Friday, April 18, 2014

New Morton Subotnick CD Cover Art

Studio Artist user H. J. Kropp recently created the cover artwork for some Morton Subotnick cd releases. These new CD covers are just the latest in a long history of exciting cover artwork for electronic music CD releases created by Kropp.

Kropp used Studio Artist's innovative DualMode Paint effect features to generate the cover artwork in this new CD series. DualMode Paint allows for live image processing effects to be embedded into a digital paint preset, creating an unlimited palette of interactive visual synthesis and generative paint effects.

To check out more of Kropp's amazing Studio Artist generated artwork, go to his visual sketch blog here.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Pixel Revolution

Studio Artist user Otto Laske is curating an invitational exhibition of Animation Based Photography and Digital Paintings. Pixel Revolution features several different internationally known artists who use Studio Artist to stretch the boundaries between animation and digital printmaking.

Pixel Revolution takes place at the Cultural Center at Rock Neck in Gloucester MA. The exhibition dates are May 15 through June 1, 2014. The opening reception is on Saturday May 17th, from 3 to 6 pm. Gallery hours are Thursday-Sunday, 12-4 pm. More information on Rocky Neck Art Colony is available here.

RNAC and the Cape Ann Cinema will also present a special program of digitally created animations by four of the artists in this show. Pixel Revolution : Visual Music Animations, will take place at the Cape Ann Community Cinema in Gloucester on Sunday, May 25, at 4pm.  More information on Cape Ann Cinema is available here.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Studio Artist at West Edge Opera

There is a new article in the current issue of Stage Directions by Studio Artist user Lucas Krech on 'Creating Pop Art Animations for a Production'. Lucas discusses how he used Studio Artist to generate custom pop-art style animations for the West Edge Opera's 2013 production of L'Incoronatzione di Poppea. The production re-envisions the late Renaissance period opera in an alternate history 1962, where Nero and Poppea were conceived as JFK and Marilyn Monroe leaving their respective Jackie and Joe in the dust.

Lucas drew heavily from the work of Warhol and Lichtenstein for his visual research and inspiration for the production of the opera. He wanted the images of Poppea herself to be Warhol-esque silkscreens. By working with auto-rotoscoping in Studio Artist using custom paint action sequences that he designed, he was able to create a variety of stylized visual animations to be used in the performance. All within his limited budget for the show.

Lucas had this to say about the advantages of working with Studio Artist for creating visual effects for use in live performances.

"Building Paint Actions Sequences with different painting tools created different pop art looks for different scenes and characters, all of which was then auto-rotoscoped into several hours of animated video projections. Thus, someone with middling drawing skills was able to create custom animations in the style of 1962 pop art. The same could, of course, be done for Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Matisse or whatever your production requires. I did a dance piece a while back with animated Renaissance style oil paintings as projections for example. This is a far superior solution than a typical “comic book effect” or “oil panting filter” in traditional video editing software, as it can be uniquely tailored to the needs of your production."

Lucas discuses his workflow for creating the visual effects for the performance in depth in the article. You can read the article online here.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Studio Artist Exhibition Near Paris

An exhibition of Studio Artist user Florence Artur's recent work will be shown at the gallery L'Escalier in Montreuil sous Bois, near Paris, from the 6th to the 15th of February. On Saturday, February 15, there will also be a projection of some of her Studio Artist generated video animations at the gallery.

Florence had this to say about her working process within Studio Artist:
"How I work: starting with a blank canvas, I paint more or less randomly, changing presets and source images often, and also alternating hand-painted strokes with automatic painting (using the action button). When I like what I see on the canvas, I save it as an image and then keep painting. As a result, I obtain a series of images that are individual snapshots of a single process. When I start a new painting session, I usually start with the last image of the previous session. Sometimes I go back and pick an earlier image as a starting point, and sometimes I start again with a blank canvas."

