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May 2015

Tagtool in Sweden – Part 1

Last week in Kristianstad our first drawing session was on the facade of the theatre in the Tivoli gardens. Although painted white, this beautiful art nouveau building, designed by Swedish architect Axel Anderberg in 1908, presented quite a drawing challenge because of all the big windows. Also, because of the latitude, it took quite a long time for the sky to get properly dark, but at least this meant that Dima had plenty of time to find the best position to set up the generator and our beautiful new Epson projector.Two more shots of the first drawing sequence, made while it was still quite light…
…but as it got darker the colours looked much brighter and more dramatic.

There was quite a lot of ambient light from the lamps in front of the building……covering them with black bin bags proved to be a quick and effective solution!
Once it got really dark, when seen from a distance with the illuminated fountain playing in the formal garden in front of the theatre, the facade really glowed…

This session was arranged in order to make publicity photos for the Tagtool workshops we were holding on Thursday and performance on Friday night at Barbacka cultural centre in Kristianstad as part of their museum night programme. I was very happy to have this nice opportunity to draw on such an interesting building.
Before packing up the Tagtool we turned the projector on to these trees and I drew some scary faces in the leaves – just for fun!

At ANIFILM 06, Třeboň

Another gig with Vložte kočku, this time at Music Club Beseda in Třeboň, as part of the programme of events accompanying the International Festival of Animated Films. I took the photos below after the sound check to show the stage set up.Because of the shape of the ballroom where the concert was held, the Tagtool and projector had to be set up quite near to the stage. We used the wide angle lens on our new Epson projector so that I was able to draw over the whole stage as well as the white panels behind it – which meant that when the ceiling lights were turned off during the performance, in addition to Dima’s stage lighting of LEDs, strobe and bulbs, I could also use the Tagtool to illuminate the band. This proved to be a really good set up for drawing and, as usual, Dima took lots of photos for me.Below – two more photos from this drawing sequence…
Krystof’s electronics console really glowed in the darkness at the beginning of the next figurative drawing sequence……with the mood gradually lightening as I added these heads to the drawing.

Then I ended with a short fade to ‘remove’ the original landscape background.
Here is a much more colourful drawing sequence from later in the concert…
The wide angle lens projected my drawing over people dancing at the front of the stage so I decided to have some fun including them in the drawing too!There was a great atmosphere at the concert and even after an encore the large and enthusiastic audience were shouting for more….