AKA, first try drawing with the iDive Housing. The iDive looks as cool in the flesh as in the pics. It’s beautifully made and really well crafted bit of kit. The idea behind it if you’ve not been following my commentary, is to be able to have an interactive iPad that is fully functional at depth, with a little help from a regulator to regulate the pressure. It was designed originally as a solution to inputting data on coral on the sea bed. A function it is perfect for.
However I’m looking to take it diving and sketching in situ. Why, when I can just as well take a photo? Well drawing in situ is rewarding in itself and the challenge is to record the way YOU see it which can often be less flat and more ‘alive’ that a pic drawn from a photo.
And it IS challenging. Firstly I had to work out how to supply it’s gas source. I couldn’t quite work out how to fit my CO2 canister without it discharging all the gas at once (need more of a diagram there being not a tekkie sort of person) so I opted to fitting it to a pony bottle with a first stage. In the 3m pool test I realised quite soon that the edges were my ‘palette’ appears weren’t going to be reliably responsive and I had to make sure I had the tool I was going to use selected before the dive.
So what was it like at 7m? Well it still being 10 degrees (England, early April), I opted for keeping my 2mm gloves on while drawing. And the result not surprisingly IS sketchy. I really wanted to spend more time drawing but the responsiveness of the iPad through the housing just didn’t seem to be there however much I fiddled with the pressure release mechanism. BUT it was amazingly Zen! Drawing myself in an mirror at the bottom of the Andark lake while I was exhaling bubbles, I have to say was wonderful in an Alice-though- the-‘Looking-Glass sort of way. Can you imagine if you are an animator or art director on a film like The Titanic or Finding Nemo? Storyboarding in water would really add dynamism. And me? Well I can’t wait to try it out on a wreck dive shoot. I may not be able to draw the whole thing in situ but since my finished illo of the photographer, Terry Scott above, took me a couple of hours, that was never going to be the aim. However I hope to get some good action sketches, play around with the possibilities and show off some more underwater artiness soon. Do watch this space.