Otto Laske’s Algorithmic Visual Composition

“Studio Artist is a real gold mine for serious professional compositional explorations in the visual domain. It encourages experimentation and leads to unbelievable serendipity… Studio Artist user Otto Laske has a long personal history of exploring different aspects of what he calls digital “algorithmic composition” to create fine art. First…

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12 x 30, Blind

    Studio Artist animator Jean Detheux has a new film called “12 x 30, Blind” that will be in competition in the Arts and Experimentaiton category at the RVCQ festival in Montreal Canada. It will screen at the Cinémathèque québécoise, Salle Claude-Jutra, between 2:35 p.m. and 3:31 p.m. on the 22nd…

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Featured Artist: Lucas Krech

Studio Artist user Lucas Krech is a bit of a modern renaissance man. Besides pursuing a very busy career as a professional lighting designer, Lucas also works with digital still and photo fine art, and as a video artist. Lucas took to working with Studio Artist very quickly after getting…

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Creating Hand Drawn Animation in Studio Artist

Award winning animator Sharon Katz has been a Studio Artist user and beta tester for many years. She recently completed a 4 part series of tutorials and product reviews associated with learning the basics of animating on your own. Her most recent tutorial post on ‘Teaching Yourself Animation‘ includes a…

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Maui Canvas Print Interview

Many of our Studio Artist users have expressed a fasciation with printing their digital artwork on Aluminum. As opposed to printing on paper or canvas, the normal traditional surfaces available for giclee digital fine art printing. One Studio Artist user, John Anderson, has achieved considerable commercial success selling large format…

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Colliderscope

Studio Artist user Zennor Alexander is currently hard at work pushing the limits of running Studio Artist on his newly acquired Mac Pro. His video collaborations with Scottish/Burmese musician and vocalist Fiona Soe Paing create haunting audio and visual landscapes filled with a potent combination of evocative electronica and animated…

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Exhibitions Without Walls

Studio Artist user John Anderson has a series of his paintings presented in Exhibitions Without Walls. The series is called Longing, and ‘reflects the inner yearning we all have to create meaningfulness in the midst of a postmodern age of nihilism‘. It also includes an insightful interview with John Anderson, where…

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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…

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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…

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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.…

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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…

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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 invisiblevisible, inviting viewers into the engagement with emotions that open new dimensions of mystery and consciousness.”…

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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…

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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…

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Image Transfer Printing

Studio Artist user Mark Gould has been recently exploring image transfer printmaking based on his Studio Artist generated digital artwork. The photo above is one example of a finished transfer print. Mark was kind enough to share some of the technical details behind his artistic process below. “The archival image…

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Explorations in Visual Music

Studio Artist user Wilfried Jentzsch has been actively presenting visual music pieces at international festivals over the past few years. The image above is from the piece Widerschein des Lichtes (Ashen Light), which was commissioned by the festival Synthèse Bourges. It is based on electronic music derived from granular cross…

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Scott Smith’s Explorations in Creative Printing

Studio Artist user Scott Smith has recently been exploring printing his Studio Artist artwork onto alternative display surfaces like treated aluminum. Scott uses a Canon Pixima Pro9000 printer, which has a front flat feed that makes it ideal for printing on alternative surfaces. I asked Scott to describe his recent…

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John Anderson in Silvershotz

Studio Artist user John Anderson’s artwork is featured in the latest issue of Silvershotz, The International Journal of Contemporary Photography, Volume 8, Edition 3. Including the cover artwork shown above. John resonates with statements such as: “abstraction is the purest expression of art”, “the internal truth which only art can…

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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…

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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…

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Artificial Afrika – A Tale of Lost Cities

Studio Artist user Vernon Reid is premiering ‘Artificial Afrika – A Tale of Lost Cities’ at Dixon Place in New York City every weekend this month. This multi-discipline piece explores the Dark Continent merging world music, hip hop, film, and visual art. Artificial Afrika examines the idea of Africa, not…

