Mixed Media; The Art Of Jeff Berman Page 2

Berman also uses the Wacom Tablet to work on the finer details, relying on Painter 9 from Corel and Photoshop CS from Adobe to produce his magic. Starting from either drawings or photographs, he "breaks apart the images," developing new design movements. Subjects are brought in and out of focus and color themes appear, reappear, and disappear. Commenting on his workflow, Berman says, "When you are off in your world the final work is based on your artistic sensibilities. Many decisions have to be made on personal experience. But it takes time, study, and work. A seasoned artist takes time to mature. If you think you have all the answers you will have a rude awakening. I always keep in mind that the old masters kept maturing late into the end of their careers."

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Berman's choice of fine art papers from the Ink Press Paper company pays off when he enters the world of mixed media. "These papers have a very good surface for accepting layers of watercolor pastel as well as watercolor and oil pastel. They also offer a canvas surface that's good for adding media such as inkjet dyes. The combination of traditional media and digital photography has given photographers and artists new tools that can only lead to new avenues to explore in the world of fine art."

Resource List

Adobe Systems Inc.
345 Park Ave.
San Jose, CA 95110
(800) 833-6687
(408) 536-6000

Corel Corporation
1600 Carling Ave.
Ottawa, Ontario
K1Z 8R7, Canada
(800) 772-6735

Epson America, Inc.

3840 Kilroy Airport Way
Long Beach, CA 90806
(800) 463-7766
(562) 981-3840

Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc.
200 Summit Lake Dr.
Valhalla, NY 10595
(800) 755-3854

Ink Press Paper
112 College Rd.
Monsey, NY 10952
(800) 465-8127 (dealers only)
(845) 356-2111

Wacom Technology Corporation
1311 SE Cardinal Ct.
Vancouver, WA 98683
(800) 922-9348

Jeff Berman may be reached via e-mail at: coneyislandbabe@msn.com.