Of Pixels and Acrylics

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Cosmic Eggs: © 2018 Michael Maurer Smith

I came of age before the personal computer was common.. I learned to draw and paint using ink, charcoal, pencils, watercolors, acrylics and pastels. But in the 1980s, as a young graphic designer and photographer, I incorporated a Macintosh computer into my studio practice and was an early adopter of the PhotoShop and Adobe Illustrator software programs. Eventually I transitioned from using film cameras to using digital single lens reflex and mirrorless cameras.

My experience with traditional mediums and the digital environment has made clear to me that art making, designing and photography remain open to the full range of tools, methods and technology, whether old school or new, in any combination, analog or digital. 

Recently I have been using my iPad, Apple Pencil and the applications Procreate and Sketchbook by Auto Desk, to develop sketches for paintings I will later do with real paint on canvas and finished art files to be used online or printed.

Cosmic Eggs, shown above, is one example. This image also incorporates one of my photographs. 

Michael Maurer Smith

 

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