Born in London, UK, Jeremy studied life drawing, sculpture and etching at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford University, U.K., while earning a degree in Physics at the University. He studied lithography and life drawing at the Vrije Academie voor Beeldende Kunsten, The Hague, The Netherlands, before moving to the heart of Silicon Valley, California, in 1988. First introduced to digital paint in 1991, he live painted on the Wacom booth at SIGGRAPH 1991 Conference in Las Vegas, and has been exploring the digital art medium ever since. After a career selling superconducting magnets and cryogenic systems for physics research, Jeremy became a full time professional artist in 1994 and that year used a prototype Apple PowerBook to draw Sir Richard Branson’s digital portrait on board the Virgin Atlantic San Francisco Inaugural. He is the author of six books on digital painting, including the Painter Creativity: Digital Artist’s Handbook series, and of numerous DVDs. Jeremy, who has used Painter since version 1, is one of only fifty six Corel Painter Elite Masters in the world. He is founder and chief instructor of the online education resource PaintboxTV.com; and has been a platform speaker at many international technology and professional photography conferences. Jeremy is in demand as a live event digital performance painter at special events. He performed live digital painting for Cirque du Soleil in the TOTEM show Tapis Rouge tent in San Francisco; live painted on the iPad at the opening of the epic David Hockney “Bigger Exhibition” in the de Young Museum, 2012, and at the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s “America Now! Innovation in Art” event in Washington D.C., 2015; and live painted, using Procreate, the launching and christening of the luxury cruise liner ‘Seven Seas Splendor’ in Miami earlier this year.
“I. LOVE. LETTERS” Margi says her earliest memory of drawing was a page of words and letter design. While she can’t recall how old she was when she saw it, she still has that page. Since then she has delved into many different areas of art and illustration. From portraiture to sculpting, sign painting and traditional acrylic on canvas. But somehow she always returns to her first love: typography. She began drawing digitally on her first ipad in 2011. From that first moment she was hooked, experimenting with many different styles, but always coming back to lettering. Margi lives in Ontario Canada where she is constantly busy producing everything from books on typography to calligraphy for weddings, journaling, painting and teaching lettering to children. Finally, we want to add that Margi was in the top 10 picks of the very first Mobile Digital Art and Creativity Exhibition held at Pacific Art League in 2013. We are proud to have her as a presenter at our first online mDAC Summit. You can read more from her webiste : www.margilaurin.com
Meri Walker has been an award-winning photographer and printmaker for over 50 years. For the last 11 years, she’s used only her iPhones and iPads to make images that have been widely exhibited and collected, including recent purchases by Harvard Medical School for their Transformational Medicine Building. Meri has an MA from UT Austin where she also taught photography. She has decades of experience in photojournalism, fine art photography, and printmaking and has juried a dozen national and international mobile photography exhibitions. She has been an MDAC favorite since our first conference. Meri lives in Talent, OR, where she has been coaching mobile artists online for five years.
You can read more about her and see her recent work here: http://iphoneartgirl.com on IG: @iphoneartgirl
Paul Kercal is a digital art educator from UK. He is a prolific experimenter of all art apps, devices and styles, dashing out quirky cartoons and new ideas in his personal life and as part of his digital art classes in schools and for events. Over the past decade he has been teaching A level graphics and BTEC level computer arts and has worked with a range of companies from Samsung, Google, Sharp and, predominantly, Microsoft. Paul has demonstrate tablet and VR artwork at huge industry events like BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts), ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education), EGX (UK's biggest game event), BETT (London's leading EdTech Show) and more. Paul is a featured ArtRage artists and will be sharing his expertise on ArtRage at MDAC.
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 co-founder and education director of Mobile Art Academy. Born in England, she graduated Brighton University with a BA in Fine Arts (Painting). She is an accomplished artist with years of experience in art direction, scenic and faux painting. She recently returned to her roots as an artist and has embraced mobile art. With a passion for passing on what she has learned to others, Caroline leads the Mobile Art Academy’s education initiative with classes throughout the Silicon Valley to students of all ages. She has been featured in Fast Company, California State of Creativity Summit, and Apple Inc.
Her work can be seen at www.carolinemustard.com