Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Beyond Photoshop cover art

Here is the cover layout for 'Beyond Photoshop'. There is no text in this design yet because we're still deciding on the best way to word the subtitle. I'll post a finished version once the text is resolved.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Here comes another one

Finally, I finished the illustration for not only another chapter, but also to be featured on the cover of the upcoming book. This chapter will explore the nearly limitless possibilities of working with Photoshop alongside Cinema 4D. It was a hell of a learning experience but wow, Cinema 4D is powerful and versatile...and it plays well with Photoshop too.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Here's another one

Okay, I haven't finished writing the chapter yet. But I thought I'd just go ahead and post this image because it worked out so well. This chapter will teach readers to combine Illustrator and Photoshop once again, bouncing back and forth between the applications. Texture from within the Photoshop document will be used in alpha channels to mask Illustrator Smart Objects. Masking is the prominent part of this chapter, with both standard and vector masks being used in Photoshop. However, the often overlooked clipping mask operation in illustrator will be demonstrated as well. And finally, the icing on the cake will be working with 3d rotations within Illustrator complete with mapped symbols and lighting.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Another illustration resolved

Okay, this time it is 10:24 pm. The time of this post is eerily similar to the time of my last post on August 27th. However, this time I am not drinking coffee, but am halfway though a generous helping of Bowmore single-malt scotch. I just finished writing another chapter for the next book and am really psyched about this illustration. It will open a chapter on how to use Photoshop and Illustrator together. In addition to an extensive amount of Photoshop workflow tips, it will explore Illustrator's Pathfinder functions and use Live Trace in a manner that doesn't suck.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Another peek at what is to come

It's 10:30pm and I'm drinking coffee. How messed up is that? Anyway, here's another glimpse at some of the art that will form the basis for my next book. This is just raw material at this point, but the finished piece will be a cool combo of tactile materials and clean, crisp vectors. This chapter will explore the combining of Illustrator's Pathfinder operations and Live Trace capabilities with an arsenal of nifty Photoshop stuff. Stay tuned!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Illustration certificate program

Felt like years in the making, but it is finally happening. You can check it out here.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

First illustration resolved

This is the first glimpse at one of the finished illustrations in the upcoming book. This will open the chapter on the intricate process of working with ZBrush alongside Photoshop CS 4.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Experimenting with ZBrush

I'm currently working on a new book that is coming out in May of next year. Here's a glimpse at what is to come. this is an initial foray into the mysterious realm of ZBrush. More about the book and some other sample works will follow. But at the rate I update this blog, don't hold your breath or anything...

Monday, June 29, 2009

Back from Brazil

It hasn't even been a month since I was in Brazil but it feels like a lifetime ago. I know this is a little late, but I just wanted to do a quick post to reflect upon the experience of being invited to speak at the 2nd Computer Arts Design Show in Sao Paulo.

Above is a photo of me and the hard working crew from Editora Europa. The guy in the middle in the blue shirt is Mario Fittipaldi. He is the editor of Computer Arts and 3d world as well. I cannot imagine the daunting task of organizing a show like this one. Mario contacted me, set the whole thing up, made all the arrangements, and was just generally a really great host. I can't thank him enough for all of the effort he made to ensure that I had an enjoyable experience while in Brazil. It was awesome!

The event itself was really cool. I was told there were almost 200 people in attendance. That's the largest crowd I've ever spoken in front of. First time working with a translator too. Below you can see a shot of the crowd and some shots of the workshop and presentation in progress. Basically, I spoke into a microphone in English, which went through the sound system. But, in addition to that; the microphone fed into a booth where a person translated everything real-time into Portuguese. Then, participants could hear the Portuguese translation by wearing headsets. The whole thing was pretty high-tech and extremely well organized.

The translation worked the other way too, so that I could put on the headphones and hear Portuguese questions in English. Then the translator would translate my English answers back into Portuguese. It was really cool and I can't thank the translator enough for her effort. Especially when I went so fast during the first presentation. If memory serves me correctly, her name was Melana, but I'm certain that I'm spelling it wrong. Sorry.

One thing that completely surprised me was the enthusiasm of the people who attended the event. There were people lining up after each presentation for pictures and autographs. A lot of people brought books and magazines for me to sign. A handful even gave me some of their own artwork as gifts, which was extremely cool. It was a shock to me that anyone in Brazil even knew who I was in the first place. I was not expecting this.

Again, I can't thank Mario and everyone at Editora Europa enough. Mario and his wife Monica took me out for dinners, shows, and on an amazing sight-seeing tour through the mountains to Santos and St.Vincent. Pictures are below. Also, it was really cool to meet Roberto, the owner of Editora Europa and have lunch with him, Mario, and the CO (who's name escapes me). Brazilian's really know about meat. I ate so much amazing food while I was there that coming home to North American cuisine has been a huge let down. And the coffee, don't get me started on the coffee...

I was really impressed by just how massive Sao Paulo is. There are some shots below from the roof of the hotel. It was just endless skyscrapers in every direction. Unfortunately I don't have any photos of the Editora Europa offices but they were beautiful. We could learn a lot from them in terms of atmosphere. They had a beautiful compound of small buildings and landscaped gardens. Again, nothing like the cubicle hell of North America.

Anyway, I just want to thank Mario and everyone at Editora Europa for inviting me to participate and for making the experience so enjoyable. The realist in me knows that the participants in an event like this will want a different international guest next time around. However, the idealist in me secretly hopes that they ask me to come back next year.

Monday, April 20, 2009

2nd Computer Arts Design Show in Brazil

On May 30th I will be speaking at the 2nd Computer Arts Design show in Sao Paulo, Brazil. I'll be discussing my career path, influences, and the evolution of my work. In addition to that I'll be hosting a workshop in which I'll share some of my own Photoshop and Illustrator secrets. I'm really looking forward to the experience of speaking in front of a Portuguese audience and visiting Brazil for the first time. Hope to see some of you there. check it out

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Interview in Advanced Photoshop, Issue 52

I was interviewed by Adam Smith recently for Advanced Photoshop magazine. It is one of the finest Photoshop mags out there. What they chose to print was gutsy and surprising. A lot of times when people interview me, I tell it like it is, and freely discuss the stuff in the world of commercial art that pisses me off. Unfortunately no one ever prints that. Advanced Photoshop magazine is the first magazine to ever print everything I said to them. No sugar coating, this is the real deal. Thanks gang.Check it out.