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Apocalypse Cow

Studio Artist user Victor Ingrassia recently completed the visuals for a video made for Fin Records called “Apocalypse Cow”. The video is associated with composer David Hahn’s recent limited edition colored vinyl record release on Fin Records. Victor had this to say about the project. “I used Studio Artist for all…

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Charis Tsevis in the News

Studio Artist user Charis Tsevis’s work was quite prominent online this fall in the aftermath of Steve Job’s passing. Tevis’s stunning Studio Artist generated photo mosaic imagery was featured in many Steve Jobs tribute articles. The Greek Reporter featured Charis in an interview article that discussed his approach and techniques used to generate…

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History is the Art of Forgetting

Studio Artist user Michael Wright is a special guest at the 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica on November 30th. The final evening in a series of presentations that take a look at high profile artists who broke boundaries and created new forms of art media. The discussion will…

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Deconstructed Faerie

Studio Artist user Tucker Stilley (aka NewJack Rasputin) has recently completed an ipad picture book called ‘Deconstructed Faerie’. All of the book’s imagery was created using Studio Artist 4. Haunting imagery mashed together with eerie original music make ‘Deconstructed Faerie’ a must have experience for the ipad. It was the…

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OSX 10.7 Lion Requires Studio Artist 4

Apple Computer recently released it’s new OSX 10.7 Lion operating system. Studio Artist customers running older versions of Studio Artist prior to version 4 need to upgrade to version 4 in order to run Studio Artist on Apple computers running OSX 10.7 Lion. Lion no longer provides support for Rosetta…

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Matteland and “The Door to Tomorrow”

Studio Artist user Skylar Skybase is currently working on building digital matte painting elements for an upcoming animated short film called “The Door to Tomorrow”. The film is the story of a friendship between 2 shapes, and is a mixture of fantasy, a bit of comedy, and drama. The final…

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John Anderson’s Aluminum Art Print Installation

Studio Artist user John Anderson just recently completed a project using Studio Artist for an international corporate headquarters art installation located in Charleston, South Carolina. The finished prints are 65.7″ x 48″, and are printed on aluminum as opposed to paper or canvas. I’ve noticed a trend recently with artists…

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Exposed : The Art Project

Studio Artist user and composer/filmmaker Neal Fox is a partner in the multimedia collaboration, EXPOSED the Art Project, with painters Barry Gross and Viktor Safonkin, and photographers Adela Holmes and Presscott McDonald. Neil has been working with Studio Artist generated imagery for several different projects released by Exposed the Art…

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Presenting Problems

Studio Artist user Garrick Duckler has just released a series of Studio Artist generated films on Caversham Productions called “Presenting Problems.” Garrick is a psychotherapist, and his films are directed at ways of thinking about, discussing, and understanding various problems presented in and as a result of therapy. Studio Artist…

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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.                      …

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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…

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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…

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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.…

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Studio Artist 4.03 Update

By now Santa should have delivered download links to all Studio Artist 4 customers for the latest Studio Artist 4.03 application update. Santa’s Elves have also been busy at work on a new set of Paint and Vectorizer presets specifically designed for Studio Artist 4.03. Please contact us if you…

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Studio Artist Visits Ko Lanta

Many people dream of traveling the globe with a powerbook, taking in the exotic sights and creating digital art on the go. Studio Artist user Lee Roskin has been living that dream for several years now. Lee and his wife have been extensively traveling throughout Asia and the Pacific, and…

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New Blog for Studio Artist Effect Ideas

I’ve started a new personal art blog at studioartist.posterous.com ( sorry posterous no longer exists)  that provides information on creating different kinds of artistic effects using Studio Artist. The goal is to provide a forum to quickly post short tutorial tips. The emphasis is more on ‘how to create a specific…

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Paper Cup to Heaven

‘Paper Cup to Heaven’ is a short film created by Studio Artist animator Barbara Carroll that was recently accepted into the HDFest in Portland Oregon taking place this December 2010. The short film deals with loss and the fragility of life. More information on the film and show times can…

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Ellen Horovitz’s Media Manipulations

Studio Artist user Ellen Horovitz has recently been blogging about different approaches to working with or subverting various kinds of digital printer media to achieve different analog style artistic effects. One recent post discusses a low cost approach to generating digitally printed transfers onto substrates that emulates the look of…

