MA Fine Art Digital Unit 1 – Study Proposal (Original)

Apologies for this blog being out of sequence as the original Study Proposal was submitted by email and not published on my blog until today.

Working Title:

How technological innovation can provide new opportunities for the artistic presentation of the life model

Aims and Objectives:

My aims are to explore how far digital methods can extend the artistic presentation of the life model beyond traditional life drawing and to demonstrate this by producing distinctive and differentiated artworks in both physical and digital form.

My objectives are:

  1. To research how artists use technology in their practice, specifically:
    1. The history of how artists have adopted new technology
    2. How contemporary artists have taken advantage of digital today, in particular in the presentation of the human figure
  2. To research recent technology developments and how these might be employed in my own practice, specifically:
    1. The use of digital devices to further express the model’s character in the artwork
    2. 3D scanning and sculpting
    3. 3D drawing and display including holography
    4. 3D animation of the drawn and painted figure
    5. Viewer interaction with the presented image
  3. To use this research to contextualise my own life drawing practice.
  4. To produce distinctive artworks to support my research.

My success criteria are:

  1. To have understood the attitudes of artists towards the adoption of new technology in their practice and how that enables them to produce new valued works of artistic expression.
  2. To name the contemporary artists I wish to be judged against.
  3. To produce distinctive and differentiated works of which I am proud and that are well received in the fine art community.


A life drawing, painting, or analogue photograph is a two dimensional image of the model seen from a fixed viewpoint. Due to the limitations of the medium used, this is a necessary abstraction of what the artist actually observes.

In a lecture given by Professor Stephen Farthing, RA (‘Drawing Large Amounts of Information into a Manageable Form’, University of London, 13 October 2015) he describes drawing as “a two dimensional image of a three dimensional event”. In his book ‘Art as Experience‘ John Dewey’ states “the very attempt to present three-dimensional objects on a two dimensional plane demands abstraction from the usual conditions in which they exist” (1934, The Expressive Object, Ch.5, p.98).

Artists, when creating an image from the human figure, can be viewed as falling into two genres: Those who wish to make the work as realistic as possible and those who prefer to create ‘abstract art’. I aim to explore how digital means offer new opportunities for artistic

expression for both approaches. However, as my own taste is for a realistic or semi-realistic outcome, my research and works will necessarily lean in this direction.

From cave drawings onward, artists have continuously experimented with new ways to give a sense of visual depth and three dimensionality to something that is naturally flat. A major development in this respect was the use of Perspective. ‘The system of perspective we take for granted today is a relatively recent discovery in art history. Before the 14th Century little to no attempts were made to realistically depict the three dimensional world in art in which we are now accustomed to seeing it’ (, Op Art History Part 1: A History of Perspective in Art – Art Before Perspective). An example of an artwork painted just before the use of perspective is ‘The Calling of the Apostles’, c1308-1311, Duccio di Buoninsegna.

Historically, the desire to achieve realism is evident from the works of many artists, who attempted to overcome the limitations of the available mediums of their time, some using the technology of their day to help them achieve this.

An early example of using perspective in painting can be seen in the work of Jan Van Eyck, a Netherlandish painter. The Arnolfini Portrait is an oil painting on an oak panel dated 1434, painted in Brugge and displayed in the National Gallery, London. It is unusual for its time in its use of orthogonal perspective, that is the use of imaginary lines disappearing to the vanishing point. This gives a sense of depth to the work even in the faces of the man and woman in the picture as well as in the room they occupy.

In order to gain perspective Van Gogh employed the use of a wooden Perspective Frame which he wrote about in his letters, and justified its use by saying that earlier masters had employed it (, Perspective Frame). J.M.W. Turner used a different device. David Blaney Brown’s book J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours (2012, Penguin) refers to Turner’s own ‘Diagram and Notes Relating to Perspective’ in which he describes a clapperboard type device which he used for the same purpose.

Conversely, at the beginning of the twentieth century artists such as Henry Matisse chose to move in a different direction, towards ‘abstract art’, placing a greater emphasis on visual sensation than the realistic depiction of objects. This approach was more recently endorsed by Henry Moore who said “Art is the expression of imagination and not the imitation of life” ( Archive of British Sculptures) and depicted in his semi-abstract monumental bronze sculpture ‘Two Piece Reclining Figure No.5’. John Dewey meanwhile has concluded “The conception that objects have fixed and unalterable values is precisely the prejudice from which art emancipates us” (1934, Art as Experience, The Expressive Object, Ch.5, P.99).

