Saturday, March 10, 2012

China, My China

Studio Artist user Victor Ingrassia recently completed a music video called "China, My China" for the group "The Diving Bell". "The Diving Bell" is out of Seattle, and the song and associated video were released on FIN Records.

Victor had this to say about the new music video. "I've been working on it since last November. I was able to work in 1080p using SA4, FCPX & Motion5. 95% of the content was created in Studio Artist 4. I used Motion 5 for some graphic elements as well as to make the blossom snow. Final Cut Pro X was where I composited and edited it. The speed of the new iMac, along with how sweet Studio Artist runs on the Intel processor, combined with FCPX's background rendering allowed me to work experimentally and intuitively… often tossing material back and forth between Studio Artist, Final Cut & Motion. I was able to explore dangerous paths that would have wasted time I didn't have, were I still using my old G5 tower. I worked mostly from found and stock footage using a combination of auto rotoscope and hand drawing. I had a great time making this and stretching my Studio Artist skill set."

I really like that the Fin Records label was inspired by Black Sparrow Press, Charles Bukowski's publisher. Fin Records and the group are premiering the new music video this weekend at SXSW.

Victor is a master at manipulating Studio Artist video processing effects, and has a ton of great Studio Artist processed video examples on both his web site and his vimeo site.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Pinar Du Pre's New Mixed Media Show

Studio Artist user Pinar Du Pre has a new mixed media exhibition currently at the Gallery Linart in Instanbul. The exhibition features artwork that combines digital painting along with additional natural media hand painted treatments.

Pinar describes her artistic process as follows.

"First, I design an illustration or a photo montage of what i would like to represent. I then import that image as a Studio Artist source image. I primarily use the Vectorizer, playing around with the various controls until I like the way it looks. I may manipulate the generation of bezier paths to generate backgrounds with less detail and a simplified look, while preferring more detail in the foreground of the figures. I then export the fine tuned Vectorizer output as an EPS file and merge the paths in Illustrator or render them directly into Photoshop.

This way the image has lots of partitions. Which I then start rendering with additional digital treatments. At some parts I will hand paint effects with Studio Artist, or overlay additional patterns or picture elements within individual partitions. I then print the final digital results on canvas.

At that point, I start hand painting with real paint on top of the digitally printed canvas. I use dimensional acrylic paint to add a kind of 3D quality to the artwork. I then finish everythign up with a high shine layer of epoxy. The finished paintings have a glassy art deco air about them, while still being ultra modern."

More information on Pinar's current exhibition, including a slide show of the artwork shown in the exhibition, as well as a description of her artistic philosophy, can be found here.

More information on the Gallery Linart can be found here.

Pinar's main web site is at