Saturday, January 14, 2012


"Technology, like art, is a soaring exercise of the human imagination." - Daniel Bell

I just returned from Las Vegas and the Consumer Electronics Show. Some of you may know that besides trying to find a moment to be creative, I also work with my husband in our electronics business and the CES show is our big trade show of the year.

Usually I marvel at the newest in TVs, stereos and anything else that I pass.....however, this year, much to my surprise, a few vendors had artists sketching people on their new tablets. Needless to say, I was dying to try it out.
The image at the top is one that I did from a photo I took of some showgirls (I did not draw ON the photo, I drew this from the photo). I used my Kindle Fire, my finger and an amazing application that I actually purchased before I got to the show. It's my first attempt and without a stylus, it's a bit rough. I had seen it being used at an Apple store. It's called........
Drawing Pad
When it comes to drawing applications for the Honeycomb devices, there are quite a few names in the market but none of them really impressed as much as the Drawing Pad. So what is so different about the Drawing Pad, that is the question. Well, this fancy drawing application has a very adorable interface, unlike most. Selection of all sorts of drawing tools seems very life-like and really infuses a wonderful experience. Having said that, if the user wishes to paint using a brush a drawer opens that contains various color-daubed brushes. Likewise, upon selecting color pencils, a drawer full of color pencils opens up before the user. All in all, the layout is pristine and adds the element of fun and excitement to drawing.

While walking past the Casio booth , I couldn’t help but notice a photo of a dog with a snout that stuck out of the frame.
It wasn’t 3D – the snout was literally sticking out of the frame. Apparently the company now has the ability through a complex software engine called “Relief Transformation” to take a two dimensional image or photo and transform it into a three-dimensional work of art.

Some of the examples had very subtle texturing, but then there was that  dog snout sticking way out. There’s no plans to commercialize this tech yet. Though, I gave them my card and told them to let me know as soon as it is available.

I had visions of photographing my own art work and.....well, it would seem to me that the sky is the limit.  What do you think?