Michael Burton first live painting with 14 other artists Remix Peroni event

August 17, 2013

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The latest:

This past week I participated in one of the most important events of my career at this point. Last Sunday through Tuesday night I created at my first live painting event at Lacuna artist lofts. It challenged and revealed questions that have been running through my mind for a while.

For starters, I had a lot of first time experiences; the first time I painted along with 14 other talented artists in the same space. I have never painted a deck umbrella; for that matter, that’s the largest I’ve ever painted anything. Also, the first time I worked on a surface that wasn’t flat and a first that my work progress was documented on camera and video!

The challenge:

I, as well as the rest of the artists didn’t find out about the event until last Saturday afternoon, and was asked to participate the following day. I was a little hesitant because I hadn’t picked up a paint brush and painted in at least 3 years. I’ve been working in paint digitally and wasn’t sure of what I had in supply inventory; my paint, brushes and other supplies that may be needed.

Getting started:

I wasn’t sure of what I was going to create. I was used to painting tight detailed renderings with figures, but didn’t want to go that route with the umbrella project with the time challenge. When I got to the work site and saw the actual umbrella I was able to think out my options somewhat better. I decided to start with gradations of a sky and landscape in one corner of the umbrella. Approaching it this way gave me a chance to experiment with the brushes I had and how much water and towels I needed to flow.

Getting in the grove:

Painting that first section helped me to quickly realize I needed some small Tupperware containers for my paint mixtures, paper towel rolls, a gallon of water containers and which brushes were key for the project. From there I was set and much more comfortable with painting.

What was the painting about?

The night before the event I walked along the lake front for some exercise. The sun was going down leaving violets and pinkish warm gradients in the sky. It was a refreshing, calming site to see over the lake front and the green path heading north. I was at ease listening to the water hitting the rocks. I was thinking to myself; watching a sunrise or sundown and waves from water is priceless. I started painting off that moment and feeling of what paradise would look around different parts of the globe.

Theme:

I came up with “Daydreams of Paradise”. Mediations of world peace, tranquility, conservation and restoration are what the world needs; especially in the time of war, violence, and the artificial/ synthetic movement.

Conclusion:

I was hesitant and uncertain but glad I did it anyway. It showed that I could still work with paint as well as work under pressure with other people and things going on around me. It also enriched my life to see how other artists approach things, interact with each other as well as embrace each other’s unique vibe and personality. Finally, it enabled me to gain new art friends that understand what you feel and go though at times and push you to better yourself.

Last notes:

The art reception was  at Ferragosto Italian celebration-located at Oak street beach. It was a nice event, people wined and dined under our umbrellas, on lake shore drive-around the skyline(priceless). The umbrellas will travel on a national tour to a city near year you, and later will come back to Chicago where they will be auctioned off.

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Michael Burton Video Interview with Raw Artists Chicago

August 12, 2013


Here is the latest interview with Chicago Artist Michael Burton(Urban Rockwell). In this short segment the artist talks a bit on what inspires him as an artist, his latest creations, and how he likes his first show with RawArtists organization.

Michael Burton Performance at Raw Artists Elevation

July 17, 2013

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For those who missed my art showcase you can check out my live performance at the event. starts approximately 10 min. into the video timeline. I performed a couple of my poems. I didn’t get a chance to practice but I guess it worked out. Two days before the show I wrote a poem relating to the event titled Elevation. I didn’t type out the poem until a couple hours before the show.
lastly more content from the show coming soon. Thanks, Michael Burton.
http://gigity.tv/event/1833/user_home.php

