App Art with Franky Aguilar | KQED Arts

App Art with Franky Aguilar | KQED Arts


[ FUNKY ELECTRONIC MUSIC PLAYS ] Aguilar:
I THINK IT’S INTERESTING TO PUT A BUNCH OF, LIKE,
PAINTED ASSETS, OR A BUNCH OF CUT-OUT,
LIKE, ILLUSTRATIONS IN THE HAND OF SOMEONE
WHO CAN COMPOSE THEM AND COLLAGE THEM ONTO A PHOTO
AND SEE THE RESULT. IT’S LIKE YOU GET, LIKE,
BOB ROSS SUPERPOWERS FOR A DAY. [ LARGE CAT ROARS ] MY NAME’S FRANKY AGUILAR. I RUN 99CentBrains. I’M KIND OF LIKE
99 CENT FUNKY/BRAINS. BUILD iPHONE APPS
FOR COOL BRANDS. SO, THE FIRST APP I MADE
WAS A SCHOOL PROJECT. IT WAS CALLED “LET LOOSE!” THE CONCEPT WAS
WHERE YOU COULD TAKE A PHOTO, LIKE YOUR FRIENDS OR WHATEVER, AND YOU COULD PULL FROM
A LIBRARY OF LITTLE WEAPONS — SO, ONE WOULD BE, LIKE, A PIE
OR A SPIT WAD OR WHATEVER — AND YOU COULD THROW THEM
AT THE PHOTO, AND THEY WOULD ANIMATE. SO YOU COULD THROW, LIKE,
A THING OF NACHOS, AND IT WOULD GO “FSST! SPLAT!” FROM THERE, I MADE AN APP
CALLED “I’MA UNICORN,” WHICH YOU COULD PUT, LIKE, A LITTLE UNICORN HORN
ON PEOPLE’S HEADS OR YOUR CAT OR YOUR DOG OR YOUR BABY
OR WHOEVER. YOUR GRANDMA.
THAT’S THE BEST ONE. [ ELEPHANT TRUMPETS ] I DECIDED TO, YOU KNOW,
WORK MORE ON THE APPS. I WANTED A REALLY COOL
SIDE PROJECT, AND I THOUGHT,
“HEY, THIS WOULD BE REALLY RAD TO JUST CONTINUE WITH.” AND THAT’S WHEN I MADE
“CATWANG.” IT’S JUST — I WAS ON TUMBLR. I SAW KIND OF, LIKE, YOU KNOW,
WHAT PEOPLE WERE DOING, WHAT KIND OF ART STUFF
WAS TAKING OFF — CATS AND, YOU KNOW, IT WAS
JUST WEIRD JUNK AND ALL THAT. AND I BASICALLY TOOK THE “I’MA UNICORN” APP
AND THE “LET LOOSE!” APP THAT I HAD BUILT PREVIOUSLY,
LIKE, IN SCHOOL, AND I JUST WENT BACK
THROUGH THEM, AND JUST ADDED MORE ARTWORK AND DID
ALL THESE DIFFERENT FEATURES. I LAUNCHED IT,
AND IT STARTED TO TAKE OFF. [ MID-TEMPO MUSIC PLAYS ] ALL RIGHT.
HERE’S “CATWANG.” SO, THE FIRST THING
YOU WANT TO DO IS SELECT A REALLY RAD PHOTO. LET’S SEE IF I CAN FIND
A RAD PHOTO. MR. BILL COSBY. YOU’RE GONNA CROP YOUR PHOTO. THEN WHAT YOU WANT TO DO IS YOU WANT TO CLICK
ON THE CAT HEAD TO PULL UP ALL THE RAD STICKERS. SO, THERE’S DIFFERENT
STICKER CATEGORIES. YOU CAN PUT SHADES. TAP ON A STICKER,
MOVE IT AROUND WITH ONE FINGER. TWO FINGERS, PINCH AND SCALE,
ROTATE. PUT IT ON YOUR —
WHERE YOU WANT IT. ADD MORE STICKERS. YOU CAN FLIP THEM.
YOU CAN SEND THEM BEHIND. YOU CAN COPY THEM, ADD ANOTHER ONE,
IF BILL COSBY HAD TWO HEADS, OR EVEN REMOVE THEM. YOU CAN USE THE PEN TOOL, ADD SOME GRADIENTS,
SCRIBBLE ON THE PICTURE, MAKE IT REALLY, REALLY COOL. ADD SOME MORE STICKERS ON IT,
MAYBE SOME PIZZA. PINCH, SCALE IT DOWN. MOVE IT.
ADD SOME MORE. WE’LL PUT SOME PIZZA
BY HIS HEAD, PIZZA OVER HERE. WHEN YOU’RE DONE, YOU SAVE IT — AND YOU CAN SHARE IT
WITH YOUR FRIENDS. ON A DAILY BASIS, LIKE 300,000, 400,000 PEOPLE
USE IT A DAY. THE NUMBER’S LIKE —
