The future of drawing

this is amazing, watch this fantastic Disney animator take his traditional lines into a VR 3D space and draw like he’s dancing… prepare to be blown away…

WoW – exhibition open! #NUAnews #Aurasma

I have officially passed my MA and the exhibition of my work is open and free to view!

Getting feedback from those interacting with my installation at the private view last night the overriding reaction was WoW! I can’t ask better than that…

Come down to NUA and experience my Augmented Reality binoculars and interact with my sculpture.

I will be there Sunday afternoon and Tuesday morning.


Opening times

  • Friday 5 September
    11am – 7pm (last entry 6.30pm)
  • Saturday 6 September
    11am – 6pm (last entry 5.30pm)
  • Sunday 7 September
    11am – 4pm (last entry 3.30pm)
  • Monday 8 September
    11am – 7pm (last entry 6.30pm)
  • Tuesday 9 September
    11am – 7pm (last entry 6.30pm)
  • Wednesday 10 September
    11am – 7pm (last entry 6.30pm)

Screen Print test

Screen Print test

So I had the idea to screen print 3 images onto various cloth, dyeing them differing shades of green, and using the devore method (where the material is eaten away through chemical reaction leaving the base mesh behind), layer up a woodland scene to animate my Great Bustard within, somehow.


I have set up everything ready for next week in the screen print room, with much too-ing and fro-ing to get my vouchers to pay for the acetate, and also the frames and material. But the images I am using are these…Image

this is the backlayer, or background,

Imagethe midlayer

Imageand at the very front a combination of leaves and thistles, all taken whilst up in Nottingham.

I really like the strong visual shapes created from transforming it into black and white that have appeared and which looked fantastic on the acetate – in readiness for screen printing next week.

Research into practice report


So this is my Research into Practice report completed for NUCA / NUA on my MA into Moving Image and Sound.

Blimey – the pressure is on

An email arrived from the course leader with all of the requirements for the report and really got me thinking about the amount of work that lies ahead, I feel a bit set adrift from college and my tutors as NUCA shuts down for christmas.
After getting into top gear for the poster I feel as though I had no time to ask questions about the report which is so much more important than the poster…
Hoping all will come together…

Results from the peer review!


Although I was intrepid about the poster presentation and found it hard to formulise my thoughts, I was hopeful of getting some good feedback from my peers.
I know its very much a hoop we have to jump through for the Learning Outcomes and is awkward and puts stress on us to get it all sorted, but I also hoped that it would clarify some of the background needed for my 2,000 word report.
It has definitely helped me, and given my longer project almost an introduction.
My pasteboard on my inDesign project has a lot of pictures and quotes that will go into my final essay.
Want to know the comments?
Photo attached with all the lovely post it notes that were stuck to my poster, and most people really like my idea, but I would like to ask the person who wrote, context, findings what they mean…

Very cool ides! appeals to a large audience and has the potential to create great experiences.
Spot on with your question.
What does this tell us about the broader field of enquiry.
Brilliant idea, well explained, clearly illustrated.
Very clear research question and presentation, love the “sensorama machine”
Looks excellent to me, very clearly thought out.
Great Bustard idea sounds great. Good application, good historical context- what about contemporary.
I quite understand what you’re trying to do, I look forward to the outcome.
Really good idea, I like the history of augmented reality and why they exist.
This is really an untapped art form, you can do so much with it, good idea.
Interesting and well researched methodology/ideas, clear poster.
Knock back strength of ground(maybe background) imagery to read more clearly, very professional.
Untapped technology in art space.
Inventive approach.
Fun but with academic rigour.
Context, Findings…

Poster Girl

Poster presentation day is tomorrow and after the ups downs and moments of indecision, I have completed it. I’m not entirely sure it has all of the content exactly as was requested and although a pain to produce – literally, the printers large format printer was broken up until 10am this morning and I was in a tiz to know whether I’d actually get the thing printed –  I think it has helped me formulate a lot of stuff and get it into focus.

So here it is.

Layering Realities: Using Augmented Reality and new technology to give a virtual vital spark to lifeless exhibits.

