Flamepainter4

The fourth iteration of this marvellous digital app, the wild-child of the Escapemotions stable, has just arrived. Controlling it is harder than herding cats which at least go to sleep for several hours a day and generally pitch up for food, whereas this piece of kit with its multiple brushes, myriad within-brush settings, and huge palette, has the temperament of a bucking bronco. But, after chasing round the canvas for an hour or so, I’ve made a galaxy. Eat your heart out Professor Brian! Continue reading Flamepainter4

Augmented reality and art

Several years ago there was an app called Blippr which let you both make and read AR images embedded by tagged code into a flat surface. Before it went under (or was bought and drowned maybe by a competitor), I made a couple for work, and also scanned the front of a display box of flea treatment at the vet’s to reveal a website (imaginative!), to the amazement of the receptionist. Layar was another and both have gone silent. Now there are some new ones on the scene and I’ve been trying them out. This is Thyng which shows promise but … Continue reading Augmented reality and art

New fridge magnets

I have no shame! I had a batch made earlier using this image. [via Zazzle who do a pretty good job.] But sitting in my folders was similar image that needed brightening up a little so it stood out more from its background. Both are made with Flamepainter (an Escapemotions product), but for lifting the light I used Corel’s Paint Shop Pro which gives me more control over the brush. Here’s the result: It was originally called ‘Fuse’ because only the end of the tail was truly bright and who hasn’t been on the wrong end of a cat with that … Continue reading New fridge magnets

Flamepainter

This is a digital painting programme made by Escapemotions who also make Rebelle. But unlike Rebelle which mimics the behaviour of actual paint on canvas (and if I can figure out how, I’ll make a short video to post here), Flamepainter is pure cat herding. With each iteration, I promise myself I’ll take some time to pin down the functions of the brushes and try to exercise some control over their output, and each time I give up at the point I’ve produced, by sheer serendipity, something that pleases me. This was yesterday’s effort, a composition achieved by selecting a couple … Continue reading Flamepainter