Latter day artists from both abstract and realistic genres also use other approaches to bring life to their work as can be seen in representations of movement. Examples include Marcel Duchcamp’s abstract painting ‘Nude’, 1912 and Gjon Mili’s realistic photographic rework of it in 1950. Both show overlapping images of a nude descending a staircase.

The digital age has exploded the opportunities to make images both more lifelike and dynamic as well as more abstract. Digital photography, video, and photo-realistic digital painting, together with the use of micro-processors or digital devices, can be used to bring our senses into the artwork, enable the viewer to interact with it, or create abstract art from data. Sound and visual special effects, or video projection on a huge scale, plus the transmission of created images and sounds to far away locations, can also be employed to great effect.

An example that combines digital with traditional drawing is an installation I saw recently at the Marian Goodman Gallery in Soho. This was a dedicated exhibition of William Kentridge (24 October 2015 ‘More Sweetly Play the Dance’) and the keynote work is of the same name. An African tribal caravan is presented moving continuously around the walls of a room in a large gallery. Connected multi-display screens are filled with movement, energy, and emotion. For the viewer this is an immersive experience, with individual animated videoed figures against a drawn landscape, each holding, pulling or interacting with a drawn object moving continuously around the walls to the sound of a marching band.

James Alliban’s installation ‘BiPolar’ (1992), uses a Kinect and a microprocessor to detect and manipulate a persons image in a mirror. A person’s reflection is distorted by the sounds in the room, including a haunting track of his chosen music, and the proximity of the person’s body or body parts. Spikes all over the body project outward towards the person looking into the mirror, at various rates and intensity dependent upon the closeness of the person to the mirror and the beat and rhythm of the music.

I am interested in exploring the niche of artistic representation of the life model because most work of this type remains in the domain of the traditional artist. An artist draws in pastel or charcoal, paints in water colours or oils, or sculpts in clay or stone. The model sits still and silent in a studio, and the viewer remains a distant observer of the finished piece. Excluding sculpture, the drawing or painting still remains a two dimensional image from a fixed viewpoint. In all cases the model is a still object in the finished piece and not an integral participant in it. Personality can only be suggested, because the model has no

voice and no movement. The viewer of a drawing or painting cannot see the three dimensional reality observed by the artist, only the suggestion of it. This also applies to both analogue and digital photography.

Until quite recently, technology was not available, affordable or within the technical reach of artists to draw or paint in a traditional way from life in three dimensions or to animate their work.  Even digital 3D figures are usually painted in a 2D snapshot of the character because of limitations to most available software, which often takes years to master. 3D animation is also employed in the film and computer gaming industries on expensive and technically challenging projects that are either photo-realistic or involve fantasy semi-human characters.

I can see an opportunity to change this by using more established digital techniques not usually employed in the artistic representation of the life model, and by deploying recent advances in hardware and software.

My concerns are finding exemplars, mentors, technical support and facilities, as well as the limits of my own financial resource, and the time it takes to become competent in the various digital programs to enable me to achieve my desired outcomes.

Through my research I aim to overcome my concerns and deploy feasible digital advances in my practice. This will enable me to achieve my aim of producing distinctive and differentiated artistic representations of the life model.


For My Artwork

To achieve my aim of seeing how far digital methods can extend the artistic presentation of the life model beyond what you usually find today, I will start with one of my existing traditional life drawings in charcoal and contrast that with other pieces or installations that progressively extend into the digital arena. I would like to find an approach that nobody has used before and which perhaps may be adopted or adapted by other digitally inquisitive artists.

By using methods already demonstrated by other artists as a starting point, but combining them in a different way, I hope to introduce some innovation from the outset. I will then move into approaches practiced by different areas of the visually creative industry that as far as I can determine have not been applied (or hardly applied) to life drawing before. Finally, I will attempt to use leading edge technology in the presentation of my work.

