The idea for the program emerged from collaborations with Harshit Vishwakarma. I was especially moved by his sketching style using fat, oily, markers and playful stickers. I decided to create a digital sketching tool he and I could use to create artworks inspired by his style, trading the sticker for the emoji. The program was designed as a custom VJing tool with various controls including responsiveness to music. I did most of the programming in Processing and Harshit experimented with the use of brushes and aesthetic.
After months of experiments, the program showed promise but felt slow and clunky.
We decided to remove most of the features and to keep the core component: the sketching. We realized the tool was especially successful and evocative when working with type.