Dr. Jonathan Reichental, currently the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the City of Palo Alto, is a multiple award-winning technology leader whose 20-year career has spanned both the private and public sectors. In 2013 he was recognized as one of the 25 doers, dreamers, and drivers in government in America. He also won a best CIO in Silicon Valley award and a national IT leadership prize. His innovative work in government has also been recognized by the White House. Dr. Reichental works with his teams to apply technology innovation in organizations to create new value and to enable work to be more meaningful and fun. He is a popular writer and public speaker on a wide range of technology and business-related topics.
Jeremy Sutton, artist, author, instructor and action painting performer, has drawn most of his life and is a digital painting pioneer. Originally from London, Jeremy is an Oxford University trained Physicist turned artist who studied life drawing, sculpture and print making at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford. He has been using digital paint as a professional artist for over twenty years and is one of thirty-three Corel Painter Masters worldwide. He is the author of six books on digital art, including the Painter Creativity: Digital Artist’s Handbook series, and is founder of the online learning site PaintboxTV.com. Jeremy was the featured iPad artist demonstrating live portrait painting at the opening of the epic David Hockney Bigger Exhibition show at the de Young Museum last October. Jeremy’s work is in private and public collections world wide, including some of his early digital paintings in the collection of the Tech Museum of San Jose. He has presented at numerous international conferences over the years, including SIGGRAPH, Macworld and Imaging USA. Jeremy teaches iPad painting internationally and his iPad Art Summer School in San Francisco immediately precedes the mDAC Summit.
Susan Murtaugh, is a graduate of the Chicago Academy of Fine Art. She’s worked over 45 years in advertising and graphic design, including 25 years as Principal of her own design firm. She’s used every traditional art medium. Since 2009, her preferred tools are her iPhone and iPad. She’s been featured in several group shows, online galleries, workshops and in local and international news. Her work and tutorials have been featured in Digital Artist Magazine and online. She has curated several international digital art shows, and has served for 3 years as Artist in Residence for Manitowoc's public schools. She loves sharing the joys of mobile digital art.
In December of 2009, Knox Bronson approached Rae Douglass at the Giorgi Gallery in Berkeley, California with the idea of presenting the first ever gallery exhibit of iPhone photography. Rae said yes, and within days, Knox had created a website and had put out a call for submissions through iphontography bloggers and flickr groups.
Pictures flooded in from all over the world. Amazing pictures, all done on iPhones. No editing on a computer was allowed, and suspect images were checked and removed if found to have been edited elsewhere. At the end of a 30-day submission window, an independent jury was convened to vote on and choose 200 images. The show opened on January 30th and ran through the month of February, garnering rave reviews and exposing the world to the beauty of this emergent medium and nascent art form.
Knox Bronson is the curator of P1xels - The global salon for iphonic art and iPhone photography.
brian & Kristy miller
Hi-Fi colour design founded in 1998 by Brian Miller & Kristy Miller is a creative studio to provide hand crafted digital color for comic books, toys, games, and motion pictures. Hi-Fi brings their love of visual storytelling to fan favorites from DC, Disney, Dark Horse, Dreamworks, Gearbox, Hasbro, Image, IDW, Lucasfilm, Marvel, Mattel, Paramount, and more. Hi-Fi founders, Brian & Kristy Miller are creators of Hi-Fi Academy and the authors of several art-instruction books including; Hi-Fi Color for Comics, Master Digital Color, How to Paint Comic Books with the iPad, and SketchBook Pro for iPad: the unofficial user guide.
Bring your iPad and join Brian and Kristy Miller for Creating Comics with the iPad on Day 1 at mDAC Summit. They will be happy to review your portfolio and answer questions about creating pop-culture and comic book art with your iPad.
Julia L. Kay works in a variety of traditional and digital media, from painting with brushes on canvas to painting with her finger using Brushes on her iPad. She first started drawing on a touchscreen device in July of 2008 on her iPod Touch. The main themes in her work have been portraits of people and animals, and plant forms ranging from the recognizable to the abstract. After drawing herself every day for three years, she started Julia Kay's Portrait Party, a collaborative community in which artists all over the world make portraits of each other in all media. Over the course of the Party, which is ongoing, traditional artists have influenced digital artists to pull out their dusty watercolor sets and traditional artists have become inspired to start drawing on their mobile devices. She continues to draw on a daily basis using both pixels and molecules, and loves checking out the capabilities of new Apps, always looking for those which best simulate the experience of interacting with wet paint.Julia has presented on Mobile Digital Art at the International Association of Mobile Digital Artists in New York City, at the Apple Store in San Francisco, at the University of California, San Francisco and at Gallery 194 in Lapeer, MI. Check out Julia Kay's Studio
Jon Casey is the highest rated Bay Area caricature artist. He served Fortune 500 clients with events in London, Madrid, Montreal, Victoria, and across the USA. Clients include Symantec, Hewlett-Packard, Palm, Bloomingdale’s, the McKinsey Corporation, the Brattle Group, Adobe, Allianz, Virgin America, and Genentech among many others!
In his session you can watch the caricature develop in real time. He will showcase some of his techniques for drawing from crowd on his portable art tablet. You can mimic the techniques on your favorite art apps. Recommended apps are procreate and sketchbook pro.
Paddy O'Sullivan is the founder of The Creative Moment. He Says - "Viewing abstract art is an experience of engaging your imagination. Often the colour, shape and texture of my paintings or digital art work can evoke images of nature, energy and beauty. Most of my work is created without any commitment to the final product or final look of the painting. Each creative stage of development tends to inform me on the next development of the work. I prefer to stay open, in an non-judgmental state but with very focused attention. I know the work is done when there is a satisfying balance of colour, pattern and overall energy". Join Paddy for his inspirational talk on Day 2 where he will share his thoughts and approaches on bringing more of our own unique spirit and energy into our creative moments and moments of personal expression. Check out his work here
Jerry Jobe is a former programmer and current community theater actor/director who found he had a knack for explaining things. He decided to apply that knack to iPhoneography apps on his blog, enthusiasm noted, on The App Whispererer site, and as director of education at the New Era Museum. He resides in the Atlanta area with his wife, daughter and cat.
Sumit Vishwakarma is the founder of Mobile Art Academy and curator of mDAC Summit. Professionally an engineer and an artist at heart, Sumit exclusively creates art on iPad and tablets using different apps, his fingers or a stylus. His goal is to educate kids, teens and adults about simple digital techniques that can be applied with traditional painting skills to create beautiful artwork on tablets. He researches with new apps, app mashing and develop creative 'app-flows'. His scope of mobile creativity covers a wide spectrum from digital art to animation, 3D modeling to media creation and movie making.
He has been featured speaker at Macworld, National Creativity Summit - Pittsburgh, TEDx, Mobile Creativity & Innovation Symposium - NZ and several mobile art events. His work has been featured in various art galleries including the first Mobile Art Festival in Los Angles, Apple flagship store in San Francisco, Autodesk Sketchbook news, Macworld Digital Art gallery and other art & tech blogs such as cult-of-Mac, TUAW, iCreate Magazine.
Caroline Mustard is the education director of Mobile Art Academy. Born in England and graduated Brighton College of Art (now Brighton University) with a BA in Fine Arts Painting. She is an accomplished artist with years of experience in scenic painting and faux painting. She recently returned to her roots as an artist and has embraced mobile art, specializing in use of Paper by Fiftythree who have featured her work on their site. Member of the Mobile Artists Collective and currently teaching mobile art to middle school students at Los Altos Christian School, Filoli Mansion, the Pacific Art League and Menlo Park Recreation.