I know these aims are ambitious, particularly in the time available, so I will travel as far as I can along this path. I may not get to the end, indeed this is quite likely, particularly as I wish to present a continuum of work to demonstrate the progressive use of digital in my practice, rather than just one piece for my final exhibition.

Essential to this objective is my use of whatever technological shortcuts are available. I will only learn and practice elements of new software and techniques that are directly relevant to the pieces of art I aim to produce.

If there are examples I can borrow and change for my purpose I will do so, if to start from scratch is impossible in the two year timeframe of my MA. This approach is supported by a quotation made by Jonathan Letham ‘’All art exists in a continuum of borrowing’’ from an article he wrote in Harpers Magazine, February 2007 ‘The Ecstasy of Influence – a Plagiarism’ and presented at a recent lecture I attended at the V&A on the topic ‘Friction and Fiction: IP, Copyright and Digital Futures’ given by a keynote speaker Dr JR Carpenter (Writing on the Cusp of Becoming Something Else, 26 September 2015).

I will make a prototype for each outcome, which will be a fraction of the desired result but sufficient to test whether the outcome is realistic and practical in the time I have allowed. Only if it is will I continue with it. In the prototype, I need to check the quality of each outcome. Only if it is of high quality will I proceed to the finished result.

For me this is a journey of experimentation and discovery extending my life drawing practice into areas employing digital means that I have not undertaken before, and which others may find innovative and full of ‘life’ and ‘truth’ in its artistic expression.

For My Research

There is practically no limit to my research if I start with all forms of visual art directed at life study of the human body. So I must set strict boundaries. I will therefore focus on artists who have directed their work away from that of their contemporaries to take advantage of technology changes, in particular those who have focused on work representing the human form.

I will begin with a study of the different art movements where innovation in materials or approaches pushed the boundaries of common practice of their time.

I will research past and present artists who have used digital methods in their practice to produce different forms of visual art primarily using the life model as the focus of their work.

I will examine how artists are currently deploying the latest technologies in my artistic territory, and examine the possibilities that are opening up today. In particular I will look at the work of some current day artists who have been immersed in more traditional practice but are now leading the way in ‘digital art’. I aim to conduct some of this research through interview with the artists concerned (but I understand the opportunity to do so may be limited).

I will document my research through the use of the computer application ‘Zotero’ and through my WordPress blogs.


My first year exhibition will consist of the following based on the same life model:

Project 0       An existing traditional life drawing of my model, Vanessa in charcoal taken                      from my current completed works

Project 1       A life sized painting in a minimalistic style where narratives spoken by the                        model are heard when the viewer touches different parts of the body in the                       artwork

Plus if possible

Project 2       A large sculpture in angled slices of MDF

My final exhibition will consist of the above plus:

Project 3       Painting the sculpture with light and music using projection mapping.

With as much of the following as time permits:

Project 4      A 3D drawing of the same life model displayed by projector and rotated by                       the viewer using hand gestures

Project 5      The same 3D drawing (or 3D animation of the same model) displayed                  holographically on a plinth, supported by a large projected video in the                   background, of Vanessa in her professional life as a dancer

Work Plan

Unit 1

Weeks 9-10 Submit Study Plan

Complete Studio Life Drawing Sessions with Vanessa

Project 1 – Giving the Model a Voice

Technical Test – 3D Scanning, Voice Recording and Test Editing                            with Digital Media Dept.

Project 2 – Life Sculpture with Projection Mapping

Technical Test – Laser Cutting from 3D Scan

Xmas Break  Finish & Publish WordPress Blogs for Unit 1 Completed Work

Reflection and catch up on uncompleted tasks

Read 4 Books from Bibliography

Visit BareConductive for Advice

Carry out first artist interview

Publish WordPress Blogs for this work

Unit 2             Read one book from Bibliography every two weeks except low residency

Visit one relevant Exhibition or attend one External Lecture every two weeks

Carry out three artist interviews (the remainder of those already agreed)

Carry out set assignments

Attend Tutorials and Lectures

Publish one WordPress Blog per week

Prioritise Project 1 over Project 2

Weeks 1-2     Technical Test

Project 1 – Practice Painting in Minimalist Style and with Conductive  Paint

Weeks 3-4     Technical Test

Project 1 – Sound Edit of Vanessa’s recordings to several SD Cards

Project 2 – Test Laser Cutting and Assembly of Partial Sculpture of                         Vanessa’s Head

