Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Victor Ingrassia's Keter Salon Show

Studio Artist user Victor Ingrassia has a show of limited edition prints at the Keter Salon in Berkeley California this month. The show's CV states the following. "Doing what he calls 'digital monk's work', his early explorations in experimental film, hand roto-scoped animation, audio collage, stereoscopic and hand colored photography have evolved into ground breaking graphics and animation which cuts against the grain of many current digital trends. His style reflects his personal journey along the border between the purely aesthetic and the technically obsessed."

Victrolux Productions 'digital animation with analog heart' has been used in narrative, documentary, music video, dance, theatre, corporate, and private projects, including the BBS mini series 'Gory Greek Gods'. His work has screened in Atlanta, Berkeley, Boulder, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, and Zagreb. He has taught film at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

You can check out some of the pieces in the show here, as well as get information on directions to the gallery/salon, or information on ordering prints from the show.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Studio Artist at CYNET Art Festival

Studio Artist users Jean Detheux and Michael Theodore both have Studio Artist created animations in the CYNet Art Festival this month. On the Visual Music program are 'Liaisons' and Daydream Mechanics V Sketch 3' by Detheux and 'Color Dream No. 246' by Theodore. For more on the CYNET Art Festival, check out this link.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Michael Wright Exhibits at Computer Graphics Invitational

Studio Artist user Michael Wright is exhibiting his work as part of the "Computer Graphics Invitational- The Electronic Art Show". The show is curated by Anna Ursyan Nov 7 - Dec 7, 2007 at the Mariani Gallery, Guggenheim Hall, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO 80639.

Wright is an associate professor in the Digital Media and Liberal Studies Programs at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. He is the recipient of the Otis Award of Excellence in Arts Education and served as Art Gallery Chair for ACM SIGGRAPH 2003 in San Diego California. He was a guest artist at the SIGGRAPH 2004 & 2005 conferences in Los Angeles where he created the “Portrait Virus” at the SIGGRAPH Guerilla Studio. Wright was one of six resident artists invited to SIGGRAPH’S first Artists in Residence Program at SIGGRAPH 2007, and also curated into the SIGGRAPH international exhibition “Global Eyes”.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Year of the Fish at Hawaii International Film Festival

David Kaplan's Studio Artist animated feature film 'Year of the Fish' will be presented in 2 showings at the Louis Vuitton Hawaii International Film Festival next week. The show times are Friday, October 19 9:00 PM - Regal Dole Cannery, and Saturday October 20 3:00 PM - Regal Dole Cannery. Those of you who live on Oahu know that Dole Cannery is a great place to see a film, so please come out in full force to watch Year of the Fish and also to vote for it when they hand out the voting forms when you enter the theatre. For more info go here.

UPDATE: 'Fish' is also playing in several other film festivals this month. They include:

San Diego Asian Film Festival, Oct. 11 - Oct. 18, San Diego, CA,

Austin Film Festival, Oct. 11 - Oct. 18, Austin, TX,

Sao Paulo International Film Festival, Oct. 19 - Nov. 1, Sao Paulo, BRAZIL,

Watch for additional showings in Goteborg (Sweden), Brussels Fantasy Film Festival and Asheville later this fall.

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Jean Detheux October Studio Artist Events

Studio Artist user Jean Detheux's award winning animated film Daydream Mechanics V sketch 3 is being presented by the Festival du Nouveau Cinema in Montreal on Oct 12 and 14th. For more information you can view the poster image here.

Jean is also lecturing at the Rochester Institute of Technology (school of film and animation) on Oct 16th, and will take part in the "New Music & Art Festival" in Bowling Green from the 17th to the 20th, with films screenings and panels and lectures, the main lecture being given on the 20th. The lecture title is "From Pre-Verbal Perception to Visual Music, An exploration of the origin of abstraction and the mysterious relationship between images and music".

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Doolittle Raiders Trailer

Doolittle Raiders is a film created by Studio Artist user Todd Mattson that is now available on DVD. Todd uses Studio Artist for auto-rotoscoping documentary footage in oil & watercolor looks. You can check out the film trailer which features some Studio Artist processing here.

