I’ve written before about some of the great online painting and drawing packages that you can find, for free, online. Here’s an old blogpost with 12 of my favourites. All of these are great on the interactive whiteboard, which basically becomes a massive graphics tablet!
I’ve come across two more to add to this growing list.
The DeviantArt website is the largest online social network for artists and art enthusiasts. It allows emerging and established artists to exhibit, promote, and share their work online.
As part of their website – there’s a very useful HTML5 drawing package called Muro. At the basic level it’s free, and you can purchase additional brushes using DeviantArt points, if you’re a registered member of the site. Check it out here: http://muro.deviantart.com/
If you’ve ever wanted to paint like Jackson Pollock – then check out this great little application which lets you paint just like him. http://www.manetas.com/pollock/ Click on the big picture to enter the painting application.
Happy painting!Read More
I’ve written about the fabulous Aviary before. If you haven’t seen it, Aviary provides a suite of online tools that allows you to take create images, edit screenshots, edit sounds and create music. All for free, and all through your browser.
I was rather pleased to find out that there will soon be an special version for students and educators that lets them use Aviary in a completely private setting which is separate from the rest of the Aviary community. Aviary Education will let teachers:
• Create private student accounts
• Manage assignments and projects
• Use the image editor, vector editor, audio editor & music creator
• access content and images which are 100% school safe
It’s currently in beta, so if you want to try it out you can request a free beta trial.
Check it out now: http://www.aviaryeducation.com/Read More
One type of software that is really cool on an interactive whiteboard are the various painting packages. Drawing is hard with a mouse, but better with a graphics tablet – and you can’t get a bigger graphics tablet than an Interactive Whiteboard.
If you own a Promethean board then you might be interested to know that Promethean have teamed up with ArtRage to provide a simple way of obtaining a demo version of their very cool painting package.
You can download the Promethean version of Artrage here. (more about this on the Promethean blog). If you don’t own a Promethean board, then you can still download the regular, free version of Artrage from the Artrage website here.
ArtRage Starter Edition gives you 8 painting tools and lets you create, save, and print as many pictures as you like and doesn’t limit their size. The full version contains additional paint tools, the ability to paint on multiple layers, metallic paint, stencils and rulers, and a long list of additional features.
It is called a natural media painting program because it stimulates real things, such as spraycans, crayons, oil paints, rollers and glitter, which all interact with each other on the digital canvas much as they do in real life.
Artrage has just released Artrage Studio and Artrage Studio Pro with a whole pile of new features. If you like the starter edition you can upgrade to a full version of v3 Pro for about £50. If that’s a little steep you can upgrade to the older v2.5 for £13.
If you’ve never used ArtRage, it gives you the feeling that you are painting with real paint, as oppose to pixels. It’s really easy to pick up. It’s fun to use with a mouse, but the addition of an IWB makes for a very different painting experience!
Get the free version of Artrage now, and see what you think.Read More
With the release of the James Cameron movie (which I highly recommend you see, by the way) everyone has now heard the word Avatar. In computing, an avatar is often the name used for the little picture you use on profile pages for things like blogs, twitter etc.
If you are blogging with students – it’s recommended that you don’t use real photographs of the students. A fun alternative is to create a cartoon avatar instead.
Here are 10 websites that you can use to create fun avatars. Some allow you to save the finished creation as a jpg for free. If not, then use the print screen button to copy the screen, paste into a paint program, crop and save as a jpg.
Sadly the avatar avatar generator is no longer available.. which was a shame as it was quite fun, although very slightly creepy.
1. WeeMee -Create a mini version of yourself, add accessories. There’s plenty of scope for customisation of your avatar.
2. South park studio – turn yourself into a South Park character
3. HeroMachine 2.5 – Turn yourself into a super hero character. This would also be great as a part of a digital storytelling resource or story starter.
4. FaceYourManga.com Create a character in the style of a manga comic book
5. Ultimate Flash Face v0.42b a bit like a police photofit.
6. Make yourself in lego – Produce a lego character that looks like you. Or turn yourself into a Stormtrooper wizard. Is up to you
7. Simpsons Movie – Ever wanted to be a Simpsons character? Now you can create your own yellow-skinned doppleganger in the style of the Simpsons.