Weeks 5-6     Technical Test

Project 1 – Project Photo of Vanessa on to small scale Canvas, Mark out                           areas to Paint, Small Scale Painting in Minimalist Style without                                 conductive paint

Weeks 7-8     Low residency – attend those sessions supporting Projects plus as many as                     possible of the other sessions

Technical Test

Project 1 – Processing if necessary on BareConductive Arduino

Project 2 – Test Projection Mapping on Random Object

Weeks 9-10  Technical Test

Project 1 – Apply and Test conductive paint on Arduino with MP3 for two of                                   Vanessa’s edited voice clips

Easter Break Finish & Publish WordPress Blogs for Unit 2 Completed Work

Reflection and catch up on uncompleted tasks

Read 4 Books from Bibliography

Paint practice life-size canvas of Vanessa in Minimalist Style without                     conductive paint

Publish WordPress Blogs for this work

Unit 3             Decide which Project (or both) I am going to prepare for the end of year                exhibition. If two, prioritise one over the other.

Except last 4 weeks when preparing for the Exhibition

Read one book from Bibliography every two weeks

Visit one relevant Exhibition or attend one External Lecture every two weeks

Carry out set assignments including 3000 word essay

Attend Tutorials and Lectures

Publish one WordPress Blog per week

Weeks 1-2     Project 1 – Final Project Making – Paint life size canvas using conductive                           paint

Weeks 3-4     Project 2 – Final Project Making – Complete Input for outsourced laser cutting

Weeks 5-6     Project 1 – Connect BareConductive Arduino and MicroCard readers to back                               of Painting and test it all works

Weeks 7-8     Project 2 – If time assemble the outsourced sculpture – and leave the                                  projection painting for now

Week 9          Exhibition set up

Transport Projects to Camberwell, set up and re-test

Week 10        Show Time

Summer Break

Exhibition tear down and transport home

Finish & Publish WordPress Blogs for Unit 3 Completed Work

Reflection and catch up on uncompleted tasks

Read 4 Books from Bibliography

Project 2 – Make Projection Mapping Video on the Life Sculpture

Publish WordPress Blogs for this work

Summer holiday touring Scotland

Unit 4             Read one book from Bibliography every two weeks

Visit one relevant Exhibition or attend one External Lecture every two weeks

Carry out set assignments

Attend Tutorials and Lectures

Publish one WordPress Blog per week

Weeks 1-2     Project 2 – Make backing Video from Vanessa’s showreel

Weeks 3-4     Project 3 – Practice drawing on a 2D snapshot of the 3D Life Model

Weeks 5-6     Project 3 – Practice drawing on a 2D snapshot of the 3D Life Model

Weeks 7-8     Project 3 – Practice drawing in 3D on the 3D Life Model

Weeks 9-10  Project 3 – Final drawing in 3D on the 3D Life Model

Winter Break Finish & Publish WordPress Blogs for Unit 4 Completed Work

Reflection and catch up on uncompleted tasks

Read 4 Books from Bibliography

Project 3 – Final touches to drawing in 3D on the 3D Life Model

Publish WordPress Blogs for this work

Holiday in Australia – 3 weeks over Xmas and New Year

Unit 5             Read one book from Bibliography every two weeks except low residency

Visit one relevant Exhibition or attend one External Lecture every two weeks

Carry out an interview of a very well known artist if possible

Carry out set assignments

Attend Tutorials and Lectures

Publish one WordPress Blog per week

Weeks 1-2     Project 4 – Test H+ Holographic Projector by displaying the same drawn 3D                                 Life Model produced in Project 3

Weeks 3-4     Project 4 – If feasible, Use and Morph pre-made animated skin toned 3D               Model using iClone6 or other software to resemble Vanessa dancing

Weeks 5-6     Project 4 – Finalise Vanessa animation

Weeks 7-8     Project 4 – To include a projection of the Video of Vanessa dancing made                        in Unit 4

Weeks 9-10  Low residency

Easter Break Finish & Publish WordPress Blogs for Unit 5 Completed Work

Reflection and catch up on uncompleted tasks

Read 4 Books from Bibliography

Publish WordPress Blogs for this work

Unit 6

Weeks 1-6    Projects 1-4 – Catch up on uncompleted tasks on whichever projects are to                      be included in the Final Exhibition

Weeks 7-8    Transport  Projects to Camberwell and test each individually

Week 9          Set Up Final Projects for Final exhibition

Week 10        Show Time – Final Exhibition

Summer Break

Tear Down of Final Exhibition Projects and re-site

Possibly do what Celine has done with her BA Group in terms of a          collaboration with some of new MAVA graduates with a permanently   rented exhibition space for our work


The references for this paper are included in the text.

