Tagtool in Sweden – Part 1

Last week in Kristianstad our first drawing session was on the facade of the theatre in the Tivoli gardens. Although painted white, this beautiful art nouveau building, designed by Swedish architect Axel Anderberg in 1908, presented quite a drawing challenge because of all the big windows. Also, because of the latitude, it took quite a long time for the sky to get properly dark, but at least this meant that Dima had plenty of time to find the best position to set up the generator and our beautiful new Epson projector.Two more shots of the first drawing sequence, made while it was still quite light…
…but as it got darker the colours looked much brighter and more dramatic.


There was quite a lot of ambient light from the lamps in front of the building……covering them with black bin bags proved to be a quick and effective solution!
Once it got really dark, when seen from a distance with the illuminated fountain playing in the formal garden in front of the theatre, the facade really glowed…

This session was arranged in order to make publicity photos for the Tagtool workshops we were holding on Thursday and performance on Friday night at Barbacka cultural centre in Kristianstad as part of their museum night programme. I was very happy to have this nice opportunity to draw on such an interesting building.
Before packing up the Tagtool we turned the projector on to these trees and I drew some scary faces in the leaves – just for fun!

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At ANIFILM 06, Třeboň

Another gig with Vložte kočku, this time at Music Club Beseda in Třeboň, as part of the programme of events accompanying the International Festival of Animated Films. I took the photos below after the sound check to show the stage set up.Because of the shape of the ballroom where the concert was held, the Tagtool and projector had to be set up quite near to the stage. We used the wide angle lens on our new Epson projector so that I was able to draw over the whole stage as well as the white panels behind it – which meant that when the ceiling lights were turned off during the performance, in addition to Dima’s stage lighting of LEDs, strobe and bulbs, I could also use the Tagtool to illuminate the band. This proved to be a really good set up for drawing and, as usual, Dima took lots of photos for me.Below – two more photos from this drawing sequence…
Krystof’s electronics console really glowed in the darkness at the beginning of the next figurative drawing sequence……with the mood gradually lightening as I added these heads to the drawing.

Then I ended with a short fade to ‘remove’ the original landscape background.
Here is a much more colourful drawing sequence from later in the concert…
The wide angle lens projected my drawing over people dancing at the front of the stage so I decided to have some fun including them in the drawing too!There was a great atmosphere at the concert and even after an encore the large and enthusiastic audience were shouting for more….

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At JATKA78 in Prague

P1030533This newly opened multifunctional theatre, music club, gallery, training halls, rehearsal room and gym is the new venue for performances by the Prague-based contemporary circus company Cirk La Putyka, who are bringing back to vibrant life these former market halls. The photo below shows the hall adjacent to the theatre, which houses the bar, exhibition area and stage for music performances where we were providing the visuals to accompany Vložte kočku’s concert, which took place on Friday night after the circus performance in the theatre.P1030532Our beautiful new Epson 6000 full HD projector (which can be seen mounted on the tripod on the right in this photo) was ideal for the venue, giving bright, clear images and lovely luminous colour – and that was even before the house lights were dimmed for the performance!Although Dima was busy programming the stage lights during the performance he also found time to take some photos for the blog…

This programme was slightly different from the recent tour, featuring old material as well as music from the new VK album. I got a short break from drawing when Dima showed the video to accompany the song, ‘Kone’ but to accompany the rest of the concert I produced a changing sequence of drawings.

Before it was time for me to draw at Vložte kočku’s concert in the bar, instead of having to wait backstage for the circus performance to end, the director very kindly invited me to come and see the show – and I had a front seat view as well, which was really great! Do check out La Putyka’s website to see a list of their forthcoming performances – and try to see them if you can!
To end this post – one of the circus performers arrives for the after-party at the end of the concert…

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More Vložte Kočku tour photos

All the photos in this post are from the concert at Anděl in Plzeň on Thursday night. (I had drawn there for Vložte Kočku’s gig in January and it was nice to make this return visit. The club has a very good atmosphere and there is a little balcony giving an unobstructed view of the stage – ideal for Tagtooling!) The programme featured the same music as at the launch of VK’s Hedvika LP at Akropolis but this time Dima took lots of photos of my drawings.
Below – drawing to accompany the song, ‘Život’.

Above – the strobe bleaches the drawing and illuminates the band.
Below – two photos of the drawing showing the beginning of a slow fade to black.
And then for the song, ‘2 nebo 3′ another monochrome drawing…Because the projector beam covered a larger area than the screen, it was possible (as above) to use Tagtool drawing to selectively ‘light up’ the musicians.
Below – three photos of my next drawing – to accompany ‘Kroky II’…

….and three for ‘Ryby II’ – about fish swimming underneath the ice.


