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Adobe Photoshop Master Class: Maggie Taylor's Landscape of Dreams

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This gorgeous volume will appeal to creative artists and illustrators who use Photoshop in their work, as well as to a lay audience that simply appreciates the extraordinary work of internationally exhibited artist and teacher, Maggie Taylor. Taylor's enigmatic Photoshop composites often begin with found objects, such as a bird's wing or a ceramic doll's head, which she captures directly on a flatbed scanner and then combines with old photographic portraits and tintypes. The results are both intriguing and witty, reminding some viewers of the paintings of surrealists Rene Magritte and Max Ernst, while remaining uniquely Taylor's own. Through conversations with the artist and with other artists and critics in her circle, author Amy Standen provides an in-depth  and very personal view of Taylor's work and process. Illustrations show how Taylor develops her imagery through many stages and revisions, using Photoshop as a tool to respond to artistic surprise, chance, and spontaneity. Fans of Maggie Taylor will appreciate new insight into her work, and this book will surely gain her new admirers as well.

  • Copyright 2005
  • Edition: 1st
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  • ISBN-10: 0-321-30614-7
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-321-30614-2

Maggie Taylor's digital photo collages have been described as a contemporary exploration of the Surrealist world view. In Taylor's strange, parallel universe, birds ride bicycles, ideas materialize in the shape of clouds, and wings sprout from the backs of prim Victorian women. Starting with objects that she finds on eBay, in flea markets, and in her own surroundings, Taylor then uses her  flatbed scanner, Adobe Photoshop, and an Iris printer, to produce images of surprising beauty and emotional impact.
 
Adobe Photoshop Master Class: Maggie Taylor's Landscape of Dreams offers a close and richly illustrated examination of Taylor's practice, tracing her images from inspiration through execution. Taylor explains her influences, both in art and in her own life, and takes the reader inside the making of some of her intriguing, painterly work. Along the way, we hear from respected artists and critics familiar with Taylor's work, and from the artist herself, in conversation with the author.
 
Illustrated with more than 65 color plates, Landscape of Dreams is essential reading (and viewing) for all those interested in applying technology to a creative personal vision.

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