introduction to concrete

Synthetik’s Studio Artist is a painting application. Actually, that’s rather like calling Stockhausen an electrician. Anyway, I built my project reflets using Studio Artist version 4, exploring the software’s capabilities to transform a very colourful photograph.


Version 5 of Studio Artist has now been released. It has got me excited, again. This time, though, I want to explore the product’s transformation of text.

Why text? Well, think concrete poetry, sound poetry, futurist poetry—and book covers. I believe Studio Artist has got great potential here, but I find I need to catalogue its possibilities before I try to apply them. This new version gives me a good reason—well, excuse—to do so.

A lot of the provisos that applied to my previous Studio Artist project, reflets, are still pertinent. I am not using the product correctly. I am not using it to anything like its potential. I am behaving as a photographer, not a painter.

Anyway, to explore the application properly, I need to apply the presets to a common image. I’ve set something simple, something that doesn’t mention foxes, in Adobe’s Garamond, at 72 point. I chose a serif font because I want to see what happens to the knobbly bits, and Garamond because I like it. I chose stark white on hard black mostly because it’ll display better on arts & ego (ignoring the little matter of contrast). I had Studio Artist output an image a quarter the original’s area.

It’ll take quite a while, probably more than a year, to put the text through all of Studio Artist’s presets, so the new section, concrete, will take time to complete.

If you browse concrete, please remember that Studio Artist presets are intended for experimentation on all kinds of artworks, so it’s unsurprising that some fail on dark glare.