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Charis Tsevis’s Digital Styling

Peraformi recently posted an article on Studio Artist user Charis Tsevis. In it he talks about his fascination with the concept of ‘media mosaics’, relating the notion of complexity in photo mosaic imagery to chaotic systems. He also talks about his work designing Studio Artist generated photo mosaics during the…

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John Neel’s Studio Artist Explorations

Studio Artist user John Neel is a fine art photographer who also teaches at Nazareth College in Rochester New York. He also is a contributor to a new digital photography blog called Pixiq just announced at Photokina in Cologne. John is currently finishing up a digital photography book that will…

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No Man’s Land

Scottish/Burmese composer and vocalist Fiona Soe Paing, in a collaboration with New Zealand based Studio Artist animation artist Zennor Alexander, perform the surreal live cinema show No Man’s Land, featuring experimental electronica, original animation and live vocals, at the Roxy Art House in Edinburgh on Sunday August 29th. Zennor’s latest…

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Stack Filtering Portrait Images

The image above is an example of stack filtering a series of painted portrait images. The individual painted portraits were generated in Studio Artist by artist Michael Wright, and are documented in his ongoing personal portrait virus blog. The Studio Artist generated image shown above is an example of stack…

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Stacked Mutations from Mali

Studio Artist user Dennis Miller recently corresponded with me regarding a new project he’s been working on. It involves a variation of a technique i’ve also recently been exploring, one i call stack filtering. Dennis spent six months in Africa this spring he chronicled in his trip blog, primarily in…

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NY Counterpoint in London

Jean Detheux’s latest film ‘NY Counterpoint’ will be appearing in the London International Animation Festival on Saturday September 4th. This Studio Artist animated film appears in the International Programme 8 : Abstract Showcase. The film features music by Steve Reich arranged for tape and piano, recorded and performed by Belgain…

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Portrait Virus 2010

Studio Artist user Michael Wright is presenting his Portrait Virus Project in the Studio of the SIGGRAPH 2010 Conference in Los Angeles from July 25th through July 29th. Wright will use Studio Artist to create portraits of attendees to form a gallery of images printed, projected, blogged at portraitvirussiggraph2010.blogspot.com and…

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Studio Artist Imagery in Wired UK

The July Issue of Wired UK magazine featured a photo mosaic image generated by Studio Artist user Charis Tsevis. Charis was also featured in an article in the Guardian UK that discusses some of his other high profile Studio Artist generated photo mosaic images.            …

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Charis Tsevis’s PhotoStream

There’s a large collection of amazing artwork created by Studio Artist user Charis Tsevis available for your viewing pleasure on Flickr. Charis is a master of using movie brushes to create photo mosaic effects in Studio Artist. His new experiments using Studio Artist to create NeoCubism effects are also pretty…

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Paint Regionization Fill Strategies

This tutorial continues our recent series delving into the secrets of fine tuning auto-regionizing paint effects using the Studio Artist 4 paint synthesizer. In this post we’ll be examining different fill strategies for auto-painting in individual regions. The example above was created by using 3 different auto-regionization action steps incorporated…

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FineTuning Paint Regionization Effects

The Studio Artist 4 paint synthesizer is capable of creating an extremely wide range of different paint styles. This post is going to focus on discussing some editing techniques you can use to fine tune the appearance of Path Start Regionization painting effects. Path Start Regionization is an intelligent process…

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Studio Artist 4.02 Update Available

The latest Studio Artist 4.02 update is now available as a free update for all registered Studio Artist 4 customers. Studio Artist 4.02 contains a number of new features, as well as bug fixes and enhancements. Gallery Show is a cool new feature in version 4 that allows you to…

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Les Rendez-Vous du Cinéma Québécois

Studio Artist user Jean Detheux is presenting his Studio Artist animated film “La Folia” at the RVCQ fesitval in Montréal this month. “La Folia” was selected in the “Art et Expérimentation – Corps et Danse” programme (“Art and Experimentation – Body and Dance” program). For its 27th year in existence,…

