to be a huge success in its first year, and within weeks became the go-to place for artists seeking a challenge, new direction, inspiration or just plain out fun ideas for fingerpaintings.
Over the past year, the group membership has grown to 191 dedicated artists who have, week after week, created masterful fingerpaintings inspired by creative themes and Masters of the past like Rembrandt and Basquiat!
It’s time to start climbing the learning-curve: so far I tried to cover stories and trends in fingerpainting I am focussed on, or I stumble upon. But I’m sure all the readers of fingerpainted.it have own ideas on what they want to read about, maybe write about or what feature they want.
Let’s share some ideas.
What do you miss? What do you want to read about? What pets should be fingerpainted more often? What is to discuss?
<–See that red tab on the left? It’s the one saying ‘feedback’.
I’m test-running a uservoice-forum here. If you have the time, give it a try, share some ideas, rate others, let’s see what bubbles up. Thank you
(Please use also our form now to submit)
[Update: the first version of the directory is online now.]
When we started this blog there was only a rather small group of fingerpainters and that’s why at some point we closed our listing. Now things moved on and there’s quite a big group of artists out there using their iPhones/iPod touchs to create art. We think, there should be one site aggregating all you great fingerpainters out there to date.
So today fingerpainted.it opens up it listing to create a broad directory of fingerpainters around the world.
Now, are you a fingerpainter? Wanna get listed?
- Do you use your iPhone or iPod and your finger (stylus is fine, too ) to create art?
- Do you have an online portfolio we can link to?
Did you create 20+ paintings in the last 6 months? (there’s a horde of bureaucratic bunnies waiting, validating fingerpainterness for this point)
If it’s a yes! yes! yes! you can either
- register on this site and leave a comment including name, links, the optional credo (if you want) and style/favorite subject if possible
or send me a mail with the same info
- instead please use our form now to submit
The style comes into play if we decide to list rather by painting style than by A-Z. What would you think works best? Any Ideas should be left in the comments, too.
The submission period ends Jan 31 2010.