‘The Next Level’ student prize awarded to Northern Territory local student

Wacom Authorised Training Centres (WATCs) play a key role in developing and nurturing creativity and imagination within schools, colleges and universities across Australia.

WATCs allow students to utilize and master the same tools that are the industry standard for creative professionals, granting teachers a richer learning experience in the classroom. As part of Wacom’s The Next Level competition, the 2017 WATC winner was Brodee Leonard from Central Queensland University who is currently studying a Bachelor of Digital Media.

The 18-year-old illustrator from ‘Ali Curung’ (remote Aboriginal community in the Northern Territory) has only been drawing for two years and explains that it is a very new outlook for him. “I started out self-taught, I drew pages and pages of circles and attempted to shade them to make a 3D effect, at the time it felt amazing to be able to do such a thing, however when you look back on them, you can see how awful they were… but that is what inspired me,” says Mr Leonard.

He explains how his winning artwork was inspired by surrealism and illusion – how you can create something that up close looks like a complete mess but as you take a step back, you see a completely different image. For this young and talented artist, winning the WATC student prize means that his work will be exhibited alongside renowned international talent and that he will receive the proceeds from any artwork sold. “I was thrilled to be one of the chosen 50 artists and winning this prize has been the highlight of my year. It’s opened the doors for me to take on more commission work and further develop my skills,” continues Mr Leonard. Wacom have rewarded him with a Wacom MobileStudio Pro valued at $3,499 AUD inc GST and his school will receive a Cintiq 27 QHD Touch valued at $3,699 AUD inc GST.

Throughout September to November, Brodee Leonard’s work will be displayed at The Next Level Exhibitions in Auckland, Sydney and Melbourne alongside renowned artists including David Milan, Rik Oostenbroek, Lauren Carney, Merda, Gemma Correll and Sha’an d’Anthes.


Wacom Australia’s global digital art competition is back for 2017

This year, more than 40 artists have been selected as winners from the Wacom The Next Level competition and will have their artwork exhibited alongside national and internationally renowned artists including David Milan, Rik Oostenbroek, Lauren Carney, Merda, Gemma Correll and Sha’an d’Anthes.

  

The competition attracted 1900 entries worldwide, 700 more than last year. “Every year we are absolutely blown away by the calibre of entries The Next Level draws. This is the best part about our job, we love seeing the amazing work people are able to produce and knowing that we play some small part in that. There is nothing more inspiring to us here at Wacom and it helps to push us further as a company,” says Simon Marshall, Marketing Manager at Wacom ANZ.

The chosen winners will not only have their work exhibited and published in The Next Level publication featuring artwork from across the globe, but if purchased at the exhibitions, will receive profits from the sale, less the production costs.

One of the renowned artists that will be showcased at the exhibitions is Sydney based illustrator and artist Bill Hope. “Exhibiting with The Next Level Competition allowed me to show my work alongside some of the best talent in the digital arts scene. Wacom consistently brings together artists committed to expanding the realms of what is possible in the medium and it's an exciting cohort to be represented amongst,” says Mr. Hope.

The not-to-be-missed exhibitions will be held in Auckland, Melbourne and Sydney throughout September to November.

When:

Auckland: 21 Sept – 5 Oct @ Silo Park, Beaumont St & Jellicoe St, Auckland
Opening Night: Friday 29th September 6-9pm

Melbourne: 31 Oct – 13 Nov @ Besser Space, 15-25 Keele St, Collingwood
Opening Night: Friday 23rd November 6-9pm

Sydney: 22 Nov – 3 Dec @ M2 Gallery, 4/450 Elizabeth St, Surry Hills
Opening Night: Friday 24th November 6-9pm

The Australian winners of The Next Level competition are:

Adam Dunt

Alex Solis

Andrew Kostakis

Andy Sutton

Anemites

Angelo Konofaos (knf)

