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Abstraction as a Process

Thought this series of sketches by Picasso was a good example of abstraction as a process.

Added by Synthetik Software on December 18, 2011 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

Vogue Magazine Stack Filtering Experiment

Someone posted an image online that was an average of all of the Vogue magazine cover images for a year. So it's a simple example of the stack filtering ideas we've been discussing recently. This wasn't done using Studio Artist, but i thought people might find it interesting.…


Added by Synthetik Software on December 20, 2010 at 11:44am — 2 Comments

Bit of Nostalgia

Ran across this old promo cd for Studio Artist 1.5 as i was cleaning out my office today.

Added by Synthetik Software on March 6, 2010 at 6:12pm — No Comments

Most Abstract Festival in the World

Thought people might be interested in this so i'm passing the information along.

The second edition of Punto y Raya (Dot & Line), which has earned the title of "most abstract festival in the world", will take place from November 25th to 29th 2009 at ARTS SANTA MÒNICA (Barcelona), with no entry fee.

the trailer is here.

The Opening Ceremony will take place on… Continue

Added by Synthetik Software on November 7, 2009 at 7:40am — No Comments

Visualizing Spatial Frequency

The concept of spatial frequency has come up several times here on the Studio Artist user forum. And i know that many of you have difficulty conceptualizing spatial frequency. So i wanted to post this picture which i think gets across the concept in an easy to visualize way.

The bottom right corner image shows a series of vertical sine waves that increase in spatial frequency. So as you move from left to right in the image you are sweeping… Continue

Added by Synthetik Software on May 6, 2009 at 11:43am — No Comments

High Speed Paint Ball Explosion

This is a cool photo by Alan Sailer on Flickr. I love the look of it. It got me thinking that maybe you could create artificial version of this sort of thing in Studio Artist using displacement warping effects. So you start with a photo of an object and then introduce a series of displacement mapping transformations to simulate blowing it… Continue

Added by Synthetik Software on March 25, 2009 at 11:10am — 5 Comments

Visualization as Art

I've been noticing more and more art projects that seem to be about taking a real world information stream and visualizing it in some way as a means to generate an artistic abstract image. Here's an example of what i mean:

"Building a More Meaningul Existence" by Daniel Everett

Daniel writes..."For this project I used a graphics editor built into an early arcade game to convert spam emails I had received into a virtual landscape. By… Continue

Added by Synthetik Software on March 11, 2009 at 2:21pm — No Comments

The Printed Picture

I recently picked up a copy of Richard Benson's new book 'The Printed Picture'. It's a rather through journey through the history of the various techniques and technologies used for printing throughout human history. Over the years of Studio Artist development i've tried to add features to allow for the simulation of many of the techniques described in the book.

For example, some of Paul's work or the techniques he uses in Studio Artist… Continue

Added by Synthetik Software on March 5, 2009 at 1:16pm — 1 Comment

Technocultures: The History of Digital Art - A Conversation

Those of you based in New York City of nearby might be interested in this free event taking place in March.

Friday, March 6, 6 — 8:30pm

School of Visual Arts

133/141 West 21 Street, Room 101C

Free and open to the public

The MFA Computer Art Department at the School of Visual Arts (SVA) presents Technocultures: The History of Digital Art–A Conversation, featuring influential historical practitioners and researchers on digital art. Department Chair Bruce Wands… Continue

Added by Synthetik Software on February 21, 2009 at 12:50pm — No Comments

New ModBook Pro

Axiotron announced the new Modbook Pro today. This is a new tablet mac based on the macbook pro. Good news, 15 inch wacom pen writable screen and 2.4 GHz apple pro motherboard with GeFoce 9600 GT graphics processing and touch sensitivity so you can use your finger as well as the pen (at the same time). Bad news, list price of $4999 (ouch). I think this would be a killer machine to run Studio Artist on if you can deal with the rather high entry price.

Added by Synthetik Software on January 6, 2009 at 4:55pm — 4 Comments

Procedural Apple

Playing around with an idea for a new MSG processor and this fell out. It's amazing that a randomized math equation can dump out what looks like an abstracted apple to me. This new MSG processor seems to be very good at generating procedural images that often look like designed icons.

Added by Synthetik Software on December 14, 2008 at 4:38pm — 1 Comment

Tag Cloud Inspiration

The tag cloud discussion on the forum recently gave me some ideas. Not quite what i wanted, but a first shot at it.

Added by Synthetik Software on December 10, 2008 at 6:40pm — No Comments

New Flip MinoHD

Those of you who follow my personal artwork explorations ( ) know that i've grown very attached to using a Flip video camera to record video sequences that i then process using Studio Artist temporal ip ops, often to make static panorama images from the video pans or sequences. So i was very excited today when i read a… Continue

Added by Synthetik Software on November 13, 2008 at 8:54am — 2 Comments

Limits to Growth

I saw some generative art work recently that was designed to show off the concept of the limits to growth. And I quickly realized that it would be pretty easy to create these kinds of pieces in the Studio Artist paint synthesizer. An example of what i mean is shown above. This was created using a 5 step PASeq. The first step sets the canvas to white. This is followed by 4 paint action steps. The first draws a single random line. The final 3 paint action steps draw circles with… Continue

Added by Synthetik Software on October 10, 2008 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

The Future of Science is Art

Wanted to pass on this link to an interesting article that talks about science getting inspiration from art. The sidebar discussions will also be of particular interest to forum users since they talk about various painting styles and the neuroscience behind the particular paint effect.

Added by Synthetik Software on October 1, 2008 at 11:03am — 1 Comment

Camouflage Patterns as Art

Read an interesting article today on new 'artistic' camouflage patterns that were created by actual vision studies with deer. So they try to analyze what deer see and create the camouflage patterning to be something that deer cannot see. Of course that might not be the same thing as what would be more invisible to the human visual system. The end result looks like some macro texture… Continue

Added by Synthetik Software on September 23, 2008 at 2:49pm — No Comments

What is Beauty

Sesd magazine has an interesting article posted that talks about the neural correlates of beauty. Or at least some studies that have been done to try and quantify neuroaesthetics. The article is a nice non-technical introduction to some work going on in this area.

Added by Synthetik Software on September 18, 2008 at 6:50pm — No Comments

Self-Animating Patterns

Thought i'd point this article out for people interested in creating abstract art. It's some new research that talks about how to use repeated asymmetric patterns to generate the illusion of movement in a static image. Artists such as Bridget Riley have created entire bodies of work based on working with visual illusions in their art. Illusions like this can tell you a… Continue

Added by Synthetik Software on August 13, 2008 at 6:59pm — 3 Comments

Portraying Fear vs Disgust

There was a study published recently Nature Neuroscience that shows fear and disgust to be anti-faces. So from a normal neutral face position fear would be a lengthening of the facial features and disgust would be the opposite movement or a closing down of the openings in the eyes and nostrils. The article gets into evolutionary origins of this kind of behavior. But for the standpoint of artistic… Continue

Added by Synthetik Software on August 8, 2008 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

Temporal Panorama Treatments

I've been playing around with additional effect treatments for time-based panoramas created with temporal ip ops. Sometimes the temporal processing is a little too obvious or gimmicky and embedding it in the context of additional artistic effects is an interesting way to change your perception of the temporal processing effects.

For example, sometimes you get certain geometric effects in the image from the motion encapsulation of the temporal processing. But other… Continue

Added by Synthetik Software on August 2, 2008 at 4:00pm — No Comments

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