Monday, September 3, 2007

Visual Music in San Francisco

“Visual Music” takes place in San Francisco on September 13 and will explore the relationship between sound and image in contemporary experimental film practice. The show includes excerpts from the 2007 Northeastern University Visual Music Marathon, and will include works by Studio Artist user's Jean Detheux and Dennis Miller. The Visual Music event takes place at 8 pm on thursday Sept. 13 at the X Gallery and Art Bar, 132 Eddy St., San Francisco, CA 94102, which is two blocks from Powell St. BART Station.

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Second Life Virtual Studio Artist Gallery

One of the things Siggraph Guerilla Studio artist in residence Michael Wright is showing off this week in San Diego is his virtual Studio Artist gallery located in the virtual space of Second Life. The image to the left is a screen capture of one wall of the virtual gallery space. The complete virtual gallery is located over several floors of a floating building located in Second Life at Otis Island (196, 255, 156), and is filled with artwork created exclusively in Studio Artist.

Michael also has a power mac portable running Studio Artist along with a firewire video camera he's using with Studio Artist in iSight source mode to capture live video imagery he then manipulates and paints within Studio Artist. There's also a complete computer lab at this years Guerilla Studio equipped with multiple macs running Studio Artist as well as extensive printing facilities, so if you're in San Diego feel free to check out Siggraph Guerilla Studio and say hello to Michael.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Siggraph Guerilla Studio

Siggraph is happening August 5 through 9th in San Diego this year. Guerilla Studio is a unique resource available at Siggraph every year where digital artists can have access to computers and various fine art printers and other output devices. Synthetik will be providing copies of Studio Artist 3.5 and MSG Evolver for all of the Macintosh computer stations in Guerilla Studio at Siggraph San Diego. Wacom will be providing tablets for all these machines as well, and will also have copies of Studio Artist available on the demo machines in their tradeshow exhibit booth. So, if you live in the San Diego area or if you are traveling to Siggraph be sure to take advantage of Guerilla Studio, the various art and animation galleries, the exhibit tradeshow, and the various graphics courses, workshops offered at Siggraph.

Studio Artist user Michael Wright will be an artist in residence at Guerilla Studio this year. So be sure to say hello to Michael and check out his work. Michael has an interesting project planned combining his live work in Guerilla Studio with a virtual gallery in Second Life that will be available to anyone on the web. The image above shows Michael in a previous Siggraph Guerilla Studio when he was doing live portraits using Studio Artist's iSight source mode and a firewire video camera to capture live images on the fly and then create painted images within Studio Artist for his portrait virus project. We'll be posting more information on this later.

Sunday, July 8, 2007

Mark Lawrence's Abstract Expressionism

I recently had the chance to check out Studio Artist user Mark Lawrence's extensive online artwork gallery at Mark is based in Alpharetta Georgia and most of his spiritually inspired artwork is rendered in a very colorful abstract expressionist style. There's a wide variety of artwork on the site for your viewing pleasure that can also be purchased as photos or posters.

A quote from the site that I think does a good job of describing his artwork is the following. "The bright and contrasting colors seem to burst from the canvas and grasp the viewer’s mind and heart. While the works are intentionally abstract, many viewers do perceive people, faces and images veiled in the works".

Friday, June 29, 2007

Daydream Mechanics at Melbourne Animation Festival

Jean Detheux's Studio Artist animated film Daydream Mechanics won the audience vote for best abstract panorama animation at the Melbourne International Film Festival this month. You can check out more of Jean's art and animations at

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

'Fish' Wins Prix Tournage at Avignon

David Kaplan's amazing Studio Artist animated feature film 'Year of the Fish' just won the prestigous grand jury prize ("prix tournage") at the 2007 Avignon Film Festival in Provence (link). Next up is the Puchon Int'l Fantastic Film Festival in Korea, followed by the New York premiere showing at the Asia Society on July 26th.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Adding Dimensionality to Vectorized Cartoon Effects

One cool feature of Studio Artist is the Vectorizer, which can take a color raster image and turn it into an infinite variety of different flat color vector region cartoon styles. But the really great thing about Studio Artist is that you also have a complete environment for creating custom effects by combining different operation modes like the Vectorizer with the many other types of processing available in Studio Artist. This includes things like the Paint Synthesizer, the Texture Synthesizer, MSG Processing, Warping, as well as the Image Operations. By combining different operation modes together in a Paint Action Sequence script, you really can create an infinite variety of unique and custom visual effects.