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A Study in Creative Exploration

Studio Artist is an incredibly rich sand box for artistic creative exploration and discover. Creativity is an active process of discovery of new ideas. Typically by generating many trial ideas, and then discarding useless or unproductive ones. I thought it might be illuminating to break down a particular instance of…

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Craig Deeley’s Natural Media Presets

Studio Artist user Craig Deeley has put together a really wonderful collection of natural media paint presets. These presets are primarily designed for manual hand painting, and emulate different natural media types. The different art media tools provided include things like watercolor, ink, charcoal, pencil, oil paint, pastels, and crayons…

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Gallery Show ‘Surprise Me’

Gallery Show is a new automated presentation feature in Studio Artist 4. Gallery Show allows you to construct custom art shows that could be displayed in a gallery or used in a live performance. Gallery Show is also a great tool for automatically generating collections of art images and the…

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H.J. Kropp’s Visual sketchBLOG

  We recently stumbled upon Studio Artist user H.J. Kropp’s visual sketchbook blog, and it’s truly awe inspiring. Lot’s of great Studio Artist generated art there. There’s also some cool examples of his Studio Artist ‘One Minute Paintings’ which is a really interesting way to approach creating art that is…

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The Making of Year of the Fish

On the anniversary of it’s initial Sundance Film Festival premiere, I thought it was time to take another look at the making of the Studio Artist animated film Year of the Fish. What I love about Year of the Fish is that it’s a beautiful example of what a single…

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Generating Adaptive Photo Mosaic Effects

Studio Artist provides a large number of different tools you can use to build a wide variety of different photo mosaic or photo montage effects. The example above shows an adaptive photo mosaic effect, rendering one large image using a collection of different sized smaller sub images. This tutorial will…

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Studio Artist 4 Update

We’ve been posting information regarding Studio Artist 4 here and on the Studio Artist User Forum for awhile now. So we wanted to present some update information on what’s happening with the Studio Artist 4 release. Quick Overview of Studio Artist 4 Features Studio Artist 4 is the next generation…

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What is Studio Artist

As we begin a new year i thought it might be fun to reflect for a minute on why Studio Artist is such an awesome art program. So, What is Studio Artist? Studio Artist transcends a lot of existing graphics software product categories. It’s a digital paint program. Its an…

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January Film Screenings and Workshop

Studio Artist animator Jean Detheux will be in Toronto at the end of January giving a lecture along with a screening of many of his Studio Artist animated films. This will be followed by a live performance using Studio Artist in conjunction with musicians Lori Freedman and Scott Thomson and…

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Temporal Image Processing

One of the cool new features in Studio Artist 4 is the Temporal Image Operation processing mode. Temporal Image Operations are designed to work with loaded source video and can be used to create static processed images from video sequences, or to create interesting time based video processing effects. Each…

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Gallery Show

Gallery Show is a new feature available in Studio Artist 4. You can use it in many different ways. The basic idea behind gallery show was to provide a way to put together customized continuous free standing generative art shows within Studio Artist. You can build custom sets of Studio…

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Festival du Nouveau Cinema Followup

Studio Artist user Jean Detheux has been busy lately with live visual music performances using Studio Artist. The photo above was taken at his recent live performance at Festival du Nouveau Cinema with musician Jean-Philippe Collard-Neven. You can see Jean below (on the left) busy working with Studio Artist on…

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Thorrific at Largo Vista Gallery

Studio Artist user Thor Johnson has an exhibit in Lago Vista Gallery at Richland College through November 25th. The work covers topics of spiritual symbology, excess and greed in the 80’s, popular culture satire, and interactive abstract videos developed from a layering of computer based processes. Thor also gave a…

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The Making of Truth Blues

Truth Blues is an award winning independent short film made by Studio Artist user Mike Snell of Blue Wall Design. The film showcases some really creative ways to incorporate Studio Artist processing into an animated film that go way beyond the normal process the entire video frame in one pass…

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Truth Blues

Truth Blues is an award winning film created by Studio Artist user Mike Snell. It features some great Studio Artist processing, and was the winner of the 2009 Kansas City Film Festival’s Best of Feature Short and Best Animation awards. You can check out the trailer for Truth Blues at…