For the last group of songs in the programme I used full colour – first building an abstract background for the heads I would draw for, ‘Kostra’..
The transparency effect in the image below was made by starting with layers of opaque colour and then releasing and doing a partial fade of the drawing.Of course it is very easy to ‘lose’ more of the drawing than you want using this technique! (And it took me some practice to learn to control this effect.) But then it’s also possible to draw into the faded image – as in the detail below.3-P1080369The concert ended with ‘Hradec’ – a song that was obviously a favourite, so I ended with this piece of fun abstraction to match the mood of the audience.

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With Vložte kočku @ Akropolis

Last night Vložte kočku celebrated the launch of their LP ‘Hedvika’ with this special concert at Palac Akropolis in Prague. For this performance, as well as my Tagtool drawing, Patrick, Dima, Lukas and Peter were controlling the full range of their stage lighting – and together they provided a really dramatic visual accompaniment for the music. Dima was all the time busy with the lighting so I don’t have many photos for the blog – these ones are for the song, ‘Život’.

Below – the lighting focuses fully on the musicians and for a few moments the drawing ‘disappears’….
….only to be magically revealed again – a nice effect, where it is the lighting that creates this ‘fade and return’ of the drawing (which of course isn’t possible to do using the Tagtool, where the ‘fade’ feature is always permanent!)
Below is a photo I took of our monitor on the lighting console.I took the photos below during some of the songs where I wasn’t drawing. I think that only video could capture properly the full range of dramatic effects of the combination of the changing lighting in Krystof’s big electronics case reflected in Dima’s mirror, the stage lights, incandescent bulbs and moving lights, LEDs and strobes – but these photos at least give some idea of how the lighting completely changed the atmosphere and appearance of the stage.




To end this post here are some photos of another of my drawings – this time to accompany the song, ‘Kostra’.

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Tagtool at Transformania IV

Last Friday we held this Transformania event at NEONE in Prague – both a party and nice Tagtooling opportunity for me to accompany some of our guests. First up on the programme were our Czech friends, Mutanti hledaj východisko. Last year I did some ‘mutant drawings’ for them when they were performing at the summer festival in Boskovice – so it was great to do some more scary images for this performance! The photos below show the progression of my drawings…




Later in the evening I did some more drawing. This time it was to accompany the set by The Fake Masters from Berlin. I hadn’t been able to listen beforehand to the music they would play so I asked them what kind of subjects they would like me to draw. ‘Something connected with gardens or flowers would be good…’ Here’s what I did!

Below – after drawing these big flowers, the visuals began to look more like jungle than a garden, with the two musicians hidden in the foliage …

But Tagtool drawing formed only a part of the evening’s visual entertainment, so when I was not drawing I was able to join the party and enjoy Joost van Veen’s subtle manipulations of Super8 footage and also the brilliant Mr Vux’s dazzling and complex computer visuals – but I was so engaged in watching their performances that I didn’t remember to take any photos for the blog!

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On Tour – Jablonec nad Nisou

We were really happy to make a return visit to Klub Na Rampě in Jablonec (the first time that we were at this very nice venue was in December 2013 on tour with Czech band Vložte kočku). This time Vložte kočku’s programme included some of the songs from their newly released album ‘HEDVIKA’. Dima did the lighting for this show and I was providing some live drawing accompaniment.


The photos above were taken at the rehearsal in the afternoon. When we arrived at Klub Na Rampě we put up white material across the full width of the stage behind the band and then I had a chance to do some drawing while Dima was busy programming the stage lights. Dima set up our video to record the performance but for now I’ll just post a few photos taken with my little camera.
The two images below show my drawing to accompany the song,’Koně’. (It’s always popular with audiences, and it is one of my favourites too!)
For some reason I don’t have photos of any of my more abstract drawing sequences (but perhaps I will get some from the video for a later post)
It was obvious from the audience reaction that everyone really enjoyed the songs from the new album, as well as the ‘old favourites’ in the programme – as this photo taken at the end of the concert of people calling for an encore shows!Tomorrow (Friday) the tour takes us to Česká Lípa and on Saturday we will be in Hradec Králové. All Vložte kočku’s tour dates and locations can be found here….
And now for a postscript:-
This week, as well as their new album, Vložte kočku have released a video clip of one of the songs from ‘HEDVIKA’ that I would like to share on the blog….and as well as featuring Dima’s lighting and a bit of my Tagtool drawing, my donkey and wolf masks also make an appearance – so watch, listen and enjoy!

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