In Uncategorized on August 15, 2011 at 6:00 am
…corel painter 12
the above image isn’t my first foray into corel painter. i’ve utilized it in the past as a very viable alternate to photoshop when creativity required a specialist software for a truly painterly look and feel. i started off as an illustrator dabbling in my first oil painting at the tender age of four (paint by numbers!) and my education in liquid art ran the gamut with gouaches, watercolors, acrylics, inks and the like. the one thing they all had in common was the mess! thankfully painter put an end to all of the misery and brought with it the ease of being able work across multiple platforms.
corel painter still possesses a clunky interface but i can’t deny the instant gratification of being able to bang out an “oil painting” in one day. inspired by vintage big eye art of the 70′s, i was able to recreate and modernize the look for my client via corel’s impressive array of brushes and blenders. easy to use and powerful for such an inexpensive program, i would recommend downloading the trial version and taking it on a test spin. i have to confess that i don’t utilize painter very much in my line of work. much of what i do is relegated to vector based software which allows for greater control of color and separation, and as of yet, i’m unable to justify my purchase of painter. still, the reasonable price of $429.00 makes it affordable for artists looking for significant flexibility in digital creativity.
In art & design, fashion, travel on January 13, 2011 at 3:06 pm
…one of the highlights of rio was being able to pop into gilson martins in ipanema! like so many shops in sao paolo, melissa’s for instance, gilson’s follows the trend of bringing the inside of the store out with a bright, artfully painted façade. this shop is a rio based business who’s slogan “take brasil with you!” is apparent in all of their bags. a revolutionary in contemporary design, gilson uses recycled vinyl to make pop kitsch bags showcasing the culture of copacabana’s mosaic sidewalks, sugar loaf mountain, christ the redeemer and lapa with quirky style and unique form. gilson’s bags are collectibles and have been displayed at the louvre, the galleries lafayette, the cannes film festival, the 2006 world cup in berlin and are also carried in new york’s museum of modern art.
i purchased the bag below in coral snake print with watermelon pink zipper trim. what’s so great about this bag is the form! many women carry larger bags loaded with pockets to follow fashion and function. what i love about this bag is that the design is turned inside out with the elimination of the over-all bag and replaced with the whimsical “pockets” being connected together with a single strap! genius! i can take any one of the pockets off and carry as a quick clutch or i can use the additional strap to lengthen it into a shoulder bag. there wasn’t a single place i went where i didn’t receive positive comments.
the staff were of course, all young and beautiful and extremely helpful with regards to the product and two minutes after i made my purchase, the shop was overrun with customers. seeking a less crowded spot whilst i waited for my partner to transact his business, i popped into the gallery in the back which was just as compelling as the front. i’m seeing a theme in these painting’s reminiscent of the book “information is beautiful” by david mccandless. the ice cream painting would make a great print:
In art & design on December 17, 2010 at 5:28 pm
…i think not! This a watercolor I did for a client. i hadn’t picked up a paintbrush in years and i was never any good at watercolors. however, nothing is written in stone! i liked it so much that i decided to tart up my page with it. what do you think of the new header?
I made a break through of sorts today and realized that I miss working with my hands! I’ve done everything in Photoshop and illustrator for so long that I’d forgotten the simple joy of painting. Not oil and acrylic this time. Too tight. I need the unpredictability and lack of control to counter the rigidity of working with bezier curves and pixels.