Thursday, October 05, 2006

Ginormous digital art

Bert Monroy has been working with digital pictures since MacPaint. His latest creation is a monster, a Chicago scene unveiled at Photoshop World in Miami on March 22, 2006. It is a panorama of the Damen Station on the Blue Line of the Chicago Transit Authority. Adobe Illustrator was used for generating the majority of the basic shapes as well as all the buildings in the Chicago skyline. The rest was created in Adobe Photoshop.

• The finished image size is 40 inches by 120 inches.
• The flattened file weighs in at 1.7 Gigabytes.
• It took eleven months (close to 2,000 hours) to create.
• The painting is comprised of fifty Photoshop files.
• The image contains over 15,000 layers.
• Over 500 alpha channels were used.
• Over 250,000 paths were drawn.

Visit his site to have a gawp.


Aaron Butler said...

Awesome, but there is a part of me saying why?

He could have used a camera, they work great :-) and then he could take it to a new level with his retouching.

Art (digital or not) is defined by the personallity and creativity that is injected by the artist (check out the turner prize entries :-), it all feels a little sterile and very metallic to me.

brett jordan said...

In Bert's words:

"As a photo-realist painter, I have often been asked why I don’t just take a photograph. Good question, when you consider my paintings look like photographs. Well, for one thing, I’m not a photographer. To me, it is not the destination that is important – it is the journey. The incredible challenge of recreating reality is my motivation."

Aaron Butler said...

So he is mad then? :-)

sky jordan said...

I think Aaron got it about right there ;P

brett jordan said...

Aaron and Sky... it occurs to me that the phrase 'pot calling the kettle black' could have been coined for a situation just like this :-)

sky jordan said...