Friday, October 15, 2010

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Adobe MAX Conference, October 23-27, Los Angeles

I'm pleased to announce that I will be a featured speaker at the Adobe MAX 2010 Conference this October 23-27 in Los Angeles, CA. My session, Painting in Photoshop CS5 with the Master Painter, is on Tuesday, October 26th, 8:30AM–9:30AM. Here is the session description:

Learn essential techniques from one of the original pioneers in digital painting and a master at painting in Photoshop CS5. Watch as John Derry shows how to quickly and easily enhance your images with the new realistic painting tools in Photoshop CS5. See how you can transform your images and designs subtly or to the extreme to get amazing results. You'll walk away knowing killer tips and tricks along with new painting ideas that are sure to add to your Photoshop skills.

In addition, I am co-teaching the Russell Brown@MAX pre-conference workshop, From Reality to Renaissance, which will feature Photoshop CS5 to interpret photographs into painted artworks. Here is a description of the workshop:

You will be creating a Photoshop painting from the portraits that are captured in class or from any additional images you might bring with you. In addition, with the help of one of our sponsors, you'll have access to a large library of images from You are welcome to bring your own camera or use the images taken by our professional studio photographer. Everything you need for class, from the Mac computer to the stretched canvas, will be supplied. You only need to bring your creativity and enthusiasm.

During the photography sessions, several of the instructors will be playing the roles of different characters from famous paintings. You are also welcome to bring your own costume and appear in your own painting.

We will be using a large-format printer, provided by HP, to produce a 12x12-inch museum quality painting. To cap off the event, the paintings will be displayed at the MAX opening night reception for everyone to admire. Special prizes will be awarded for the painting that is voted best of show in the class.

Russell Brown@MAX is offered as a supplement to the standard MAX 2010 conference schedule. The workshop runs from Saturday, Oct. 23 to Monday, Oct. 25.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Wacom Cintiq 21UX and Photoshop CS5 at NYC ComicCon

I just got back from demoing Adobe Photoshop CS5 on the new Cintiq 21UX in the Wacom booth at New York ComicCon. Needless to say, this show is populated with an amazing variety of attendees in costume to show off their favorite superhero. I had the opportunity to walk the show floor and photograph some of the fans' amazing efforts. The above photo is one attendee's interpretation of Rorschach, a character from DC Comics miniseries, Watchmen.

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I loaded the photo onto my workstation in the booth (a $600 Mac Mini!) and used it as a starting point for interpretation into a painting using my Artists' Brushes for Photoshop CS5. Whenever I was asked what application I was using and I said, "Photoshop CS5", the reaction was usually one of disbelief. Attendees couldn't believe that brushwork like I was showing was possible in Photoshop!

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My brushes, along with the Cintiq, make for a very dynamic demonstration of interactive painting. But you don't need a Cintiq to experience my brushes; they work just fine on any Wacom-equipped machine.

John's Artists' Brushes for Photoshop CS5 and John's Dry Media are each available for just $19.95. If you have Photoshop CS5 and are into painting, this will be the best investment you can make!

John's Artists' Brushes for Adobe Photoshop CS5

John's Dry Media for Adobe Photoshop CS5

If you have an image created using my brushes, send me a JPEG and I'll feature it here on the PixlBlog!

Friday, October 1, 2010

John's Dry Media User: Laura Bolter

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Kansas-based artist/illustrator Laura Bolter writes, "I bought some cool, new brushes for Photoshop from John Derry (one of the original authors of Corel Painter), and I've been trying them out on some projects for 123Print.

I'm liking them very much! The Photoshop brushes make Photoshop behave much like Painter, which simplifies my workflow considerably. Everything I do in Painter I have to bring into Photoshop anyway, so now I can do it all in one place."

You can read Laura's complete post—and see more of her work—at her blog, Curly's Queue

John's Dry Media for Photoshop CS5 are now available for purchase at $19.95. Enjoy chalk and pastels without the dust!

John's Dry Media for Adobe Photoshop CS5

If you have an image created using John's Dry Media, send me a JPEG and I'll feature it here on the PixlBlog!