Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Russell Brown @ HOW Design Conference

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I'm in Denver following the aftermath of Russell Brown's Painted Masks pre-conference workshop at the HOW Design Conference, of which I was co-instructor. As Russell says, he likes to put together a three-ring circus.

This circus consisted of initially learning Photoshop CS5's new painting technology via my Artists' Brushes, followed by applying Illustrator templates that controlled a Universal Laser Systems laser cutter to precisely cut the masks out. The masks were printed by Jack Duganne of Duganne Ateliers and finally embellished with baubles, bangles, and bright shiny beads provided by Denver-based digital and traditional mixed-media pioneer Bonnie Lhotka.

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The result is a group of amazing masks created and fabricated by the worksop attendees. The masks are now on display at the HOW Conference. I initially thought that we'd never be able to get through the entire process in the day-and-a-half allotted time. Not only did everyone finish, they finished with spectacular results! Along the way, several of us were able to get our laptops, iPads, and cell phones laser engraved with our own designs.

All in all, it was a memorable and educational experience!

2 comments:

  1. Incredible what you can do with photoshop and painter brushes. I had never heard of the Universal Systems laser cutter using templates from Illustrator. This is all mind boggling.

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  2. Loved the workshop. Thanks for sharing the fantastic brushes and the techniques!

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