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I Can’t Believe Bob Ross Said That – 20 Quotes From Everyone’s Favorite TV Painter

bobrossBob produced more than “happy little trees”; he made some insightful and humorous observations in his book, The Joy of Painting. Mental_floss gathered 20 of the best HERE. My favorite is “They say everything looks better with odd numbers of things. But sometimes I put even numbers—just to upset the critics.”

Read all 20 quotes HERE.

While preparing this post, I found another page of Bob’s quotes HERE.

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Paintings On Paint Chips

paintchipFrom mental_floss –

At first glance, it looks like artist Shawn Huckins painted hyper-realistic scenes onto paint chips from the hardware store. These swatches are actually large paintings that Huckins expertly recreated with oil paint. He uses the blown-up replicas as a setting and inserts everyday imagery that mingles with the cards. The subjects will even occasionally interact with the paint chips and use the white lines as a table or counter. Impressively, each scene matches the colors of the swatch perfectly. My favorite incorporates David Hockney’s famous A Bigger Splash

Continue reading HERE.

 

This Watercolor Printer Is A Real Thing

WatercolorPrinter

From the WaterColorBot site –

Launched in 2013 on Kickstarter, the WaterColorBot is a collaborative project from Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories and Super Awesome Sylvia — a friendly art robot that moves a paint brush to paint your digital artwork onto paper, using a set of watercolor paints. The WaterColorBot works with standard and common watercolor paints, pens, and paper, so that you never need to purchase expensive or proprietary supplies. It is made in the USA with a tough and sturdy wooden frame built to last for years of use. 

While a robotic painting “printer” can be an incredibly fun thing on its own, the WaterColorBot is also a genuine (if simple and friendly) computer-automated, numerically controlled (CNC) machine– and that lets you do some amazing things. For an example, take a look at the two paintings shown above– they are nearly perfect copies. One was painted right after the other. With the WaterColorBot, you can easily make an extra painting for Grandma. (And you can always save the file for later, just in case the dog eats the one on the fridge.)

Can be purchased now HERE.

Iris Grace : 5-Year-Old Artist

IrisGrace-sThe Independent reported –

A five-year-old girl with autism has garnered praise across Europe, Asia and America for her astonishing artwork. Iris Grace, who lives with her family in Leicestershire, began painting last year, and has already been praised by buyers, collectors and galleries for her work’s intense colour, immediacy, and open composition. Her paintings are sold to private art collectors in the UK and around the world for thousands of pounds each, with all profits going towards art materials and therapy.

Continue reading HERE.

More photos HERE.

 

XnSketch – FreeFile Review

FFR-WP-logoxnsketch-logoXnSketch is a program that turns any photo into a drawing; producing a work of art that requires no talent – just a click or two. Previously, I reviewed a similar program, FotoSketcher, and will use it as a benchmark for XnSketch. Both programs offer about 20 presets that work very well without additional tweaks. XnSketch’s adjustments are basic photo-type adjustments (brightness, contrast, saturation), but FotoSketcher has adjustments for the way that the preset effects are applied. That makes  FotoSketcher more versatile and more complicated to use. Both programs have attractive, fairly simple interfaces, but most will find XnSketch easier to navigate.

What’s good – XnSketch is dead simple – just select the style of drawing and save. It is available for Windows, Mac and Linux. Presets such as halftone and “Obama Hope poster” are not available in FotoSketcher.

What’s bad – XnSketch lacks any adjutments to the drawing parameters. It feels poorly written or unfinished (labels on halftone presets are misspelled “Haltfone”). Finally, the ‘Save’ function is a bit wonky – it defaults to a 512 pixel size and will not automatically append the correct file extension onto the saved file. The saved dimension can be changed by clicking the down arrow next to the ‘Save’ icon and choosing ‘Original’ before saving.

– – – – The Bottom Line – – – –

Despite its problems, XnSketch is an excellent solution for someone wanting to create a drawing as easily as is possible. It produces quality drawings quickly, simply. Those wanting more control over their drawings will prefer FotoSketcher.

Download XnSketch HERE

Download FotoSketcher HERE

Read more FreeFile Reviews at Dan Kostecki.com

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FreeFile Review – FotoSketcher

I’ve been a fan of  FotoSketcher for a few years and version 2.0 was recently released. This free application will convert any photo into a hand-drawn or hand-painted masterpiece. Basically, it is a Photoshop type filter that runs as a stand alone application. It does one thing and it does it well.

The installation is simple, and a portable version that doesn’t require installation is also available. The interface is very slick – pleasant to look at and easy to figure out. There are nearly 20 different drawing styles available (pencil drawing, painting, cartoon, etc.). Each of the styles has a ton of adjustments in the Drawing Parameters window. The program offers some very basic photo editing options (crop, resize, rotate), but I prefer to use other software for those operations. Text can be added and batch operations are possible.

I don’t use FotoSketcher often, but when I do, I’m always pleased with the results. Sometimes the default parameters are perfect, sometimes the parameters need to be adjusted. Don’t be afraid to play around with them, and remember that certain photos will look better with different drawing styles. Experimentation is key with this program.

Some of the more complicated filters may render slowly on older, slower computers. One thing that I would like to see changed is the Drawing Parameters window. It is currently a floating window, but I think that integrating it into the main program window would be an improvement. A larger preview window would be nice.

– – The Bottom Line – –
Very few free programs do what FotoSketcher does. It gives excellent results with a minimum of fuss. If you’re feeling creative, give it a shot.

Download FotoSketcher HERE

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