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 www.vudici.net.

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 www.victrolux.com.

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 www.flickr.com/photos/tsevis.

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 www.yearofthefish.com/trailer.htm. 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 www.yearofthefish.com or www.myspace.com/yearofthefish.

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 www.artspin.com. 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."