I, Artist: Why We’re Turning to Artists, and Asimov, to Illustrate DirectStylus

by Will Park

Robots. Ubiquitous displays. Algae bars.

Isaac Asimov in 1965.
Isaac Asimov in 1965.

Fifty years ago this month, science fiction author Isaac Asimov – inspired by the 1964 World’s Fair – made a series of predictions about what life would be like in the year 2014.

Some of Asimov’s predictions were wrong. The algae bar stocked with “mock turkey” and “pseudo-steak” that he predicted just isn’t happening. Others, however, foreshadowed a world where access to visual computing would be immediate and natural.

Asimov predicted flat-panel screens would replace ordinary television sets – and those screens would be good for more than just passive video consumption. They’d be used to handle documents, view photographs and read passages from books.

By the time Asimov made his 1964 predictions, he’d already imaged the tablet computer – in 1951 – when he penned the first novel in his seminal Foundation series. No surprisethat we’re huge Asimov fans.

So we think Asimov would have appreciated our DirectStylus technology. DirectStylus lets tablet users sketch smooth lines and broad strokes with the ease of pen and paper, and with all the benefits of a digital canvas. It’s a technology that puts our screens at the service of artists.

So, that’s why we’re turning to Asimov’s science fiction classic I, Robot for our Make Your Mark project. We’re asking 10 artists from around the world to create three illustrations inspired by I, Robot, using DirectStylus. Then we’ll follow them through their creative process for a series of short films.

Expect quite a journey. Artists involved in Make Your Mark range from computer game designer Wes Louie to cartoonist Jing X Hu, from doodlers to accomplished artists. Along the way, we’ll get to know these artists as they show us the techniques they use to create their work.

We think they’ll offer more than a tribute to science fiction’s past – but a look at how more of us will be working as we find ways to make visual computing more human.

We’ll be sharing video documenting the work of these artists on our YouTube channel starting April 28.

Rugman Sketchhand
Where man meets machine: our DirectStylus technology lets humans sketch smooth lines and broad strokes with the ease of pen and paper

Grab a tablet equipped with our DirectStylus Technology – like the Tegra NOTE 7 – to create some art of your own and share it using the hashtag #YourMark on Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook or Instagram.

Artists include:

Anh Zhe
Kathrin Jacobsen
Luke Waller
Wes Louie
Jing X Hu
Vaan Tsao
Joseph Baker
Ray Chadwick

Illustrations: Rugman