RIP 2015

goodbye 2015. now in 2016 year i’m looking forward to NOT moving. what a pain that is!! :P

one of my goals last year was to ship PaintBot… well i didn’t make it. turns out to be quite difficult wrapping up a fun little experiment into a finished product.

i went through a bunch of iterations on the user interface - bouncing a few times between being too simple to get enough control over the output to being too complicated to expect any casual user to bother exploring.

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i think it’s pretty close by now though. then again i still have lists of like 100,000 experiments with it i want to try. :) here’s one where PaintBot could only use circles.

iPad Pro and Pencil

i’ve been loving the iPad Pro!

the speakers are fantastic. maybe it’s because with the screen being bigger they are farther apart or perhaps magic from how they distribute sound between the four speakers but you can really hear stereo effects nicely. it sounds amazing in movies and games.

the pencil is great. you unplug the non-pointy end to get a lightning connector you connect to iPad Pro to pair and charge. like other styluses though it is pretty easy to lose. a find my Pencil app like the find my iPhone app would be nice.

iOS handles the palm rejection and it’s pretty much perfect. this is a really great change from other styluses where it was up to each individual app to handle palm rejection and things were never quite perfect.

the pressure response is great. one interesting thing is the scale of pressure values is from 0 to 4 with 1 being “normal” pressure. this is unlike other styluses that always normalized pressure to the 0 to 1 range. i’ve found you have to press crazy hard to get anywhere near 4. the tilt is great too.

it’s taken me longer to get a Sketch Club update out for it than i had hoped. i’ve done a pretty extensive overhaul of the internal brush system. not just to support Pencil and all the iOS changes around coalesced touches, predicted data, precise locations, etc but also for a ton of new features for the 2.2 update and for sharing brushes with PaintBot and some future apps.

hearthstone gold hunter progress

400/500

making progress on an important life goal! :)

halloween whiteboard weekend

this is a 150 artist co-op on Sketch Club’s whiteboard with music from Phoenix!

it was maybe the most fun whiteboard weekend event yet! for these, people just hop into the whiteboard and doodle a bit on the theme then i render it all out as a fun music video at the end. the videos work a lot nicer now too that YouTube supports 60fps.

these are the latest three that are all 60fps: halloween 2015 / underwater / easter 2015

paintbot!

paintbot example

i’m hopefully nearing in on a first release for a fun graphics toy i’ve been working on periodically that turns photos into cool digital artworks.

it’s called PaintBot and is a further evolution of my old strokerizer experiment (which itself grew out of glypherizer)

i made a website for it at paintbotapp.com so you can check out some early examples if you like and follow @paintbotapp on twitter for news as it approaches release! :)