So, ICM is over with! Pablo Pescado Paints was my final, and his web presence lives on at fischschoolofthearts.tumblr.com. His actual presence lives on too, in fact he’s in my kitchen with me as I write this.
I think this project turned out pretty well. Basically, a webcam above Pablo’s tank tracks the color orange (which I would calibrate with Danny Rozin’s color-tracking click sketch) and leaves a trail based on where he goes around his bowl. That image was projected with a pico-projector onto a small canvas propped up by a mini-easel. The projector+easel had a really nice effect and I may just use it again. When I clicked spacebar on my computer, the canvas would clear, the old painting was entered into a “gallery” that was displayed on the computer screen, and the new painting would begin with a different color.
The galleries of paintings were perhaps my favorite result of this project. I’d love to set up Pablo permanently, but unfortunately I don’t have a spare webcam. Maybe it’s worth getting one though, so he can do live painting over the web.