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Festival du Nouveau Cinema

Studio Artist user Jean Detheux will be doing a live visual performance happening in conjunction with acclaimed pianist Jean-Philippe Collard-Neven on October 15th at 9pm. Jean will be working with Studio Artist 4 live during the performance. Here’s a more detailed description of what to expect from the upcoming performance.…

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Images According to John

Studio Artist user John Anderson will have some of his Studio Artist generated artwork published in the folio edition of Silvershotz magazine. Silvershotz is an international magazine that will be distributed to over 1200 art dealers and museums as well as book stands throughout the globe.

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Rays of Light

Studio Artist user Adrian Wagner recently completed his 90 minute film ‘Rays of Light’. The film is a journey of light through the spiritual, sacred, and ritual landscapes of the ancient past when centers like Avebury, Callanish, and Stonehenge were created. Rays of Light combines specially composed music with unique…

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lilac shrieks and scarlet bellowings

“Lilac shrieks and scarlet bellowings” is the result of a collaboration between Studio Artist user Jean Detheux and Mikel Kuehn. It will be shown at the Eastman Computer Music Center in Kilbourn Hall in Rochester New York on October 9th from 8 to 10pm. Jean also has another film entitled…

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Jean Detheux at Siggraph 2009

Studio Artist animator Jean Detheux will be offering a course at Siggraph in New Orleans on Monday August 3rd from 8:30 to 10:15 am. The course is entitled ‘The Making of “Shade Recovered” : Networked Senses at Play’. The course will cover topics like ‘An exploration of sense-giving and sense-receiving…

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Dimmer Remissions

Tom Dimuzio’s side project Dimmer’s latest album called Remissions features some cover artwork generated in Studio Artist 4. The cover image was generated using the new version 4 temporal image processing effects. The process used to generate the cover photo started with taking a video sequence of a moving truck.…

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Vector Output from MSG Effects

One cool new hidden feature in Studio Artist 4 is the ability to generate vector output from some MSG based effects. I forgot to mention this surprise new feature in the previous blog post on the anatomy of a black and white sketch effect. That particular MSG based sketch effect…

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Anatomy of a MSG Effect

I recently was asked how the image above was created. It was generated from a source image of a face that was processed in Studio Artist using a 2 step Paint Action Sequence (PASeq). Both action steps in the PASeq are custom MSG presets I constructed that work together to…

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Expanding Vectorizer Region Effects

One powerful feature of the Studio Artist Vectorizer is Region Effects. There’s a wide variety of different stylistic effects you can create by working with different Region Effect Options. Region Effect modify the shapes generated by the vectorizer processing. After stylizing the vector region shapes, when they are overlaid on…

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Building Photo Mosaics Using MSG Evolver

Many Studio Artist users forget about the MSG Evolver application that also ships with Studio Artist 3.5. While MSG Evolver is a great tool for building MSG presets, you can also use it’s Art Mapper functionality to create photo mosaic imagery or even movie mosaics. While you can also create…

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Michael Wright Update

Studio Artist user Michael Wright is one of the pioneer artists mentioned in a recent article by new media art historian Patric D Prince in the spring 09 issue of the ”Art Journal” published by the College Art Association. The Prince article “Imaging by Numbers: A Historical View of Digital…

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Tucker Stilley at Monte Vista Projects

Studio Artist user Tucker Stilley (aka New Jack Rasputan) has an on-going exhibition at the Monte Vista Projects in LA. The exhibition is part installation, part interactive performance. The walls are covered with digital prints of various sizes, rendered in a loose, lively, collage-like style, as well as passages of…

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Jean Detheux April Updates

Studio Artist user Jean Detheux has recently posted a nice collection of some of his newer Studio Artist animation clips to his web site www.vudici.net. The clips also include some of his live improvised visual performances in addition to the rendered animation pieces. You can check out all this new…

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Creating Photo Mosaic Effects in Studio Artist

