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Notes from an Art Class in 1998

The following are some short notes I took at a painting class on September 30, 1998. The place was the Maryland College of Art (MICA), and this was a night class that was part of the continuing education program. We would bring our paintings in and group critique them, and the rest of the time we looked at slides of other artists and discussed what we liked/didn’t like about them. I took the class for one semester, made one interesting painting, and then went on a cross country road trip, and stopped making art (or at least “painting,”) for a long time. Read more

AI Art: Flowers for days

It’s been over nine months since I wrote my first AI Art post. So much has advanced in the world of AI Art in such a short time. I vacillate between being fascinated by what it can do, and horrified by how addictive it is. It is unsettling to think that certain kinds of art-making might actually become obsolete. For example, I learned from the wombo discord that you can now make almost perfect seamless pattern tiles! The ones below are not quite seamless, but I am sure that at the rate AI art is advancing, the ability to make flawlessly repeating pattern tiles will soon be here. Read more

AI Art: When one thing becomes another

I started out with this creative commons image I found. I’m not sure exactly where it was found and what it was used for. The description says, “Dutch Olympic Committee (NOC), 1912-1993, Detail from inventory number 497, Olympic Games 1952 in Oslo,” so I suppose it was part of the Dutch uniform from the 1952 olympic games in Oslo? Whatever it was used for, I think it’s a compelling image – I love the gold thread contrasting with the dark orange. I decided to put it through the wombo app to see what else I could spawn from it. Read more

AI Art: In the Style of Georgia O’Keeffe

One of the fun things about making is AI art, is seeing whether an algorithm recognizes an artist. Dall-E 2 (which I am eagerly waiting for an invite) seems to recognizes a great variety of artists. For now I am using the wombo app, and from what I can gather, it only recognizes the very famous and popular ones. So we start with a very popular artist, Georgia O’Keeffe. She has a distinct style and a frequently used subject matter (flowers!), so she is a good starting point to see what the app can do. Some of these pictures were generated from scratch, and some used a seed picture. Read more

Common Print Sizes at 300dpi

Pixel Rendering by Simon Lee

As a digital artist working in the Procreate app, I am always trying to keep in mind common print sizes at 300dpi. I like to use this site because it has a handy pixels-to-inches calculator. You just enter what inches or pixels you are working with, and add the DPI (dots per inch). The more I’ve started using sites like Printful, the more I find it useful to start out with the proper size. So I created this nice table to refer to! I hope you find it helpful. I’ve also indicated which sizes can be used for posters and canvas in Printful.

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