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Video: iPad art process for “The Gurn” (2014)

Posted on: January 11th, 2015 by roz


The iPad painting app, Procreate, allows you to export video recordings of your artworks being created. This video shows the process for "The Gurn" (2014).

ipad art youtube video

Click on the image to be taken to the Youtube video.

Apple: Start Something New

Posted on: January 1st, 2015 by roz


iPad art - start something new Apple campaignI'm very proud to announce that I have been working with Apple on their Start Something New campaign to promote artistic creativity using their devices. There is a full gallery of work produced on the Apple website and at their stores world-wide. I was commissioned to paint a series of portraits using the new iPad Air 2 and my app of choice, Procreate.

The portraits are of interesting characters I met at the University of Chichester, where I've recently completed a Masters, but also features the now obligatory self portrait.

The paintings will be featured in hundreds of Apple Stores world-wide, but if you're in the UK, you can see them at the following locations:

  • Bullring (Birmingham)
  • Churchill Square (Brighton)
  • Drake Circus (Plymouth)
  • Grand Arcade (Cambridge)
  • High Cross (Leicester)
  • Meadow Hall (Sheffield)
  • Metrocenter (Gateshead)
  • Princes St (Edinburgh)
  • Regent St (London)
  • Covent Garden (London)
  • Southgate (Bath)
  • The Oracle (Reading)
  • Trafford Centre (Manchester)
  • Trinity Leeds (Leeds)
  • White City (Central London)





Limited edition prints of The Green Lady

Posted on: December 30th, 2014 by roz


iPad Art portrait of the green lady

The Green Lady (2014) - limited edition prints

I am making 25 copies of my latest painting, The Green Lady (2014) available to purchase for £100 each. They will be printed on high quality photographic paper, (approximately A3 size), each personally signed and numbered. The Green Lady was painted on the iPad Air 2 using Procreate app and the SensuBrush.

Free postage within UK
$15 for USA
€12 for Europe
Please email for other destinations.

Payments can be made via PayPal. Please contact via the Work with me section to reserve your copy.

@Connects Christmas meet-up

Posted on: November 28th, 2014 by roz


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I'm happy to announce that I will be at the @Connects Christmas Meet-up on the 10th December in London, to talk about digital painting.

This festive season we want to bring you all together to celebrate the fantastic (and hectic) year we’ve had as the Connects community. Please join us as hear from some of inspirational people in our community, play some Microsoft games, reflect on the year passed and of course, eat, drink and be Merry… Christmas.

If you can make it, we’re inviting you to the iconic Microsoft building in Paddington, London for a real Connects get-together. That means holiday anthems, cheesy games and inspirational speakers all-round.

Date: Wednesday 10th December

Address: 2 Kingdom St, Paddington, London

Time: 6pm - 9pm



6:00 - 6:30 - Arrive, chat, mingle and be awesome.
6:30 - 6:45 - Introduction from Carla and the team
6:45 - 7:00 - Artists, Roz Hall and Phil Galloway on digital art, Connects and Making It Happen
7:00 - 7:15 - Adventurer, Martin Szwed on his upcoming trip to the South Pole
7:15 - 7:45 - Skype Charades (goes global!)
7:45 - 8:15 - Lumia 930 Pictionary
8:15 - 9:00 - Drinks, live drawing & (optional) carols.

RSVP now via the Eventbrite for free and don’t forget to tweet @Connects with #ConnectsChristmas to tell us you’re coming!

Open call for video artists

Posted on: November 24th, 2014 by roz




video artist exhibition open call opportunity


Lumia Connects Trial

Posted on: November 12th, 2014 by roz


Putting the "mobile" back into mobile digital art

Since Microsoft's recent purchase of Nokia, they have been pushing the Lumia brand on social media and on TV showing that there is more to the mobile world than just Apple and Android. One way of showcasing their phones is to get them into the hands of the general public.

Portrait in Green

The Lumia Connected Trial is aimed at artists and photographers and allows them to borrow a Lumia phone of their choice for two weeks with freedom to create what they can. The results of these can be seen plastered around Twitter, just search for @Connects or #ConnectsTrial, or @_connects on Instagram.

Lumia 930 art

I've been using Lumia's flagship 930 and a curious painting app called Fantasia Painter. I say curious as it seems quite a bazaar collection of crazy brushes and gimmicky effects, although if you can ignore that, there is a nice painting app underneath with quite advanced brush and pallet options.

Portrait of Emma painted on Lumia 930

It's quite a challenge painting on a mobile phone again after using the larger iPad a Surface for so long, but a challenge I've been enjoying.