Artist Michael Burton(Urban Rockwell) Featured at Raw Artist Event July 11

June 20, 2013

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It’s Michael Burton(Urban Rockwell), I’m back on the art scene. I Will be one of the featured artists to showcase at The Raw Artist Event. There will be a wealth of talent to see from visual artists, musicians, fashion designers, photography, dance, etc. I will be displaying my new talked about work “Mother Earth-Conservation Project” as well as my books, classic images and t shirts collection.
Come out and support if you can, I need to sell 20 tickets to be a lifetime member and have access to the organizations inter/national resources. MAKE SURE YOU BUY THE TICKETS FROM MY RAW ART PAGE,UNDER THE NAME URBAN ROCKWELL TO GET CREDIT FOR IT THANKS! (need to purchase before event date July 11)
Price: $10.00
When: July 11th
Where: Double Door
1572 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
Time: 8pm-12am
My Raw Artist Page Link below:
http://www.rawartists.org/urbanrockwell
All Featured Artists Page Link below:
http://www.rawartists.org/chicago/elevation
Thanks in advance,
Michael Burton/Urban Rockwell
A July RAWkstar!

Vase Still Life painting in Photoshop cs4

May 21, 2013

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I’ve expanded my digital painting methods by taking the time to learn Photoshop efficiently along with Corel Painter. I love working in both of the programs; each has  its advantages.

For this painting I set up the still life( props, lighting and photography). The light source was a single desk lamp, used  to create dramatic light and shadows of the vase’s form. The sheet underneath was set up with wrinkles to lead the eye to the vase; to give the still life a good composition and to help guide the viewers eyes around the vase.

I set it up around 300 dpi, for the brushes I used Photoshop’s round hard brush, round soft brush, large flat brush for the background and manipulated the blender brush to soften the shadows. I used the brushes at 1oo% opacity and the brush flow between 20-50%.

Take a look at the start to beginning process.

I started out drawing an outline of the base to the best of my ability; without using any of Photoshop’s tools(ellipse tool, pen tool etc.).  The next steps I painted were the large shapes. From their I found the middle tone, shadow shapes and details along with shadow shapes last. Once I worked out the painting enough I went back to make the last adjustments. I used Photoshop’s tools to make the last few adjustment; starting with the elliptical tool to get the top of the vase’s shape correct, followed by proportions, etc.

Andrew Loomis Figure Drawing And All It’s Worth Book Review

April 23, 2013

http://www.amazon.com/Figure-Drawing-All-Its-Worth/dp/0857680986/ref=cm_cmu_pg_i

After having a chance to thoroughly study Andrew Loomis’s approach to drawing the figure; I discovered areas I need to polish up on with figure drawing. This hardcover quality bound book covers various drawing exercises, theory, and techniques.

Loomis gives great advice and has organized the drawing lessons from beginner to experienced artists in a great building block format. In fact I would go as far as saying anyone interesting in learning how to draw the figure should explore this book first as a great foundational start.

Additional notes- some of the key topics covered in this book are; Mastering the Manikin, Ideal Proportions of the Male and Female, Drawing the Human Head, Light and Shade, Drawing the Planes of the Head and Body, Drawing the Figure in Perspective, Drawing the Figure in Good Compositions, Basic Anatomy, and additional Figure Drawing Studio tips.

I give this book 5 stars, an excellent instruction book.

March 9, 2013

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I would like to thank the South Shore Distinctly Art Festival staff for selecting my work for the group exhibition. This is the first time exhibiting my work in the Chicago South Shore area. The staff curators did a great job installing the work for the window display; it’s very vibrant and clean, and really catches your attention.
The exhibit has been up since October and will run through March(there will be a close out reception at the end of March). If you happen to be in the south shore area check it out on 71st and Oglesby.
One last note; this is a small part of the Mother Earth Conservation exhibit. Look out for the Conservation Exhibit A sometime this year.
http://www.southshorechamberinc.org/artsfestival.php

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Michael Burton Exhibit with Distinctly Art Festival South Shore

March 5, 2013

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I would like to thank the South Shore Distinctly Art Festival staff for selecting my work for the group exhibition. This is the first time exhibiting my work in the Chicago South Shore area. The staff curators did a great job installing the work for the window display; it’s very vibrant and clean, and really catches your attention.
The exhibit has been up since October and will run through March(there will be a close out reception at the end of March). If you happen to be in the south shore area check it out on 71st and Oglesby.
One last note; this is a small part of the Mother Earth Conservation exhibit. Look out for the Conservation Exhibit A sometime this year.
http://www.southshorechamberinc.org/artsfestival.php

New Mobile Artist Pose Tool by Riven Phoenix

January 16, 2013

 From the founder and creator of “The structure of Man Human Figure Drawing Course”- Riven Phoenix has developed a cool,  slick 3d figure application for smart phones(androids).