As an example of what I mean by combining together different operation modes to create custom visual effects, there is a new tutorial up on the Studio Artist User Forum that discusses how to add dimensionality to the standard flat color region cartoon effect you can create with the Studio Artist Vectorizer.

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Victor Ingrassia's New Showreels

Victor Ingrassia is a master of creating a wide variety of different artistic effects and imagery using Studio Artist. He has some new ShowReels of his amazing Studio Artist animation and video processing work available for your viewing pleasure at his main site

If you have never been to Victor's web site i would highly recommend checking it out as it showcases a wide variety of stunning artwork and videos all created in Studio Artist.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Studio Artist talk at ICTVC

Studio Artist user Charis Tsevis will be giving a talk entitled "Mozaix and Synthetix: Zooming In and Out in Nature, Art and Communication" at the 3rd International Conference on Typography and Visual Communication in Thessaloniki, Greece on June 21. The talk will feature Studio Artist and it's Paint Synthesizer in the context of discussing the various parameters of the synthetic image.

To learn more about ICTVC you can go here.

Saturday, June 9, 2007

Charis Tsevis's Studio Artist Flickr Gallery

I recently had the pleasure to check out Studio Artist user Charis Tsevis's awesome Flickr gallery. Charis is a visual designer living and working in Athens, Greece. His online gallery features many different photo mosaic style images and other artwork created in Studio Artist and is well worth checking out at

I'd love to feature some more Studio Artist Flickr galleries here, so please let us know if you have your own Studio Artist Flickr gallery you'd like to share.

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Year of the Fish Festival Update

There's a new Year of the Fish trailer video available at Also, look for Year of the Fish at the following upcoming film festivals:

deadCENTER Film Festival (June 6-10, Oklahoma City, OK) - OPENING NIGHT GALA

Nantucket Film Festival (June 13-17)

Avignon Film Festival (June 21-24) - OPENING NIGHT FILM

PiFan - Puchon Int'l Fantastic Film Festival (July 12-21, S. KOREA)

30th Asian American Int'l Film Festival (July 19-28, NYC)

Year of the Fish is an amazing feature length Studio Artist animated film, so be sure to check it out when it comes to your local area. For more info, visit or

Saturday, June 2, 2007

David Janik-Jones ArtSpin

Canadian Studio Artist user David Janik-Jones has an online fine art gallery that showcases his work at David prints limited additions of his work on archival watercolor paper using archival inks.

There's a great quote by Arthur Lismer that David includes on his site. "Inside each one of us is an artist.... And that's what an artist is, a child who has never lost the gift of looking at life with curiousity and wonder."

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Coal Creek Gallery

Studio Artist user Charles Scharf has a new online gallery site at that features some of his digital photography and Studio Artist work. He's also looking for other artists in the West Virginia area to add to the site so be sure to contact him if you live in that area.

Friday, May 25, 2007

Jean Detheux Chronicles the Visual Music Marathon

Studio Artist user Jean Detheux has written a review of the recent Boston Visual Music Marathon which featured his new Studio Artist animated film Daydream Mechanics V Sketch 3. I think any one interested in creating abstract visual animations will be fascinated by this review of the Visual Music Marathon.

There is also a great interview with Jean Detheux by Marjorie Kaye online you can read here that includes galleries of some of his beautiful Studio Artist animations.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

New Virginia Sventek Gallery Site

Studio Artist user Virginia Sventek has a new gallery web site online showcasing her work here. There are lots of great digital paintings, photos and altered photos, including many that might inspire you to take a trip to Scotland.

