Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Adobe MAX Class and Digital Painting Session

Last week I was at the Adobe MAX Conference in Los Angeles, I co-taught a class, From Reality to Renaissance, with Russell Brown.

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I taught the painting component, in which the class (70 participants)—using my Artists' Brushes— interpreted a photograph of a recreation of a famous painting as an exercise. Wacom provided an Intuos4 tablet and 6D Art Pen for all of the workstations.

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Yes, that is Russell as Whistler's Mother...

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Artist Bonny Lhotka worked with students to prep and output their artwork via multiple methods. Art could be printed out on canvas and and then embellished using media provided by Golden Artists Color.

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Bonny instructed students on her image transfer technique. This technique results in an image on paper with an appearance similar to polaroid or dye transfer.

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Students also got the opportunity to utilize some technology normally out of the reach of most artists. Russell came up with a technique for extracting 3D height data from images (as well as adding it) and then use the information to drive a Universal Laser Systems laser to etch the image into wood.

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The resulting etched wood is then run through a Direct Color Systems Direct Jet flatbed print. The color image is printed in registration with the 3D-etched wood image. You can see some of Russell's test examples below.

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The students' resulting prints were exhibited on the MAX exhibition show floor.

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Below is the example I did for the class. Russell and MAX class assistant Monika Wolff posed as Grant Wood's American Gothic couple.

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On-demand printers MagCloud created a full-color catalog of the exhibition. You can view a PDF of the catalog using the link below:

From Reality to Renaissance catalog

I also did a session on Painting with Photoshop CS5. You can view a video of the talk on AdobeTV using the link below:

Painting in Photoshop CS5 with the Master Painter

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