Scene with imagebrushs based on my figurative drawings

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Comment by Synthetik Software on October 20, 2020 at 9:54am

Wow.  I'm always blown away by your stuff.

I would love to read a tutorial or blog post on how you approach generating your artwork.  If you would be up for putting that together at some point and posting it here on the user forum.

So i've also been talking to Paul here on the user forum about putting together some kind of Artistic Styles Taxonomy.  We were thinking about it from the viewpoint of trying to document all of the different stylistic effects associated with different art rendering or printing technologies.  So a wood cut print has a certain artistic style associated with it's output.  That is stylistically very different from using acid etching to build your printing plate.

So for each artistic style, the taxonomy would have pictorial examples of what it looks like.  Both close ups to understand the detailed representation. And complete artwork images generated using the technique.  There would also be a text description of how the printing or rendering technology works, why their approach leads to the visual styles that the technique generates, where it sits in history, etc.

And as i was looking at your artwork it occurred to me that we should also be trying to catalog different emotional styles, and the underlying techniques being used to pull those emotions forward in the viewer of that artwork. 

I have to think this through more, because i think there is a better way to describe it.

You often tap into very primal emotional and visual energy in your artwork, and maybe there is a way to break that down into some kind of taxonomy with associated stylistic components?

Now there are a few different reasons why i'm interested in putting together this Artistic Styles Taxonomy.

One is for educational purposes.  Both for myself and for others.  It's easy to forget about things, and having a repository where you can go and look something up, or browse to get inspired would be a great resource.

Second is for inspiring and organizing Studio Artist presets that try to tackle the particular artistic style they are posted with. So over time all of the art styles taxonomy nooks and corners would have cool Studio Artist presets posted there (by Synthetik as well as other users) you could grab to create the effect yourself in Studio Artist.

Third is to use the examples as input into various deep learning neural net technologies we are going to be infusing the Studio Artist universe with over the coming years. Building up good databases of curated images that are good representations of different artistic styles, or different emotional moods one might want their artwork to convey.  We haven't even begun to imagine what the ultimate uses of this new technology are going to be.  But i do know it is going to be extremely exciting.

So, lot's of fun stuff to look forward to in the future.

My goal is to get this Artist Styles Taxonomy going in the 'Potential New Ideas' Group here on the user forum. So we should really try to move the conversation over there. But i wanted to tell you about it because i think your contributions could really be valuable.

Comment by Paul Perlow on October 20, 2020 at 1:54pm

As always Max...Great art!

Comment by David Buckle on October 21, 2020 at 5:44am

Agreed Excellent work.

Comment by M A X on October 24, 2020 at 9:35pm

xanx all!

In short: here are the main steps for this ongoing figurative image brush project:

1. Drawing and painting with sets of different custom-made brushes
2. Lasso-selection these characters
3. Export „selected canvas as image“ (file-format: png) into pool
4. Creating and choosing abstrakt background-images
5. Get and place the figures for composition via „new Image brush or „new image brush folder“
6. Running a paseq (rank line filter, smart displace, bias gain, white shift, smart blur) to homogenize and finalize the work

I do add a posting of 2 more images in a higher resolution to see the difference of the "rough" and the "finalized" result.

Comment by Synthetik Software on October 27, 2020 at 1:19pm

Wow, thanks for explaining the workflow you are using for this particular project!

It's fascinating to see how you put these images together.

I'm glad someone found a creative use for 'File : Export: Export Selected Canvas as Image' menu command. This is one thing we hoped people would use it for, making custom images in a tool building canvas, then selecting them and exporting them as brush images.

Just in case anyone isn't familiar with it, you can use the Tracking parameter in the Paint Source Offset control panel in the paint synthesizer to offset the source image to canvas image mapping.

Imagine a scenario where you had a photo of someone's face loaded in the source, and you wanted to paint it in several different locations on the canvas.

For example, if you have a source cloner preset, and you change the Tracking control from StartPoint to Offset Start, then hold down the t key and click the center of a face in the source area you want to work with in the canvas, then where ever you start drawing with the edited source cloner preset in the canvas will clone the face you 't' clicked in the source area at that initial canvas location you started drawing the new paint stroke in at.

Comment by M A X on October 27, 2020 at 8:56pm

danke: cool, I'll checking out this method...

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