IT’S PRETTY CRAZY TO SEE JUST THE CONTENT
THAT COMES OUT OF IT, HOW PEOPLE USE IT,
HOW PEOPLE INTERACT WITH IT, AND HOW PEOPLE SHARE THE PHOTOS. IT’S KIND OF FUN. I STARTED OUT AS AN ARTIST. I THOUGHT DRAWING WAS AWESOME. IT WAS LIKE ART CLASSES
WERE ALL I REALLY CARED ABOUT. AND THEN I STARTED HANGING OUT
WITH, LIKE, MY COUSINS, AND I LEARNED ABOUT GRAFFITI. FROM THERE, THAT’S PRETTY MUCH
ALL I DID, LIKE, IN HIGH SCHOOL WAS GRAFFITI, GRAFFITI,
GRAFFITI. I HAD GOTTEN A COMPUTER
WITH PHOTOSHOP, AND I DIDN’T KNOW ANYTHING
ABOUT PHOTO MANIPULATION. I DIDN’T REALLY CARE. I WAS JUST LIKE, “HEY,
I CAN DO DIGITAL GRAFFITI.” LIKE, I CAN DO — YOU KNOW,
“I CAN GET ALL THESE COLORS, AND I DON’T HAVE TO WORRY
ABOUT DRIPS, OR I DON’T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT,
LIKE, MESSING UP. LIKE, I CAN DO THIS
AND EXPERIMENT WITH THIS AND COME OUT WITH, LIKE, REALLY
COOL SKETCHES AND CONCEPTS. SO, AFTER HIGH SCHOOL,
I LOOKED INTO IT AND I FOUND, YOU KNOW,
AN ART SCHOOL, AND I WENT AND I LEARNED
ALL THIS STUFF. SO THAT’S WHERE I LEARNED,
YOU KNOW, HOW TO PROGRAM AND DO ALL THAT STUFF. IT’S WEIRD, ‘CAUSE WHEN YOU LOOK
AT MY ARTWORK, AND YOU LOOK AT, LIKE,
THE BRANDING SCOPES THAT I DO, I ALWAYS STAY IN THESE, LIKE, REALLY, REALLY BRIGHT,
CITRUSY COLORS. FOR SOME REASON, THAT JUST
REALLY APPEALS TO ME — LIME GREENS AND TEALS
AND HOT PINKS. LIKE, I JUST ALWAYS
HAVE REALLY LIKED THAT STUFF. THE APPS THAT HAVE
THE REALLY CORE USAGE ARE THE ONES THAT USE
THE ARTWORK FROM ARTISTS. EVEN SMALL ARTISTS. THOSE APPS ARE THE ONES
THAT DO REALLY WELL. THIS IS A NEW AND KIND OF COOL,
NEW, INTERESTING WAY FOR INDEPENDENT ARTISTS
TO PROMOTE THEMSELVES, AND I THINK THIS IS KIND OF
A NEW, LIKE, EDGY WAY OF BEING ABLE
TO DO THAT, AND ALSO IN, LIKE, A
COLLABORATIVE, INTERACTIVE WAY. HOW MANY PHOTOS
HAVE BEEN CREATED WITH ALL OF OUR PRODUCTS? I MEAN, WE’RE TALKING LIKE
500 MILLION PHOTOS IN A YEAR, LIKE, HAVE BEEN CREATED
WITH ALL OF THE APPS. AND IF YOU THINK — IF THOSE
WERE INDIVIDUAL PAINTINGS, OR IF, YOU KNOW, AN ARTIST
WERE TO CREATE, YOU KNOW, ALL THOSE
AS LITTLE ART PIECES, THAT’S AN IMPACT, I THINK,
FOR THE ART COMMUNITY. [ VIDEO GAME MUSIC PLAYS ]

2 thoughts on “App Art with Franky Aguilar | KQED Arts

  • June 27, 2014 at 6:01 pm
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    I know that guy.

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  • October 1, 2016 at 1:18 am
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    How can i contact you, i'm Mario your dad's half brother, Filo & Lucy's half brother, i want to invest $ on some app's that are in a very limited market but have millions of people around the planet that have limited apps on their phones.

    Reply

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