Virginia has the following to say about her work. "I work from my own photographs, drawing the image with pens and brushes that i've adjusted from those provided by studio artist. I adjust colors and create layers in photoshop. The final image is printed on 100% rag paper with pigment inks."

You can check out Virginia's new gallery site at

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Daydream Mechanics V Sketch 3 finalist at KAFI

Jean Detheux's latest Studio Artist animation called Daydream Mechanics V Sketch 3 is a finalist at KAFI . You can watch some excerpts from this beautiful animation here. You can also check out some additional excerpts from Jean's award winning films Liaisons and Rupture here. And be sure to watch for Jean's review of Siggraph available from Sage Publications and an upcoming article on the recent Visual Music Marathon in Boston in AWN.

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Conscious Manipulation of Image and Effect Focus

There is a new tutorial up on the Studio Artist User Forum that discusses how to use selective focus when working with Studio Artist to modulate automatic painting or image processing effects to achieve a desired artistic outcome. This could include forcing the user to focus on a certain area of attention in an image as well as building selection masks that can then be used to modulate image processing effects to selectively process visual highlight or background areas of an image. To check out the new tutorial on 'Conscious Manipulation of Image and Effect Focus' click here.

Monday, May 7, 2007

Gottfried Martin's Studio Artist Gallery

I recently had the chance to check out Studio Artist user Gottfried Martin's extensive on-line art gallery. There's a large selection of amazing artwork available as large format art prints using pigment inks. Gottfried also is a musician and member of the Vienna Philharmonic as well as a sculptor. For more information and to check out some of Gottfried's beautiful artwork go to

Friday, May 4, 2007

Year of the Fish Wins 2 New Awards

David Kaplan's Studio Artist animated film Year of the Fish won new 2 awards recently at the Boston Independent Film Festival They included the Audience Award for best Narrative Feature Film and the Dewar's Collective Choice Award.

Watch for Year of the Fish in upcoming film festivals including Oklahoma City, Nantucket, Haifa, Korea, Hawaii, and Sweden later this year.

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Michael Wright to be Guest Artist at Siggraph 2007

Michael Wright is a digital art pioneer and long time user of Studio Artist. Michael will be a guest artist at this summer's Siggraph Conference in San Diego Aug 5-9. Michael will also have one of his Studio Artist paintings curated into the Siggraph Gallery this year. If you have never been to a Siggraph convention, its definitely worth checking out at . There's something for everyone, whether you're more artistically focused or technically inclined. Michael's portrait virus project in the Siggraph Guerilla Studio was always a favorite of mine info on the portrait virus . Guerilla Studio is also a great resource for digital artists since they provide free access to large format printers, computers, and other cutting edge digital art technology as a resource for digital artists attending the conference.

To learn more about Michael and his extensive body of work you can check out his web site here .

Friday, April 27, 2007

Painting with Chaotic Attractors

I previously discussed using Studio Artist to paint a chaotic attractor by using a MSG IFS preset to drive the paint synthesizer path start generator. In this example we will turn the tables and use an IFS attractor as a paint brush to paint a source image.

The small insert image at the left shows the IFS attractor generated using one of the factory MSG presets in the Abstract/Attractors-BW category. I then used this MSG preset as a MSG Live Source Brush in a simple paint preset. The image at the left shows a 100% blend for the brush application, which generates a fairly abstract final appearance. To create the image on the right i knocked the blend down to 10% and used the Auto-mask Paint Nib paint synthesizer macro edit menu to quickly edit the preset so it auto-masks while painting on the fly. You could do this manually by adjusting the Nib Masking popup in the Paint Fill Apply control panel.

What you will find is that the repeated application of the textured brush creates an overall textured feel to the final canvas. This final overall textured feel is influenced by the texture(s) in the source brush but can have a different final appearance than the actual source brush texture itself. In the image on the right, the final canvas texture looks like pastel applied to a textured paper instead of the very stylized appearance of the original source brush.

By modulating the brush size and or orientation you can generate a much more complex overall canvas textured aesthetic. For example, the image on the right was created with the brush size modulated by the Inverse Texture Energy modulator. Modulating the source brush texture can create even more richness to the overall canvas texture. For example, you could use temporal generators in the MSG IFS preset to create a series of different chaotic attractor brush textures over time.

