Thursday, September 20, 2012

New lynda.com Expressive Painting Title Underway

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I'll be recording my next lynda.com title, Transforming a Photograph into a Painting with Photoshop CS6, in a couple of weeks. I'm dividing the content into 2 sections: Image Preparation and Expressive Painting. The above image represents the finished result of the example I'll be using.

A key difference between traditional and digital painting technique is centered on the marriage of image content and brushstroke expressivity.

In traditional painting, these two interrelated functions are simultaneously accomplished: the artist is largely describing the image content while at the same time expressing himself through the manner in which he brush applies paint to the canvas.

In digital expressive interpretation, the image content —typically a photograph— is prepared as a separate function apart from the brushstrokes. Once the image content is constructed according to the artist's wishes, expressive brushwork is applied by utilizing the prepared photo as the color palette. In other words, the image flows through the brush as the artist focuses on expressivity.

By separating the image content and brushwork, the artist is free to focus exclusively on each function. This presents a workflow by which image elements like color, composition, and story-telling are initially portrayed via a thoughtfully prepared image and personal emotional expression is later communicated via hand-wrought brushwork.

Below is the initial photograph prior to crafting it into cohesive story-telling content.

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By carefully preparing an image prior to interpretation, the artist is freed up to focus exclusively on the brushwork that is the essential carrier of the artist's personal stylistic expression.

Monday, September 3, 2012

John's Artists' Brushes User: Roland Saldivar

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Phillipines-based artist & colorist Roland Saldivar has been using my Artists' Brushes tool presets for Photoshop CS5 & 6.

Roland writes:

I want to thank you so much for making your Artists' Brushes available. These brushes are awesome! I have never been this close to the look of Painter in Photoshop before you made these brushes available. Now, I am having so much joy in playing around with your brushes and making really satisfying digital art.

John's Artists' Brushes and Dry Media for Photoshop CS5 & CS6 are each available for $19.95. If you have Photoshop CS5 or CS6 and are into painting, this will be the best investment you can make!

John's Artists' Brushes for Adobe Photoshop CS5 & 6

John's Dry Media for Adobe Photoshop CS5 & 6

If you have an image created with my brushes, send me a JPEG and I'll feature it here on the PixlBlog!