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Segmation: The Art of Pieceful Imaging
November 2011
Volume 5, Number 11


New SegPlay®PC Patterns
There's two new SegPlay®PC pattern collections available this month. The first set is Abstract Beauty. Photography is generally used to capture a realistic view of objects and scenes. However you can also capture beautiful and abstract images with a bit of creativity. These amazing art forms show little resemblance to the original subject. Photographers use tools such as macro and zoom lens, colored lighting, cropping, off-angle vantage points, shutter speeds, film speeds, and exposure to produce artful images. Our collection of patterns in this set were created from photography taken of everyday scenes - apples, rain puddles, piles of paper, swirling lights, swimming pools, peeling paint, metal benches, and fan blades.
Abstract Beauty



The second new SegPlay®PC set available this month is William Hogarth - English Pictorial Satirist. William Hogarth (1697-1764) was an English artist, printmaker, engraver, and satirist. He is credited with the concept of sequential art. His works cover a wide range of topics including realistic portraits, comic-like strips, political satire, and historical art. He made several series of moral works including A Harlot's Progress, Rake's Progresses, and Marriage à-la-mode which is considered to be his finest work. Our collection of patterns includes a wide cross section of his works including two Self Portraits, The Shrimp Girl, The Roast Beef of Old England, An Election Entertainment, David Garrick and His Wife, David Garrick as Richard III, The Enunciation, and Portrait of Captain Thomas Coram.

William Hogarth - English Pictorial Satirist



Segmation News

Nearly finished with our next generation version of SegPlay®PC . The new interface is taking a bit longer than expected, so we may need to push the release into next year. Looking to show off some pretty cool features, so stay tuned. One item that we've improved is that the pattern set installation will be much simplier. Simply enter a code, and the set will get installed automatically! Thanks for all the feature suggestions which we're trying to add in. Still time to add a few more, if you have some areas to improve in SegPlayPC.


We're also starting a project to update our iPhone product to make it more compatible with iPad devices. This update should only take a few months.


We're always looking for more appealing art pieces for our SegPlay®PC paint by number collection. If you are an aspiring artist, illustrator, or photographer and am interested in collaborating on a pattern set, drop us an email submit@segmation.com


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Artist Of The Month:
William Hogarth - English Pictorial Satirist

William Hogarth - English Pictorial Satirist

William Hogarth (1697-1764) was a man before his time. His broad range of abilities in the area of sequential art gained him reverence as an “original genius.” The types of art he advanced were mainly political satire and conversation pieces, in addition to moral stories and portraits. He applied his skills in painting, printmaking, and engraving to create artwork that had never been seen before.

In fact, the self-proclaimed Rococo artist, with his creative imagination and unique technique, advanced a style of art appropriately titled, “Hogarthian.” This specifically points to works of political satire that mimic elements of his comic strips and engravings.

Hogarth, an English man, was quite popular during his career, which began when he first published a strip of political satire in 1726. By this time, Hogarth had been a working artist for nearly 5 years. He was able to produce this piece while working for a print seller. Before that, he apprenticed with a silver-plate engraver who inspired him to operate his own engraving business that included painting portraits.

In the early 1720s, Hogarth began spending a lot of time at Sir James Thornhill’s free art academy. He went onto marry Sir Thornhill’s daughter, Jane. Other relationships that advanced the life and career of William Hogarth came with his membership to the Rose and Crown Club, which was a weekly meeting for young artists and art connoisseurs. Other notable Rosacoronians (as they were commonly known) include George Vertue, Michael Dahl, and Peter Tillemans.

In addition, William Hogarth was a Freemason. This fraternity celebrates the Brotherhood of Man and initiated Hogarth at one of its chapters early in his career. Freemasonry was a consistent theme throughout his work. Similarly, religious themes were also threaded throughout his various pieces. Even though Hogarth was a Deist, analysis of his art work shows signs of Orthodox Christianity. The likely reason for this is because Hogarth wanted to be seen as a “history painter.” Therefore, he dabbled in serious subject matter inspired by Biblical history but could never shake the title of “comic.”

