I have been working on a new AOP for a long time and at last it is finished. It is heavily inspired by the palette knife strokes of the Belarussian painter Leonid Afremov and is therefore named Leonid AOP. I have made both a 32-bits and a 64-bits version. It works best on motives with few elements. So far I have had most success with trees. But most of Afremov’s paintings have lots of trees so that should be OK! A Swedish friend of mine whom I gave a pre-release version of this AOP a while ago has already sold a painting made with it at the Fine Art America site.
Oscar has just released his new and exciting piece of software named Photo Blend and I look forward to testing it.
Today Oscar released the new version of DAP which is native 64-bits and runs only on Vista and Windows 7 64-bits OS. This makes it possible to make 4 times bigger brushes (600 x 600 px instead of 300 x 300 px) and up to 32 Mpx large paintings. Close-up of new and sharper brush strokes:
This summer the Norwegian TV channel TV3 borrowed three of my digital paintings from the furniture shop where they are sold for use in a new TV series about redecoration of old flats, based on the Mad About the House series on BBC Three. Tonight one of these paintings was seen in the show.
Today I released my Deep Forest AOP at the DAP café. It was named so because it seemed only capable of doing a decent job with forest images. But after some testing I saw it could make some interesting portraits too. It was meant to paint with rough, broad, expressionistic(?) strokes but right before releasing it I also put in some palettes with thinner strokes to make it more versatile. An example of what it does:
My extended trial version of Pixarra’s interesting piece of software named TwistedBrush Pro Studio has just expired so now I have bought it. It has more than 5000 different brushes available, which should be enough for most of us. So far I have used it (the trial version) to make the brush strokes for one of my latest AOPs, Pino.
I have just released another AOP at the DAP café. I named it Classics because it tries to copy a little handfull of older styles, like fresco and expressionism. In fact this AOP was made of unused palettes and brush strokes from my earlier AOPs. I am most happy with the fresco palette which makes some nice portraits.
Today I purchased PostworkShop Pro after having read about it in the Mediachance forum. It claims to have more than 400 “natural media looking styles under the categories of drawing, graphic arts, oil painting, watercolor, pencil sketch, acrylic painting and photo effects”. Testing it should keep me busy for a while!
This has been a very sad week-end. On Friday 22nd a right-wing madman first detonated a 950 kilo bomb outside the Government buildings in Oslo and then went to a nearby youth summer camp and started a massacre, killing 69 in all (the first figures of more than 80 deaths were fortunately wrong). The entire world seems shocked by what has taken place in peaceful Norway.
By sheer luck I came across an interesting piece of software today called Tintii. It can be used to quickly make dramatic changes in colour photos. It separates all the major colours in a photo and lets you change them separately. More info here: http://www.indii.org/software/tintii