Below is a list of references (that I expect to add to) which I would like to draw upon in my research.

Topic 1 – The Life Model

Vanessa: An Interview with a life model – Terence Quinn, Nov 2015

Model and Supermodel: The Artist’s Model in British Art and Culture (Critical Perspectives in Art History), Jane Desmarais, Manchester University Press, Dec 2006

Modeling Life: Art Models Speak about Nudity, Sexuality, and the Creative Process, Sarah R. Phillips, State University of New York Press, Oct 2006

Topic 2 – Defining ‘Fine Art Digital’

Digital Art, Christiane Paul, Thames and Hudson, June 2015

New Media in the White Cube and Beyond – Curatorial Models for Digital Art, Christiane Paul, University of California Press, Jan 2009

New Media in Art, Michael Rush, Thames and Hudson, June 2005

Understanding Media, Marshall McLuhan, Routledge, May 2001

Understanding New Media: Extending Marshall McLuhan, Robert K. Logan, Oct 2010

Art, Time and Technology (Culture Machine), Charlie Gere, Berg Publishers, May 2006

Digital Culture, Charlie Gere, Reaktion Books, June 2011

Art as Experience, John Dewey, Penguin, 1980 and reprinted Aug 2005

Topic 3 – Creating the illusion of Reality – including the use of Perspective

Historia Timelines: History of Art, HistoriaTimelinesCom, Nov 2015

Vanishing Point: The Perspective Drawings of J.M.W. Turner, Andrea Fredericksen, Tate Publishing, June 2004

The Rhetoric of perspective: Realism and Illusion in Seventeenth- Century Dutch Still-life Painting, University of Chicago Press, Oct 2006

A History of Perspective in Art,, Nov 2015

Dali’s Optical Illusions, Dawn Ades, Yale University Press, Feb 2000

Masters of Deception: Escher, Dali and the Artists of Optical Illusion, Douglas R.Hofstadter, Sterling, Oct 2007

3DJoeandMax, ,Pavement artist specialists in 3D representation, Nov 2015

Topic 4 – Art Movements – including The Futurists

100 artists’ Manifestos: From the Futurists to the Stuckists, Marshall Berman, Penguin Classics Jan 2011

Futurist Art and Theory 1909-15, Marianne W. Martin, Hacker Art Books, Sept 1978

Topic 5 – Historical uses of Technology in Art

A Brief History of Drawing Machines Since 1425 | MIT Architecture, The Creators Project, The return of Drawing Machines, Lauren Leibowitz, April 2011

The Drawing Machine, National Portrait Gallery, , Nov 2015 , Nov 2015

The Letters of Vincent Van Gogh, Vincent Van Gogh, Penguin Classics, July 1997

Eadweard Muybridge, the complete Locomotion Photographs, Dr Hans Christian Adams, Taschen, Sept 2009

Murder in Motion: The Strange Life of Photographer (and Murderer) Eadweard Muybridge, Jennifer Warner, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, May 2015

Micromundi: Museum of miniatures and micro-miniatures of Besalu, Spain,, Visited Oct 2015

Sol LeWitt: The founding artist for conceptual art who later created sculptures using architectural computer software: ‘Sol LeWitt: Structures 1962-1993’, MOMA New York, Jan 1993

Topic 6 –  Art Technology in the 21st Century

Art by Machine: Taitographs Programmable Analogue Drawing Machines, Jack Tait,  Bronydd Press, Oct 2013

Computer Algorithm recreates Van Gogh painting in one hour:, Leon Gatys, Sept 2015

Turning Van Gogh’s The Night Cafe into Virtual Reality, Mac Cauley,, 27 Sept 2015