There’s an extremely wide range of different photo mosaic style photo effects that can be generated using Studio Artist. These include the traditional regular block photo mosaics to more exotic adaptive irregular shaped photo mosaics or even movie mosaics (movies made up of a collection of smaller movies). The image…

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Visual Music Marathon 2009

If you are in or near New York City on April 11th be sure to check out the 2009 Visual Music Marathon. The marathon includes works from Studio Artist animators Jean Detheux, Michael Theodore and Dennis Miller. The Visual Music Marathon will be held at the Visual Arts Theatre, 333…

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Simulating Pantograph Relief Etchings

Long time Studio Artist users know that i’m a big fan of looking for ways to use Studio Artist to emulate various archaic printing technologies of the past. Richard Benson’s book on ‘The Printed Picture’ has a section that talks about the use of the pantograph in the 19th century…

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Paul Perlow’s Letter Project

Studio Artist user Paul Perlow has recently started a series of Studio Artist renditions for the alphabet. I think the quality of the images are quite stunning and wanted to share them. I also like the notion of projects like this that create a situation that provides focus for a…

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Film Festival Updates

I wanted to mention some recent Studio Artist film festival activity. Studio Artist user Donna Kuhn had her short film Spinning shown recently at the Disposable Film Festival in San Francisco. Studio Artist user Jean Detheux will be screening his new film Shade Recovered at the “Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois”…

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The Joy of Displacement Mapping

Displacement mapping is an extremely useful technique to master and include in your digital effects toolbox. By displacement, we typically mean that individual pixels in the processed image are generated from different spatially modulated positions in the image. So you can think of displacement mapping as being a warp process.…

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Iterative Paint Strategies

I’ve recently been exploring the notion of using Paint Action Sequence (PASeq) keyframing to build iterative paint strategies. As we have discussed in previous posts, a paint strategy is a series of different steps that work together over time to build up a particular artistic style or emulative technique. Using…

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Brick Wall Photo Mosaic – Example Presets

Movie Brushes are a powerful feature in the Studio Artist paint synthesizer. You can use them to create endless varieties of textural patterns in your paintings and photo mosaic imagery created with the paint synthesizer. This could take the form of full photo mosaic effects that try to reproduce the…

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Constructing a Paint Strategy

I had a conversation with a Studio Artist user recently about different approaches to building ‘paint strategies’, and thought it was worth repeating some of that conversation here for other users. By ‘paint strategies’,I mean the different approaches one can take to building up a custom art process to create…

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Abstract Generative Art Strategies

I’ve recently been experimenting with procedural strategies for creating generative abstract art. There are a lot of different approaches you can take within Studio Artist to create different styles of generative art. For example, there have been a number of different posts here on directed evolution of MSG processors. But…

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Abstraction vs Realism in Paintings

I question i often get asked when demoing Studio Artist is something along the lines of, ‘I love that paint effect, but is there any way to make it more representational of the original source image?’ An easy solution to this question is to just mix some of the original…

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Paint Synth Regionization

There are a number of different path start generators in the Studio Artist Paint Synthesizer that support paint regionization. What this means is that the paint synthesizer analyzes your source image and then breaks it into a series of different geometric regions and paints in each region individually. This is…

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Studio Artist at Honolulu Mactoberfest

Studio Artist creator John Dalton will be giving a 1 hour presentation on Digital Creativity and Studio Artist at HMAUS’s Mactoberfest on Saturday, October 18th from 11-12 am. Mactoberfest is a free and public event celebrating mac computer culture. Everyone interested in Studio Artist or Apple computers is urged to…

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Canadian Premiere of Mugenkei

October 14th is the Canadian premiere of the Studio Artist animation “Mugenkei” at the Festival Nouveau Cinéma in Montréal. The film is by Studio Artist user Jean Detheux and features the music of German composer Wilfried Jentzsch. The film shows Oct 14th and Oct 18th. You can learn more about…

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MSG Path Start Generators

We’ve recently been profiling some different ways to utilize MSG presets within the Studio Artist Paint Synthesizer. Another approach to using MSG’s modular image processing architecture to extend the functionality of the paint synthesizer is the MSG Scan Generator option in the Path Start control panel. Some MSG processors that…

