Saturday, August 23, 2008
woMan on Wire
Went to see a matinee of "Man on Wire" yesterday afternoon in Encino. We shared a popcorn. I expected to snooze- it's a documentary on the man who walked on a wire between the World Trade Center buildings in 1974, an event that I was only dimly aware of. The movie was excellent. At one point my palms got exceedingly sweaty because of my fear of heights.
I bought an expensive book on the software Painter X. It is filled with illustrations and how the artists accomplished them. However, the explanations make me feel like it's 1956 and I'm watching Jon Gnagy on tv. He would have you draw one or two basic shapes, then do this business about just add a little detail, and the picture would be impossibly good. I especially remember his pumpkins.
God he looks so young. I remember he was an old man with a beard. But I was still a single digit.
I just noticed his videos are actually on youtube. Here's one. It's ten minutes. I haven't looked at it yet.
This book I bought made me mad because it was really written many years ago and updated by a technical editor who wasn't very careful. It cost more than $50. The author would refer to brushes that no longer are part of the software. Since I've done technical editing myself I get especially annoyed by this kind of mistake, and this kind of ripoff, which the "For Dummies" series is especially likely to publish. This book is called "Painter X Wow!"
Most of the samples in this book have that Jon Gnagy something's missing feeling, except,
Our own LINDA DAVICK is in the book-- I had no idea, just turned a page and all my anger melted away: Friend, Good. Linda says it's from a long time ago. Still a great looking illustration. And a clear explanation of how to get the effect.