Sunday, September 26, 2010

Two Seasons, Two Tools

I just finished an image with a bit of an interesting story. Our daughter, Logan, is in her senior year at the University of Nebraska/Lincoln majoring in Meteorology. She is a member of Kappa Delta sorority, which holds an auction every year to raise money for the sorority house.

Last year, we donated a print that I did of the sorority house on UNL's campus. I shot the reference imagery in the late summer and then interpreted the photograph into an autumn scene using Corel Painter. The print was purchased by one of the sorority girl's parents and donated to the house where it now hangs in the dining room.

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This year, I thought it would be interesting to portray the same image of the house in a different season. I chose winter and did the interpretation this time in Photoshop CS5 using my Artists' Brushes.

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I find it interesting to compare the two paintings with the use of each application used to create each in mind. What strikes me—and I think that this should be a goal of the artist—is to not let expressive software impose its signature on the resulting artwork.

Looking at these images, I don't think that either the Painter or Photoshop pedigree is apparent in either painting. Rather, my style—if there is one—is what comes through the pieces.

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!

John's Dry Media User: Karen Bonaker

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Artist Karen Bonaker writes, "Well I must say that I am enjoying CS5. I would like to take some time and learn Photoshop better in the coming year. With that said, here is my attempt with your Dry Media brushes.

I used all the brushes and worked free hand from a sketch that I created from some scenes in Sedona recently. This is the culmination of those sketches.

Great fun and will try the clone brushes next."

Karen is the proprietor of the Paintertalk digital art forum (registration required).

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!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Photoshop CS5 Clone Painting Class Offered

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Photoshop and Painter author and guru Tim Shelbourne is offering a Photoshop CS5 class, Clone Painting with the Mixer Brush: FROM START TO FINISH! Tim describes his approach, "Within the course itself I’m going to be revealing an entirely new method of cloning with the Mixer Brush in CS5 which gives far more realistic results in terms of natural media, and makes the whole process much more intuitive and effective."

I've described Tim and myself as brothers separated at birth—we independently arrived at a unique feature of CS5 during its beta testing phase that enables the concept of a cloning layer. This technique is highly useful when combined with CS5's new Mixer Brush and Bristle Tips for interpreting a photographic source into a natural-media result.

Tim's class begins next Monday, September 27th. Tim is limiting this class to 30 students and there are only a few seats left. Once the course starts, enrollment won’t be possible. The price for the whole course, including Tim's on-going support is £90 ($139 USD). You can enroll for the class at Tim's CS5 School. You’ll need to register for a new account before you can enroll.

John's Dry Media User: Heather Adams

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Artist Heather Adams writes, "I've been trying out your new Dry Media brushes...they are amazing and I love the textures. This is drawing a I've done from scratch using mainly the Square Chalk brush and Blender.

This drawing was inspired from a painting that I saw hanging in the hotel where I stayed on my recent holiday. Thank you so much for these wonderful brushes, I will be using them often."

You can see more of Heather's work at her PBase page.

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!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

On the Road: New York Comic Con

I'll be in New York City at the Jacob K. Javits Center for New York Comic Con this October 8-10. I'll be representing Adobe Systems in the Wacom booth, demonstrating creative solutions using Photoshop CS5's natural-media Mixer Brush with the newly-redesigned Cintiq 21UX.

In the spirit of Comic Con, I'll be dressed as Photoshop superhero, Russell Brown...just kidding!

If you are planning on attending Comic Con, stop by the Wacom booth (2064) and say hi!

John's Dry Media User: Susan Bloom

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Artist, educator, and author Susan Bloom was a beta tester for my Dry Media brushes. Susan writes, "After help from John, to get my tools installed correctly, here is an attempt. There is a pattern overlay, that can be removed or modified. I took the painted layer and laid it over a grey background. A varied assortment of John’s brushes were used."

Susan's book, Digital Collage and Painting, Second Edition: Using Photoshop and Painter to Create Fine Art will be published next month. I highly recommend it!

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'sDry Media, send me a JPEG and I'll feature it here on the PixlBlog!

Friday, September 17, 2010

John's Dry Media for Photoshop CS5 Released

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I'm pleased to announce the release and availability of John's Dry Media for Adobe Photoshop CS5. These exciting new brushes provide the Photoshop CS5 user with a set of natural-media chalk and pastel mark-making tools.

Included are: 2 Dry Media Tool Presets files (one for the barrel-rotation sensing Wacom 6D/Art Pen and one for the standard Wacom Grip Pen), the Dry Media papers Pattern Library, John's Cloning Layer Action for interpreting photos into hand-wrought artwork, 3 popular pastel color range Swatch libraries, and 80 minutes of video tutorials.

The following video provides a look at the interpretation of a photograph (supplied by Randy Jay Braun.) into a pastel painting using John's Cloning Layer Action:



The next video is a from scratch pastel of my ubiquitous apple still life. Note how the background is added after creating the foreground subject...try that with traditional media!



John's Dry Media for Photoshop CS5is available now for purchase and direct download for $19.95. For more information and purchase details, visit the John's Dry Media webpage.

If you create an artwork with John's Dry Media that you're proud of, send me a JPEG. and I'll feature it here on the PixlBlog!