Tagtools old and new!

Inspired by the recent visit of Fernando Sica and Joseph Dorninger and their demonstrations of the great new features of the New Tagtool iPad app, we decided to take two projectors and our new iPad as well as my ‘old-school’ Tagtool to the BYOB event that was held at the Chemistry Gallery in Prague on Friday 13 October.

The photo above shows Dima sitting behind me using the iPad to make an animation on one wall of the gallery while I am standing at my ‘old-school’ Tagtool drawing on the upper part of the wall opposite. Using the new app, Dima had imported lots of photos of colourful bugs and beetles so I started to draw an exotic flower garden and hide some drawn creepy-crawlies among the foliage to complement his animation. Below – a still of Dima’s work. 1-22520192_396798610734528_2317502927396146320_o…and here are a couple of photos of my ‘flowers and bugs’ drawing.1-22553386_396667930747596_6312875908043214258_o2-22496394_396799154067807_1874445926456963025_oThe event began at 8 pm and finished at 2 am – so this was a very long night of drawing for me. I did five different drawings during the course of the evening and in between I had an opportunity to go round, socialise and view other people’s work, which was nice. There were a lot of different installations and videos to watch as well as DJs and VJs playing all night – providing a lively accompaniment for my drawing as well as a great party atmosphere for the visitors! Below is my next drawing. 5-AB1F2FE8-6974-4C99-BF08-3848AFFECD83 Although a lot of people who came to the event were familiar with Tagtool, for some visitors it was the first time they had seen the ‘old-school’ machine. I made the image below to show a range of different drawing techniques – using the transparency and fading sliders, as well as opaque colour.7-1E1499C9-CCF8-4428-8AFD-BEE50A64A7FF6-22528793_396799117401144_657733182469835560_o But Dima judged these big heads as being a bit too depressing for this BYOB celebration party so I decided to start a new drawing and return to his flowers and bugs theme…3-22538573_484875638549971_8970154573525046828_o…but this time I hid a black rat in the leaves as well, just for fun!4-79EA497F-C9A1-4901-9EFA-B10BDD139B64 I ended the evening by drawing an urban landscape – which gave another opportunity to demonstrate the range of mark-making that is possible with the ‘old-school’ Tagtool…8-A7872396-5D0A-4886-88CF-2D1A56050144…while Dima showed some of the animation moves with the Tagtool iPad app to visitors.1-22555417_396798700734519_4739942496618792374_oWe had a lot of fun at this most enjoyable event – and it was a great location for drawing too! Dima took lots of video of our work during the course of the evening and I will put this in a separate posting tomorrow.

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