Digital Visions for Fashion + Textiles: Made in Code, Sarah E.Braddock Clarke, Thames & Hudson, Sept 2012

Material Alchemy: Redefining Materiality Within The 21st Century, Jenny Lee, Bis Publishing, Feb 2015

Alexander McQueen, Savage Beauty at V&A, Peppers Ghost Holographic Illusion of Kate Moss, , March-August 2015

Conran Holographic Display:, Nov 2015

H+ Technologies, Holus: The Future of Interactivity | GetConnected, YouTube,, July 2015 The use of conductive paint and the Arduino microprocessor for education and art, Nov 2015, Bart Kresa, Projection Mapping Central, Nov 2015

3D Technology in Fine Art and Craft: Exploring 3D Printing, Scanning, Sculpting and Milling, Bridgette Mongeon, Sept 2015

Figures, Characters and Avatars: The Official Guide to Using DAZ Studio to Create Beautiful Art, Les Pardue, Delmar Cengage Learning, May 2012

Digital Women: A Tutorial to Create Amazing Images with DAZ 3D Studio, Richard Luschke, RCMP, May 2015

Digital Women II: A Guide to DAZ Studio 4.8 Iradium, Richard Luschke, Ricardo Portella, RCMP, July 2015

Topic 7 – Selected Contemporary Artists using Digital Media in their work

William Kentridge – For his installations combining drawing, video, and animation

William Kentridge ‘More Sweetly Play the Dance’, EYE Film Museum, nai010 publishers, Oct 2015

The Refusal of Time, William Kentridge, Editions Xavier Barral, Feb 2013

Six Drawing Lessons, William Kentridge, Harvard University Press, Sept 2014

The Soho Chronicles: 10 Films by William Kentridge, Matthew Kentridge, Seagull Books, Mar 2015

Cinematic Drawing in a Digital Age, Ed Krcma, Tate Papers no. 14, Autumn 2010

Marc Quinn – For his scans of very small objects such as a sea shell transformed them into huge sculptures in various materials and for his life model sculptures           london_exhibition_archive/statuephilia/marc_quinn.aspx

The British Museum, Contemporary Sculptors at the British Museum.

Marc Quinn’s Siren (Philia) at the British Museum (Kate Moss)

Marc Quinn review – ‘He sells sea shells’, Jonathan Jones, The Guardian 13 July 2015

Bill Viola – For his digital art (said to be the inventor of video art)

Bill Viola, John G.Hanhardt, Thames & Hudson, November 2015

The Art of Bill Viola, Chris Townsend, Thames & Hudson, 2004

The Unspeakable Art of Bill Viola, Ronald R.Bernier, Pickwick Publications, May 2014


Three Women, 2008

Bill Viola: Bodies of Light, James Cohan Gallery, New York, December 2009

Inverted Birth, 2014 Video Projection

The Crossing, 1996 Video sound Installation

Iris Van Herpen – For her female fashion installations which blend laser cutting, hand weaving and 3-D printing and visited CERN Large Hadron Collider for inspiration for one of her works

A Magazine 13 – Iris Van Herpen, Iris Van Herpen, Flanders Fashion Institute, Mar 2014

Alex May – For his formative work in the area Projection Mapping and science based digital installations. Works with code, performance and creative technologies

Aesthetica Magazine, Kinetica Art Fair Artist Interview: Alex May, October 2014

Painting With Light, Alex May, Tate Modern Performance, April 2013

Grayson Perry – Now UAL Chancellor, a Potter who used digital means to produce his huge tapestries

Grayson Perry, Jacky Klein, Thompson & Hudson, 2013

Grayson Perry: The Vanity of Small differences, Grayson Perry, Hayward Publishing, June 2013

Jordan Wolfson BFA Sculpture – Who now works only with digital technology

Jordan Wolfson – Female Figure – The Artist’s Studio, Los Angeles, June 2014, Animatronic and Video Installation

David Hockney – A painter who has produced some of his works digitally for example using the iPad

David Hockney: A Painter Enjoying New Technologies

David Hockney: A Bigger Picture, Royal Academy of Arts,’, Alastair Sooke and book from the exhibition of the same name

William Latham, MA (RCA), BFA (Oxon) – A traditional Painter who now works entirely digitally.


