Seattle Exhibit Highlights Modern Print and Digital Artwork

For an artist like Stephen Rock, the Contemporary Printmakers show at the Seattle Art Museum Gallery exemplifies not only how artists are blending their genres, but also the media they combine to achieve their finished work and the many processes they could use to get there.

The Complexity of Data by Stephen Rock
The Complexity of Data by Stephen Rock

Many of today’s artists, he says, embrace the digital work within the computer as well as traditional processes. “It’s a really good time to be talking about digital output; we’re all using material and devices that are pushing contemporary artist voices into new possibilities,” he says. “You’re not just a photographer any more. You’re not just a painter anymore. So few people are sticking with one title.”

Rock, himself, blends digital work with painting and drawing as well as sculpting. His recent work that was featured in the SAM Gallery blends pigmented prints on watercolor or rag paper and collage elements. His paper of choice: LexJet’s Sunset Matte Rag.

Digital Art Creation Magazine App Now at iTunes

Magazine for digital art and productionAs noted earlier in July here at the LexJet Blog, Digital Art Creation magazine premiered as a digital publication and is now available optimized for the iPad at Apple’s iTunes store. The app is free and a monthly subscription is $3.99.

However, you can access the July issue for free by using the code: issue1_preview. To use the code, click on this link, then click on subscribe>current subscribers and put the code in the window. A free read-only text version is also available at the website.

Published monthly, Digital Art Creation focuses on photography techniques, post capture software and techniques, printing and post-printing ideas, and an exploration of a variety of other techniques and platforms.

The August issue is expected to be ready around Aug. 15 and will be available at both iTunes and the Digital Art Creation website. Here’s a preview of the subjects that will be covered in the August issue: 

  • Attorney Carolyn Wright talks about copyright issues
  • Artist Melissa Gallo demonstrates some Corel Painter techniques
  • Renoir is featured in the Old Masters section
  • Marketing Buzz profiles Cookie Monster, Mr. Rogers and Bob Ross’s Happy Trees
  • Find out the truth about the color wheel as Scott Naismith urges you to choose between the proverbial red and blue pills. Part two of a three part series
  • The Great Output section provides helpful direction on fine art and fine photo printing, plus choosing the best rendering intent
  • Skip Allen shows how to build custom libraries for you brushes in Corel Painter

For more information, go to Back issues of Digital Paint Magazine – the precursor to Digital Art Creation dedicated primarily to digital painting – can be found at June 2012 was the last issue.

Learn How to Maximize the Digital Workspace with Digital Art Creation Magazine

Magazine for digital art, printing and paintingProsperity Publishing Group, North Platte, Neb., is launching a new free virtual magazine, optimized for the iPad, called Digital Art Creation.

The new magazine is dedicated to educating and inspiring artists and photographers that utilize a part or whole digital workspace. Digital Art Creation will be published monthly and is expected to be available at the Apple newsstand later this month.

“Digital photographers, painters and even traditional image makers utilizing digital negatives will find useful information and inspiration in the magazine”, says Tim O’Neill, owner of Prosperity Publishing. “We will focus on blending traditional art with new techniques available in the digital realm,” he adds.

Digital Art Creation magazine is essentially a re-branding and an expansion of the content found in Digital Paint Magazine. While Digital Paint Magazine was primarily a magazine dedicated to digital painters, as the title of the magazine implies, Digital Art Creation expands the focus and includes photography techniques, post capture software and techniques, printing and post-printing ideas, and an exploration of a variety of other techniques and platforms.

Sections of the magazine include: Capture, Image Processing, Marketing Buzz, Great Output, Post Print and a Marketplace. A Reader’s Gallery will be added in the second issue.

“We are not abandoning our love and dedication to digital painting; Digital Art Creation encompasses many different arenas in image capture and processing and distills that information with a focus on fine art,” says O’Neill.

The Digital Art Creation app is free, the iPad magazine download is $3.95 and the Web version download is $4.95. A free read-only text version will also be available from the website. For more information, go to Back issues of Digital Paint Magazine can be found at June 2012 was the last issue.

Jeff Hazelton Exhibits 3D Art on Canvas

For more than a decade, graphic designers have experimented with advances in lenticular imaging to produce large-format advertising graphics that look three-dimensional. Now, LexJet customer Jeff Hazelton is part of new class of artists, photographers, and designers who are at the forefront of bringing 3D imaging into the world of art.  

Using Autodesk Maya and Photoshop CS4 software and LexJet Sunset Select Matte Canvas on an Epson Stylus Pro 11880 printer, he has converted some of his digital art into large-format canvas art prints that appear three-dimensional when viewed through specialized 3D glasses.

The art is part of an Avatar to Art exhibition that has been on display at the G.WIZ Science Museum in Sarasota, FL since July 2. The show features 14 large-scale, 3D images with the largest measuring 8 x 25 ft.  The exhibit was originally scheduled to close Aug. 1, but due to its popularity, has been extended through Sept. 19. 

It is difficult to appreciate the full effect of Jeff’s art shown here. But just try to imagine feeling immersed in this surreal landscape with the abstract forms seeming to float around you. The compositions also combine microscopic anatomy and “automatic drawings” from sketches Jeff drew while sailing to New Zealand and other islands in the South Pacific.  

A spokesperson for the gallery observed that the 3D environments in Jeff’s art seemed to extend the walls of the exhibit space and create a viewing experience that was totally unique.

Jeff Hazelton is a painter who turned commercial artist in the 1990’s. His company, BioLucid, produces medical animations for physician education and marketing at pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. Jeff has been studying computer graphics and digital art since the mid-1990s and acquired formal training in 3D animation in Gnomon School of Visual Effects in Hollywood, CA in 2000-2001.

According to Jeff, the texture of the LexJet Sunset canvas didn’t affect the 3D effects of the prints. He notes that, “As a painter, I prefer the look and feel of canvas when producing fine art, and I like to gallery wrap my work.” He stretched the prints himself using custom-stretchers he built himself and used LexJet Sunset Gloss Coating to protect and enhance each print.

To ensure that the final prints would have the look he was going for, he made smaller prints first.  Each of the 14 works required an average of two to four smaller prints to test for 3D parallax and color.

With the art displayed at the G. WIZ museum, Jeff explains, “I wanted viewers to feel like they are part of the artwork, like they have been transported to a new place or are sharing a room with strange objects that are purely a product of their brain’s amazing comprehension of space.”

Overall, he says, “Feedback has been positive. People don’t mind wearing the glasses, and most observers say they have never seen anything like what I have produced.”

He is continuing to produce new works and is preparing for his next solo show in November in San Diego.

For more information about Jeff’s work, visit Or you can search for Some Guy’s Studio on Facebook.