Goodbye Brush Installer – Hello Brush Manager

Studio|chris is happy to announce the newest release of the Studio|chris Brush Installer, completely refreshed and renamed as the Studio|chris Brush Manager – a dedicated solution to installing and maintaining Corel Painter brush libraries and categories. This release marks the first public release carrying the new Brush Manager name. This is an exciting release because it brings in a lot of features requested by the community and brings compatibility to every version of Painter, all the way back to version 7 and also into the foreseeable future. The preliminary versions of the Brush Installer were merely a proof-of-concept – it’s time to get serious. Here’s what’s new:

  • Refreshed user interface – The interface has undergone a massive overhaul to allow a simplified brush installation process and also allow for future updates to bring more functionality.
  • The Drop Box – The three installation boxes of the previous version are gone and replaced with a single drop box that just works, no matter your operating system.
  • Settings & Utilities Panel – Yes, the Brush Manager now has user settings. This brings in support for the 64-bit versions of Windows, multiple versions of Corel Painter, and custom install locations.
  • Application Updates – Located in the Settings panel, users with an active internet connection may choose to install updates to the Brush Manager with two clicks – one to check for updates and one to download and install.

The Brush Manager 0.6 is immediately available for download and installation. Hope you all enjoy it!

Studio|chris Brush Manager 0.6

Install brushes to Corel Painter with no effort at all. Drop a ZIP file containing a brush category onto the drop box and watch the Brush Manager do all the work for you in seconds!

Also – many thanks to all the testers who have helped along the way. I couldn’t have put this out for everyone without your help.

Moving in at Meridian – Part 6

The wall of icons

It has been an exciting month and a half getting the new office ready. At this point, all of the major projects (except one that will wait) have been completed and the fun part has started – the decorating! I promised some updated photos, so here they are:

The inside door On top of the shelf... The new shelves
My office behind the "wall" The gallery wall Looking into the classroom
The wall once again Beside the front door Walking in through the front door
The classroom area Laptop desk unit Dramatic lighting

I’ll continue to move into my new, comfy office over time, but at this point, the space is completely ready for me to get started with new projects, courses and private tutoring. It really is exciting!

If any of you are in the Greenwood, SC area and would like to stop by, give me a call or email to set up an appointment and I’ll be glad to show you around! I’ll have my official grand opening on Friday, November 7 as part of Greenwood’s First Fridays. I’ll be in the office from 5pm to 8:30pm giving digital painting demonstrations and tours of the office and the rest of the building. Hope to see some of you there!

140 Maxwell Avenue · Studio 12 · Greenwood, SC 29646

Oh – and one additional note – NEW BUSINESS CARDS!

New business cards

Moving in at Meridian – Part 5

You’ve heard me talk about it over the last few blog posts, so here are some snapshots taken on October 3, right before leaving for the weekend of seminars, meetings and workshops with Marilyn Sholin at her ASTA Workshop. Of course, since then, things have progressed along nicely, but keeping with the actual timeline of progress, those pics will come later.

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Lobby from Door Desk Desk with Cabinets
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Classroom Wall & Assembled Cabinets Bookshelf Laptop Workstations

At this point in time, some of the furniture was in place, the cabinets were assembled, but only partially hung and the dividing gallery wall was nothing more than a drawing, some cable curled inside a flower urn and some masking tape on the floor. It is fun to look back at some of the beginning stages of this process.

Since it is blurry above, here’s the design on both doors – can’t leave any details out:SC_meridian_doors-AI13

The Grand Opening

Coincidentally, the Grand Opening of Meridian was also on October 3. While I would have loved to have been there, as mentioned above, I had to be in Asheville, NC to attend a couple of workshops and teach the Blogging with WordPress for Creative Professionals workshop (the next one is in planning) – details on the workshops coming up!

For a short article on the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, check out Greenwood Today.

Moving in at Meridian – Part 4

Meridian Logo

In the last post, the original measurements were transformed into a working floor plan using a scale drawing created in Adobe Illustrator. Before I post photos, let’s take a virtual walk through of the layout along with some explanation of some of the creative solutions used to maximize the space in the studio.

The Lobby

Stepping in through the front door, I established a “lobby” area outfitted with a lamp, a comfy, oversized ottoman with storage inside (the space is small – storage in every nook and cranny is very important to maintain a neat space), a plant for a bit of softness and a small decorative file cabinet, coordinated to my desk, that also serves as a magazine stand and end table. My studio also happens to hold all the utility hookups for the entire building that had to be hidden, so I chose a freestanding screen  with circular mirror accents and decorative urn with an 8’ tall natural arrangement to disguise those.

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Moving in at Meridian – Part 3

Still following the design and move-in process at Meridian, I left the last post with a very important tip for beginning to design any space – take measurements! So after that, what’s next?

For me, a scale drawing was the next logical step. After taking all of my measurements, I realized the space is smaller than I originally thought, which brought a challenge in which furniture and cabinetry to choose and just how to pull together such a multifunctional space in such a small area. Being a graphic designer, I looked into my digital toolbox and chose Adobe Illustrator (also available in Creative Suite Design Premium) for the task. Sure, it isn’t making a poster, designing a website layout or a great new logo, but Illustrator’s capabilities with precise, scalable measurements makes it the perfect choice for a little impromptu room planning and interior design.

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Moving in at Meridian – Part 2

The first step in setting up the new office at Meridian was, obviously, to clear out all the clutter and transform the space from a storage closet into a usable room. Luckily, I didn’t have to be involved in that process, but I did start working before everything was cleared out. You may be asking, “What were you able to do with all that stuff in there!?” The answer is… not much, but at the same time, probably one of the most important jobs in preparing the space – measuring everything.

The studio isn’t vastly huge, so good measurements were the key in being able to plan everything out. I’ll admit, it was tough climbing over all the obstacles, but the end result was everything I needed to begin.

First Meridian Office Measuements

Of course, the initial drawing wasn’t to scale, but the drawing (and the random scribble taken from my radio listening) isn’t the important part – the measurements are. The drawing helps to visualize the different measurements and how they relate to the shapes of the room, though. I wasn’t able to reach the angled wall, but no worries, the scale drawing to come later filled in that measurement for me quite painlessly.

Note to all who are designing a studio space inside of an exisiting room – take accurate measurements! The space may appear larger than it actually is, which became my first roadblock.

Moving in at Meridian – Part 1

It is official – Studio|chris is opening a physical office location in Greenwood, SC! This is a HUGE step and I’m happy to be able to share it with all of you!

The brand new office is inside of a building named Meridian at 140 Maxwell Avenue. The space was established as 12 studio spaces for artists, and I was lucky enough to be able to pick up the last remaining studio in mid-September. Since then, thing have been a mad dash to equip the studio with furniture, cabinetry and all the other necessities to create both an office, gallery, meeting space, and a small classroom for private tutoring in all of the Adobe Creative Suite applications and Corel Painter X.

So let’s take a look back to September 15, 2008 (pics courtesy of the iPhone):

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The space was being used as a storage closet for the building. Lots of miscellaneous tools, hardware, appliances and decor was scattered absolutely everywhere! Even though it was packed to the ceiling with stuff, I knew this studio was special and would become the home of Studio|chris. Although a little blurry in the photo, take a look at this fabulously aged concrete floor:

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Over the next few days, I’ll be posting a series detailing the move-in process, all the events that took place after the room left its storage closet past behind and a few details about the building and my new neighbors!

I’ll also take a little time between posts to catch up on some of the events that have taken place, outside of the office, in the past month – including the awesome weekend of workshops with Marilyn Sholin.