Monday, June 25, 2012

Don't Adjust Your Display!

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The above image may appear to be waving and composed of parallelograms, but it is actually made up of squares.

Akiyoshi Kitaoka, Professor, Department of Psychology, Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan, studies visual perception and optical illusions. A favorite subject is the "anomalous motion illusion", in which our visual system is provided contradictory information causing apparent motion when there is none.

Check out professor Kitaoka's website for a dizzying array of visual illusions.

WARNING: Viewing these illusions might make sensitive observers dizzy or sick.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Sneak Peek: Upcoming Project

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This image is part of a project I'm working on that will make its appearance later this year. Don't tell anyone!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

John's Smart Brushes User: Terry Sita

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John's Smart Brushes user Artist Terry Sita writes:

I am sending you two photos of painting I did with your Leroy brush. We raise Thoroughbreds so there are always a lot of horses around to photograph. The foals are born usually between Feb. and May.

I rather like the look of the smart oil, since I am a realist painter, but I am trying to loosen up and get more color in my work, so I thought you would like these better.

After auto painting, all I did was bring back the eyes and a little of the hair on the head. If I used the smart oil, I would have to do a little more work to put color into the piece. I hope you like them. I am still a beginner at Painter 12 and these brushes eliminate much of the work.

You can see more of Terry's work on her website. Terry mentions using the Leroy brush. I named this brush after artist Leroy Neiman. and attempted to imbue this brush with some of the vibrance of his paintings.

Mr. Neiman passed away today at 91.

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John's Smart Brushes come with installation videos for the different versions of Painter, as well as a tutorial video to help you get the most out of these interpretive brushes.

John's Smart Brushes are $24.95. You can purchase them using the PayPal link below. Major credit cards are accepted if you don't have a PayPal account.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Seeing from a Different P.O.V.


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My brother-in-pixels, Mark Zimmer, provides a unique commentary on his Relativistic Observer blog about looking at the world:

What you see depends upon where you are. But it also depends upon who you are. If you are here you will see day. If you are there, you will see night. Sometimes there is a sun, sometimes there is a moon. An ocean surrounds an island, but dry land surounds a lake.
The post is accompanied by Mark's playful digital illustrations. If you haven't added Relativistic Observer to your blog reader, you owe it to yourself to do so...now!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Popsicolor App Does Watercolor

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Percolator app developer John Balestrieri has an interesting new app coming out soon: Popsicolor. The app transforms photographic source imagery into watercolors. You can even tilt your tablet to produce realistic runs. Due out for iPhone and iPad this June.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Powell Street Vertical


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When I was in San Francisco last summer, I spent a good deal of time photographing the cable cars. This painting—created with John's Smart Brushes' Impressionable brush—is looking south from California Street down Powell Street.

John's Smart Brushes come with installation videos for the different versions of Painter, as well as a tutorial video to help you get the most out of these interpretive brushes.

John's Smart Brushes are $24.95. You can purchase them using the PayPal link below. Major credit cards are accepted if you don't have a PayPal account.