Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Uncle Russell Wants You

Click to view image larger


This is an image Russell Brown and I collaborated on for an as-of-yet unreleased t-shirt. I utilized John's Artists' Brushes for Adobe Photoshop CS5 to paint Russell's portrait in the style of famed illustrator James Montgomery Flagg (the body is the original Flagg art). Russ was planning on having the shirts for this past Photoshopworld, but got bogged down with other Photoshop CS5 pre-release activities.

Question: Is there interest in an Uncle Russell Wants You t-shirt?

Monday, June 28, 2010

John's Artists' Brushes User: Terry Whitener

Click to view image larger


Photographer and budding artist Terry Whitener writes, "I just wanted to share my very first painting ever! I can't even draw stick men. I love what your brushes do and how you helped me to be able to do this. I will only get better. Thank you for taking the time and effort to make such a great set of brushes."

John's Artists' Brushes for Photoshop CS5 are now available at an introductory price of $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

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

Sunday, June 13, 2010

John's Artists' Brushes User: Stephen Buchmann

Click to view image larger


Stephen Buchmann, photographer and aspiring artist writes, "This is my very first digital oil painting (from a Torchi cactus blossom I took this spring). Wow, I'm thrilled how easy this is! And this was done with a kludgy mouse—I don't even have the Wacom tablet yet. I'm certainly no artist (photographer, okay), artist no. There's hope. :-)

It's amazing how wonderful and easy your brushes to use. I haven't even explored the Restore brush and cloning layers yet to bring more detail back from the original photos. This is fun! Who needs television."

John's Artists' Brushes for Photoshop CS5 are now available at an introductory price of $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

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

Friday, June 11, 2010

John's Artists' Brushes User: Dominic Orologio

Click to view image progressives


Dominic Orologio is a freelance Art Director and Designer by day, and a hopeful commercial illustrator by night. Dominic writes, "I tried my hand at my life long dream recently, which is to break into the comic book biz as a cover artist. It's slow going. So now I've shifted to putting together a stylistically cohesive portfolio of editorial work. I have a couple reps that said they would be interested in rep-ing me if I put together some pieces in the style you see here. Wish me luck.

I wanted to thank you for your Artists' Brushes. They are great! CS5's brush engine is a long-awaited dream come true, and your brushes manage to take advantage of every nuance it was intended to express.

In my process, I bounce from canvas to Photoshop a couple of times on a piece. But now that I can finally achieve the life and spontaneity I would normally rely on my canvas for, it's gotten a lot more streamlined. And these brushes helped me achieve that. Very well thought out, and very appreciated. This piece took about 10 hours total."

You can view a progression of Dominic's painting by clicking the image above. Check out Dominic's work at Comic Cover portfolio and his design site.

John's Artists' Brushes for Photoshop CS5 are now available at an introductory price of $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

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

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Russell Brown @ HOW Design Conference

Click to view larger


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.

Click to view larger


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!

John's Artists' Brush User: J. H. Gaspar

Click to view larger


J. H. Gaspar is an Internist working in the United Arab Emirates. Gaspar wrote, "I have done pencil drawings and watercolor paintings during my school years. After school, I did not get the luxury of time to continue painting due to studies and later working as a physician. I have always followed your work in the internet and I am a regular reader of your blog.

Your brushes have revived in me an interest in painting and here is the first painting I did after installing your brushes. It is not a professional painting work, it is just a simple expression to let you know that I love you and I admire your work from the depth of my heart. It is also to express my sincere thanks for making the Artists' brushes available to everyone with a passion for painting."

Thank you for your thoughts, Gaspar!

John's Artists' Brushes for Photoshop CS5 are now available at an introductory price of $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

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

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

John's Artists' Brushes User: David Reid

Click to view larger


Artist and photographer David Reid created this Italian landscape using a photo and John's Artists' Brushes for Adobe Photoshop CS5.

David describes his process:

I mostly do landscape photography and this is my very first digital painting. The reference material was a photograph I took on an ill fated trip to Italy in 2002. This wasn't painting from scratch but blended from the original reference. With the overall painting in mind, I created my ideal contrast and hue in Photoshop first and created focal points.

My technique was based on the video tutorial you kindly provided. I used the Fan - Flat Blender for the underpainting layer then varied the size of it to add in some detail.

I used a mixture of the Blunt and Angle Blender brushes on the Intermediate strokes layer in large size to scatter the smearing effect for the water. Then I gradually made the brush size smaller. The stroke motions I used were mostly horizontal and vertical and circular for the clouds and bushes. I tried to emulate a heavy oil painting approach by creating a heavy loaded brush effect for the water as I am a great believer of laying on thick and going for drama.

I then spent most of my time filling in the gaps and detailing using the Point Round Blender I tried using this at it's default setting but ended up making it tiny and dabbed or flicked the brush to get the detailing I wanted, creating the main detail in the centre of the painting then getting less and less near the edges. I achieved the heavy loaded brush idea by flattening the work then created two more filter layers to give the depth that it has.

The last time I actually picked up real brushes was back in my college days, but the brushes you have created in their default settings are lovely. The smearing effect and dabbing felt how I remember them, although I only have a Wacom grip pen and am now wanting to get the artist pen as the barrel rotation would help immensely (John's Artists' Brushes comes with versions for both barrel-rotation and non-barrel-rotation sensing pens).

The texture settings added by default is just awesome; I did not feel the need to play with it as out of the box it was perfect. I do not think I could have ever achieved this painting without the invaluable tools and videos I purchased from you. Without these, this would not have been possible. Thank you very much.

You can see more of David's work at his website.

John's Artists' Brushes for Photoshop CS5 are now available at an introductory price of $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

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