Monday, April 23, 2007

Sharon Katz's Hand Drawn Animation

We often focus on Studio Artist's automated paint animation capabilities, but you also have the ability in Studio Artist to do extensive hand drawn paint animation if you so desire. Sharon Katz is an animator and graphic artist based in Canada who's been using Studio Artist to create hand drawn animated films. Her most recent film 'Slide' is the winner of numerous awards and has been screening at a large number of international film festivals over the last year, including recent showings at the Dawson City International Short Film Festival and the Ottawa International Animation Festival. Sharon designs her own custom paint presets and then builds up animated sequences frame by frame using Studio Artist's loaded canvas movie features.

You can learn more about Slide as well as check out some excerpts of the film at Sharon's web site.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Procedural Painting of Chaotic Attractors

Procedural art can be thought of as abstract artwork created by manipulating algorithmic formulas. MSG Evolver allows for the creation of a wide range of different abstract procedural artistic styles. Chaotic Attractors are a certain kind of fractal imagery that can be created using MSG processors based on IFS Generators (IFS stands for iterated function system). You can think of an IFS fractal as plotting the behavior of a chaotic dynamic system over time. Or you can ignore the mathematical description and just observe that they have a very stylized visual appearance and look cool when key-frame animated in MSG Evolver.

One of the more obscure features of Studio Artist is the ability to configure the Paint Synthesizer to work with the output of some MSG Processors to drive the Path Start Generator. For example, you could use a chaotic attractor created by one of the MSG IFS Generators to drive procedural painting in Studio Artist.

A simple application of this approach would be to use a path length of 1 and just paint in the attractor with your source brush. I've recently been exploring an alternative approach that draws lines from the previous path start point to the current path start point. There is a new path generation option in the path load path types called 'last path start lineto' that lets you do this kind of drawing. You can think of this as a way to create a fuzzy attractor. It's an alternative way to visualize a chaotic attractor and has a somewhat different aesthetic than the normal plot the individual points way of viewing them that looks more like a freeform shaded abstract sketch.

Of course things get more interesting if you start working with colored painting and more complex paint strokes. For example, you could use the output of a different MSG preset to create a colored abstract image and use this as your source image. This is a way to procedurally paint the fuzzy attractor using the colors found in the abstract colored source image. While the colors are spatially determined by their arrangement in the source image, the actual painted shape will be determined by the IFS chaotic attractor.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Brian Ansell's Underwater Digital Art

Brian Ansell is a famous long time underwater photographer from Melbourne Australia who stopped by for a visit recently while vacationing on Oahu. I was really impressed with the stunning digital treatments he created within Studio Artist of his underwater imagery. Brian is actually a fairly new Studio Artist user and i was very pleased that someone just getting started with Studio Artist was able to create such compelling artwork so quickly. Brain has been exploring among other things Studio Artist's Paint Synthesizer, Texture Synthesizer, Vectorizer, and Image Processing effects with a real eye for how they can enhance his wonderful underwater photographs. You can check out some of Brian's work at .

Bob Kuhn's Gallery

I'm always curious what Studio Artist users are up to. Bob Kuhn recently sent me a link to his online gallery of limited edition prints that were created with the help of Studio Artist. Bob is a great photographer who works with Studio Artist auto-paint treatments to enhance his digital photographs into gorgeous limited edition giclee prints that have a painterly feel and are printed on high quality imported water color paper. You can check out Bob's work at .

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Jean Detheux at Boston CyberArts Festival

Jean Detheux will be showing 2 of his award winning Studio Artist animated films at the Boston CyberArts Festival in the Visual Music Marathon. You can check out some still images and learn more at .

Jean is also hard at work on another live improvised Studio Artist happening. At these happenings Jean visually improvises with Studio Artist in real time projecting his real time visual imagery live behind simultaneously improvising musicians. We'll be posting some more information on that upcoming event soon.

