Thursday, March 31, 2011

John's Brushes User: David Muldoon

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Artist David Muldoon, living and working in Dubai, created this image from a photograph of a row of WWII-era RCAF Harvard trainers using both John's Artists' Brushes and John's Dry Media for Adobe Photoshop CS5.

David writes:
"All work was done on my Wacom Cintiq 12 with your Cloning Action, I used ONLY a combination of your Artist Brushes, as well as the Dry Media Brushes and a final contrast adjustment in CS5. I really enjoy working with these brushes so much so that I haven't worked in Painter even though I had a new computer system built specifically for digital painting within Painter!!!"

John's Artists' Brushes and Dry Media for Photoshop CS are each available for $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 with my brushes, send me a JPEG and I'll feature it here on the PixlBlog!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

iPhone App Creates Unique Circular Panoramas

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Tiny Planet Photo is a recent iPhone App Store addition that does a great job of twisting photos into circular panoramas. The output is currently limited to 1000 X 1000 pixels; hopefully, the developers will be able to increase the output in a future release.

The above images are some examples of my playing around with the app.

It's getting so the iPhone offers a complete digital camera and and darkroom in your pocket.

Friday, March 25, 2011

The Aurora Borealis for Those of Us South of the Arctic Circle

The Aurora from Terje Sorgjerd on Vimeo.


Living far south of the North Pole, I've only seen glimpses of the Aurora Borealis throughout my lifetime. This recent long-exposure time-lapse photography by Norwegian Terje Sorgjerd is said to offer the best experience short of traveling to the Arctic Circle. You may recognize the background music...it's Hans Zimmer's soundtrack for the last scene in Gladiator.

Nature is often stranger than we can imagine.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Swiss Artist's Knife

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I was going through some of the boxes we've dragged with us over the years and uncovered my Swiss Artist's Knife. I did this back in my Cranbrook days while pursuing a MFA degree. It required locating a suitable existing knife, disassembling it, and adding the new knife elements.

I particularly like how I retained the existing corkscrew—obviously a key component of an artist's tool set!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

How Does That LCD Display You Spend Hours Staring At Actually Work?

Every wonder how that thin LCD display that you stare at all day displays text and images so well? This video provides a highly intelligent answer.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Is Display Glass in our Future? Corning Thinks So.

Corning Glass is developing glass that has embedded display technology. This promotional video demonstrates possible uses.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Cool Mercedes-Benz Print Ads Highlighting Creativity

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Mercedes-Benz has done a series of very nicely designed print ads focusing on the right-brained logic and left-brained creativity that goes into their automobiles. Well executed.

Mercedes-Benz Left Brain / Right Brain Ads

Monday, March 14, 2011

Panogaea—Mac-based Panorama Mapper

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If you are a Mac user interested in unique panoramic manipulation, there is a new application out by You Go Mountain —Panogaea— that is available for a very attractive $4.99 in the App Store.

Panogaea is capable of some very unique spherical re-mappings and has an extremely easy-to-use interface enabling concatenated transforms. Above is a simple example I did, but it is capable of so much more. I'll be exploring this app for awhile!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Zhangjiajie in Snow—Awesome

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China's Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area comprises the Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, the Tianzishan (天子山) mountain ranges, BaoFengHu (宝峰湖) and the Suoxi Valley (索溪峪), and is a very popular filming and tourist destination. This area is purportedly the source of inspiration for the floating mountains in the motion picture, Avatar.

I've seen photography of this area before, but never in snow...jaw-droppingly beautiful.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

From Photograph to Painting Webinar this Thursday

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I am giving a webinar this Thursday as a part of the the Winter Digital Art Summit. I am going to go through the process I've evolved for interpreting a photograph into a painted result. Although I'll be using Photoshop CS5 during this session, the concepts are equally applicable to Painter.

From Photograph to Painting
Thursday, March 10, 1:00 PM Central Standard Time

My session is described below:
I like to think of various art forms as each having a unique visual vocabulary. Painting, for example, has a unique visual vocabulary: brush strokes, canvas weave, and oil paint’s color range are attributes unique to a painting. Likewise, photographs have a unique vocabulary. Key elements of the photograph include sharp focus, depth-of-field, and high detail.

The appearance of software such as Painter and Photoshop —coupled with the phenomenal growth of digital photography— offers photographers and artists even more expressive choices with regard to the photograph. A current trend is the interpretation of a photographic source into a traditional painted appearance. This session describes the implementation of visual vocabularies to expressively interpret your photographs into successful paintings.

I'll be giving a live demonstration of my techniques during this approximately 2-hour session.

The webinar is being recorded, so you can either attend the session or download the video at a later time. The webinar is $47.

The sign-up page for the Photograph to Painting webinar is here.

I hope to see you there!

Monday, March 7, 2011

A Look Behind the Names on the Photoshop Splash Screen



John Nack has posted an insightful video in which members of the Photoshop authoring team describe the process of migrating CS5 to a 64-bit architecture.

The video provides an interesting look at the faces behind the names on the Photoshop splash screen, as well as describe some of the "inside info" that is involved in engineering an application with a sophisticated code base.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Brian Dettmer: The Book Surgeon

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Artist Brian Dettmer is creating some of the most innovative books-as-art sculpture I've ever seen.

Brian describes his process:
In this work I begin with an existing book and seal its edges, creating an enclosed vessel full of unearthed potential. I cut into the surface of the book and dissect through it from the front. I work with knives, tweezers and surgical tools to carve one page at a time, exposing each layer while cutting around ideas and images of interest. Nothing inside the books is relocated or implanted, only removed. Images and ideas are revealed to expose alternate histories and memories. My work is a collaboration with the existing material and its past creators and the completed pieces expose new relationships of the book’s internal elements exactly where they have been since their original conception.
You can see larger images of Brian's work here.