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Photos: Microsoft goes arty with tablet caricatures

A tablet PC replaces the sketchbook for one caricature artist in London's Leicester Square
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A tablet PC replaces the sketchbook for one caricature artist in London's Leicester Square

London's Leicester Square with its bars and cinemas is a popular destination for tourists, and many have their portraits and caricatures drawn by the resident artists.
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But for one day Emil has swapped his notebook and charcoal for a tablet PC. And instead of sending tourists on their way clutching their caricature on paper, he is emailing them out via a wireless net connection.

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So silicon.com sent down a human guinea pig, business editor Steve Ranger, to test it out. Note the anxious look as the artist starts work.

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Emil in action, with some of his other work in the background.

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The tension builds as the caricature starts to take shape, much to the amusement of the onlooking crowd of tourists...

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...especially as the victim doesn't know how the picture is developing - or which features the artist has picked on.

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Emil adds a few last flourishes to the picture and finally reveals...

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...the finished article, which then wings its way back to silicon.com for the amusement of the rest of the team.

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