|A DIGITAL ARTIST: ON THE ROAD IN CHINA
California artist Lyn Bishop, took a backpack full of digital tools on the
road to China during the summer of 1998.
The result is a limited edition of fine art Giclée prints and a companion web
site featuring a gallery of digital art, photos and QuickTime panoramas.
"The world around me provides my inspiration. When traveling, I find myself wishing I
had my tools with me." says Bishop, principle of Zama Online Design, a Bay Area
illustration studio. Bishop traveled to China for 18 days to study ancient art and
culture. To further her goal of combining digital techniques with some of the traditional
arts practiced in China, she brought a G3 Powerbook, digital camera, graphics tablet, and
software. "I just wanted to prove that new technologies allow the digital artist to
take to the road." she says.
Traditionally, artists who traveled carried with them their easel, canvas, paints and
brushes, and created artwork on location, or waited until returning home to create based
on their experiences. Instead, this project challenged the artist to use new technologies
to capture the inspirations found while traveling. The foundation of the trip was the
ancient arts and culture of China, but Bishop's goal, indeed her vision, was to combine
the ancient with the modern by using digital tools to capture the muse.
Bishop's background has prepared her for such an adventure. She has spent the last 10
years working with digital imaging techniques to become well-versed in the application of
digital graphic arts tools. Travel has been a part of Bishop's life experience. Her
destinations have taken her across the world, including Japan, Bali, Thailand and Europe.
Upon returning, she has created works based on her experiences in these far away locales.
On the Road in China is part of an ongoing series where the artist explores the
inspirations of travel using a portable digital studio.
DIGITAL TOOLS TO CAPTURE INSPIRATION
Bishop certainly had the opportunity to put the technology to the test. Corporate sponsors
such as Alien Skin Software, Apple Computer, August Editions, Extensis Corporation, Iris
Graphics, Olympus, UNET Beijing, and VST Technologies all contributed products and
services to support Bishop's vision.
Ken Barone, Digital Camera Product Manager, from New York-based Olympus remarks, "Our
D-340L Digital Camera works with a PC Card Adapter to provide a seamless solution that is
perfect for the photographer on the road." Olympus' sponsorship further illustrates
that corporations have a vested
interest in where technology is leading today's artist.
August Editions collaborated with Bishop to create a series of Iris Giclée prints which
can be ordered through the artist's web site. "What drives me is the chance to act as
a midwife to the creative process by working with the artist to craft precious, intriguing
and original works of art," says Christopher August, printmaker and owner of August
Editions in San Luis Obispo, California.
ABOUT THE ARTWORK
Bishop kept a daily journal of her impressions and inspirations. The art, photos and
journal work together to capture the essence of China through the artists eyes. This
interactive journal is published online at http://www.zama.com/ontheroad.
The artist created a series of five art pieces as a direct result of the inspirations
found in China. Original Iris prints are being crafted in limited editions of 24 on Arches
for Iris in paper sizes of 20"x30" and are suitable for gallery exhibition and
sale. Contact the artist for more information.
CONTACTING THE ARTIST
Lyn Bishop lives and works in Sunnyvale, CA. She can be reached at
da Vinci Media