For more information on Florence's Studio Artist artwork, check out her web site and her Studio Artist User Forum homepage. More information on the gallery can be found here.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

John Anderson Interview

Studio Artist user John Anderson was recently interviewed by Renee Philips Art News.

John evokes Pierre-Teilhard de Chardin as a creative source for his work. He sees abstraction "as a way of making the invisible visible, inviting viewers into the engagement with emotions that open new dimensions of mystery and consciousness."

John uses Studio Artist to create abstract digital paintings that he then prints on large format aluminum. He's had several high profile commissions, including the Memorial Health University Medical Center of Savannah, and the international headquarters of the Hawkes Learning Center.

You can read the full interview here.
You can check out John's website here.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Studio Artist Art Exhibit Soliciting Your Artwork

Studio Artist user Otto Laske is soliciting Studio Artist generated artwork for an upcoming art exhibit at the Rocky Nest Art Colony in Gloucester, MA. The show will happen in January 2014, but Otto needs artists to submit samples of their artwork for consideration for the show relatively soon.

Otto is willing to do a lot of the legwork to put together this Studio Artist focused exhibit, including dealing with the details of the printing and framing of the artwork locally for the show. So my understanding is that artists just need to submit digital files of their Studio Artist generated artwork to be used in the exhibit.

Otto invites artists to submit Studio Artist images of photographic quality, picking them for 'photographic clarity'.  Here are some guidelines for artist's submissions.

5 work samples (jpgs) up to ½ mb each, 300 dpi, 4x6 inches (1800 x 1200 pixels), landscape or portrait

Naming convention for files (using underscore): First_lastname_ number_title_size_in_inches.jpg, for example: Ann_Howard_2_Enchantment_18x24.jpg

An artist statement indicating what you aim to achieve in your artistic work

If existing, a link to animations on which your stills, directly or indirectly, are based.

It's really great that Otto is willing to put in all the the work and effort needed to pull this Studio Artist specific art exhibit together. I hope that the Studio Artist user community will rise to the challenge and submit some great examples of their Studio Artist generated artwork for consideration for exhibit in the show.

Otto can be contacted directly at
His web site is at

Monday, November 12, 2012

Art on the Marquee

Studio Artist user Dennis Miller's artwork has been recently featured at the Boston Con­ven­tion & Exhi­bi­tion Center as part of a public media art exhibit titled “Art on the Mar­quee.” Pre­sented by Boston Cyber­arts and the Mass­a­chu­setts Con­ven­tion Center Authority, the exhibit features video art that is viewed by some 10,000 vis­i­tors each day.

“Art on the Marquee” offers artists more than 3,000 square feet of digital display on seven screens, providing full-motion video and a viewership of more than 100,000 pedestrians and motorists. The marquee is visible for a half a mile in many directions.

You can check out 2 videos of Dennis's Studio Artist generated moving artwork here and here.

Dennis had this to say about the exhibit. "The Boston Cyberarts Festival, the major umbrella organization for digital media in New England, put out a call for work to be screened on an 80-feet screen outside the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center in downtown Boston. This screen had been previously used to promote events at the convention center, but then the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority came up with the idea to commission new work from area artists for this very public space. Apparently 10,000 people pass by the screen every day. 

There have been four commissioning rounds, and I have been in each one of them. All of the presented marquee art work was created entirely in Studio Artist. Given the very unusual configuration of the screen, which actually consists of seven separate panels, I felt Studio Artist would be the very best tool to use to create the work.  Some of the guidelines requested work suitable for night viewing, soft and muted, while other day viewing rounds wanted bright looking artwork to compete with the daylight.

All of the works were created with the individual panels in mind at full 1920 x 1080 size. Then once the imagery was rendered, I used the provided After Effects template to align the work on the proper screen panels. The template gave me a 3D preview of the entire display, which is what I used to determine the placement of the various animation segments."

Dennis is a professor at Northeastern University in the College of Arts, Media, and Design. Dennis  was also the primary force behind the Visual Music festival. More information on Dennis's artwork, animations and music is available here.