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MSG Time Particles

The example above is a frame from an animation created using time particles in the Studio Artist paint synthesizer. Each time particle is an instantiation of a MSG preset. The particular preset used in this example is the same IFS chaotic attractor preset used in the previous post on MSG…

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MSG Live Source Brush

The image above was created using a MSG preset that generates an IFS chaotic attractor as a MSG Live Source Brush. What this means is that the MSG preset is used to generate the source brush dynamically as you paint. This is a new feature in Studio Artist 4. Note…

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Painting With Pickover Chaotic Attractors

I’ve been doing some experiments recently building paint presets that paint with actual chaotic attractors, as seen in the image above. This example showcases how you can use different Studio Artist features working together to build an overall artistic process. I started out by building a MSG preset that renders…

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FEAR in New Orleans

Studio Artist user Ben Balser will be giving a Studio Artist presentation at FEAR in New Orleans, the Film, Effects and Animation Revival on Sunday, October 5, from 4-5 pm. Ben will show the basic tools available in Studio Artist. Ben has this to say about his presentation. ‘Designed for…

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No Man’s Land

Studio Artist user Zennor Alexander has recently posted some awesome music animations on his web site www.colliderscope.com. Zennor focuses on the animations while collaborating with Fiona Soe Paing who does the music. Check out the movie ‘Tamin Sah Pade’ for some examples of his Studio Artist work. Zennor and Fiona…

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Creating and Breaking Symmetry

Symmetry can often be used as a powerful component of a given artistic image. This is true because there is a hard-wired component of the visual system that recognizes and perceives symmetry in an image before we even become consciously aware of that fact. Christopher Tyler at the Smith Kettlewell…

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Casa Obscura Live Visual Performance

Studio Artist user Jean Detheux will be performing live with Studio Artist at the Case Obscura in Montreal on September 17th at 8pm. Jean will be working with three video streams projected live in conjunction with live musicians as a part of the performance. For more information go to www.casaobscura.org.…

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The Zen of Creation

Studio Artist user Karen Hochman Brown had an interesting project going called ‘An Apple a Day’ that really got me thinking about different approaches to creating art. The idea was to create a unique art rendition of a particular object, in this case an apple, every day. Each apple was…

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MSG Source Image Abstraction

MSG (modular synthesized graphics) is Studio Artist’s modular image processing architecture. Almost 500 different image processing modules (called processors) are available within MSG and can be combined together to create an infinite variety of different image synthesis or processing effects. MSG can be used to create abstract procedural imagery or…

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Photo Mosaic Art

Studio Artist user Charis Tsevis recently created several photo mosaic portraits for publication in the LA Times based on imagery from the 2008 Olympics. By photo mosaic i mean a picture generated from a collection of smaller photos arranged to represent the larger image. Studio Artist provides many tools that…

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Dylan Harris’s Electronic Literature

Studio Artist user Dylan Harris is a poet who has been expanding the notion of electronic literature from traditional oral poetry recital to a full multimedia experience. Dylan will be presenting his ‘Poetry Accompanied by Processed Photography’ presentation at the Electronic Literature in Europe conference, which takes place in Bergen…

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Year of the Fish – SF Gate Review

The San Francisco Chronicle via their SF Gate web site posted a review of David Kaplan’s Studio Artist animated feature film ‘Year of the Fish’. Year of the Fish has it’s theatrical debut on August 29th in San Francisco, Berkley, and New York City. Additional theatrical showings nationwide will include…

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Year of the Fish Theatrical Debut

It’s great to see ‘Year of the Fish’ posters right there next to Rock Me Sexy Jesus and Death Race. David Kaplan’s Studio Artist animated feature film ‘Year of the Fish’ will be making it’s theatrical debut in the US on August 29. Initial showings are at the Kabuki Theatre…

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MacLife – The Making of Year of the Fish

MacLife posted an article today on the making of David Kaplan’s Studio Artist animated film ‘Year of the Fish’. The timing is especially pertinent because Year of the Fish has it’s theatrical debut on August 29th in San Francisco and New York with additional showings in theaters nationally afterwards. It’s…