Ark Eleven

Bill Hope

Billelis

Binger

Brodee Leonard

CASIEGRAPHICS

Clare Brady

Colorbot/Ricardo Juårez

David Johnston

Dean A Jones

DKCarp

Elen Winata

Freddy Bustamante

Furry Little Peach

Greg Martin

Grizzly Street

HezronH Vivian

Janine Millington

Josh Thorsen Yung

Kalliopi Lyviaki

KatArt Illustrations

kelogsloops

LEWDALA

Little Fox

MarivArt

Matthew Heath

Meg Theodore

Michelle Webb

Mitch Revs

monstery and me

Nelson Nokela

O’Malley

PEPUE

RoqDraw

Rosie Apps

Scott Gessler

SILLY PEAR

Sophie Melissa

Stephen Mooney

Thayne Abraham

Tobe Fonseca

Street Tolio

Vivian Mineker

Wiswid

Yung Jiz Grafix

Zheng Qu

For more information visit: www.wacomnextlevel.com


Kylie Jenner in trouble for allegedly copying artist

On Tuesday TMZ reported that the 19-year-old reality TV personality is facing a lawsuit for allegedly copying a British artist’s work.

Sara Pope (who's artwork you can check out here) claims Jenner copied one of her most well-known pieces, Temptation Neon, which is a painting of white teeth biting lips. The contemporary artists said the image is very similar to a graphic used on the promo for Jenner’s upcoming TV series.

You can see a comparison of the artworks below:

This news comes hot off the heels of another recent Jenner controversy in which Kylie and her sister Kendall Jenner were blasted for their vintage t-shirt line in which they printed their own images over the covers of classic albums.


Wacom Unveils The Newest Additions To Its Bamboo Family Of Smartpads: Bamboo Slate and Bamboo Folio

How often have you forgotten that important note or lost it in the clutter? Help is here. Wacom’s Bamboo Slate and Bamboo Folio smartpads help thinkers and doers capture, shape, share and organise ideas on the go.

“Our Bamboo smartpads are made to naturally fit into any workflow, fusing the ease of writing naturally on pen and paper with digital technology to transform thoughts to ideas. The smartpads provide a proactive solution for those that are looking to organise and protect their valuable ideas as they bring them from paper to the cloud – whether that’s at home, at school or at work,” says Mike Gay, Senior Vice President for Wacom’s Consumer Business Unit.

Form meets function for on-the-go note taking and idea generating

Bamboo Slate and Bamboo Folio smartpads allow users to turn their handwritten notes or sketches into digital files with a simple push of a button. The use of Wacom’s Inkspace app and other integrated cloud services, offer easy editing and access from anywhere across the globe. Inkspace is the central hub for all digital ink files in the Wacom cloud providing a search function, helping users to manage their handwritten notes.

They’re ideal for note takers and idea creators – whether it’s the business traveller that needs a professional notepad to capture and organise meeting notes and ideas, students that jot down and pack their notes from class to study sessions to home, or teachers that need to record and protect their valuable lesson plans.

Bamboo Slate is a small version with no cover and a lower price tag, suitable for the at home “hobbyist” whilst the Bamboo Folio provides an added benefit for those looking to easily and safely transport their notes and ideas. The textured cover keeps everything in place and provides stylish protection with extra slots for business cards and other documents.

 

Stay organised

The Bamboo smartpads provide peace of mind so you never have to worry about losing a good idea again. Store and organise notes in Wacom Inkspace or easily add them to DropBox, Evernote or OneNote from a smartphone. Files can also be saved locally (up to 100 pages) on both Bamboo Folio and Slate.

Once handwritten notes are converted to digital files, users can download the Bamboo Paper app to easily highlight notes to review with classmates or add annotations to a presentation. With a paid subscription to Wacom Inkspace Plus, users can also convert images to vector files and collaborate in real-time mode, so friends and colleagues can watch ideas come to life remotely as they are drawn on paper.

 

Pricing and availability

Bamboo Slate and Bamboo Folio are available for purchase at Scorptec AU, Noel Leeming NZ, PB Technologies NZ and online via www.buywacom.com.au

Bamboo Slate, small - $189.00   Bamboo Slate, large - $219.00

Bamboo Folio, small - $219.00   Bamboo Folio, large - $289.00

For additional information, view:

Bamboo Slate – https://vimeo.com/216789660

Bamboo Folio – https://vimeo.com/216789601