ARTIST J.Sharkey Thomas



Painting and drawing programs for the computer add another whole dimension to the artist's 'media mix'. Good quality software will provide an astounding variety of new tools and materials. The artist can simulate virtually every kind of drawing or painting medium in an infinite variety of styles and techniques. At any point in the process, the mouse or stylus can become a delicate brush, a pencil, a chunk of charcoal, a thick impasto, an airbrush, a whole can of paint, a subtle flow of water, or a customized brush in the shape of anything his heart desires in any size and in any of 16.8 million colours.

The image, or parts thereof, can be blended, washed, scumbled, sharpened, softened, pulled, stretched, cut, diffused, overlapped, repeated, reflected, erased, worked into venetian glass, or burnished copper, bronze, silver, enamel, tiles, bricks or tooled leather, - it can be etched or carved, spattered or frosted, every application having within it countless choices and degrees of these alterations, including changes in the sources of light, tone, depth, clarity and dimensionality.

Before the computer, exploring the many directions one could take in a given work was a costly and often wasteful prospect. "Real" materials are never available in an endless supply. However, by this means the slightest whim can be realized, changes made, and simple "saves" along the way, (very important!) can capture any possibility without losing the original concept. The hard part is making selections among such an infinite array of choices. Back
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