Description

Breakthrough figure posing tool for the artist. Declared the Top 10 must have App by ImagineFX magazine, Now you can always have your very own reference model with you. You can create any pose quickly with an easy to use pose interface. Its simple, just select the body part and then pose the figure. You can pose both the male and female figure. The coolest feature most important to artist is the figures use no constraints allowing geometry to intersect. This allows Artist to pose from realistic to extreme poses. Use it for Drawing, Manga, Illustration, Character Design, Animation, Story Boarding, Comic Books.The Post Tool 3D was designed by the Artist Riven Phoenix author of the breakthrough figure drawing course ‘The Structure of Man HD’ used in over 68 Countries.The Pose Tool uses state-of-the-art 3D Engine that allows you to pose organic figure models.”Top 10 Must-Have Art App” – ImagineFx magazine #92″Once you get a feel for it, Pose Tool 3D is a great little reference tool for digital artists” – ImagineFx magazine #92

“Pose Tool 3D is a great way for artists on the move to experiment with character poses.” – ImagineFx magazine #92

Touch Controls:

– One Finger – Orbit around figure

– One Finger Tap – Select body part

– Two Finger Pinch – Zoom in and Out and Pan at the same time. This feature gives you the ability to setup dramatic shots for your poses quickly. Very powerful feature.

Menu Features:

– Pose Buttons – Help Menu – Save Current Pose – Load Last Saved Pose – Center Figure – Reset Figure to T-Pose – Hide Menu Bar – 3 Point lighting System – Muscle Maps Mode – Gesture System mode – Life Drawing Mode – Mannequin Mode – Cube Guides – Average Male/Female body type  – Heavy Male/Female body type  – Old Male/Female body type  – Skinny Male/Female body type  – Muscular Male/Female body type

Male and Female Organic Moving Parts:

– Head – Neck – Shoulders – Upper Arm – Lower Arm – Hand – Finger – Chest – Abs – Upper Leg – Lower Leg – Feet

www.AlienThink.com

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.alienthink.posetool3d

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00AJN677S

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Daz Studio 4.5 Pro Free Download

January 15, 2013

It’s been a while since I’ve visited Daz 3d website and was surprised that they’re offering a free download of Daz Studio Pro 4.5 edition of they’re popular 3d modeling program. This is the first time I’ve ever known them to offer the premium edition free(usually it’s the standard version); and not sure for how long. If you are an artist looking for 3d models to help with reference for your drawings, paintings, etc. This is a great program for that; as well as hobbyists interested in exploring 3d software for free.

DAZ Studio 4 Genesis™ Figure Platform wins the 3D World CG Technology Award. The Genesis Figure was voted Software Innovation of the Year for “breaking new ground and providing a clear benefit for artists in the creation or implementation of CG assets.”

DAZ Studio 4.5 Professional is simply the most powerful version of DAZ Studio. It includes everything you need to bring your work to 3D software applications, games, real-time apps, animations, high resolution art, and more.

DAZ Studio 4 has been updated to deliver more stability and reliability, higher performance and a number of new features.

It includes an entirely new file format that enables easy-to-use file saving and sharing, an updated version of the 3Delight render engine that delivers new features and faster render times, and many other enhancements that dramatically improve the overall user experience.

DAZ Studio 4.5 includes the full-featured DAZ Studio 3D application and numerous add-ons such as the Content Creator Toolkit for creating your own 3D content, 3D Bridge for Adobe® Photoshop®, The Texture Atlas, the GoZ Bridge For DAZ Studio 4 to ZBrush®, the Autodesk® FBX Exporter, and more.

Simply put, this makes up the most powerful collection of 3D software available for FREE for a limited time.

http://www.daz3d.com/daz-studio-4-pro/

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