For more information, check out the Connects Trial website

Artist talk on Self Portraiture

Posted on: November 12th, 2014 by roz


I will be talking about my work in Self Portraiture at the beautiful Pallant House Gallery in Chichester on Thursday 13th November.

I will be showing work produced over the past couple of year, covering traditional, iPad, Surface, Mobile and video pieces.

The talk, as a part of the ChArt Pecha Kucha night, is open for all to attend, 6-8pm. Entry is £2.


Posted on: September 11th, 2014 by roz


An exhibition of my work, and six others completing the MA in Fine Art at the University if Chichester is open to the public from the 10th - 17th September. At artOne on the Bishop Otter campus, mediums on show include drawing, textile, sculpture, painting and digital art.

Paint by Pixels exhibition, New York

Posted on: August 15th, 2014 by roz


Two of my paintings have been selected to exhibit at the Paint by Pixels show at the Loft Gallery in Narrowsburg, New York.

“Paint By Pixels,” a group exhibit of digital paintings made on iPads and other tablets opens with a reception on Friday, August 15 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Delaware Arts Center’s Alliance Gallery in Narrowsburg, NY. The exhibit will be on view through September 6, 2014. This is exhibit is sponsored in part by Epson and ArtRage.

“We decided to have an iPad show, mainly, because it is a fun, immediate, and thoroughly democratic medium,” says Tom Bosket, the co-curator with Alexis Siroc of the “Paint by Pixels” exhibit.

Illustrators, artists, and graphic designers have started painting, drawing, and sketching without the need for art supplies, paper, and an easel.  Several powerful painting and drawing apps—such as SketchBook Pro, ArtRage, Procreate 2, and Brushes—allow artists to create visual art on their tablets. Tablets also allow artists to “get messy” without any real mess, which is especially appealing to artists who are on the go.

The two portraits, Emma by mobile light (2013) and Palmer (2014) were both painted on a Microsoft Surface Pro using the free Windows8 Fresh Paint app.

Palmer (2014) painted on Surface Pro 2 using Fresh Paint app

Microsoft Surface Art Painting Fresh Paint

Emma by mobile light (2013) painted on a Surface Pro using Fresh Paint app

New tip on the block: DotPen

Posted on: August 7th, 2014 by roz


"Redefines drawing and writing for smart devices"

When I first started painting on my iPhone, back in 2010, one thing in particular I loved was the return to the childlike pleasure of finger painting. It felt fun, natural and as though you were directly connected to your artwork. However, when I got into more serious painting, it started to feel cumbersome and inaccurate.

Fortunately for us there has always been a steady flow of new styli (styluses?) with which to abuse our credit cards. First we saw the foam-tipped Pogo and then the big rubber-tips, such as Just-Mobile's chunky AluPen. Then there was Adonit's JOT, a stylus which tried to solve the accuracy issue by utilising a transparent plastic disk. Then came the big boys, the expensive pressure sensitive Bluetooth styli that included rubber-tips (Pogo Connect, Wacom Intuos Creative) and the tappy-disks (JOT touch).

It's difficult to say definitively which are good and which are bad because every artist is different, and we have our pet pens that we swear by. The web is full of forums with artists arguing about which are good, bad and ugly.

Upon the release of the first Surface Pro, we were gifted with an affordable tablet with, not only a pressure sensitive pen, but one with a precise pointed nib, and after using the pro for a year now, painting on the iPad or my Surface 2 can feel unwieldy.

Meet DotPen

Powered by a simple AAA battery (not those impossible to find AAAA), this is a stylus with a proper tip which seems to work on any touch device (I have used it on iPad, Surface 2, Surface Pro 2, iPhone 5C, Lumia 520, and their website have a growing list including Samsung, Amazon and Nexus devices).

At 143 mm long, DotPen feels like a real pen and features a unique 1.9mm Active-Quill tip producing amazing fluid pin-point writing accuracy. Powered by a single AAA battery (not included), DotPen provides up to 12 hours of continuous latency-free drawing and writing use.

Funded by a Kickstarter, they have surpassed the necessary $25,000 needed to bring this little beauty to market. I have used the DotPen for a few weeks now, more time is needed for a more in depth review, but I have to say it seems to succeed where so many others fail.

If you're still looking for that truly accurate stylus, if you're not a fan of the foam/rubber-tips or tappy-disks, or if you just need one more stylus for your collection, then the DotPen could be what you need.

The precise 1.9mm tip of the DotPen