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Salvator Mundi

Posted on: March 7th, 2018 by roz


I've been following DaVinci's painting, Salvator Mundi, as it picks up an astounding $450,000,000 at auction.

Many artists have created their own versions of The Saviour, so I thought I'd paint my own. Painted on the new Microsoft Surface Pro, using Autodesk's Sketchbook Pro, available from the Microsoft Store.

Roz Hall Salvator Mundi digital art

Salvator Mundi (2018) painted on Surface Pro


Posted on: January 14th, 2018 by roz


Portrait painted on Surface Pro Happy New Year! I've not had a chance to paint over the holiday break, so feel out of practice. Here's a warm-up painting to get back into things. Painted on Surface Pro using the Sketchbook Pro app on Windows 10. Artwork on Microsoft Surface Pro Artist working on Microsoft Pro

Reflections: Van Eyck and the Pre-Raphaelites

Posted on: October 18th, 2017 by roz


As a young boy, I fell in love with the Pre-Raphaelites and so couldn't resist a journey up to the National Gallery in London to see their new exhibition.

The show examines how Van Eyck's Arnolfini Portrait may have inspired these young radical artists.

I couldn't resist a sneaky selfie taken in Dante Gabriel Rossetti's convex mirror...

Find out more here

Portrait painting at the Festival of Marketing

Posted on: October 14th, 2017 by roz


I was invited by Microsoft to demonstrate the Surface line-up at the Festival of Marketing at London's Tobacco Dock. Working on the new Surface Pro and the magnificently grand Surface Studio, I created portraits of the guests to give away.

VMWorld 2017, Barcalona

Posted on: September 20th, 2017 by roz


I was invited to attend the VMWorld 2017 conference in Barcelona to help celebrate the diversity of VMWare users.

Armed with a photographer and my trusty Surface Pro, I spent the two days painting as many of the conference attendees as possible. The final portraits will be used in a wide variety of different ways online and in social media. Each portrait was painted in around 20 minutes, using Autodesk Sketchbook Pro.

VM inclusion image

You can view all of the portraits by following this link

Mirror (2017)

Posted on: August 19th, 2017 by roz


Digital artist selfie

I wanted to see how far I could push the Surface Pro 4, in terms of canvas size and detail. This painting, done using Autodesk Sketchbook Pro, measures at around 1.2 meters squared at 300dpi. I lost count of the number of layers, but it was probably around 10 after merging a few.

I only have the 4GB i5 model and this managed to run fine for this painting. On a number of occasions, I'd lose the Sketchbook UI and have to restart the app, but no paintings were ever lost. I've reported this to Autodesk but assume it could be a memory issue.

Ideally I'd like to live stream some of my painting sessions, but the 4GB i5 Surface seems to underpowered to do this whilst painting, which is a shame as I'm able to do this on my iPad Air 2 with Periscope built into Procreate.

If anyone has any suggestions, please get in touch!

Tate Instagram Takeover

Posted on: August 5th, 2017 by roz


After working with Tate Britain, delivering iPad painting workshops alongside the Hockney exhibition, I was given the opportunity to share some work on their Instagram account.

I was one of three artists asked to produce work inspired by David Hockney's artwork.

Follow these links to @Tate on Instagram

David Hockney inspired iPad art Tate

William (2017)

Posted on: August 5th, 2017 by roz


It has been a summer of catching up with family, and this has given me a wonderful opportunity to (finally) paint my nephew. I can't believe he's got this far without being 'got'!

The portrait was painted on a Surface Pro 4 using Sketchbook Pro app.

Surface UK launch

Posted on: June 23rd, 2017 by roz


I was invited to the UK launch of the new Surface line-up; Surface Pro, Surface Laptop and Surface Studio. Taking place on the roof garden of John Lewis on Oxford Street, I had a chance to demonstrate the new hardware to the press and public.


Gotta collect them all! 

Posted on: June 17th, 2017 by roz


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