James Abbott McNeill Whistler (July 11, 1834 – July 17, 1903) was an American-born, British-based artist. Averse to sentimentality and moral allusion in painting, he was a leading proponent of the credo “art for art’s sake”. His famous signature for his paintings was in the shape of a stylized butterfly possessing a long stinger for a tail. The symbol was apt, for it combined both aspects of his personality—his art was characterized by a subtle delicacy, while his public persona was combative. Finding a parallel between painting and music, Whistler titled many of his paintings “arrangements”, “harmonies”, and “nocturnes”, emphasizing the primacy of tonal harmony. His most famous painting is the iconic Whistler’s Mother, the revered and oft parodied portrait of motherhood. A wit, dandy, and shameless self-promoter, Whistler influenced the art world and the broader culture of his time with his artistic theories and his friendships with leading artists and writers. From Wikipedia. Read more…
Jean-Honoré Fragonard ; 5 April 1732 – 22 August 1806) was a French painter and printmaker whose late Rococo manner was distinguished by remarkable facility, exuberance, and hedonism. One of the most prolific artists active in the last decades of the Ancien Régime, Fragonard produced more than 550 paintings (not counting drawings and etchings), of which only five are dated. Among his most popular works are genre paintings conveying an atmosphere of intimacy and veiled eroticism. From Wikipedia. Read more…
Bob Norman Ross (October 29, 1942 – July 4, 1995) was an American painter, art instructor, and television host. Ross utilized the wet-on-wet oil painting technique, in which the painter continues adding paint on top of still wet paint rather than waiting a lengthy amount of time to allow each layer of paint to dry. Combining this method with the use of two inch and other types of brushes as well as painting knives allowed Ross to paint trees, water, clouds and mountains in a matter of seconds. Each painting would start with simple strokes that appeared to be nothing more than colored smudges. As he added more and more strokes, the blotches transformed into intricate landscapes. From Wikipedia. Read more…
Albert Bierstadt (January 8, 1830 – February 18, 1902) was a German-American painter best known for his large landscapes of the American West. In obtaining the subject matter for these works, Bierstadt joined several journeys of the Westward Expansion. Though not the first artist to record these sites, Bierstadt was the foremost painter of these scenes for the remainder of the 19th century. Read more…
The new way (since 2.5.4)
A new way of installing templates with 2.5.4 and newer is now much simpler. The newly created templates should be distributed in a single archive file ‘*.dpk’. All you need to do is to go to menu Tools and select the item Install Template… then navigate to the dpk file.
The DAP will unpack all the files and put them where appropriate.
The dpk mime was added to the dap cafe so it can be now uploaded to the post as a media directly.
Note: User needs to have permission for DAP to write to Program Files folder because at this moment EVERYTHING is kept in the DAPainter folder instead scattered across various user folders as it is a custom in windows.
If you don’t have permission, you need to set ‘Run as Administrator’,
Here is how: When DAP is closed, Right click the DAP icon, select Properties, look under tab Compatibility (some windows version have it in Security tab) and check ‘Run this program as an Administrator’. This is the Vista/ W7 famous UAC that prevents normal users from writing files to Program Files.
For time being authors may to choose to distribute the template as both zipped files and dpk file, but after some period of time the zip files should be phased out.
The Old Way (pre 2.5.4) or if the template comes as a set of files from older posts.
AOP Template is a set of few files that should be un-zipped and placed in the “objectpacks” folder in the program folder. Read more…
This is a test of a post that may be used as a visual guide.
This template creates Wax Crayon-like drawing.
Wax style is often suitable for architecture or any large well defined subject where details are not important. When using it for architecture correct the image for vertical perspective distortion first.
Let it run longer time to get some details into the image. You can easily increase speed (decrease Precision) without much downside.