Evolutionary Art and Computers, with Stephen Todd, Academic Press. ISBN: 012437185X

New Media in Late 20th-Century Art? Michael Rush, Thames and Hudson

Digital Art, Christiane Paul, Thames and Hudson, 2008

Karin Sander– For her work using early versions of 3D printing

Karin Sander: Hybrid Encounters – Sculpture Magazine, Gregory Volk, Dec 1999

Marilene Oliver MFA (RCA) – A Brazilian Artist who uses digital imaging/body CT scans in her work


Post Digital Artisans: Craftmanship with a new aesthetic in fashion, art, design and architecture’, Jonathan Openshaw, Frame publishers, May 2015

Hanging bodies, Dervishes: an installation at the Bristol Academy of Art by Marilene Oliver, 2007, 2001

Nam June Paik – Who works only with digital technology

TV Bra for Living Sculpture, Nam June Paik /Charlotte Moorman, YouTube, 1969

Michel Canetti MA – An Australian Artist for his fashion illustrations and large scale minimalist paintings employing a digital art projector

Topic 8 – Interviews with Artists on their Attitudes to ‘Digital Art’

Artists who have agreed to be interviewed:

Stephen Farthing RA, MA (RCA) – Former Professor of Drawing at Oxford University and now of UAL. For his work Drawing and Painting and his discomfort with digital art

‘Plan de Dessin, A Drawing of the Bigger picture of Drawing’, Autumn 2006

‘1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die’, Stephen Farthing, Universe, September 2011

Kate MccGuire, MA (RCA) – Who creates feather sculptures based around parts of the human body

Kate MccGuire, Stolen Moments, Spine TV, 2011

Surface Design, Nature Bound , Unexpected Beauty, Spring 2014

Kate MccGuire: Nature Bound, Jessica Hemmings, SDA Journal, Spring 2014

Patrick Gibbs, BFA (Oxon) – A painter who uses digital photographs taken during his travels for inspiration Everyday lives, exotic lands at Mall Galleries London SW1, 29/4/14-3/5/14

Artist Profile – Patrick Gibbs – Out & About –, 23/12/13

Richard Colson BFA , MA – A traditional painter and author of a book on digital art who

also leads the Computational Design MA at Ravensbourne University

‘The Fundamentals of Digital Art’, Richard Colson, Ava Academia Publishing, November 2007

This list will be added to over time as opportunities present themselves. Potentially:

David Byers Brown, MFA (Oxon) – An artist whose forte is Drawing but switched to Painting and now teaches Animation at Kent University

Topic 9 – Key Hardware and Software proposed for my projects

Key Hardware

MacBook Pro, Retina15-inch with Intel Core i7 Processor & Intel Iris Pro Graphics

iMac late 2009

Apple iPad Mini 2 for Photography and with attached Occipital Structure Sensor Scanner Wacom Intuos Pro Large Graphics Tablet and Pen

Autograph LED1000 Digital Art Projector

Bare Conductive Arduino MicroProcessor with SD Card Reader preprogrammed for MP3

Micca Speck G2 1080p Full-HD Ultra Portable Digital Media Player for SD Cards

Zoom  H1 Handy Recorder and accessories including Lavalier Microphone

LG Hi-Fi Sound Bar

Laser Cutter (from CCA)

H+ Technology Holus Pro Holographic Display

Leap Motion

Key Software 

Itseez3D Scanning Application with processing in the Cloud for creating 3D models of the Human Figure from Life

Cinema4D Release17/Bodypaint3D for painting 3D models of the Human Figure in 3D

AutoDesk 123D MAKE for Laser Cutting Preparation and Input, and 123D CATCH for creating 3D Models of the Human Figure from Photographs

Painting With Light, Projection Mapping software by Alex May

DAZ3D Studio and MarketPlace for posing pre-made 3D Models of the Human Figure

Poser Pro 2014 advanced software for posing pre-made 3D Models of the Human Figure

Reallusion iClone6 and accessories, with Bootcamp (to run Windows 10 on MacBookPro) for 3D morphing, posing and animation of pre-made 3D models of the Human Figure

Turbosquid for very high quality pre-made 3D Models of the Human Figure (if necessary) Processing for programming of Arduino microprocessor (if necessary)



Version 1.0: 3rd November 2015


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