Year of the Fish Updates

David Kaplan's independent film Year of the Fish is a stunning example of what a talented individual with a copy of Studio Artist can create with a small budget and some vision. The entire film was animated using Studio Artist and it's really a visual feast to watch. Year of the Fish premiered at Sundance this year and is currently doing the festival circuit. The main Year of the Fish web site at has a trailer you can watch now as well as the beautiful stills gallery.

Upcoming screenings include:

SF asian american film festival:

AFI dallas film festival: f

independent film festival boston:

Tell your friends and be sure to check out Year of the Fish when it comes to your town, or wait in anticipation for the DVD release.

Vernon Reid's Artificial Afrika now on Current TV

Vernon Reid is an amazing musician and guitar player who also manages to find time to be a longtime Studio Artist user and graphic artist. A short video of his Artificial Afrika exhibition was recently posted to Current TV at . You can check out some excerpts of Vernon's work with Studio Artist in the video as well as watch him jam some music at the exhibition.

Artifical Afrika is an art exhibit curated by C. Daniel Dawson and Vernon Reid that showcases some of Vernon’s visual art. Artificial Afrika is an exhibition that considers contemporary artistic appropriations of African visual culture while deconstructing myths and inventions to challenge the validity of images that continue to define the idea of Africa. The main web site for the exhibition is at .

Welcome to Studio Artist News

Welcome to Studio Artist News. We created this blog to provide a source of new information for Studio Artist Users. We'll be profiling Studio Artist Users, providing Studio Artist tips, discussing computer art, digital painting, visual perception, video special effects, etc.

Studio Artist is the award winning graphics synthesizer created by Synthetik Software. Studio Artist's unique auto-rotoscoping capabilities, based on academic research into cognitive neuroscience and visual perception in the brain, allow for automatic or intelligent assisted painting of either still images or video.

Studio Artist is an extremely powerful interactive software program that can be used for many diverse applications including digital painting, photo manipulation and image processing effects, auto rotoscoping, video painting and video special effects, live video processing, hand drawn or keyframe interpolated or dynamic procedural animation, image and video warping or morphing, photo mosaic and movie mosaic effects, texture synthesis, raster to vector conversion, fractal or chaotic attractor or procedural computer art generation, etc.

Studio Artist’s Paint Synthesizer takes a lot of ideas from music synthesis and audio software and brings them to the realm of computer graphics and video processing. You have extensive control over editing the look and feel of a digital paint brush through over 450 editable parameters. We also offer the most extensive interactive support for Wacom tablets which greatly enriches the interactive digital painting experience through the use of a pressure and tilt sensitive pen for drawing or painting. Thousands of pre-built preset paint brushes and effects come with Studio Artist. These presets can all be customized through parameter editing or you can build new ones from scratch.

Studio Artist also includes an extensive suite of image processing, texture synthesis, image warping and image adjustment functionality. Multiple individual actions within Studio Artist can be scripted by recording a sequence of painting or image processing steps as a Paint Action Sequence. A Paint Action Sequence can be thought of as a stylistic script that can then be applied to multiple images or to movie files. Because Studio Artist includes extensive intelligent visual modeling based on academic research in cognitive neuroscience under the hood of its various processing modules, paint and image processing effects can adapt to different images or video frames to intelligently render them in a specified artistic style.

Studio Artist 3.5 ships with the MSG Evolver application as well as an integrated Supersizer Interpolator. MSG Evolver is the editing application you can use to create and edit MSG (modular synthesized graphics) presets. MSG presets can be used in Studio Artist as image processing or video effects as well as paint brushes or path start generators in the Studio Artist paint synthesizer. MSG presets can also procedurally self animate over time to create dynamic abstract animations or video special effects.

Supersizer allows you to take a small photo or video frame and make it much larger without the block artifacts associated with conventional interpolation techniques (like bi-cubic interpolation). Supersizer can be used to take very small jpeg images and blow them up for high quality print applications, or to up-res digital video to high-def or even larger format sizes. We’ll be exploring both of these additional topics in depth over time.

You can learn more about Studio Artist and Synthetik Software at