At WUK/Projektraum, Vienna

The WUK Projektraum was an ideal location for this event. It was billed as a ‘celebration of the evolution of the Tagtool’ – and this is exactly what it was!The evening began with Maki making an illustrated presentation of the brand new Tagtool for iPad. The OMAi team have been testing it on their recent American tour (running workshops for young people in Greensboro, North Carolina as well as giving outdoor performances at a number of different locations, one of which is shown in the photo below).This exciting new Tagtool development, which looks like it will be really great for animation as well as for making ‘instant’ short movies, seems like a lot of fun! It will be available from the applestore from 19 December (and the best news of all – it will be a FREE app!) At the end of the presentation the whole OMAi team came on stage and received a big round of applause from the audience.
Next item on the programme was the performance by Weisse Wände – improvised music with live visuals by Maki and Iink (using the new Tagtool). After this performance the members of the audience had an opportunity to ‘have a go’ at using the new Tagtool for iPad – something which proved to be very popular, as can be seen from the photos below!
There was a nice party atmosphere with people chatting in the bar……while at the other end of the Projectraum I did some ‘old-school’ Tagtooling.In the afternoon we set up an ‘old-school’ corner using my big DIY All-in-one Tagtool as well as my original (vintage!) DIY mini. We used two projectors, our ‘short throw’ mounted on the ceiling to cover the big end wall and a BenQ set on a tripod next to the table with my mini to project on the side wall.Using these two different projectors made colour matching across the two walls quite difficult; while the ‘short throw’ gives a much larger image, the colours are less bright and, except in total darkness, it’s not possible to get a real black. Also with the ‘short throw’, when you are close up, the drawing appears as if seen through a mesh (which isn’t always visible in these photos). But despite these limitations, our ‘old-school’ set up worked well and I spent a most enjoyable evening just standing drawing….1-P10104032-P1010409I moved between the two workstations developing the drawings – below, using the mini to draw on the smaller wall…
…and here drawing with my All-in-one on the end wall.Later in the evening the developers of the new Tagtool, Kolmich Creations, came over to have a closer look at our ‘old-school’ set up….I took this opportunity to demonstrate one of my favourite ‘old-school’ techniques – first drawing in solid colour, then doing a partial fade and then drawing into the remains of the original image with both solid and transparent colour so that the final drawing consists of a number of different layers – of transparent colour, faded colour and solid drawing all mixed together.Below are some shots of the final drawing sequence of the evening….It was so nice to meet up with old friends from the Tagtool community at this most enjoyable event – and great to see the demonstration of the new Tagtool. Now I’m waiting impatiently for 19 December to try it out for myself!

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