Digital photo-realist artist and Photoshop instructor
Bert Monroy embraced the computer as an artistic medium early on and is considered one of the pioneers of digital art. His work has appeared in every major trade publication of the computer industry and has also been featured in scores of books, many of which he has authored. His clients include Apple Computer, Adobe Systems, Pioneer Electronics, Fujitsu, SONY, AT&T, Chevron and American Express. His painting, Damen Station, has won acclaim as a masterpiece of digital art.
Personal project with the objective of future sales.
Paint a photo-realistic panorama of the Damen Station on the Blue Line of the Chicago transit Authority.
"Adobe Illustrator was used for generating the majority of the basic shapes as well as all the buildings in the Chicago skyline. The rest was created in Photoshop. I consider myself a Hyper-realist artist and the incredible challenge of recreating reality is my motivation."
"The painting is comprised of close to fifty individual Photoshop files. Taking a cumulative total of all the files, the overall image contains more than 15,000 layers. Over 500 alpha channels were used for various effects and over 250,000 paths make up the multitude of shapes throughout the scene. The image size is 40 inches by 120 inches and the flattened file weighs in at 1.7 Gigabytes. It took me eleven months (close to 2,000 hours) to create."
"While writing my latest book, Photoshop Studio with Bert Monroy: Digital Painting, it was crucial to see how colors worked together on a spread. I used a Red River paper that closely matched the white and finish of the final paper that the book would end up being printed on. I went through a lot of ink and paper but the result is a book that captures the intense colors of my original works. Proofing each spread on Red River paper was vital to the success of the book because it gave me an accurate preview of how every color would look."