8. Mr. Picassohead – become an abstract piece of work in the style of Picasso. Put your eyes and ears wherever you want!
9. BuiLD YouR WiLD SeLF – Create an avatar out of bits and pieces of humans and other animals – head, arms, legs, clothes, eyes, mouth, tail, wings, shells … just pick the parts you like and assemble them together
10. My Mii Avatar Generator – create a Mii in the style of the characters found on the Wii computer console.
If you want more of these sites, the full list can be found on my Delicious list here: http://delicious.com/dannynic/avatarRead More
I’m always a fan of collaborative tools that let you work on the same document across the internet. I’m also a fan of online drawing tools. So I really like collaborative drawing tools
Flockdraw is another collaborative drawing tool that’s well worth taking a look at.
It’s free to use, and you get a unique URL which you can use to share your drawing with others, and have them contribute. Combine this with an interactive whiteboard, which makes it much easier to draw than a mouse, and you have quite a fun tool. 10 users can all be drawing at the same time. Others can view the drawing, but not take part.
You also get an embed code which you can use to embed your drawing into a web page. I tried it on the blog here, but it doesn’t scale – so is far too wide…. wiping out all the sidebars. Would be fine on a VLE / Learning Platform page though.
Here’s the pad I set up. I was not able to use it on a board, so it’s just a mouse scribble.Read More
This video was shown at the Essex ICT conference I attended last week. I think it’s a very powerful example of how modern technology can give you a different perspective on things. What better way to understand a piece of artwork than to jump right into it.
It’s called Watch The World by an artist who’s Second Life name is Robbie Dingo. In it he shows how he recreated Van Gogh’s “The Starry Night” within Second Life.
Sadly, the work no longer exists in Second Life, it was created purely to make this video machinima.
Read more about how it was made, and download higher resolution versions here.Read More
Thanks to Cali Lewis on GeekBrief.tv for mentioning an application that I just had to go and check out once i saw it.
Livebrush is another free paint package, that should work well on an IWB. The size of the brush stroke depends on the speed you drag across the page, the faster you go the broader the brush stroke.
It runs on the Adobe Air platform, so if you can run applications like Tweetdeck then you should be able to run this no problem. Some school networks might block this though, so check if it’s OK to install.
It’s free, but there is a “pro” version for only $10 that gives some extra features. Check out Livebrush now.
I love these kind of applications. If you want more IWB tools for Art then check out my links on delicious at: http://delicious.com/dannynic/art+iwbRead More
Here’s a new website that will make it easier to take screenshots of other sites to save to your desktop or to embed into your blog or your wiki.
It’s called Aviary. And it’s a neat, free, image editing application. You can create images from scratch, and share them with others online.
But as well as that, it has a screen capture feature.
If you use Firefox you can get “Talon” an Aviary plug in that puts a small button onto your toolbar. Just click that button and select the area you want to grab. You then get the option to save that image to your desktop, copy to the clipboard or have it hosted on Aviary to easily embed online.
Which was a pretty painless way of grabbing a section of my Twitter page.
You need to sign up for an Aviary account, but it was free to do so (there are pricing plans for more advanced use of the site)
Aviary also lets you edit and manipulate images online once you’ve captured them – or upload your own images to edit.
As well as the Firefox button, Aviary has just launched it’s easiest feature yet!
You can capture any webpage at all, from any browser, by simply putting Aviary.com/ in front of the URL!
Edit – if you like this – Lifehacker has just reviewed the Five Best Online Image Editors, and Aviary is on the list, along with Sumo Paint, Photoshop Express, Pixlr and Picnik. I’d probably also add Splashup to the list.Read More
A very quick post to make you aware of yet another excellent online painting package.
It’s called Pixlr and you can play with it here: http://pixlr.com/
No need to say a lot about it. Just go and have a play for yourself!Read More