Bring Out the GIMP, Open Source Art Programs and Their Value in Both Tech and the Professional Artist Community

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Accepted Session
Short Form
Beginner
Scheduled: Tuesday, June 26, 2012 from 1:30 – 2:15pm in B201

Excerpt

We have come to a point where nearly everyone is expected to have at least cursory knowledge of graphics applications, and rather than shell out $650 for a program you’re primarily interested in using for editing screenshots many in the tech community knows to download GIMP and use that $650 to fuel their caffeine and online gaming addictions. Unfortunately this is not the case with artists. From the moment you enter art school you’re chained to proprietary applications and I know I don’t have to proselytize to you lot about that.

So we end up with one group of people being paid to use a free program for the most rudimentary of tasks and we have a second group of people who could be exploiting the most bleeding edge features of that program, but who are instead spending money they don’t have on products they may not need. There’s also the option to pirate those applications, but that’s a whole other talk.

Description

We will discuss the advantages and disadvantages to using open source art programs for both artists and non artists. There will be an overview of the most popular open source art programs with side by side comparisons to their proprietary counterparts. We will touch on open content libraries (eg thingiverse, open clipart library, blender materials library…). We will end with a short Q&A session.

Speaking experience

I have a lot of experience speaking on stage and radio (I used to cohost a late night show on WXJM, and I was a regular on Stimulus Regression Programming on Pirate Cat Radio in SF as well as Puzzling Evidence on KPFA Berkeley) and have been on various Podcasts, most recently The Geek Life (http://madartlab.com/2011/12/30/mass-interview-with-mad-art-lab/). I will be on a panel at Geek Girl Con in August discussing my work as a freelance artist. I have also been to the Last two BarCamps and this year I did a talk on open source art programs. Although I was not present, my art has been featured at HOPE during the Food Genome panel (http://obviouslycloe.com/blog/archives/320).

Speaker

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    Biography

    Cloë is a carbon-based food tube who enjoys a peaceful existence on Earth in the 21st century. In order to put food through her tube she works hard drawing things that will make other food tubes happy enough to give her green paper. Green paper isn’t very good to eat, but you can usually trade it for better tube food.

    Sessions

      • Title: Bring Out the GIMP, Open Source Art Programs and Their Value in Both Tech and the Professional Artist Community
      • Track: Culture
      • Room: B201
      • Time: 1:302:15pm
      • Excerpt:

        We have come to a point where nearly everyone is expected to have at least cursory knowledge of graphics applications, and rather than shell out $650 for a program you’re primarily interested in using for editing screenshots many in the tech community knows to download GIMP and use that $650 to fuel their caffeine and online gaming addictions. Unfortunately this is not the case with artists. From the moment you enter art school you’re chained to proprietary applications and I know I don’t have to proselytize to you lot about that.

        So we end up with one group of people being paid to use a free program for the most rudimentary of tasks and we have a second group of people who could be exploiting the most bleeding edge features of that program, but who are instead spending money they don’t have on products they may not need. There’s also the option to pirate those applications, but that’s a whole other talk.
      • Speakers: Cloë Latchkey