Using a mixture of digital and textural animation, coupled with sound and new visual recognition techniques, can I provide the viewer with an informative, immersive, personal illusionary experience using their smartphone or tablet?

By using the ‘magic’ of today’s technology I hope to give people the chance to interact with a long-forgotten and once extinct (to the UK) animal – the Great Bustard.
Using 3D digital animation composited with a material screen to give feel and texture to the finished piece, together with creating a lifelike soundscape of it’s environment, I want to bring the Great Bustard out of its’ dry and dusty show cabinet in the local museum and get people to connect and interact with it in a new way.

My research started with a traditional search in the library, but, it soon became apparent that this quickly moving technology needed a more immediate and responsive set of research tools as I reached present day research.
Visual Art History Books
Digital Art/Kinetic Art Books
Internet Sources
Social Networking

To create an all encompassing visual feast that actually involves the viewer with the experience is something that many artists have tried to do.
Panoramas in the 1800’s were said to make the onlooker sick and dizzy with the reality that overcame them on viewing these vast paintings, so intense were the feelings they evoked.
Morton Heilig’s Sensorama was touted as the new way to experience film, with it’s vibrating seat and wind blowing machine all built into an individual booth.
Todays technology, has the potential to engage, inform and really give us an exciting layer of information over our own, and I intend to fully test it’s capabilities.

First day tumbles

The first real day at NUCA on my MA course. My manifesto freshly pressed and published held in my intrepid hand, heart beating wildly when it came time to show my peers, and then crash, when you depend on technology it can bring you tumbling down, my ipad failed me when I wanted to show everyone the beautiful short piece of animation I had slaved over, no wifi in the corridor meant I looked like a fool, trying to be calm, but wanting to turn into a 4 yr old and cry and beat why…

We move on to view the others work, some is stunning, macabre, shocking, but all inventive, creative, the tutor suggests we go and view my work in the next room and hurrah, the wifi worked and indeed it was nicer to have everyone more huddled around in an intimate viewing gallery, for my piece of Augmented Reality to work.

The comments that people left on the post-it notes after watching were so complementary, but I almost tumbled again when I thought that they’d missed the one thing I wanted to get across…. but, after looking again, I saw the handwritten note that saved me from falling, the 8 letters that made me positive again… creative… thankyou whoever wrote that…

want to see a sneak preview of my MAnife

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Lovefilm – a real review

With all the adverts for streaming online films etc at the moment, this was the perfect antidote for being housebound and a chance to give lovefilm a real workout.
After looking at the choices we decided to start with lovefilm the daddy of the online streaming packages. It was easy downloading the app onto the laptop/pc and my iPad, awkward navigating it on our smart TV, but disappointingly that’s as far as lovefilm goes, no Android device support and no wii support.
Lovefilm has a good selection of films, but if you just do the online streaming, no new titles are available and this was the biggest disappointment, I expected to be able to view any of the films available, surely that would make more sense and be easier to manage than sending discs in and out all over the country?
But any new titles are restricted to DVD or blu-ray rental through the post, and a good friend of mine isn’t enamoured with lovefilms handling of that either.
Lovefilm doesn’t do a great selection of older films either though so the selection you end up with online isn’t the best, very average choices, and it felt like the choices that were left were a bit ‘straight to video’.
Yes we found films to watch and I saw films that otherwise I wouldn’t have, but I wasn’t bowled over by the choice and in fact I was frustrated by the constant reminder of all the new films I wasn’t allowed…
So the 30 day trial finished and we cancelled our subscription without a backward glance. Lovefilm is fairly good but not good enough to pay for, especially not for the online streaming package which is what we are looking for. The day of the discs is dead, online streaming is coming, but lovefilm needs to sort out its online provision to get me interested.
So now I’ve signed up to Netflix to see what their online offering is, it’s good so far, on the laptop/pc and iPad no problem, but also onto my Android phone, and the Wii, havent tried the smart tv but all the others are working well with the advantage of tracking what I’m watching from one device to another, and I’m enjoying the back catalogue of Doctor Who, so we shall see…