Friday, February 24, 2012

The Last Draughtsman: Robert A. Nelson


Robert Nelson, Professor Emeritus, Millersville University, is a highly respected contemporary painter, sculptor printmaker and collage artist. Nelson studied art education at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, earning a bachelor’s degree in 1950 and a master's degree in 1951. He taught at his alma mater as well as the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg and the University of North Dakota before returning to school at New York University, where he received his Education Doctorate in 1971. The next year he began teaching at Cleveland State University, where he stayed until 1975, when he joined the faculty of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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I had the good fortune to meet and interact with Nelson in a printmaking workshop during my undergraduate days at the University of Nebraska. Nelson is the consummate draughtsman and is quickly becoming a vanishing breed. While he handles multiple mediums effortlessly, perhaps his greatest asset is his drawing skill. I discovered this profile video and am happy and surprised to see that Robert still has the gift and is working away at age 89.

I hope I'm as lucid and creative as Robert in my sunset years.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Painter 12 Essential Training is Live!

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The production elves at lynda.com have been working overtime...so much so that my latest title, Painter 12 Essential Training, has been released ahead of schedule.

In this title, I cover Painter 12's newly updated interface and how to customize it to match your workflow, customized workspaces, color, brush basics, cloning techniques, symmetry tools, auto-painting, layers, and more. Included are my auto-painting brushes, John's Smart Brushes, for use with the Auto-painting palette.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Van Gogh's Starry Night Is Alive!

Starry Night (interactive animation) from Petros Vrellis on Vimeo.


Petros Vrellis, artist and programmer, has brought Van Gogh's painting, Starry Night, to life. Utilizing a particle systems approach, Vrellis enables interaction by user touch to affect the dynamic fluid field the brushstroke reside in. The result is a painting that seems alive via touch. The accompanying sound is generated by sampling the fluid movement via MIDI, creating an atmospheric ambient score.

I wish this was on the iPad.