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Representational Cellular Automata in MSG

Studio Artist’s MSG (modular synthesized graphics) has some new cellular automata processors. What’s especially interesting about these is that you can configure them to create representation imagery as well as the flat fractal texture fields you would typically see for this kind of imagery. The mathematics behind cellular automata are…

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Fluid Time

One of the cool things about digital media is that you aren’t restricted to conventional limitations associated with 2D or time based traditional media. I’ve been exploring the notion of fluid time in static and moving imagery recently using beta builds of upcoming Studio Artist 4. Once you have a…

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Catherine Tate -The Making of Half-Life

Catherine Tate was the VFX supervisor for this years Sundance film ‘Half-Life’ directed by Jennifer Phang, which featured some Studio Artist processed footage. Catherine discussed with me some of the work that went into the Studio Artist generated visual effect sequences for the film. ‘I ran all the mini dv…

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Jean Detheux Studio Artist Workshops

Studio Artist user Jean Detheux will be doing a lecture tour of Ontario next week. The lecture-workshops, which focus on his animation work using Studio Artist and Final Cut Pro, will be given at the National Archives and De La Salle High School in Ottawa, the Alliance Francaise and the…

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Half Life

‘Half-Life’ is a film by Jennifer Phang that premiered at Sundance 2008 and has been winning awards at various film festivals this year. The film also features some visual sequences rendered using Studio Artist. There’s a Seattle International Film Festival showing June 6,7th, and a Los Angeles Film Festival showing…

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Bill Roth’s Some Assembly Required

Studio Artist user Bill Roth has recently completed a new Studio Artist animation project called ‘Some Assembly Required’. Bill describes Some Assembly Required as ‘a patchwork glimpse into the slightly manic process of self-concoction”, and it showcases a wide variety of Studio Artist paint animation styles.        …

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Hands of Silk

Homer Alaska based Studio Artist user Diane Peterson is a fiber artist who has been experimenting using Studio Artist to create mixed media fiber art. I wanted to share this because it’s an interesting example of moving beyond conventional digital artwork for the screen or traditional ink jet prints. And…

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World of Tito Buzz

Studio Artist user Theron Taber has a new online gallery of his Studio Artist work available for viewing at web.mac.com/theront. Theron is interested in creating photo-based images that take inspiration from painting. He’s especially attracted to scenes of ordinary life, and his gallery includes artwork generated from photos taken during…

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The Big Sleep Music Video

Studio Artist user Andrew Blackwell recently made a music video for the Brooklyn band The Big Sleep that makes extensive use of Studio Artist. Andrew is a filmmaker based in New York City. Andrew creatively used Studio Artist’s Convex Hull Image Operation in various Paint Action Sequences to process different…

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Jean Detheux Studio Artist Update

Studio Artist user Jean Detheux has a busy schedule over the next few months. He has 2 new films selected for this year’s Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois film festival. in the Animation category is Daydream Mechanics V Sketch 3.  And in the Art and Experimentation category is Civil War Sketch…

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Sita Sings the Blues

Nina Paley is a long time Studio Artist user who has a new animated feature film premiering at the Berlin International Film Festival next month. The film is called ‘Sita Sings the Blues’ and is primarily done in Flash, but there are a few minutes of Studio Artist animation integrated…

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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…

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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,…

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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. Jean is also lecturing at the Rochester Institute of Technology (school of film and animation) on Oct 16th, and will take part…

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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…

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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…

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Mark Lawrence’s Abstract Expressionism

I recently had the chance to check out Studio Artist user Mark Lawrence’s extensive online artwork gallery at www.marklawrenceart.com. 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…

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‘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.  Next up is the Puchon Int’l Fantastic Film Festival in Korea, followed by the New York premiere showing at the Asia Society…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Coal Creek Gallery

Studio Artist user Charles Scharf has a new online gallery site at coalcreekgallery.com 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…

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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…

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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 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…

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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.…

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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 www.iffboston.org. 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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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 bostoncyberarts.org/ Jean is also hard at work on another live improvised Studio Artist happening. At…

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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…

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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…

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