The Hogarthian style is still used today. In fact, his innovative techniques advanced the future of art and print work. Take for instance, his political satire. In this sense he used art as a vehicle to express his opinions about political figures, economy, religion and more. By the 1730s, Hogarth was well known because of his widespread cartoon printings. Unfortunately, he wasn’t making the money he deserved because printers were reproducing his work without paying him royalties. This encouraged him to persuade Parliament to pass the Engravers’ Copyright Act in 1735.

Other than his interest in political happenings, Hogarth also gave attention to social life. With oil paints, he produced a number of “conversation pieces.” He was one of the first artists to paint these informal settings and gatherings. This new type of art was different from the portraits he familiarized himself with because it consisted of capturing people in “candid” moments.

Another form of art Hogarth is known for are his moral stories. Each finished piece of artwork included a number of individual engravings. The stories told over the course of these many images were mostly tragedies, like his famous, “A Harlot’s Progress,” which follows the downward spiral of a country girl who moves to London and dies at the hands of men who used her along the way.

William Hogarth used and mastered many types of art work. After spending his life engraving, painting, printing and even writing, he returned to the art which he was best known for, political satire. More specifically, he moved towards anti-war themed satire near the end of his life.

By the time he passed away due to illness related causes in 1764, Hogarth had already influenced the future of art and Parliamentary law. His legacy was also spread by having an active role in establishing a school of painting. This institution advocated for artists throughout England.

One doesn’t need to go far when looking for the influence of William Hogarth on culture. His memory lives in the arts of today. Other painters emulate his work; writers create fictional scenarios of the once famous man; exhibits and museums showcase the remnants of his masterpieces. The innovations of artist William Hogarth were before his time. This is why his style of sequential art remains unchanged today.


You can find a large collection of William Hogarth patterns to use with SegPlay®PC  here.



Art in the News:
9 Year-Old Artist Sells Entire 2010 Collection in 30 Minutes – Can He do it Again?
Source: BBC News

He’s called, “Mini Monet.” 9-year-old Kieron Williamson is an oil, watercolor and pastel painter who resides in Norfolk.

Last year, Kieron’s paintings featured scenes from the Norfolk countryside and abroad. Within 30 minutes his entire collection sold; each painting ranged in price from £1,000 and £15,500. At a recent festival in May, all of his work sold before the event began.

People from all over the world purchase the young boy’s work. There is a sense of fascination because of his age, but also because of his subject matter. Kieron Williamson has been able to popularize traditional landscape painting again.

His next exhibit will be held at the Picturecraft Gallery in Holt, November 11 – 23.


New Find: Velazquez Portrait from the 1600s
Source: BBC News

Last year, a descendant of artist Matthew Shepperson brought a number of paintings to the Oxford auction house, Bonhams. One piece of art stood out from the rest; it had the style of a Diego Velazquez.

Research, analysis, and a state-of-the-art X-ray machine confirmed the masterpiece was an unknown work by the Spanish painter. Such a find is significant to the global art community and the portrait is expected to sell for up to £3 million.

Since the painting was never catalogued in the master list of Velazquez’ work, it appears to have come out of “nowhere.” This makes the piece that much more valuable.

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Art Trivia

How many years did Leonardo da Vinci spend painting lips on the Mona Lisa?

a. 1 year

b. 4 years

c. 12 years


Artists from what era coined the phrase “Gothic”?

a. Italian Renaissance (correct)

b. Rococo

c. Enlightenment


How long did the piece, “Le Bateau,” hang upside down at the Museum of Modern Art in New York?

a. 12 hours

b. 46 days

c. 3 years


What part of the Roman Statue was interchangeable?

a. The head

b. The breast plate

c. The arms


What artist worked on the construction of the Panama Canal?

a. Paul Gaugin

b. Marc Chagall

c. Modigliani


Answers:

Leonardo da Vinci spent 12 years painting the Mona Lisa's lips.

The term “Gothic” implied that medieval cathedrals and engravings were so crude that only a Goth would create them.

Henri Matisse’ painting, “Le Bateau” hung upside down for 46 days.

One feature of the Roman Statue was a detachable head. This allowed for a new head to be placed at any time.

The French painter, Paul Gaugin, served as a laborer on the Panama Canal.

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