Sunday, January 30, 2011

Starry Messenger

Studio Artist user Jean Hauptman used Studio Artist to create the promotional artwork for the world premier of 'Starry Messenger', which is a play premiering at the Theatre of the New City in NYC January 27 through Febuary 13. More information on the play along with performance show times is available here.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Getting Physical with your Digital Prints

Studio Artist user Mark Gorden recently turned me on to a number of approaches he's been investigating that mix digital art imagery created in Studio Artist with more traditional hand work to create and manipulate the final physical art print.

Mark starts by creating a finished piece of digital art in Studio Artist. He then makes an inkjet print of the artwork, with the goal of using the actual inkjet print as a transfer sheet. So the color on the inkjet print is transferred to another media, like arches watercolor paper. Mark actually uses Purell hand sanitizer to facilitate the image transfer.

Mark has also investigated encaustic painting. So he starts by laying a giclee print of a Studio Artist generated artwork on a board. The board is then hand worked with pastels, and texture on the physical piece of artwork is built up by adding encaustic. Encaustic is painting with a mix of beeswax and damar resin, heated as you paint. This is apparently how Jasper Johns did his target prints.

Mark has a lot of experience in traditional etching and lithography, but doesn't currently have access to a print workshop and wanted to work from home. His research to build these unique approaches to generating physical prints at home derived from digital imagery generated in Studio Artist involved a lot of trail and error, and in my opinion are a great success and should be an inspiration to others. You can see more of Mark's Studio Artist generated imagery on his website.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Studio Artist in MacLife Magazine

David Biedny recently presented a really nice review of Studio Artist 4 in Mac Life magazine. We'd like to thank David for recognizing that Studio Artist is 'a new kind of artistic software that brings something truly unique and innovative to the table'.

David also loves Particle pen brushes and the amazing possibilities of the built-in-vectorizer. As well as 'an entire programmable set of Photoshop-style image-processing filters that far supersede those found in Photoshop'.

The real strength of Studio Artist is that it's an entire full featured environment for creating an unlimited range of different visual effects. Both for still artistic imagery as well as video animation and video effects. So it was refreshing to see David pick up on the synergistic power of Studio Artist's different range of visual effect and digital paint tools and how they can work together to create amazing organic looking results that are really very unique and innovative.

Mac Life magazine has always been a great resource for Mac computer users over the many years they have been in existence, and we're grateful they found the time to help support us with a nice review of Studio Artist 4.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Year of the Fish Headed for DVD and NetFlix Release

The 'Year of the Fish' DVD will be officially released on February 8th. The DVD contains a director's commentary, an early Studio Artist animation test, and a series of before/after rotoscoping shots in addition to the film itself.

'Year of the Fish' is a full length Studio Artist animated feature film created by Studio Artist user and writer/director David Kaplan, which was first released at Sundance a few years ago and has won many awards and critical acclaim. We featured an interview with David that focused on the making of 'Year of the Fish' last year on the anniversary of it's Sundance Film Festival premiere.

As i mentioned then, what i really love about 'Year of the Fish' is that its a beautiful example of what a single individual can achieve working with Studio Artist and it's automatic rotoscoping and paint animation capabilities. David used earlier versions of Studio Artist running on older Mac PPC machines in the making of his feature length animated film, so with all of the new advanced features in Studio Artist 4 today there's even more artistic possibilities for budding filmmakers looking to visually differentiate themselves.

What is so outstanding about 'Year of the Fish' is that the visual animation is artistically used to advance the mood of the film and never gets in the way of the storyline itself. It's a brilliant example of using artistic visual processing to enhance the experience of viewing a film, as opposed to many effects driven films of today where the storyline is an afterthought to mindless big budget effects presentation.

Here's a link to the film trailer on David's web site.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Visual Abstract Live in Houston

Studio Artist user Jean Detheux's new 3 movement animation piece "Visual Abstract" will be presented tonight in Houston with live musicians. The piece is a part of the Musiqa and Aurora Picture Show, which explores the boundary between reality and fantasy with an innovative mixture of live music and film. The show is from 7:30-10 pm at Zilkha Hall, the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, in Houston Texas.

Jean is also busy preparing for another concert with the Bozzini Quartet, which will be the first presentation of "Daydream Mechanics V Sketch 3" with live music. The concert will be presented in Montreal at the "Chapelle Historique du Bon-Pasteur," on February 9. For more information check out this link.